Jun 16 2012 11:06pm

Announcing the 2012 Locus Award Winners

Locus Magazine

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)
Moses Siregar III
1. Moses Siregar III
Congrats, yous guys!
Bridget McGovern
3. BMcGovern
Quick note: I can't seem to find out who won in the art and non-fiction categories, but hope to fill those in soon. Congrats again to everybody, and especially to the delightful Cat Valente--three awards!!! Very exciting :)
Bridget McGovern
4. BMcGovern
@FredKiesche--ah! You were too fast for me :) They're not listed yet on the Locus site, but if anybody knows, please fill the rest of us in!
Fred Kiesche
5. FredKiesche
Thanks! I was wondering if we were seeing the return of "No Award"! ;)
Bridget McGovern
6. BMcGovern
Well, we now know Gary K. Wolfe won the non-fiction award, thanks to his Twitter feed, and the Twitter hive mind is also telling us that Spectrum 18 won for best art book--congratulations to the Fenners! Happy Locus Awards to all, and to all a good night :)
Moses Siregar III
7. Jason e
Leviathan Wakes, Snuff and Ready Player One where such good reads. It's been a good year for books.
Moses Siregar III
8. Schaeffer
Well...not sure how Dance w/ Dragons beat out Wise Man's Fear. Still, congrats to all the winners! It's been a great year.
Moses Siregar III
9. Kadere
Ok, now I'm expecting Jo Walton to come on and tell me why this set of winners is terrible. See what you've done to me Tor?!!!!
Moses Siregar III
10. Petar Belic
Leviathan Wakes was a fun read, but hardly ground-breaking.

Embassytown was tough going in some places, but I slogged through it. Weird, in a good way. I would like to see China return to the heights of Iron Council, which I loved.

Children of the Sky was simultaneously disappointing and enthralling. We need more Vinge, now.

I haven't read any King for awhile now, perhaps that's my loss.

I haven't got to Rule 34 yet, but while Halting State was fun, I was hoping for a little more SF to make me 'think' - it was a little too simple - and I'm feeling that Rule 34 is along these lines. But I'll probably pick it up soon.
Moses Siregar III
11. Khorsheed
Congratulations to all winners! I'm a bit perplexed at how A Dance With Dragons could be considered worthier than Deathless or Among Other, both books are far superior to Martin's.
Also, still not sure that books that are part of a series can be compared to stand alones.

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