The 2012 winners of the prestigious Locus Awards were announced in Seattle during the annual Locus Awards Weekend, June 15–17, 2012. Some of the winning (marked by •) and nominated titles include:
Science Fiction Novel
• Embassytown, China Miéville
Leviathan Wakes, James S.A. Corey
11/22/63, Stephen King
Rule 34, Charles Stross
The Children of the Sky, Vernor Vinge
• A Dance with Dragons, George R.R. Martin
Snuff, Terry Pratchett
The Wise Man’s Fear, Patrick Rothfuss
Deathless, Catherynne M. Valente
Among Others, Jo Walton
• The Night Circus, Erin Morgenstern
Ready Player One, Ernest Cline
God’s War, Kameron Hurley
Soft Apocalypse, Will McIntosh
Mechanique: A Tale of the Circus Tresaulti, Genevieve Valentine
• The Year’s Best Science Fiction: Twenty-Eighth Annual Collection, Gardner Dozois, ed.
Welcome to Bordertown, Holly Black and Ellen Kushner, eds.
Steampunk!, Kelly Link and Gavin J. Grant, eds.
Eclipse Four, Jonathan Strahan, ed.
Engineering Infinity, Jonathan Strahan, ed.
For more categories, see sffworld.com/news/740.html
Ray Bradbury (1920–2012)
We note, with great sadness, the passing of one of sf’s most evocative and poetic writers. Ray Bradbury, the author of Fahrenheit 451, The Martian Chronicles, and Something Wicked This Way Comes as well as hundreds of memorable short stories, died on June 5, 2012, at the age of 91. Beloved by readers for his visionary genius and his genuine compassion for humanity, Bradbury left a legacy of tales chronicling small-town Americana. Halloween, circuses, and carnivals figured prominently in his stories; he understood both the wonder and underlying terror of masks, carousels, clowns, and other carnival imagery. Many current writers, including Stephen King and Neil Gaiman, acknowledge his influence on their work. Bradbury was the winner of many awards, including the National Medal of Arts in 2004 and a Pulitzer Prize citation in 2007—the first sf author to be so honored. Ray, we will miss you, but your dreams remain with us. Mark Yon of SFF World wrote a heartfelt memorial essay.