Locus Award Reads

From Wikipedia: “The Locus Awards are an annual set of literary awards by the science fiction and fantasy magazine Locus, a monthly based in Oakland, California, United States. The award winners are selected by polling magazine readers.”

One of the things I like best about the Locus Awards is the very wide variety of categories for the awards given. I also appreciate that they’re in my general local neighborhood, and that it’s the magazine’s readers who selected the winners. I feel it gives a bit of variety to the Hugo and Nebula awards.


Best Novel / Sci-Fi Novels read: 3/49 (6.1%)
Best Fantasy Novels read: 4/41 (9.8%)
Best Horror / Dark Fantasy Novels read: 0/13 (0%)
Best YA read: 2/17 (11.8%)
Best Novellas read: 5/47 (10.6%)
Best Novelettes read: 0/47 (0%)
Best Short Stories read: 4/48 (8.3%)
Best Collections read: 2/44 (4.5%)
Best Debut Novels read: 2/40 (5.0%)

1971: Sci-Fi: Ringworld by Larry Niven

1972: Sci-Fi: The Lathe of Heaven by Ursula K. Le Guin ~ DNF 22 January 2019

1973: Sci-Fi: The Gods Themselves by Isaac Asimov

1974: Sci-Fi: Rendevous With Rama by Arthur C. Clark

1975: Sci-Fi: The Dispossessed by Ursula K. Le Guin

1976: Sci-Fi: The Forever War by Joe Haldeman

1977: Sci-Fi: Where Late the Sweet Birds Sang by Kate Wilhelm

1978: Sci-Fi: Gateway by Frederick Pohl
Fantasy: The Silmarillion by J.R.R. Tolkien

1979: Sci-Fi: Dreamsnake by Vonda N. McIntyre

1980: Sci-Fi: Titan by John Varley
Fantasy: Harpist in the Wind by Patricia A. McKillip

1981: Sci-Fi: The Snow Queen by Joan D. Vinge
Fantasy: Lord Valentine’s Castle by Robert Silgerberg
Debut: Dragon’g Egg by Robert Forward ~ read 4 November 2017

1982: Sci-Fi: The Many-Colored Land by Julian May
Fantasy: The Claw of the Conciliator by Gene Wolfe

1983: Sci-Fi: Foundation’s Edge by Isaac Asimov
Fantasy: The Sword of the Lictor by Gene Wolfe

1984: Sci-Fi: Startide Rising by David Brin
Fantasy: The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley

1985: Sci-Fi: The Integral Trees by Larry Niven
Fantasy: Job: A Comedy of Justice by Robert A. Heinlein

1986: Sci-Fi: The Postman by David Brin
Fantasy: Trumps of Doom by Roger Zelazny

1987: Sci-Fi: Speaker for the Dead by Orson Scott Card
Fantasy: Soldier of the Mist by Gene Wolfe

1988: Sci-Fi: The Uplift War by David Brin
Fantasy: Seventh Son by Orson Scott Card

1989: Sci-Fi: Cyteen by C.J. Cherryh
Fantasy: Red Prophet by Orson Scott Card

1990: Sci-Fi: Hyperion by Dan Simmons
Fantasy: Prentice Alvin by Orson Scott Card

1991: Sci-Fi: The Fall of Hyperion by Dan Simmons
Fantasy: Tehanu: The Last Book of Earthsea by Ursula K. Le Guin

1992: Sci-Fi: Barrayar by Lois McMaster Bujold
Fantasy: Beauty by Sheri S. Tepper

1993: Sci-Fi: Doomsday Book by Connie Willis ~ read 24 March 2018
Fantasy: Last Call by Tim Powers
Short: “Even the Queen” by Connie Willis ~ read 9 November 2018

1994: Sci-Fi: Green Mars by Kim Stanley Robinson
Fantasy: The Innkeeper’s Song by Peter S. Beagle

1995: Sci-Fi: Mirror Dance by Lois McMaster Bujold
Fantasy: Brittle Innings by Michael Bishop

1996: Sci-Fi: The Diamond Age by Neal Stephenson
Fantasy: Alvin Journeyman by Orson Scott Card

1997: Sci-Fi: Blue Mars by Kim Stanley Robinson
Fantasy: A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin
Novella: Bellwether by Connie Willis ~ read 16 August 2017

