The Locus Awards are an annual set of literary awards voted on by readers of the science fiction and fantasy magazine Locus, a monthly magazine based in Oakland, California.[1] The awards are presented at an annual banquet. In addition to the plaques awarded to the winners, publishers of winning works are honored with certificates, which is unique in the field.[2]

Locus Award
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Trophy used since 2018
Awarded forThe best science fiction, fantasy and horror of the previous year
Presented byLocus
First awarded1971
Websitewww.sfadb.com/Locus_Awards

Originally a poll of Locus subscribers only, voting is now open to anyone, but the votes of subscribers count twice as much as the votes of non-subscribers.[3] The award was inaugurated in 1971, and was originally intended to provide suggestions and recommendations for the Hugo Awards.[2] They have come to be considered a prestigious prize in science fiction, fantasy and horror literature.[4][5] The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction regards the Locus Awards as sharing the reputation of the Hugo and Nebula Awards.[1]

Gardner Dozois holds the record for the most wins (43), while Neil Gaiman has won the most awards for works of fiction (18). Robert Silverberg has received the highest number of nominations (158).[6]

Frequently nominatedEdit

As of the 2021 awards, the following have had the most nominations:[6]

Person Nominations Nominations (fiction) Wins
Robert Silverberg 158 88 9
Gardner Dozois 133 21 43
Ellen Datlow 104 0 16
Michael Swanwick 84 74 3
Ursula K. Le Guin 80 56 24
Martin H. Greenberg 80 0 0
Gene Wolfe 74 67 6
Stephen Baxter 73 67 1
David G. Hartwell 73 0 1
Robert Reed 71 67 0
Lucius Shepard 70 60 8
Gregory Benford 69 54 0
Terri Windling 66 1 0
Frederik Pohl 65 46 3
Nancy Kress 64 57 2
George R. R. Martin 63 42 16

CategoriesEdit

Inactive categoriesEdit

There are several categories that no longer receive Locus Awards:[7]

  • Locus Award for Best Original Anthology (1972–1975)[8]
  • Locus Award for Best Reprint Anthology/Collection (1972–1975)[9]
  • Locus Award for Best Fanzine (1971–1977)[10]
  • Locus Award for Best Single Fanzine Issue (1971)[11]
  • Locus Award for Best Critic (1974–1977)[12]
  • Locus Award for Best Fan Writer (1971–1973)[13]
    • 1971: Harry Warner, Jr.
    • 1972: Charlie Brown
    • 1973: Terry Carr
  • Locus Award for Best Fan Critic (1971)[14]
    • 1971: Ted Pauls
  • Locus Award for Best Publisher - Hardcover (1975–1976)[15]
    • 1975: Science Fiction Book Club
    • 1976: Science Fiction Book Club
  • Locus Award for Best Publisher - Paperback (1975–1976)[16]
  • Locus Award for Best Paperback Cover Artist (1971–1973)[17]
    • 1971: Leo & Diane Dillon
    • 1972: Gene Szafran
    • 1973: Frank Kelly Freas
  • Locus Award for Best Magazine Artist (1972–1973)[18]
    • 1972: Frank Kelly Freas
    • 1973: Frank Kelly Freas
  • Locus Award for Best Fan Artist (1971–1975)[19]
    • 1971: Alicia Austin
    • 1972: Bill Rotsler
    • 1973: Bill Rotsler
    • 1974: Tim Kirk
    • 1975: Tim Kirk
  • Locus Award for Best Fan Cartoonist (1971)[20]
    • 1971: Bill Rotsler
  • Locus Award for Best Convention (1971)[21]
    • 1971: Noreascon

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Langford, David. "Locus Award". In Clute, John; et al. (eds.). The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction (3rd ed.). Gollancz. Retrieved September 11, 2021.
  2. ^ a b "Locus Awards". Science Fiction Awards Database. Retrieved February 21, 2021.
  3. ^ "2020 Locus Poll and Survey". Locus. Archived from the original on April 13, 2020.
  4. ^ Schaub, Michael (June 26, 2018). "Locus Award winners include N.K. Jemisin, Victor LaValle and John Scalzi". The Los Angeles Times.
  5. ^ Flood, Allison (June 27, 2016). "Locus awards go to Ann Leckie, Naomi Novik and other stars". The Guardian.
  6. ^ a b "Locus Awards Tallies". Science Fiction Awards Database. Retrieved May 11, 2022.
  7. ^ Locus Award Winners by Category Archived 2013-10-02 at the Wayback Machine accessed 14 June 2013
  8. ^ Locus Awards for Best Original Anthology Archived 2008-12-01 at the Wayback Machine accessed 14 June 2013
  9. ^ Locus Award for Best Reprint Anthology/Collection Archived 2008-12-01 at the Wayback Machine accessed 14 June 2013
  10. ^ Locus Award for Best Fanzine Archived 2008-12-01 at the Wayback Machine accessed 14 June 2013
  11. ^ Locus Award for Best Single Fanzine Issue Archived 2008-12-01 at the Wayback Machine accessed 14 June 2013
  12. ^ Locus Award for Best Critic Archived 2008-12-01 at the Wayback Machine accessed 14 June 2013
  13. ^ Locus Award for Best Fan Writer Archived 2008-12-01 at the Wayback Machine accessed 14 June 2013
  14. ^ Locus Award for Best Fan Critic Archived 2008-12-01 at the Wayback Machine accessed 14 June 2013
  15. ^ Locus Award for Best Publisher - Hardcover Archived 2008-12-01 at the Wayback Machine accessed 14 June 2013
  16. ^ Locus Award for Best Publisher - Paperback Archived 2008-12-01 at the Wayback Machine accessed 14 June 2013
  17. ^ Locus Award for Best Paperback Cover Artist Archived 2008-12-01 at the Wayback Machine accessed 14 June 2013
  18. ^ Locus Award for Best Magazine Artist Archived 2008-12-01 at the Wayback Machine accessed 14 June 2013
  19. ^ Locus Award for Best Fan Artist Archived 2008-12-01 at the Wayback Machine accessed 14 June 2013
  20. ^ Locus Award for Best Fan Cartoonist Archived 2008-12-01 at the Wayback Machine accessed 14 June 2013
  21. ^ Locus Award for Best Convention Archived 2008-12-01 at the Wayback Machine accessed 14 June 2013

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