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Jeremy Lassen
Posted on Tuesday, April 22, 2003 - 11:24 am:   

Just wanted to list many of the recent awards winners and nominies in one place, and see if anybody had any comments on trends or patterns...

Britsh SF society Award:
The Separation, Christopher Priest (Scribner)

Coraline, Neil Gaiman (Bloomsbury)

American Gods, Neil Gaiman (Eos)

"Bronte's Egg", Richard Chwedyk (F&SF Aug 2002)

"Hell Is the Absence of God", Ted Chiang (Starlight 3, Patrick Nielsen Hayden, ed., Tor)

"Creature", Carol Emshwiller (F&SF Oct/Nov 2002)

Philip K. Dick Award Winner:
The Mount, by Carol Emshwiller
(with special citation to China Miéville for The Scar)

Hugo Nominies:
Bones of the Earth, Michael Swanwick (Eos)
Hominids, Robert J. Sawyer (Analog Jan-Apr 2002; Tor)
Kiln People, David Brin (Tor)
The Scar, China Miéville (Macmillan; Del Rey)
The Years of Rice and Salt, Kim Stanley Robinson (Bantam)

"Breathmoss", Ian R. MacLeod (Asimov's May 2002)
"Bronte's Egg", Richard Chwedyk (F&SF Aug 2002)
Coraline, Neil Gaiman (HarperCollins)
"In Spirit", Pat Forde (Analog Sep 2002)
"The Political Officer", Charles Coleman Finlay (F&SF Apr 2002)
A Year in the Linear City, Paul Di Filippo (PS Publishing)

"Halo", Charles Stross (Asimov's Jun 2002)
"Madonna of the Maquiladora", Gregory Frost (Asimov's May 2002)
"Presence", Maureen F. McHugh (F&SF Mar 2002)
"Slow Life", Michael Swanwick (Analog Dec 2002)
"The Wild Girls", Ursula K. Le Guin (Asimov's Mar 2002)

"Creation", Jeffrey Ford (F&SF May 2002)
"Falling Onto Mars", Geoffrey A. Landis (Analog Jul/Aug 2002)
"'Hello,' Said the Stick", Michael Swanwick (Analog Mar 2002)
"Lambing Seasons", Molly Gloss (Asimov's Jul 2002)
"The Little Cat Laughed to See Such Sport", Michael Swanwick (Asimov's Oct/Nov 2002)

Stoker Award Final Ballot:
From a Buick 8, Stephen King (Cemetery Dance; Scribner)
The Hour Before Dark, Douglas Clegg (Leisure)
The Lovely Bones, Alice Sebold (Little, Brown)
Lullaby, Chuck Palahniuk (Doubleday)
The Night Class, Tom Piccirilli (Leisure)

Atmosphere, Michael Laimo (Delirium; Leisure)
The Blues Ain't Nothing', Tina Jens (Design Image Group)
The Lovely Bones, Alice Sebold (Little, Brown)
The Red Church, Scott Nicholson (Pinnacle)

Cape Wrath, Paul Finch (Telos Publishing)
Coraline, Neil Gaiman (HarperCollins)
El Dia de Los Muertos, Brian A. Hopkins (Earthling Publications)
"My Work Is Not Yet Done", Thomas Ligotti (My Work Is Not Done Yet: Three Tales of Corporate Terror)
"The Origin", David B. Silva (The Darker Side)

"Details", China Miéville (Children of Cthulhu)
"Disappearances", Mort Castle (Chizine)
"The Green Man", Christopher Fowler (The Third Alternative)
"The Misfit Child Grows Fat on Despair", Tom Piccirilli (The Darker Side)
"The Plague Species", Charlee Jacob (The Darker Side)

The Collection, Bentley Little (Signet)
Everything's Eventual, Stephen King (Scribner)
Knuckles and Tales, Nancy A. Collins (Cemetery Dance)
Nations of the Living, Nations of the Dead, Mort Castle (Prime)
One More for the Road, Ray Bradbury (Morrow)

Children of Cthulhu, John Pelan & Benjamin Adams, eds. (Del Rey)
The Darker Side: Generations of Horror, John Pelan, ed. (Roc)
The Mammoth Book of Best New Horror 13, Stephen Jones, ed. (Carroll & Graf)
Shivers, Richard Chizmar, ed. (Cemetery Dance)
The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror: Fifteenth Annual Collection, Ellen Datlow & Terri Windling, eds. (St. Martin's)

International Horror Guild Award Nominies
THE DARKEST PART OF THE WOODS by Ramsey Campbell (PS Publishing)
THE HOUR BEFORE DARK by Douglas Clegg (Dorchester)
THE KILLING KIND by John Connolly (Atria)
FITCHER'S BRIDES by Gregory Frost (Tor)
FROM A BUICK 8 by Stephen King (Scribner)
A WINTER HAUNTING by Dan Simmons (William Morrow)

THE FALLEN by Dale Bailey (Signet)
THE SNOWMAN'S CHILDREN by Glen Hirschberg (Carroll & Graf)
A SCATTERING OF JADES by Alexander Irvine (Forge)
THE BLUES AIN'T NOTHIN' by Tina Jens (Design Image Group)
THE HORNED MAN by James Lasdun (US: W.W. Norton, UK: Jonathan Cape)

