May 7 2014 8:07pm

Announcing the 2014 Locus Award Finalists

Locus Magazine has announced the finalists in each category of the 2014 Locus Awards. Winners will be announced during the Locus Awards Weekend in Seattle, WA, June 27-29, 2014. Connie Willis will MC the awards ceremony.

Congratulations to all the nominees! 

We are honored to see Andy Duncan and Ellen Klages’s “Wakulla Springs” and  Jeffrey Ford’s “A Terror” nominated in the short fiction categories, as well as our editors Ellen Datlow and Ann VanderMeer, and nominated for Best Magazine! 


  • MaddAddam, Margaret Atwood (McClelland & Stewart; Bloomsbury; Talese)
  • Abaddon’s Gate, James S.A. Corey (Orbit US; Orbit UK)
  • The Best of All Possible Worlds, Karen Lord (Del Rey; Jo Fletcher UK)
  • Shaman, Kim Stanley Robinson (Orbit US; Orbit UK)
  • Neptune’s Brood, Charles Stross (Ace; Orbit UK)



  • The Ocean at the End of the Lane, Neil Gaiman (Morrow; Headline Review)
  • NOS4A2, Joe Hill (Morrow; Gollancz as NOS4R2)
  • River of Stars, Guy Gavriel Kay (Roc; Viking Canada; HarperCollins UK)
  • Doctor Sleep, Stephen King (Scribner; Hodder & Stoughton)
  • The Republic of Thieves, Scott Lynch (Del Rey; Gollancz)



  • Zombie Baseball Beatdown, Paolo Bacigalupi (Little, Brown)
  • The Coldest Girl in Coldtown, Holly Black (Little, Brown; Indigo)
  • Homeland, Cory Doctorow (Tor Teen; Titan)
  • The Summer Prince, Alaya Dawn Johnson (Levine)
  • The Girl Who Soared Over Fairyland and Cut the Moon in Two, Catherynne M. Valente (Feiwel and Friends)



  • The Thinking Woman’s Guide to Real Magic, Emily Croy Barker (Dorman)
  • The Golden City, J. Kathleen Cheney (Roc)
  • Ancillary Justice, Ann Leckie (Orbit US; Orbit UK)
  • A Stranger in Olondria, Sofia Samatar (Small Beer)
  • The Golem and the Jinni, Helene Wecker (Harper)



  • Wakulla Springs”, Andy Duncan & Ellen Klages ( 10/2/13)
  • “Black Helicopters”, Caitlín R. Kiernan (Subterranean)
  • “The Princess and the Queen”, George R.R. Martin (Dangerous Women)
  • “Precious Mental”, Robert Reed (Asimov’s 6/13)
  • “Six-Gun Snow White”, Catherynne M. Valente (Subterranean)



  • “The Truth of Fact, the Truth of Feeling”, Ted Chiang (Subterranean Fall ’13)
  • “The Waiting Stars”, Aliette de Bodard (The Other Half of the Sky)
  • A Terror”, Jeffrey Ford ( 7/24/13)
  • “The Sleeper and the Spindle”, Neil Gaiman (Rags and Bones)
  • “The Prayer of Ninety Cats”, Caitlín R. Kiernan (Subterranean Spring ’13)



  • “Some Desperado”, Joe Abercrombie (Dangerous Women)
  • “The Science of Herself”, Karen Joy Fowler (The Science of Herself)
  • “The Road of Needles”, Caitlín R. Kiernan (Once Upon a Time: New Fairy Tales)
  • “A Brief History of the Trans-Pacific Tunnel”, Ken Liu (F&SF 1-2/13)
  • “The Dead Sea-Bottom Scrolls”, Howard Waldrop (Old Mars)



  • Queen Victoria’s Book of Spells, Ellen Datlow & Terri Windling, eds. (Tor)
  • The Year’s Best Science Fiction: Thirtieth Annual Collection, Gardner Dozois, ed. (St. Martin’s Griffin; Robinson as The Mammoth Book of Best New SF 26)
  • Unnatural Creatures, Neil Gaiman & Maria Dahvana Headley, eds. (Harper; Bloomsbury)
  • Old Mars, George R.R. Martin & Gardner Dozois, eds. (Bantam)
  • The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year Volume Seven, Jonathan Strahan, ed. (Night Shade)



  • The Best of Joe Haldeman, Joe Haldeman (Subterranean)
  • The Ape’s Wife and Other Stories, Caitlín R. Kiernan (Subterranean)
  • Kabu Kabu, Nnedi Okorafor (Prime)
  • The Bread We Eat in Dreams, Catherynne M. Valente (Subterranean)
  • The Best of Connie Willis, Connie Willis (Del Rey)



