Sunday, November 6, 2005

2005 World Fantasy Award Nominees

Location: World Fantasy Convention, Madison, Wisconsin.

Comments: In the fiction categories of the 2005 World Fantasy Awards there were a total of twenty-nine individuals nominated, fourteen of whom were women. Of the five categories, four were won by women, or women shared in the win. At this point, one could at last reasonably say that gender parity had been achieved. And it only took until 2005 to accomplish the feat of equitably recognizing the contributions of half of the human race. Twenty years after they were created, the World Fantasy Awards finally got to where they should have been at the start. I guess it was better late than never, but as a fantasy fiction fan, I still find it pretty embarrassing that it took this long to get here.

Best Novel

Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke

Other Nominees:
Iron Council by China Miéville
Perfect Circle by Sean Stewart
The Runes of the Earth by Stephen R. Donaldson
The Wizard Knight by Gene Wolfe

Best Novella

The Growlimb by Michael Shea

Other Nominees:
Golden City Far by Gene Wolfe
My Death by Lisa Tuttle
Soho Golem by Kim Newman
Tainaron: Mail from Another City by Leena Krohn

Best Short Fiction

Singing My Sister Down by Margo Lanagan

Other Nominees:
The Faery Handbag by Kelly Link
Northwest Passage by Barbara Roden
Reports of Certain Events in London by China Miéville
The Wings of Meister Wilhelm by Theodora Goss

Best Anthology

(tie) Acquainted with the Night edited by Barbara Roden and Christopher Roden
(tie) Dark Matter: Reading the Bones edited by Sheree R. Thomas

Other Nominees:
The Faery Reel: Tales from the Twilight Realm edited by Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling
The First Heroes: New Tales of the Bronze Age edited by Harry Turtledove and Noreen Doyle
Polyphony, Volume 4 edited by Deborah Layne and Jay Lake

Best Collection

Black Juice by Margo Lanagan

Other Nominees:
Breathmoss and Other Exhalations by Ian R. MacLeod
Heat of Fusion and Other Stories by John M. Ford
Mad Dog Summer and Other Stories by Joe R. Lansdale
Songs of Leaving by Peter Crowther
Stable Strategies and Others by Eileen Gunn
Trujillo and Other Stories by Lucius Shepard

Lifetime Achievement

Tom Doherty
Carol Emshwiller

Other Nominees:

Best Artist

John Picacio

Other Nominees:
Kinuko Y. Craft
John Jude Palencar
Charles Vess

Special Award, Professional

S.T. Joshi

Other Nominees:
Gavin Grant and Kelly Link
Sharyn November
Gordon van Gelder
Terri Windling

Special Award, Non-Professional

Robert Morgan

Other Nominees:
Sandy Auden and Ariel
Matthew Cheney
Barbara Roden and Christopher Roden
Michael Walsh

Go to previous year's nominees: 2004
Go to subsequent year's nominees: 2006

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