Jun 29 2013 4:00pm

Announcing the 2013 Locus Award Winners!

2013 Locus Award winners

The winners of the 2013 Locus Awards were announced today at the annual Locus Awards Weekend in Seattle. Congratulations to all the nominees and winners! All our thanks go out to this wonderful community of readers, authors, and artists.

Winners in each category are listed in bold:


  • Winner: Redshirts, John Scalzi (Tor; Gollancz)
  • The Hydrogen Sonata, Iain M. Banks (Orbit US; Orbit UK)
  • Captain Vorpatril’s Alliance, Lois McMaster Bujold (Baen)
  • Caliban’s War, James S.A. Corey (Orbit US; Orbit UK)
  • 2312, Kim Stanley Robinson (Orbit US; Orbit UK)



  • Winner: The Apocalypse Codex, Charles Stross (Ace; Orbit UK)
  • The Killing Moon, N.K. Jemisin (Orbit US; Orbit UK)
  • The Drowning Girl, Caitlín R. Kiernan (Roc)
  • Glamour in Glass, Mary Robinette Kowal (Tor)
  • Hide Me Among the Graves, Tim Powers (Morrow; Corvus)



  • Winner: Railsea, China Miéville (Del Rey; Macmillan)
  • The Drowned Cities, Paolo Bacigalupi (Little, Brown; Atom)
  • Pirate Cinema, Cory Doctorow (Tor Teen)
  • Dodger, Terry Pratchett (Harper; Doubleday UK)
  • The Girl Who Fell Beneath Fairyland and Led the Revels There, Catherynne M. Valente (Feiwel and Friends; Much-in-Little ’13)



  • Winner: Throne of the Crescent Moon, Saladin Ahmed (DAW; Gollancz ’13)
  • vN, Madeline Ashby (Angry Robot US; Angry Robot UK)
  • Seraphina, Rachel Hartman (Random House; Doubleday UK)
  • The Games, Ted Kosmatka (Del Rey; Titan)
  • Alif the Unseen, G. Willow Wilson (Grove; Corvus)



  • Winner: “After the Fall, Before the Fall, During the Fall,” Nancy Kress (Tachyon)
  • “In the House of Aryaman, a Lonely Signal Burns,” Elizabeth Bear (Asimov’s 1/12)
  • “On a Red Station, Drifting,” Aliette de Bodard (Immersion)
  • “The Stars Do Not Lie,” Jay Lake (Asimov’s 10-11/12)
  • “The Boolean Gate,” Walter Jon Williams (Subterranean)



  • Winner: “The Girl-Thing Who Went Out for Sushi,” Pat Cadigan (Edge of Infinity)
  • “Faster Gun,” Elizabeth Bear ( 8/12) 
  • “Close Encounters,” Andy Duncan (The Pottawatomie Giant & Other Stories)
  • “Fake Plastic Trees,” Caitlín R. Kiernan (After)
  • “The Lady Astronaut of Mars,” Mary Robinette Kowal (Rip-Off!)



  • Winner:“Immersion,” Aliette de Bodard (Clarkesworld 6/12)
  • “The Deeps of the Sky,” Elizabeth Bear (Edge of Infinity
  • “Mantis Wives,” Kij Johnson (Clarkesworld 8/12)
  • “Elementals,” Ursula K. Le Guin (Tin House Fall ’12)
  • “Mono No Aware,” Ken Liu (The Future Is Japanese)



  • Winner: Edge of Infinity, Jonathan Strahan, ed. (Solaris US; Solaris UK)
  • After, Ellen Datlow & Terri Windling, eds. (Hyperion)
  • The Year’s Best Science Fiction: Twenty-ninth Annual Collection, Gardner Dozois, ed. (St. Martin’s Griffin; Robinson as The Mammoth Book of Best New SF 25)
  • The Future Is Japanese, Nick Mamatas & Masumi Washington, eds. (Haikasoru)
  • The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year: Volume Six, Jonathan Strahan, ed. (Night Shade)



  • Winner: Shoggoths in Bloom, Elizabeth Bear (Prime)
  • The Best of Kage Baker, Kage Baker (Subterranean)
  • At the Mouth of the River of Bees, Kij Johnson (Small Beer)
  • The Unreal and the Real: Selected Stories Volume One: Where on Earth and Volume Two: Outer Space, Inner Lands, Ursula K. Le Guin (Small Beer)
  • The Dragon Griaule, Lucius Shepard (Subterranean)



  • Winner: Asimov’s 
  • F&SF
  • Clarkesworld
  • Subterranean



  • Winner: Tor Books
  • Subterranean Press
  • Orbit
  • Baen
  • Angry Robot



  • Winner: Ellen Datlow
  • John Joseph Adams
  • Gardner Dozois
  • Jonathan Strahan
  • Ann & Jeff VanderMeer



