Locus Award Nominees Announced

by Sharon Browning

Locus Magazine has been covering the science fiction and fantasy field since 1968, and Locus locus_awardsOnline (the semi-autonomous web version of the print magazine) has been inhabiting cyberspace since 1997.  Considered one of, if not the best, journal reporting on, reviewing and promoting all new books and magazines of the genre, it has won numerous Hugo Awards.

It also hosts the Locus Awards, which are presented to the winners of Locus Magazine’s annual readers’ poll. According to the website, over the decades the Locus Awards have often drawn more voters than the Hugos and Nebulas combined. The nominees for the 2014 Locus Awards were announced on May 7, and we here at LitStack are proud that we have had the opportunity to review many of the works nominated.  The winners will be announced during the Locus Awards Weekend, taking place from June 27 – 29 in Seattle, Washington.

Congratulations to all the nominees!


  • MaddAddam, Margaret Atwood
  • Abaddon’s Gate, James S.A. Corey
  • The Best of All Possible Worlds, Karen Lord
  • Shaman, Kim Stanley Robinson
  • Neptune’s Brood, Charles Stross




  • The Thinking Woman’s Guide to Real Magic, Emily Croy Barker
  • The Golden City, J. Kathleen Cheney
  • Ancillary Justice, Ann Leckie
  • A Stranger in Olondria, Sofia Samatar
  • The Golem and the Jinni, Helene Wecker


  • “Wakulla Springs”, Andy Duncan & Ellen Klages
  • Black Helicopters, Caitlín R. Kiernan
  • “The Princess and the Queen”, George R.R. Martin
  • “Precious Mental”, Robert Reed
  • Six-Gun Snow White, Catherynne M. Valente


  • “The Truth of Fact, the Truth of Feeling”, Ted Chiang
  • “The Waiting Stars”, Aliette de Bodard
  • “A Terror”, Jeffrey Ford
  • “The Sleeper and the Spindle”, Neil Gaiman
  • “The Prayer of Ninety Cats”, Caitlín R. Kiernan


  • “Some Desperado”, Joe Abercrombie
  • “The Science of Herself”, Karen Joy Fowler
  • “The Road of Needles”, Caitlín R. Kiernan
  • “A Brief History of the Trans-Pacific Tunnel”, Ken Liu
  • “The Dead Sea-Bottom Scrolls”, Howard Waldrop


  • Queen Victoria’s Book of Spells, Ellen Datlow & Terri Windling, eds.
  • The Year’s Best Science Fiction: Thirtieth Annual Collection, Gardner Dozois, ed.
  • Unnatural Creatures, Neil Gaiman & Maria Dahvana Headley, eds.
  • Old Mars, George R.R. Martin & Gardner Dozois, eds.
  • The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year Volume Seven, Jonathan Strahan, ed.


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


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


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


  • 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
  • Strange Matings: Science Fiction, Feminism, African American Voices, and Octavia E. Butler, Rebecca J. Holden & Nisi Shawl, eds.
  • The Man From Mars: Ray Palmer’s Amazing Pulp Journey, Fred Nadis
  • Wonderbook: The Illustrated Guide to Creating Imaginative Fiction, Jeff VanderMeer
  • Afrofuturism: The World of Black Sci-Fi and Fantasy Culture, Ytasha L. Womack


  • Hannes Bok, Hannes Bok: A Life in Illustration, Joseph Wrzos, ed.
  • Margaret Brundage, The Alluring Art of Margaret Brundage, Stephen D. Korshak & J. David Spurlock, eds.
  • Spectrum 20: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art, Cathy Fenner & Arnie Fenner, eds.
  • Maurice Sendak, Maurice Sendak: A Celebration of the Artist and His Work, Justin G. Schiller, Dennis M.V. David & Leonard S. Marcus, eds.
  • Shaun Tan, Rules of Summer


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