Books A Plague of Locus Awards
posted by June 23 at 11:37 AMon
The Locus Awards were given out this weekend “at the Courtyard Marriott Hotel in Seattle, at an event led by Master of Ceremonies Connie Willis.” Locus is a science-fiction fan magazine, apparently based out of Seattle. Connie Willis is awesome.
The winner of the big enchilada award for sci-fi novel was The Yiddish Policemen’s Union by Michael Chabon. This one has swept pretty much every single genre-specific award ceremony in the last year, including the Nebula and Hugo awards, which are both sci-fi, and it was shortlisted for the Edgar award, which goes to mystery novels. The thing about it—and it is a great book—is that it’s not particularly a great science fiction novel or a great mystery novel. But it seems like representatives for every genre spend the majority of their time hoping for crossover appeal, so it’s not that shocking a choice.
Other winners include Heart-Shaped Box by Joe Hill (a.k.a. Stephen King’s son) for best first novel and Un Lun Dun by China Miéville for best young adult novel. I think that this is the last of the genre awards for the year. Let us rejoice and be glad.