Locus, the Science Fiction Foundation, has announced the winners of its prestigious award (2019). The prizes are awarded by readers through an online survey.


WINNER: The Calculating Stars, Mary Robinette Kowal (Tor)

Record of a Spaceborn Few, Becky Chambers (Harper Voyager US, Hodder & Stoughton)
If Tomorrow Comes, Nancy Kress (Tor)
Revenant Gun, Yoon Ha Lee (Solaris US, Solaris UK)
Blackfish City, Sam J. Miller (Ecco, Orbit UK)
Embers of War, Gareth L. Powell (Titan US, Titan UK)
Elysium Fire, Alastair Reynolds (Gollancz, Orbit US)
Red Moon, Kim Stanley Robinson (Orbit US, Orbit UK)
Unholy Land, Lavie Tidhar (Tachyon)
Space Opera, Catherynne M. Valente (Saga)


WINNER: Spinning Silver, Naomi Novik (Del Rey; Macmillan)

Lies Sleeping, Ben Aaronovitch (DAW; Gollancz)
Foundryside, Robert Jackson Bennett (Crown; Jo Fletcher)
The Monster Baru Cormorant, Seth Dickinson (Tor)
Deep Roots, Ruthanna Emrys ( Publishing)
Ahab's Return, Jeffrey Ford (Morrow)
European Travel for the Monstrous Gentlewoman, Theodora Goss (Saga)
The Mere Wife, Maria Dahvana Headley (MCD)
The Wonder Engine, T. Kingfisher (Argyll Productions)
Creatures of Want and Ruin, Molly Tanzer (John Joseph Adams)


WINNER: The Cabin at the End of the World, Paul Tremblay (Morrow, Titan UK)

In the Night Wood, Dale Bailey (John Joseph Adams)
Unlanguage, Michael Cisco (Eraserhead)
We Sold Our Souls, Grady Hendrix (Quirk)
Coyote Songs, Gabino Iglesias (Broken River)
The Hunger, Alma Katsu (Putnam, Bantam Press UK)
The Outsider, Stephen King (Scribner, Hodder & Stoughton)
The Listener, Robert McCammon (Cemetery Dance)
Cross Her Heart, Sarah Pinborough (HarperCollins UK / Morrow)
Tide of Stone, Kaaron Warren (Omnium Gatherum)


WINNER: Dread Nation, Justina Ireland (Balzer + Bray)

The Gone Away Place, Christopher Barzak (Knopf)
The Cruel Prince, Holly Black (Little, Brown, Hot Key)
The Belles, Dhonielle Clayton (Freeform, Gollancz)
Tess of the Road, Rachel Hartman (Random House)
Cross Fire, Fonda Lee (Scholastic)
The Agony House, Cherie Priest & Tara O'Connor (Levine)
Half-Witch, John Schoffstall (Big Mouth House)
Impostors, Scott Westerfeld (Scholastic US, Scholastic UK)
Mapping the Bones, Jane Yolen (Philomel)


WINNER: Trail of Lightning, Rebecca Roanhorse (Saga)

Children of Blood and Bone, Tomi Adeyemi (Henry Holt, Macmillan)
Semiosis, Sue Burke (Tor)
Armed in Her Fashion, Kate Heartfield (ChiZine)
The Poppy War, R.F. Kuang (Harper Voyager US; Harper Voyager UK)
The Quantum Magician, Derek Künsken (Solaris US, Solaris UK)
Annex, Rich Larson (Orbit US)
Severance, Ling Ma (Farrar, Straus, Giroux)
Witchmark, C.L. Polk ( Publishing)
Empire of Sand, Tasha Suri (Orbit US, Orbit UK)


WINNER: Artificial Condition, Martha Wells ( Publishing)
The Black God's Drums, P. Djèlí Clark ( Publishing)
The Tea Master and the Detective, Aliette de Bodard (Subterranean)
"Umbernight", Carolyn Ives Gilman (Clarkesworld 2/18)
Black Helicopters, Caitlin R. Kiernan ( Publishing)
Time Was, Ian McDonald ( Publishing)
Gods, Monsters, and the Lucky Peach, Kelly Robson ( Publishing)
The Freeze-Frame Revolution, Peter Watts (Tachyon)
Rogue Protocol, Martha Wells ( Publishing)
The Descent of Monsters, JY Yang ( Publishing)


WINNER: The Only Harmless Great Thing, Brooke Bolander ( Publishing)

"The Donner Party", Dale Bailey (F & SF 1-2 / 18)
"Okay, Glory", Elizabeth Bear (Twelve Tomorrows)
"No Flight Without the Shatter", Brooke Bolander ( 8/15/18)
"The Last Banquet of Temporal Confections", Tina Connolly ( 11/7/18)
"An Agent of Utopia", Andy Duncan (An Agent of Utopia)
"Queen Lily", Theodora Goss (Lightspeed 11/18)
"Nine Last Days on Planet Earth", Daryl Gregory ( 9/19/18)
"Quality Time", Ken Liu (Robots vs Fairies)
"How to Swallow the Moon", Isabel Yap (Uncanny 11-12 / 18)


WINNER: "The Secret Lives of the Black Nine Teeth of George Washington ", Phenderson Djèlí Clark (Fireside 2/18)

