2015 Locus Award Finalists

Likely StoriesWe interrupt your regularly scheduled Mystery Month programming with some sci-fi and fantasy news! Earlier this month, the Locus Science Fiction Foundation released the finalists for the 2015 Locus Awards. First presented in 1971, the awards honor the individuals and titles that excel in the science fiction and fantasy genres. Below you’ll find the finalists in the literature categories with links to their respective Booklist reviews when available. The full list of nominees including Best Magazine, Publisher, Editor, and Artist can be found at Locus Online.


Science Fiction Novel

The Peripheral, William Gibson

Ancillary Sword, Ann Leckie

The Three-Body Problem, Cixin Liu

Lock In, John Scalzi

Annihilation/Authority/Acceptance, Jeff VanderMeer

Fantasy Novel

The Goblin Emperor, by Katherine Addison

Steles of the Sky, by Elizabeth Bear

City of Stairs, by Robert Jackson Bennett

The Magician’s Land, by Lev Grossman

The Mirror Empire, by Kameron Hurley

Young Adult Book

Half a King, by Joe Abercrombie

The Doubt Factory, by Paolo Bacigalupi

Waistcoats & Weaponry, by Gail Carriger

Empress of the Sun, by Ian McDonald

Clariel, by Garth Nix

First Novel

Elysium, by Jennifer Marie Brissett

A Darkling Sea, by James L. Cambias

The Clockwork Dagger, by Beth Cato

The Memory Garden, by Mary Rickert

The Emperor’s Blades, by Brian Staveley


“The Man Who Sold the Moon”, by Cory Doctorow

We Are All Completely Fine, by Daryl Gregory

Yesterday’s Kin, by Nancy Kress

“The Regular”, by Ken Liu

“The Lightning Tree”, by Patrick Rothfuss


“Tough Times All Over”, by Joe Abercrombie

“The Hand Is Quicker”, by Elizabeth Bear

“Memorials”, by Aliette de Bodard

“The Jar of Water”, by Ursula K. Le Guin

“A Year and a Day in Old Theradane”, by Scott Lynch

Short Story

“Covenant”, by Elizabeth Bear

“The Dust Queen”, by Aliette de Bodard

“The Truth About Owls”, by Amal El-Mohtar

“In Babelsberg”, by Alastair Reynolds

“Ogres of East Africa”, by Sofia Samatar


The Year’s Best Science Fiction: Thirty-first Annual Collection, edited by Gardner Dozois

Long Hidden: Speculative Fiction from the Margins of History, edited by Rose Fox and Daniel José Older

Rogues, edited by George R.R. Martin and Gardner Dozois

Reach for Infinity, edited by Jonathan Strahan

The Time Traveler’s Almanac, edited by Ann VanderMeer and Jeff VanderMeer


Questionable Practices, by Eileen Gunn

The Collected Short Fiction Volume One: The Man Who Made Models, by R. A. Lafferty

Last Plane to Heaven, by Jay Lake

Academic Exercises, by K. J. Parker

The Collected Stories of Robert Silverberg, Volume Nine: The Millennium Express, by Robert Silverberg


Ray Bradbury Unbound, by Jonathan Eller

Harry Harrison! Harry Harrison!, by Harry Harrison

The Secret History of Wonder Woman, by Jill Lepore

Robert A. Heinlein: In Dialogue with His Century, Volume 2: The Man Who Learned Better: 1948-1988, by William H. Patterson, Jr.

What Makes This Book So Great, by Jo Walton

Art Book

The Art of Jim Burns: Hyperluminal, by Jim Burns

The Art of Neil Gaiman, by Hayley Campbell

Spectrum 21: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art, edited by John Fleskes

Brian Froud’s Faeries’ Tales, by Brian & Wendy Froud

The Art of Space: The History of Space Art, from the Earliest Visions to the Graphics of the Modern Era, by Ron Miller




About the Author:

Monica Bertz served as a Booklist's intern in spring of 2015. She holds a bachelor's degree in English Literature from George Washington University. Besides reading, she enjoys binge-watching historical dramas and arguing with strangers about hockey over the internet.

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