  • Winner: Michael Whelan
  • Donato Giancola
  • Stephan Martiniere
  • John Picacio
  • Shaun Tan



  • Winner: Distrust That Particular Flavor, William Gibson (Putnam)
  • An Exile on Planet Earth, Brian Aldiss (Bodleian Library)
  • Science Fiction: The 101 Best Novels 1985-2010, Damien Broderick & Paul Di Filippo, eds. (NonStop)
  • The Cambridge Companion to Fantasy Literature, Edward James & Farah Mendlesohn, eds. (Cambridge University Press)
  • Some Remarks, Neal Stephenson (Morrow)



  • Winner: Spectrum 19: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art, Cathy Fenner & Arnie Fenner, eds. (Underwood)
  • Trolls, Brian Froud & Wendy Froud (Abrams)
  • Tarzan: The Centennial Celebration, Scott Tracy Griffin (Titan)
  • J.R.R. Tolkien: The Art of The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien, Wayne G. Hammond & Christina Scull, eds. (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
  • Steampunk: An Illustrated History, Brian J. Robb (Aurum)

Carl Anderson
1. Carl V. Anderson
Congratulations to all the winners. When I look at this list I see a lot of tough choices, which to me is a great sign that SFF in all its many forms is alive and well.
2. tps
Scalzi wins best SF novel when Banks, Robinson and Corey are on the ballot? I guess the voters for intelligent, original work canceled each other out.
Kerry Engelhardt
5. geniusscientist
What tps said. Redshirts was terrible. I haven't read Corey though, so I will now on his recommendation!
G. D. B. (not Ambrose Bierce)
6. SchuylerH
@5: Don't read Caliban's War first! Corey's Expanse books really should be read in order, so start with Leviathan Wakes.
Peter Stone
7. Peter1742
So a humorous novel wins both for science fiction and for fantasy. What happened? I thought that (except for Pratchett) humor was out of fashion in science fiction and fantasy. And maybe more importantly, is this going to be the new fad?
8. KF
@2, 5: Haven't read any of the works in question, so I can't comment on the quality of any of them (though I will say that I see nothing wrong with genre books that comment on the genre itself), but Scalzi himself seems to have been rooting for Banks, and stated as such in his acceptance speech:
9. Nicholas Winter
The Banks book, his last sf work, is far better than the Sclazi novel that won. Likewise the Stross book is also a weak entry in that series.
James Nicoll
10. JamesDavisNicoll
37% of the winners are women. For comparison, 43% of the candidates were women.
11. Nicholas Winter
Re #10: Caitlin Kiernan and Catherynne Valente should've won. Both works are brilliant.
David Gunter
16. spdavid
I'm just glad 2312 did not win for Sci Fi.It's the most pretentious book I've ever read.I liked Red Shirts (if you are a Star Trek fan it's a must read).Must agree with reading the Expanse novels by Corey (pen name BTW).You have to start with the first one and read them in order.I'm tempted to start some kind of movement to turn them into a tv series,it's all there for a great one and with at least three more books coming plenty of material.As for YA,Railsea was great.Readable even if you're not a YA.Same with Drowned Cities and it's companion Ship Breaker.Also really enjoyed Alif The Unseen.
17. tbob
"37% of the winners are women. For comparison, 43% of the candidates were women."

Clearly the judges were 6% sexists. Or perhaps 7% sexists for only nominating 43% women istead of 50% --- unless it should be higher than 50% to make up for previous sexist years.
Stefan Mitev
18. Bergmaniac
There are no judges, it's open poll on the Locus site which decides the awards.

I am a bit disappointed The Drowning Girl didn't win, but didn't really expect it, it's not a mass appeal type of novel, just getting nominated was a success for it. great to see Immersion win another award, it's such a powerful and moving story.
James Nicoll
19. JamesDavisNicoll
Open poll with weighted voting, in one case after all the votes were in because the results were wrong.
20. Jeff R.
I will never not complain about the stupidity of excluding first novels from the genre best categories in the Locus awards.
James Nicoll
21. JamesDavisNicoll
Sadly, the need to shut down my computer right now and run off to get the bus precludes me from explaining my logic but I believe I could make a case for an award for the best *second* novel.
James Nicoll
22. JamesDavisNicoll
37% is pretty good by industry standards, even if we chuck BritSF to keep it from skewing the stats.

Random example because I just happened to have looked at this: this year's Sidewise Award has one woman and nine men* amongst its nominees.

Analog's AnLab looks like this by decade:

1980s 3% works by women
1990s 7%
2000s 9%
2010s 12.5%

I leave the panicky extrapolation showing how men will have virtually vanished from the AnLab by the 2050s to my readers.

* Well, nine-ish. In the case of collaborations of N authors I count each collaborator as 1/Nth of an author. Not at all sure that was the best way to handle that but I'm locked into that format or the numbers won't be comparable.

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