World Fantasy Nominees

World Fantasy Award nominees are up (you can find more info here).  Reviews and interviews are linked below!


Best Novel

Best Novella

  • Bone and Jewel Creatures, Elizabeth Bear (Subterranean)
  • The Broken Man, Michael Byers (PS)
  • “The Maiden Flight of McCauley’s Bellerophon”, Elizabeth Hand (Stories: All-New Tales)
  • The Thief of Broken Toys, Tim Lebbon (ChiZine)
  • “The Mystery Knight”, George R.R. Martin (Warriors)
  • “The Lady Who Plucked Red Flowers beneath the Queen’s Window”, Rachel Swirsky (Subterranean Summer 2010)

Best Short Fiction

  • “Beautiful Men” , Christopher Fowler (Visitants: Stories of Fallen Angels and Heavenly Hosts)
  • “Booth’s Ghost”, Karen Joy Fowler (What I Didn’t See and Other Stories)
  • “Ponies”, Kij Johnson ( 11/17/10)
  • “Fossil-Figures”, Joyce Carol Oates (Stories: All-New Tales)
  • “Tu Sufrimiento Shall Protect Us”, Mercurio D. Rivera (Black Static 8-9/10)

Best Anthology

  • The Way of the Wizard, John Joseph Adams, ed. (Prime)
  • My Mother She Killed Me, My Father He Ate Me, Kate Bernheimer, ed. (Penguin)
  • Haunted Legends, Ellen Datlow & Nick Mamatas, eds. (Tor)
  • Stories: All-New Tales, Neil Gaiman & Al Sarrantonio, eds. (Morrow; Headline Review)
  • Black Wings: New Tales of Lovecraftian Horror, S.T. Joshi, ed. (PS)
  • Swords & Dark Magic, Jonathan Strahan & Lou Anders, eds. (Eos)

Best Anthology

  • What I Didn’t See and Other Stories, Karen Joy Fowler (Small Beer)
  • The Ammonite Violin & Others, Caitlín R. Kiernan (Subterranean)
  • Holiday, M. Rickert (Golden Gryphon)
  • Sourdough and Other Stories, Angela Slatter (Tartarus)
  • The Third Bear, Jeff VanderMeer (Tachyon)

Best Artist

  • Vincent Chong
  • Kinuko Y. Craft
  • Richard A. Kirk
  • John Picacio
  • Shaun Tan

Special Award, Professional

Special Award, Non-Professional

  • Stephen Jones, Michael Marshall Smith, & Amanda Foubister, for Brighton Shock!: The Souvenir Book Of The World Horror Convention 2010
  • Alisa Krasnostein, for Twelfth Planet Press
  • Matthew Kressel, for Sybil’s Garage and Senses Five Press
  • Charles Tan, for Bibliophile Stalker
  • Lavie Tidhar, for The World SF Blog

2011 Locus Award Winners

The 2011 Locus Award winners have been announced.  For the Science Fiction novel category, Blackout/All Clear by Connie Willis won, which I really think I’m going to have to check out now.  Kraken by China Mieville won, which I read and didn’t think was that great or incredible (I actually think Mieville gets a little too much praise and recognition that what he deserves from what I’ve read of him), and honestly I loved the other nominated novel, Under Heaven by Guy Gavriel Kay far more.  Super congratulations to N. K. Jemisin for winning First Novel for Hundred Thousand Kingdoms, totally deserved it!  And Warriors edited by George R. R. Martin and Gardner Dozois won for best anthology, which is good, because it was a truly great anthology.

BookBanter Book reviews and interviews are mentioned and linked next to the author and/or title.


