While everybody (present company included) was breaking Twitter over the Hugo nominations, it is important to mention that two other awards were announced this weekend.
My pick was Cherie Priest’s Lizzie Borden-meets-Lovecraft Maplecroft, but who am I to judge?
The 2015 winner is Meg Elison’s The Book of the Unnamed Midwife.
A special citation was also given to Elysium by Jennifer Marie Brissett.
The James L. Tiptree, Jr. Literary Awards and the Tiptree Honors list were also announced this weekend.
Named after the pen name of the groundbreaking sci-fi author Alice B. Sheldon, the award was established in 1991 by authors Pat Murphy and Karen Joy Fowler to recognize science fiction and fantasy that expands or explores our understanding of gender. Past winners include Caitlin R. Kiernan’s The Drowning Girl and one of my absolute favorites, Mary Doria Russell’s The Sparrow.
This year’s winners are:
The awards will be presented at WisCon over Memorial Day Weekend.
In addition, the following novels were selected for the Tiptree Honor List:
- Jennifer Marie Brissett — Elysium (Aqueduct Press, 2014).
- Seth Chambers — “In Her Eyes” (Fantasy & Science Fiction, January/February 2014).
- Kim Curran — “A Woman Out of Time”, (Irregularity, edited by Jared Shurin, Jurassic London 2014).
- Emmi Itäranta — Memory of Water (Harper Voyager 2014).
- Jacqueline Koyanagi — Ascension (Masque Books 2013).
- Alisa Krasnostein and Julia Rios, editors — Kaleidoscope (Twelfth Planet Press 2014).
- Nnedi Okorafor — Lagoon (Hodder & Stoughton, 2014).
- Nghi Vo — “Neither Witch nor Fairy” (Long Hidden: Speculative Fiction from the Margins of History, edited by Rose Fox and Daniel José Older, Crossed Genres, 2014)
- Aliya Whiteley — The Beauty (Unsung Stories 2014).
Congratulations to all the winners, and may these awards lead to further success and acclaim.
— Michael Senft