2019 Locus Finalists: Novels, Novellas, Novelettes, Short Stories

The 2019 Locus Awards Finalists have been announced ! There is no final round of voting, and the winners will be announced 27.7.2020.

Many of the short works are available online, and I’ve linked the ressource in the titles. Quite prominent is the anthology The Mythic Dream in the nominations: Believe it or not, 4 finalists (2 short stories, 2 novelettes) came from this anthology alone.

I extract only a few categories which are interesting for me. Here are all the nominees from short to long story. Links in the title lead to freely available online publications:

Best Short Story

My favorite is Ken Liu’s story. Most of the others were also fine, but not award worthy. Very disappointing was Kelly Link’s story, and I didn’t like Chiang’s flash story that much.

Best Novelette

  • ★★★★★ • Phantoms of the Midway 2019 Ghost novelette by Seanan McGuire (in anthology The Mythic Dreamreview
  • ★★★★☆ • Omphalos • 2019 Speculative fiction novelette by Ted Chiang also Hugo finalist review
  • ★★★★☆ • The Justified 2019 Africanfuturism novelette by Ann Leckie (in anthology The Mythic Dreamreview
  • ★★★★☆ • For He Can Creep • 2019 Fairy tale by Siobhan Carroll also Nebula and Hugo finalist review
  • ★★★+☆☆ • Binti: Sacred Fire 2019 Africanfuturism novelette by Nnedi Okorafor review
  • ★★★☆☆ • Emergency Skin 2019 Transhuman SF novelette by N.K. Jemisin • review
  • ★★☆☆☆ • The Blur in the Corner of Your Eye 2019 Weird fiction novelette by Sarah Pinsker also Hugo finalist review
  • “Erase, Erase, Erase”, Elizabeth Bear (F&SF 9-10/19)
  • “A Country Called Winter”, Theodora Goss (Snow White Learns Witchcraft)
  • “Late Returns”, Joe Hill (Full Throttle)

Best Novella

  • ★★★★★ • Anxiety Is the Dizziness of Freedom • 2019 • Near Future SF novella by Ted Chiang also Nebula and Hugo finalist review
  • ★★★★★ • The Haunting of Tram Car 015 • 2019 Urban Fantasy novella by P. Djèlí Clark • also Hugo and Nebula finalist review
  • ★★★★★ • The Deep • 2019 • Fantasy novella by Rivers Solomon • also Hugo and Nebula finalist review
  • ★★★★☆ • Permafrost 2019 • Time travel novella by Alastair Reynolds review
  • ★★+☆☆☆ • To Be Taught, If Fortunate 2019 • SF novella by Becky Chambers • also Hugo finalist  review
  • ☆☆☆☆☆ (DNF at around 50%) • This Is How You Lose the Time War • 2019 Time travel novella by Amal El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone also Nebula and Hugo finalist review
  • A Time to Reap“, Elizabeth Bear (Uncanny 12/19)
  • Desdemona and the Deep, C.S.E. Cooney (Tor.com Publishing)
  • The Gurkha and the Lord of Tuesday, Saad Z. Hossain (Tor.com Publishing)
  • The Ascent to Godhood, JY Yang (Tor.com Publishing)

Best SF Novel

  • The City in the Middle of the Night, Charlie Jane Anders (Tor; Titan)
  • The Testaments, Margaret Atwood (Nan A. Talese; Chatto & Windus)
  • Ancestral Night, Elizabeth Bear (Saga; Gollancz)
  • Empress of Forever, Max Gladstone (Tor)
  • The Light Brigade, Kameron Hurley (Saga; Angry Robot UK)
  • Luna: Moon Rising, Ian McDonald (Tor; Gollancz)
  • The Future of Another Timeline, Annalee Newitz (Tor; Orbit UK)
  • Fleet of Knives, Gareth L. Powell (Titan US & UK)
  • The Rosewater Insurrection/The Rosewater Redemption, Tade Thompson (Orbit US & UK)
  • Wanderers, Chuck Wendig (Del Rey; Solaris)

Best Fantasy Novel

  • Ninth House, Leigh Bardugo (Flatiron; Gollancz)
  • A Brightness Long Ago, Guy Gavriel Kay (Berkley; Viking Canada; Hodder & Stoughton)
  • The Raven Tower, Ann Leckie (Orbit US & UK)
  • Jade War, Fonda Lee (Orbit US & UK)
  • Middlegame, Seanan McGuire (Tor.com Publishing)
  • Gods of Jade and Shadow, Silvia Moreno-Garcia (Del Rey; Jo Fletcher)
  • The Starless Sea, Erin Morgenstern (Doubleday; Harvill Secker)
  • Storm of Locusts, Rebecca Roanhorse (Saga)
  • The Iron Dragon’s Mother, Michael Swanwick (Tor)
  • Dead Astronauts, Jeff VanderMeer (MCD; Fourth Estate)

First Novel

  • The Water Dancer, Ta-Nehisi Coates (One World)
  • Magic for Liars, Sarah Gailey (Tor)
  • The Ten Thousand Doors of January, Alix E. Harrow (Redhook; Orbit UK)
  • A Memory Called Empire, Arkady Martine (Tor)
  • Infinite Detail, Tim Maughan (MCD x FSG Originals)
  • Gideon the Ninth, Tamsyn Muir (Tor.com Publishing)
  • Finder, Suzanne Palmer (DAW)
  • A Song for a New Day, Sarah Pinsker (Berkley)
  • Waste Tide, Chen Qiufan (Tor; Head of Zeus)
  • The Luminous Dead, Caitlin Starling (Harper Voyager)
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