Science Fiction Novel

Fantasy Novel

First Novel

Young Adult Book


  • WINNER: The Lifecycle of Software Objects, Ted Chiang (Subterranean)
  • Bone and Jewel Creatures, Elizabeth Bear (Subterranean)
  • “The Mystery Knight”’, George R.R. Martin (Warriors)
  • “Troika”, Alastair Reynolds (Godlike Machines)
  • “The Lady Who Plucked Red Flowers beneath the Queen’s Window’”, Rachel Swirsky (Subterranean Summer ’10)


  • WINNER: “The Truth Is a Cave in the Black Mountains”, Neil Gaiman (Stories)
  • “The Fool Jobs”, Joe Abercrombie (Swords & Dark Magic)
  • “The Mad Scientist’s Daughter”, Theodora Goss (Strange Horizons 1/18-1/25/10)
  • “Plus or Minus”, James Patrick Kelly (Asimov’s 12/10)
  • “Marya and the Pirate”, Geoffrey A. Landis (Asimov’s 1/10)

Short Story

  • WINNER: “The Thing About Cassandra”, Neil Gaiman (Songs of Love and Death)
  • “Booth’s Ghost”, Karen Joy Fowler (What I Didn’t See and Other Stories)
  • “Names for Water”, Kij Johnson (Asimov’s 10-11/10)
  • “Thirteen Ways of Looking at Space/Time”, Catherynne M. Valente (Clarkesworld 8/10)
  • “The Things”, Peter Watts (Clarkesworld 1/10)


  • WINNER: Asimov’s
  • Analog
  • F&SF
  • Subterranean


  • WINNER: Tor
  • Baen
  • Night Shade Books
  • Orbit
  • Subterranean Press




  • WINNER: Ellen Datlow
  • Gardner Dozois
  • Gordon Van Gelder
  • David G. Hartwell
  • Jonathan Strahan


  • WINNER: Shaun Tan
  • Bob Eggleton
  • Donato Giancola
  • John Picacio
  • Michael Whelan


Art Books

Pulled from

“Under Heaven” by Guy Gavriel Kay (Roc, 2010)

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It’s been three years since fantasy author Guy Gavriel Kay published his last book, which was a change from his usual fantasy epics that involve a historical period with an alternate twist.  In Under Heaven he returns to what readers known him best for, writing on the period of the Tang Dynasty in China of the 7th to 10th centuries.  Of course, it is not exactly the history of the Tang Dynasty, but Kay’s own created world, with an invented map and invented names for towns and cities.  The result is a magical, moving novel of almost six hundred pages that sweeps you back to this enchanting moment in history when there was fighting for land and wealth, but also beauty in art and poetry.  Under Heaven is Guy Gavriel Kay at his best.

Guy Gavriel Kay is not looking to simply tell a history story of the Tang Dynasty, nor is it to be an alternate history, but an original story of art and love and culture.  Shen Tai is the son of a renowned general who served the Emperor of Kitai.  He has spent the last two years by the blue waters of Kuala Nor where twenty years ago a great battle was waged and forty thousand men were slain.  Tai passes his days burying the dead from both armies and mourning in his way, for his father, General Shen Gao.  But Tai is in for a surprise; his duty to his country has been recognized.  The 17th daughter of the Emperor of Kitai, the White Jade Princess rewards him with 250 Sardian horses; a gift of priceless wealth.  Yet while this reward elevates Tai to a high status of extreme wealth, it is also tempered with how he will be able to collect his reward, and those who will stop at nothing to get their hands on those horses.

Guy Gavriel Kay reveals his true ability as a gifted writer in Under Heaven, using a colorful, descriptive style as he reveals this medieval world of culture and art, as well as politics and intrigue.  One learns through the eyes of Tai what it is to be a high-ranking noble in this world, how one should act at all times – as well as when in the presence of the emperor – and what it’s like to be constantly watched by a bodyguard as an assassin slinks nearby.  Under Heaven will capture you from the very beginning and transport you back to this magical time, making you never want to return to your own world.

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Originally written on June 8 2010 ©Alex C. Telander.

04/09 on the Bookshelf . . . “Watch” & “Under Heaven”

Watch Under Heaven

Received two delightful deliveries this morning; two books with two beautiful covers:

The sequel to the fantastic Wake, Watch by Robert J. Sawyer, the second in the trilogy.  I enjoyed Wake very much, and after interviewing Robert J. Sawyer, I’m looking forward to Watch.

It’s been some time since bestselling author Guy Gavriel Kay’s last novel, Ysabel, but fortunately on April 27th, Under Heaven, his new novel of medieval China will be published.  And you can hear what he has to say about it in this interview.

Very much looking forward to reviewing both of these.  Tis a good month for publishing!