Science Fiction/Fantasy News and Awards, August 2012

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

Fantasy Novel

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

First Novel

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

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.