Here Are the Finalists for the LA Times 2021 Ray Bradbury Prize

Today, The Los Angeles Times announced its finalists for its 41st annual L.A. Times Book Prizes, which includes the second year of the publication’s Ray Bradbury Prize for Science Fiction, Fantasy & Speculative Fiction.

This year’s finalists are:

  • Piranesi by Susanna Clarke
  • Lakewood: A Novel by Megan Giddings
  • The City We Became: A Novel (The Great Cities Trilogy, 1) by N. K. Jemisin
  • The Only Good Indians by Stephen Graham Jones
  • Where the Wild Ladies Are by Aoko Matsuda, Polly Barton (translator)

The prize is administered by Ray Bradbury Literary Works, and “honors and extends Bradbury’s literary legacy by celebrating and elevating the writers working in his field today.” Bradbury’s family said in a statement that they were proud to sponsor the award:

“Ray was a proud Angeleno who used words to both predict and prevent the future — this prize recognizes authors with a similar passion for storytelling and the far-reaching effects their words have in this world.”

The LA Times introduced the award last year, which expanded its annual book prize to include science fiction and fantasy literature. Last year’s inaugural nominees included Ted Chiang’s Exhalation: Stories, Amal El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone’s This is How You Lose the Time War, Brian Evenson’s Song for the Unraveling of the World, Marlon James’ Black Leopard, Red Wolf (the eventual winner), and Namwali Serpell’s The Old Drift: A Novel. 

This year’s award will be announced during a virtual ceremony, which will be held on Friday, April 16th.


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