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Check out these science fiction & fantasy award winners!

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August 20, 2020

A variety of annual awards for fantasy and science fiction works were announced over the last few months, including the Hugo Awards, Nebula Awards, Locus Awards and others!

Whether you're already a fan of science fiction or fantasy – or neither of these genres appeal to you – perhaps the accolades and descriptions of the following works will serve as inspiration to read something new, surprising and/or unusual.

So, without further ado (and in no particular order), the following are a sampling of award-winners that may be found in the Library Catalog (V-Cat):


Book Cover: A MEMORY CALLED EMPIRE

"A MEMORY CALLED EMPIRE" by ARKADY MARTINE

HUGO AWARD: BEST NOVEL

After discovering that the previous ambassador in her post may have been murdered, Mahit Dzmare arrives in the capital of the Teixcalaanli Empire determined to find the killer, as she hides a secret which may save her station from the Teixcalaan's desire for expansion.

Book Cover: THIS IS HOW YOU LOSE THE TIME WAR

"THIS IS HOW YOU LOSE THE TIME WAR" by AMAL EL-MOHTAR

HUGO AWARD: BEST NOVELLA
NEBULA AWARD: BEST NOVELLA
LOCUS AWARD: BEST NOVELLA

Two time-traveling agents from warring futures, working their way through the past, begin to exchange letters and soon fall in love, even though the discovery of their bond could mean death for each of them.

Book Cover: THE EXPANSE

"THE EXPANSE" by JAMES S. A. COREY

HUGO AWARD: BEST SERIES

After Captain Jim Holden discovers a derelict, abandoned spaceship, he unearths a secret that threatens to throw the entire solar system into war and a vast conspiracy that could mean the end of the human race.

Book Cover: LAGUARDIA

"LAGUARDIA" by NNEDI OKORAFOR

HUGO AWARD: BEST GRAPHIC STORY OR COMIC

In an alternate world where aliens have integrated with society, pregnant Nigerian-American doctor Future Nwafor Chukwuebuka has just smuggled an illegal alien plant named Letme Live through LaGuardia International and Interstellar Airport... and that's not the only thing she's hiding. She and Letme become part of a community of human and alien immigrants; but as their crusade for equality continues and the birth of her child nears, Future -- and her entire world -- begins to change.

Book Cover: A SONG FOR A NEW DAY

"A SONG FOR A NEW DAY" by SARAH PINSKER

NEBULA AWARD: BEST NOVEL

A global pandemic makes public gatherings illegal and concerts impossible, except for those willing to break the law for the love of music and for one chance at human connection.

 

Book Cover: RIVERLAND

"RIVERLAND" by FRAN WILDE

NEBULA AWARD: MIDDLE GRADE & YOUNG ADULT FICTION

Hiding under the bed and telling each other stories to endure difficult times at home, two sisters lose their mother's safeguarding magic when their father breaks an heirloom witch ball, causing a rift in the boundary between the real and nightmare worlds.

Book Cover: THE CITY IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT

"THE CITY IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT" by CHARLIE JANE ANDERS

LOCUS AWARD: SCIENCE FICTION NOVEL

A reluctant revolutionary survives exile by forging an unusual, world-changing bond with a family of ice creatures that live outside the human confines of their dying planet. 

Book Cover: MIDDLEGAME

"MIDDLEGAME" by SEANAN MCGUIRE

LOCUS AWARD: FANTASY NOVEL

In an alternate-reality world under the shadow of a magical government bent on transmuting the fabric of reality, two alchemical twins, one skilled with language and the other with math, become catalysts in their creator's grab for power.

Book Cover: BLACK LEOPARD, RED WOLF

"BLACK LEOPARD, RED WOLF" by MARLON JAMES

LOCUS AWARD: HORROR NOVEL

Hired to find a mysterious boy who disappeared three years before, Tracker joins a search party that follows the boy's trail through ancient cities and into dense forests, and encounter creatures intent on destroying them.

Book Cover: DRAGON PEARL

"DRAGON PEARL" by YOON HA LEE

LOCUS AWARD: YOUNG ADULT NOVEL

A sci-fi adventure novel about Min, a teenage fox spirit, who runs away to solve the mystery of what happened to her older brother and ends up saving her planet. 

Book Cover: OMPHALOS

"OMPHALOS" by TED CHIANG

LOCUS AWARD: BEST NOVELETTE

In Dr. Dorothea Morrell’s world, it is a universally accepted fact that the world was created a little more than eight millennia ago. But a new discovery shatters her faith in science as she knows it. 

Book Cover: NEW SUNS

"NEW SUNS" by NISI SHAWL

LOCUS AWARD: BEST ANTHOLOGY

"New Suns: Original Speculative Fiction by People of Color" showcases emerging and seasoned writers of many races telling stories filled with shocking delights, powerful visions of the familiar made strange.


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