Announcing the 2012 Locus Award Winners

The winners of 2012 Locus Awards were announced today in Seattle, Washington. Congratulations to all the nominees and winners. We are, of course, especially excited that Tor Books once again won for “Best Publisher.” All our thanks go out to this wonderful community of readers, authors, and artists.

Winners in each category listed in red:

Science Fiction Novel

  • Leviathan Wakes, James S. A. Corey (Orbit US; Orbit UK)
  • 11/22/63, Stephen King (Scribner; Hodder & Stoughton as 11.22.63)
  • Embassytown, China Miéville (Del Rey; Macmillan)
  • Rule 34, Charles Stross (Ace; Orbit UK)
  • The Children of the Sky, Vernor Vinge (Tor)

Fantasy Novel

  • A Dance with Dragons, George R.R. Martin (Bantam; Harper Voyager UK)
  • Snuff, Terry Pratchett (Harper; Doubleday UK)
  • The Wise Man’s Fear, Patrick Rothfuss (DAW; Gollancz)
  • Deathless, Catherynne M. Valente (Tor)
  • Among Others, Jo Walton (Tor)

First Novel

  • Ready Player One, Ernest Cline (Crown; Century)
  • God’s War, Kameron Hurley (Night Shade)
  • Soft Apocalypse, Will McIntosh (Night Shade)
  • The Night Circus, Erin Morgenstern (Doubleday)
  • Mechanique: A Tale of the Circus Tresaulti, Genevieve Valentine (Prime)

Young Adult Book

  • Planesrunner, Ian McDonald (Pyr)
  • Akata Witch, Nnedi Okorafor (Viking)
  • Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, Ransom Riggs (Quirk)
  • The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making, Catherynne M. Valente (Feiwel and Friends)
  • Goliath, Scott Westerfeld (Simon Pulse; Simon & Schuster UK)


  • The Affair of the Chalk Cliffs, James P. Blaylock (Subterranean)
  • “The Man Who Bridged the Mist”, Kij Johnson (Asimov’s 10-11/11)
  • “Kiss Me Twice”, Mary Robinette Kowal (Asimov’s 6/11)
  • “The Ants of Flanders”, Robert Reed (F&SF 7-8/11)
  • Silently and Very Fast, Catherynne M. Valente (WSFA)


  • “Underbridge”, Peter S. Beagle (Naked City)
  • “The Copenhagen Interpretation”, Paul Cornell (Asimov’s 7/11)
  • “The Summer People”, Kelly Link (Tin House: The Ecstatic/Steampunk!)
  • “What We Found”, Geoff Ryman (F&SF 9-10/11)
  • “White Lines on a Green Field”, Catherynne M. Valente (Subterranean Fall ’11)

Short Story

  • “The Way It Works Out and All”, Peter S. Beagle (F&SF 7-8/11)
  • “The Case of Death and Honey”, Neil Gaiman (A Study in Sherlock)
  • “The Paper Menagerie”, Ken Liu (F&SF 3-4/11)
  • “The Bread We Eat in Dreams”, Catherynne M. Valente (Apex 11/11)
  • “The Cartographer Wasps and the Anarchist Bees”, E. Lily Yu (Clarkesworld 4/11)


  • Analog
  • Asimov’s
  • Clarkesworld
  • F&SF


  • Baen
  • Night Shade
  • Small Beer
  • Subterranean
  • Tor


  • Welcome to Bordertown, Holly Black & Ellen Kushner, eds. (Random House)
  • The Year’s Best Science Fiction: Twenty-eighth Annual Collection, Gardner Dozois, ed. (St. Martin’s Griffin)
  • Steampunk!, Kelly Link & Gavin J. Grant, eds. (Candlewick; Walker UK)
  • Eclipse Four, Jonathan Strahan, ed. (Night Shade)
  • Engineering Infinity, Jonathan Strahan, ed. (Solaris; Solaris UK)


  • Sleight of Hand, Peter S. Beagle (Tachyon)
  • The Collected Stories of Carol Emshwiller, Volume 1,
    Carol Emshwiller (Nonstop)
  • Two Worlds and In Between, Caitlín R. Kiernan (Subterranean)
  • After the Apocalypse, Maureen F. McHugh (Small Beer)
  • The Bible Repairman and Other Stories, Tim Powers (Tachyon)


  • Ellen Datlow
  • Gardner Dozois
  • Jonathan Strahan
  • Ann & Jeff VanderMeer
  • Gordon Van Gelder


  • Bob Eggleton
  • John Picacio
  • Shaun Tan
  • Charles Vess
  • Michael Whelan


  • In Other Worlds: SF and the Human Imagination, Margaret Atwood (Talese; Virago; Signal (Canada))
  • Becoming Ray Bradbury, Jonathan R. Eller (University of Illinois)
  • Musings and Meditations, Robert Silverberg (Nonstop)
  • Evaporating Genres: Essays on Fantastic Literature, Gary K. Wolfe (Wesleyan)
  • Sightings: Reviews 2002-2006, Gary K. Wolfe (Beccon)

Art Books

  • Out of This World: Science Fiction But Not As You Know It, Mike Ashley, ed. (British Library)
  • Cor Blok, A Tolkien Tapestry: Pictures to Accompany The Lord of the Rings (HarperCollins UK)
  • Spectrum 18: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art, Cathy Fenner & Arnie Fenner (Underwood)
  • Masters of Science Fiction and Fantasy Art, Karen Haber, ed. (Rockport)
  • Jeffrey Jones, Jeffrey Jones: A Life in Art (IDW)


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