"The Bookcase Expedition", Jeffrey Ford (Robots vs Fairies)
"STET", Sarah Gailey (Fireside 10/18)
"A Witch's Guide to Escape: A Practical Compendium of Portal Fantasies", Alix E. Harrow (Apex 2/6/18)
"Cuisine des Mémoires", N.K. Jemisin (How Long 'til Black Future Month?)
"The Storyteller's Replacement", N.K. Jemisin (How Long 'til Black Future Month?)
"Firelight", Ursula K. Le Guin (Paris Review Summer '18; The Books of Earthsea: The Complete Illustrated Edition)
"The Starship and the Temple Cat", Yoon Ha Lee (Beneath Ceaseless Skies 2/1/18)
"Mother of Invention", Nnedi Okorafor (Future Tense)
"The Court Magician", Sarah Pinsker (Lightspeed 1/18)


WINNER: The Book of Magic, Gardner Dozois, ed. (Bantam, Harper Voyager UK)

The Best Horror of the Year Volume Ten, Ellen Datlow, ed. (Night Shade)
The Year's Best Science Fiction: Thirty-fifth Annual Collection, Gardner Dozois, ed. (St. Martin's Griffin)
Worlds Seen in Passing, Irene Gallo, ed. ( Publishing)
The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2018, N.K. Jemisin & John Joseph Adams, eds. (Mariner)
Robots vs Fairies, Dominik Parisien & Navah Wolfe, eds. (Saga)
The Best Science Fiction & Fantasy of the Year, Volume Twelve, Jonathan Strahan, ed. (Solaris US; Solaris UK)
Infinity's End, Jonathan Strahan, ed. (Solaris US; Solaris UK)
The Underwater Ballroom Society, Tiffany Trent & Stephanie Burgis, eds. (Five Fathoms)
The Future Is Female !, Lisa Yaszek, ed. (Library of America)


WINNER: How Long 'til Black Future Month ?, N.K. Jemisin (Orbit US; Orbit UK)
The Tangled Lands, Paolo Bacigalupi & Tobias S. Buckell (Saga)
Brief Cases, Jim Butcher (Ace, Orbit UK)
An Agent of Utopia, Andy Duncan (Small Beer)
The Dinosaur Tourist, Caitlin R. Kiernan (Subterranean))
Fire & Blood, George R.R. Martin (Bantam, Harper Voyager UK)
All the Fabulous Beasts, Priya Sharma (Undertow)
The Future Is Blue, Catherynne M. Valente (Subterranean)
Starlings, Jo Walton (Tachyon)
How to Fracture a Fairy Tale, Jane Yolen (Tachyon)



Beneath Ceaseless Skies
F & SF
Strange Horizons



Angry Robot
Small Beer


WINNER: Gardner Dozois

John Joseph Adams
Neil Clarke
Ellen Datlow
DC Finlay
Jonathan Strahan
Lynne M. Thomas & Michael Damian Thomas
Ann & Jeff VanderMeer
Sheila Williams
Navah Wolfe


WINNER: Charles Vess
Kinuko Y. Craft
Galen Dara
Julie Dillon
Leo & Diane Dillon
Bob Eggleton
Victo Ngai
John Picacio
Shaun Tan
Michael Whelan


WINNER: Ursula K. Le Guin: Conversations on Writing, Ursula K. Le Guin & David Naimon (Tin House)
Space Odyssey: Stanley Kubrick, Arthur C. Clarke, and the Making of a Masterpiece, Michael Benson (Simon & Schuster)

Sense of Wonder: Short Fiction Reviews (2009-2017), Gardner Dozois (ReAnimus)
Strange Stars, Jason Heller (Melville House)
Dreams Must Explain Themselves: The Selected Non-Fiction of Ursula K. Le Guin, Ursula K. Le Guin (Gollancz)
Old Futures: Speculative Fiction and Queer Possibility, Alexis Lothian (NYU Press)
Tolkien: Maker of Middle-earth, Catherine McIlwaine, ed. (Bodleian Library)
Astounding: John W. Campbell, Isaac Asimov, Robert A. Heinlein, L. Ron Hubbard, and the Golden Age of Science Fiction, Alec Nevala-Lee (Dey Street)
None of This Is Normal: The Fiction of Jeff VanderMeer, Benjamin J. Robertson (University of Minnesota Press)
An Informal History of the Hugos: A Personal Look Back at the Hugo Awards, 1953-2000, Jo Walton (Tor)


WINNER: Charles Vess, The Books of Earthsea: The Complete Illustrated Edition, Ursula K. Le Guin (Saga)

Yoshitaka Amano, Yoshitaka Amano: The Illustrated Biography – Beyond the Fantasy, Florent Gorges (Les Éditions Pix'n Love 2015, Dark Horse)
Spectrum 25: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art, John Fleskes, ed. (Flesk)
John Howe, A Middle-earth Traveler: Sketches from Bag End to Mordor (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, HarperCollins UK)
Jeffrey Alan Love, The Thousand Demon Tree (Flesk)
Simon Stålenhag, The Electric State (Fria Ligan '17; Skybound)
Shaun Tan, Cicada (Lothian; Levine '19)
Michael Whelan, Beyond Science Fiction: The Alternative Realism of Michael Whelan (Baby Tattoo)
Dungeons & Dragons Art and Arcana: A Visual History, Michael Witwer, Kyle Newman, Jon Peterson & Sam Witwer (Ten Speed)
Lisbeth Zwerger, The Tales of Beedle the Bard, J.K. Rowling (Levine)

SPECIAL PRIZE 2019: Mary Anne Mohanraj

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