"Breathing in Faces" by Peter Crowther (EMBRACE THE MUTATION)
CORALINE by Neil Gaiman (HarperCollins)
EL DIA DE LOS MUERTOS by Brian Hopkins (Earthling)
"Mr. Gaunt" by John Langan (Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Sept 02)
"My Work Is Not Yet Done" by Thomas Ligotti (MY WORK IS NOT YET DONE)

"Death and Suffrage" by Dale Bailey (Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Feb 02)
"Pavane for a Prince of the Air" by Elizabeth Hand (EMBRACE THE MUTATION)
"Nesting Instincts" by Brian Hodge (LIES AND UGLINESS)
"A Drug on the Market" by Kim Newman (DARK TERRORS 6)
"The Essayist in the Wilderness" by William Browning Spencer (Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, May 02)

"The Road of Pins" by Caitlin Kiernan (DARK TERRORS 6)
"Details" by China Mieville (CHILDREN OF CTHULHU)
"Night Falls, Again" by Michael Marshall Smith (EMBRACE THE MUTATION)
"Prospect Cards" by Don Tumasonis (DARK TERRORS 6)
"The Sundowners" by Chet Williamson (FIGURES IN RAIN)

KNUCKLES AND TALES by Nancy Collins (Cemetery Dance)
LIES AND UGLINESS by Brian Hodge (Night Shade)
EVERYTHING'S EVENTUAL by Stephen King (Scribner)
MY WORK IS NOT YET DONE by Thomas Ligotti (Mythos)
IMAGINATION BOX by Steve Rasnic Tem and Melanie Tem (Lone Wolf)
FIGURES IN RAIN by Chet Williamson (Ash-Tree)

DARK TERRORS 6, edited by Stephen Jones and David Sutton (Gollancz)
KEEP OUT THE NIGHT, edited by Stephen Jones (PS Publishing)
THE BOOK OF MORE FLESH, edited by James Lowder (Eden Studios)
THE DARKER SIDE, edited by John Pelan (Roc)
QUEER FEAR II, edited by Michael Rowe (Arsenal Pulp Press)
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jonathan briggs
Posted on Tuesday, April 22, 2003 - 11:56 am:   

As far as the Stokers go, I notice Brian Hodge got robbed. AGAIN. No nominations for "Lies & Ugliness" or "Nesting Instincts" or "Pull"? He had a great year. What gives?
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Jeremy Lassen
Posted on Tuesday, April 22, 2003 - 12:41 pm:   

Comparing the Stoker Award nominees to the Horror Guild nominees does tend to highlight the shortcomings of the Stoker... The award seems to have a blind spot for non-best-selling authors who aren't member's of the HWA.

I was shocked that neither Simon’s A Winter Haunting nor Campbell’s Darkest Part of the Woods made the final Stoker ballot, as I think those two books represent two of the finest horror novels of the last 10 years or so, and not just high points of 2002.

As for Hodge being robbed; I have very strong feelings about this as well, but I am obviously biased, having published Lies and Ugliness. So I will simply say that he falls directly in the blind spot mentioned above, and leave it at that.

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Dave the Scot
Posted on Wednesday, April 23, 2003 - 09:49 am:   

Awards are bullshit. Average readers who make up the bulk of sales in stores don't know the difference between a Stoker and an IHG to save their life, nor do they care. Awards are for the writers who tend to need this kind of self serving ego wank. And those nominated are generally writers who the award committees are trying to curry favor with. Some of the work may deserve an award but some of those first novels up there were bunk. I was appalled to see what got nominated this year. I was further appalled to see who got bumped off the list. Disgraceful.
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jonathan briggs
Posted on Wednesday, April 23, 2003 - 01:50 pm:   

I'm with you, Jeremy: I usually scratch my head at the HWA's lineup, then think, Ahh, that's more like it, when I see the IHG list. For an organization that seems so desperate to be taken seriously (and this is an outsider/non-professional's view, mind you), the HWA sure picks some awful crap to single out for recognition. Not to slop all the nominees with the same greezy paintbrush, but there's some stuff on the ballot that's barely coherent, let alone well-written. And this is supposedly the best of the genre?
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Jeremy Lassen
Posted on Wednesday, April 23, 2003 - 02:08 pm:   

Dave, what you say is mostly true about the Stokers and IHG. I would argue that the Hugo has biggest significance to the reading/buying community, followed by World Fantasy, and Nebula.

Having said that... I mostly posted the awards to demonstrate some "trends." These awards are voted on by a wide variety of "groups" and I find the places where they intersect to be very interesting.

Neil Gaiman seems to have achieved a remarkable level of honors across the SF/Fantasy/Horror spectrum, for novels, and short work. Not bad for a guy who slipped into the "genre" as "that comic book guy." He didn’t get the “big three”, but having a novel winning the Hugo, Nebula, and Stoker is still pretty significant achievement.

China Mieville seems to have both popular and "critical" success, as evidence by the IHG/NEbula/pkd citation, and Hugo nominations two years running.

Seeing Michael Swanwick nominated in three hugo categories(twice in the short fiction category) is very striking... Will this be the "the year of the Swanwick?"

Carol Emshwiller popping up twice on the list is definitely worth noting.


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