The Locus awards were announced the other day, and while I'm sad to say I haven't read most of the winners (busy, busy year), I can report on the results:
SF NOVEL Ilium, Dan Simmons (Subterranean; Eos)
Extremely well reviewed novel which I assume Opus will be publishing soon.
FANTASY NOVEL Paladin of Souls, Lois McMaster Bujold (Eos)
Wonderful novel, significantly better than Bujold's previous novel in the same world, Curse of Chalion.
FIRST NOVEL Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom, Cory Doctorow (Tor)
Noted blogger, writer, and thinker about stuff Cory Doctorow's first novel is available for free download in a multitude of formats in his website, but still sells decently at Amazon. I'm actually quite intrigued about it, as the reviews have been excellent.
YOUNG ADULT NOVEL The Wee Free Men, Terry Pratchett (HarperCollins)
Haven't read this one yet, as I'm slower to get to TP's children's books, but it looks excellent, and I love the Nac Mac Feegle.
NOVELLA "The Cookie Monster??, Vernor Vinge (Analog Oct 2003)
Me not read. Vinge good.
SHORT STORY "Closing Time", Neil Gaiman (McSweeney?s Mammoth Treasury of Thrilling Tales)
Super-literary quarterly mag McSweeney's gave the editing reigns to Michael Chabon for an issue, and Gaiman's second win of the evening comes from the result, a massive books of adventure stories from the likes of Stephen King, Elmore Leonard, Nick Hornby and Harlan Ellison. Oh, and Gaiman.
COLLECTION Changing Planes, Ursula K. Le Guin (Harcourt)
After years of being relatively quiet, Le Guin has been back for the last couple of years, writing terrific stories. This is her latest collection, hence, it won.
ANTHOLOGY The Year's Best Science Fiction: Twentieth Annual Collection, Gardner Dozois, ed. (St. Martin's)
The Dozois annual collection is a staple of quality, and my personal favorite of the Year's Best.
NONFICTION/ART The Sandman: Endless Nights, Neil Gaiman, et al. (Vertigo)
In Gaiman's third and last win of the evening, the definition of "NonFiction/Art" was stretched to the max to accomodate this mostly excellent collection of stories in Graphic form. Or in other words, Comcics. It ain't non fiction, and The Neil didn't do the art, but what the heck.
EDITOR Gardner Dozois
Probably his last win (in an amazing streak), as he recently stepped down as editor of Asimov's.
MAGAZINE The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction
Is editor Gordon Van Gelder going to take over as Editor of the year next year? He deserves it.
BOOK PUBLISHER Tor
Another win, another Locus award. And they always deserve it.
ARTIST Michael Whelan
This is Whelan's 24th win, to go along with his 11 Chelseys and 15 Hugos.