2010 World Fantasy Award Winners

China mieville 
(2010 World Fantasy Award winner The City & The City: one book to rule them all and in the brightness bind them...except for enclaves of The Wind-Up Girl support.)

The 2010 World Fantasy Awards, for achievement in 2009, have been announced at the World Fantasy Convention in Columbus, Ohio. The judges were Greg Ketter, Kelly Link, James Minz, Jürgen Snoeren, and Gary K. Wolfe.

There's nothing particularly unexpected in the winners' list--Mieville's novel has been gobbling up awards like a benevolent Pac-man, and Margo Lanagan and Karen Joy Fowler are among the best short fiction writers of their generations. The presence of not two but three lifetime achievement award winners seems to represent some tension between the administrators of the award and the judges, since administrators in the past have suggested possibles in that category. (One imagines Straub, Lumley, and Pratchett looking at the list and feeling like three guys staring at each other from within a very small phone booth and saying simultaneously, "I'm not done yet!")

The tie in the story collection category is somewhat inexplicable to me personally, as I found the Petrushevskaya not particularly fantastical and also not particularly good. Meanwhile, Straub's anthology was canon-defining, Jonathan Strahan is one of the field's hardest-working editors, and Strange Horizons is long overdue for recognition as a website that creates an importance space for speculative fiction and nonfiction.

The entire ballot of finalists can be found here.

Life Achievement
Brian Lumley
Terry Pratchett
Peter Straub

Novel
The City & The City by China Miéville (Macmillan UK / Del Rey)

Novella
"Sea-Hearts," Margo Lanagan, X 6, coeur de lion publishing

Short Story
"The Pelican Bar," Karen Joy Fowler, Eclipse Three, Night Shade Books

Anthology
American Fantastic Tales: Terror and the Uncanny: From Poe to the Pulps/From the 1940s to Now , ed. by Peter Straub, Library of America

Collection (tie)
There Once Lived a Woman Who Tried To Kill Her Neighbor's Baby: Scary Fairy Tales , Ludmilla Petrushevskaya, Penguin

The Very Best of Gene Wolfe/The Best of Gene Wolfe , Gene Wolfe, PS Publishing/Tor Books

Artist
Charles Vess

Special Award—Professional
Jonathan Strahan for editing anthologies

Special Award—Non-professional
Susan Marie Groppi for Strange Horizons


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Would like to have seen Brian Evenson win and I thought Poe's Children was a better Straub anthology.

Posted by: David | Sunday October 31, 2010 at 2:18 PM

Congratulations to China Miéville; "The City & The City" was an amazing, creative and thoughtful novel. I did also think very highly of "The Windup Girl", by Paolo Bacigalupi, but I would give "City" the nod, if only by a smallish margin.

Thanks to Omnivoracious for bringing these two novels to my attention a bit ago; I'd not have heard of them otherwise.

Gordon.

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