The Science Fiction awards season is upon us, and I have something that I can actively promote: War Stories: New Military Science Fiction!
The anthology as a whole can be nominated for a Locus Award for Best Anthology.
The following stories can be nominated for Best Short Story in the Hugo and Nebula categories:
- War Dog, Mike Barretta
- The Radio, Susan Jane Bigelow
- Valkyrie, Maurice Broaddus
- Contractual Obligation, James Cambias
- Where We Would End a War, Brett Cox
- NonStandard Deviation, Richard Dansky
- Always the Stars and the Void Between, Nerine Dorman
- One Million Lira, Thoraiya Dyer
- The Wasp Keepers, Mark Jacobsen
- Mission. Suit. Self, Jake Kerr
- Ghost Girl, Rich Larson
- Black Butterfly, T.C McCarthy
- Warhosts, Yoon Ha Lee
- In The Loop, Ken Liu
- Invincible, Jay Posey
- Enemy States, Karin Lowachee (Read it here)
- In Loco, Carlos Orsi
- All You Need, Mike Sizemore
- Coming Home, Janine Spendlove
The following stories can be nominated for the Best Novelette category:
- Light and Shadow, Linda Nagata
- Suits, James Sutter
Galen Dara, for her cover art and interior illustrations is eligible for the following awards:
- Hugo Award, Best Professional Artist/Fan Artist
- Chesley Award, Best Cover Illustration, Paperback Book
- Chesley Award, Best Interior Illustration
I do hope to see some of these stories on the awards ballot. You can read Karin's story on Apex Magazine (and I highly recommend this story - it's fantastic!). This book was a real treat to edit and put together, and I'm very, very proud of what is in it.
Personally, I'm not eligible for Best Editor, Short Form, because I don't have 4 editing credits under my belt. However, I am eligible for a couple of things:
- Best Short Story: Fragmented, Galaxy's Edge Magazine, May/June issue.
- Best Related Work: History of Science Fiction column. I'm guessing that this column in general can be nominated, or individual pieces. It's really a collective work, however.
Up to this point, the following columns have come out in the 2014 calendar year:
- Reading up on SF History
- The Fantastic Foresight of Katherine MacLean
- Arthur C. Clarke, Proselytizer Of Space
- The Big Ideas of James Blish
- The Clients of Agent Virginia Kidd
- The Innumerable Short Stories of Theodore Sturgeon
- The Meteoric Rise and Fall of Gnome Press
- The Transformation of George R.R. Martin
- Anne McCaffrey’s Dragons
- SFWA and the ‘Science Fiction Hall of Fame‘ Anthologies
- L. Frank Baum’s Wonderful Land of Oz
- Andre Norton’s YA Novels
- Larry Niven’s Ringworld and Known Space Stories
- Octavia E. Butler: Expanding Science Fiction’s Horizons
- Frank Herbert’s Epic Dune Series
- 30 Years of William Gibson’s Neuromancer
- The Left and Right Hands of Ursula K. Le Guin
- Stanislaw Lem and His Push For Deeper Thinking
- Madeleine L’Engle’s Wrinkle in Time
- Joe Haldeman’s The Forever War
- The Slow Unveiling of James Tiptree Jr.
- The Radical Joanna Russ
There's a couple of additional columns coming this year, and they can be included as well.
After all that, there's a couple of other places to consider: Lightspeed Magazine and Galaxy's Edge Magazine, which should be eligible for Best Semiprozine, and John Joseph Adams for Best Editor, Short Form. I'd also recommend looking into the works of Usman Malik, Ken Liu and Jaym Gates, each of whom have published this year.
When it comes to novels, Annihilation/Authority/Acceptance (Jeff Vandermeer), The Emperor's Blades (Brian Staveley), Breach Zone (Myke Cole), The Martian (Andy Weir), Defenders (Will McIntosh), The Three (Sarah Lotz), Cibola Burn (James S.A. Corey), Rooms (Lauren Oliver) and Ancillary Sword (Ann Leckie) were all some of the best books that I picked up over 2014 (plus a couple of others that I'm currently reading.
I look forward to seeing what's on the ballots this year!