1998: Sci-Fi: The Rise of Endymion by Dan Simmons
Fantasy: Earthquake Weather by Tim Powers

1999: Sci-Fi: To Say Nothing of the Dog by Connie Willis ~ read 12 February 2018
Fantasy: A Clash of Kings by George R.R. Martin
Short: “Maneki Neko” by Bruce Sterling ~ read 5 February 2019

2000: Sci-Fi: Cryptonomicon by Neal Stephenson
Fantasy: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling ~ read 2014

2001: Sci-Fi: The Telling by Ursula K. Le Guin
Fantasy: A Storm of Swords by George R.R. Martin

2002: Sci-Fi: Passage by Connie Willis
Fantasy: American Gods by Neil Gaiman ~ read 9 January 2019

2003: Sci-Fi: The Years of Rice and Salt by Kim Stanley Robinson
Fantasy: The Scar by China Miéville

2004: Sci-Fi: Ilium by Dan Simmons
Fantasy: Paladin of Souls by Lois McMaster Bujold
YA: The Wee Free Men by Terry Pratchett ~ read 19 March 2019

2005: Sci-Fi: The Baroque Cycle: The Confusion; The System of the World by Neal Stephenson
Fantasy: Iron Council by China Miéville
Debut: Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clark ~ DNF 2004

2006: Sci-Fi: Accelerando by Charles Stross
Fantasy: Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman

2007: Sci-Fi: Rainbow’s End by Vernor Vinge
Fantasy: The Privilege of the Sword by Ellen Kushner

2008: Sci-Fi: The Yiddish Policemen’s Union by Michael Chabon
Fantasy: Making Money by authoTerry Pratchett

2009: Sci-Fi: Anathem by Neal Stephenson
Fantasy: Lavinia by Ursula K. Le Guin
YA: The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman ~ read 1 February 2014

2010: Sci-Fi: Boneshaker by Cherie Priest
Fantasy: The City & the City by China Miéville

2011: Sci-Fi: Blackout / All Clear by Connie Willis
Fantasy: Kraken by China Miéville

2012: Sci-Fi: Embassytown by China Miéville
Fantasy: A Dance with Dragons by George R.R. Martin
Debut: The Night Circus by Erin Mortgenstern ~ read 13 July 2018

2013: Sci-Fi: Redshirts by John Scalzi ~ read 17 January 2019
Fantasy: The Apocalypse Codex by Charles Stross

2014: Sci-Fi: Abaddon’s Gate by James S.A. Corey
Fantasy: The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman
Collection: The Best of Connie Willis by Connie Willis ~ read 27 November 2018

2015: Sci-Fi: Ancillary Sword by Ann Leckie
Fantasy: The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison
Novella: Yeterday’s Kin by Nancy Kress ~ read 3 December 2018

2016: Sci-Fi: Ancillary Mercy by Ann Leckie
Fantasy: Uprooted by Naomi Novik
Short: “Cat Pictures Please” by Naomi Kritzer ~ read 14 January 2019

2017: Sci-Fi: Death’s End by Cixin Liu
Fantasy: All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders ~ read 27 June 2019
Novella: Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire ~ read 21 September 2016
Short Story: “Seasons of Glass and Iron” by Amal El-Mohtar ~ read 14 August 2019

2018: Sci-Fi: The Collapsing Empire by John Scalzi
Fantasy: The Stone Sky by N.K. Jemisin
Novella: All Systems Red by Martha Wells ~ read 2 March 2019

2019: Sci-Fi: The Calculating Stars by Mary Robinette Kowal
Fantasy: Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik
Novella: Artificial Condition by Martha Wells ~ read 6 July 2019
Collection: How Long ‘Til Black Future Month by N.K. Jemisin ~ read 20 August 2019


This list contains all Locus Award winners for Best Sci-Fi Novel and Best Fantasy Novel, and any award winners for other categories that I have read. Some years may have ties or have no awards given. The year listed is the year the award was presented. The “other” categories are all notated in italics.

Books that I finish will be in green, and books that I start but DNF will be in red. Completion dates will be listed at the end. Starting dates are not recorded. If I’m unsure about the date read, I’ll just include the year.

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