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



  • Angry Robot
  • Orbit
  • Small Beer
  • Subterranean
  • Tor Books



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



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



  • Here Be Dragons: Exploring Fantasy Maps and Settings, Stefan Ekman (Wesleyan)
  • Strange Matings: Science Fiction, Feminism, African American Voices, and Octavia E. Butler, Rebecca J. Holden & Nisi Shawl, eds. (Aqueduct)
  • The Man From Mars: Ray Palmer’s Amazing Pulp Journey, Fred Nadis (Tarcher)
  • Wonderbook: The Illustrated Guide to Creating Imaginative Fiction, Jeff VanderMeer (Abrams Image)
  • Afrofuturism: The World of Black Sci-Fi and Fantasy Culture, Ytasha L. Womack (Lawrence Hill)



  • Hannes Bok, Hannes Bok: A Life in Illustration, Joseph Wrzos, ed. (Centipede)
  • Margaret Brundage, The Alluring Art of Margaret Brundage, Stephen D. Korshak & J. David Spurlock, eds. (Vanguard)
  • Spectrum 20: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art, Cathy Fenner & Arnie Fenner, eds. (Underwood)
  • Maurice Sendak, Maurice Sendak: A Celebration of the Artist and His Work, Justin G. Schiller, Dennis M.V. David & Leonard S. Marcus, eds. (Abrams)
  • Shaun Tan, Rules of Summer (Hachette Australia; Hodder Children’s; Levine ’14)
1. mutantalbinocrocodile
Very glad to see MaddAddam get some attention. I respect Atwood's insistence that she doesn't write speculative fiction (it would have been an obvious Hugo nom otherwise), but maybe this nomination will get some readers to explore the wonderful world of speculative fiction written by authors who reject the genre and some of its conventions. We can be so balkanized--ONCE there used to be an old person called Aurelia Cone, but so many "fantasy" readers are unaware of more mainstream (not going to buy into the categories and say "more literary") speculative fiction in the literary fiction aisle.
D. Bell
2. SchuylerH
@1: The Atwood is the interesting choice here and it's nice to see some mainstream SF getting attention (I'm still convinced that Cloud Atlas was robbed...). However, I think that the Locus voters will probably go for something closer to the core of the genre.

Ancillary Justice probably has first novel wrapped up...
3. RackhamTree
Charles Vess here. While I must admit to a sizeable thrill in seeing my name in the 'Best Artist' category it seems to me that there were quite a few women artist's doing outstanding work this year: Kinuko Craft, Annie Stegg, Galen Dara, Julie Dillon, etc. Why wasn't there even one of them on this list? AND, isn't this the exact same list of names as last year and the year before, etc? Otherwise, go Andy & Ellen and Helene Wecker for her terrific first novel The Golem & the Jinni!
4. Jeff R.
Twice (or maybe three times; longlist, shortlist, and winner) every year, like clockwork, I get POed by the stupid rules for this set of awards that disqualifies first novels from competing in the 'Best Science Fiction' and 'Best Fantasy' categories. (That there is almost always at least one first novel that is clearly superior to at least half of the nominees in the appropriate category speaks of a larger problem with the award's quasidemocratic process and voter base, but even if it weren't for this, the rule would still be amazingly stupid. The should rename them "Best Second or later Science Fiction Novel" at least, to be honest about that fix that is always in.)
Bob Blough
5. Bob

I am sorry, but you are incorrect about the rule you stated about first novels being disqualified from running for best SF or Fantasy novel. That is a misconception. Lisa even mentioned it again in a recent Locus magazine.

First novels are eligible for the top two awards - but they are also eligible for First Novel. True none have ever won both (I agree that having a first novel category dilutes the voting for best novel but many years First Novel goes to a promising work that is not quite good enough for the best SF/Fantasy novels category) but many first novels have been in the top ten final novels through the years. Check out the for the history.

You are correct about the other situation, however if you look at all the nominees from on the list, it is a much more comprehensive one than any other award in the genre.
6. mutantalbinocrocodile
@2, of COURSE Cloud Atlas was robbed. Exactly my point. And how many people have perhaps never read it because it's shelved in a different section of the (real or virtual) bookstore?
7. Jeff R.
I've never seen a first novel on the long lists for any of the other three novel awards. If by 'eligible' you mean 'if they managed to get a massive write-in campaign going, they'd make the list', sure, but keeping them off those long lists both gives the impression of ineligiblity and gives them what is practically an insurmountable handicap.
D. Bell
8. SchuylerH
@6: I know: many books don't correspond to neat marketing categories: you have to wander into other realms to find the likes of Kafka and Vonnegut, or Atwood for that matter. (I will note that the SF awards Cloud Atlas was nominated for (Nebula & Clarke) were juried rather than popular. Is this significant?)
9. Adeselna
I hope The Golden city does not win... I can't understand how a novel where the author didn't even bother to do proper research is nominated for an award O.O
I hope Neil Gaiman's The Ocean at the bottom of the lane wins best fantasy novel. It is amazing and soon to become a classic :)

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