Yearly Archives: 2010

In Great Waters by Kit WhitfieldFrom Locus Online:


  • Blood of Ambrose, James Enge (Pyr)
  • The Red Tree, Caitlín R. Kiernan (Roc)
  • The City & The City, China Miéville (Macmillan UK/ Del Rey)
  • Finch, Jeff VanderMeer (Underland)
  • In Great Waters, Kit Whitfield (Jonathan Cape UK/Del Rey)


  • The Women of Nell Gwynne’s, Kage Baker (Subterranean)
  • “The Lion’s Den”, Steven Duffy (Nemonymous Nine: Cern Zoo)
  • The Night Cache, Andy Duncan (PS)
  • “Sea-Hearts”, Margo Lanagan (X6 )
  • “Everland”, Paul Witcover (Everland and Other Stories)

Short Story

  • “I Needs Must Part, the Policeman Said”, Richard Bowes (F&SF 12/09)
  • “The Pelican Bar”, Karen Joy Fowler (Eclipse Three)
  • “A Journal of Certain Events of Scientific Interest from the First Survey Voyage of the Southern Waters by HMS Ocelot, As Observed by Professor Thaddeus Boswell, DPhil, MSc, or, A Lullaby”, Helen Keeble (Strange Horizons 6/09)
  • “Singing on a Star”, Ellen Klages (Firebirds Soaring)
  • “The Persistence of Memory, or This Space for Sale”, Paul Park (Postscripts 20/21: Edison’s Frankenstein )
  • “In Waiting”, R.B. Russell (Putting the Pieces in Place)
  • “Light on the Water”, Genevieve Valentine (Fantasy 10/09)


  • Poe, Ellen Datlow, ed. (Solaris)
  • Songs of The Dying Earth: Stories in Honor of Jack Vance, George R.R. Martin & Gardner Dozois, eds. (Subterranean/Voyager)
  • Exotic Gothic 3: Strange Visitations, Danel Olson, ed. (Ash-Tree)
  • Eclipse Three, Jonathan Strahan, ed. (Night Shade)
  • American Fantastic Tales: Terror and the Uncanny: From Poe to the Pulps/From the 1940s to Now, Peter Straub, ed. (Library of America)
  • The Very Best of Fantasy & Science Fiction: Sixtieth Anniversary Anthology, Gordon Van Gelder, ed. (Tachyon)


  • We Never Talk About My Brother, Peter S. Beagle (Tachyon)
  • Fugue State, Brian Evenson (Coffee House)
  • There Once Lived a Woman Who Tried To Kill Her Neighbor’s Baby: Scary Fairy Tales, Ludmilla Petrushevskaya (Penguin)
  • Northwest Passages, Barbara Roden (Prime)
  • Everland and Other Stories, Paul Witcover (PS)
  • The Very Best of Gene Wolfe/The Best of Gene Wolfe, Gene Wolfe (PS /Tor)


  • John Jude Palencar
  • John Picacio
  • Charles Vess
  • Jason Zerrillo
  • Sam Weber

Special Award – Professional

  • Peter & Nicky Crowther for PS Publishing
  • Ellen Datlow for editing anthologies
  • Hayao Miyazaki for Ponyo
  • Barbara & Christopher Roden for Ash-Tree Press
  • Jonathan Strahan for editing anthologies
  • Jacob & Rina Weisman for Tachyon Publications

Special Award – Non-Professional

  • John Berlyne for Powers: Secret Histories
  • Neil Clarke, Cheryl Morgan, & Sean Wallace for Clarkesworld
  • Susan Marie Groppi for Strange Horizons
  • John Klima for Electric Velocipede
  • Bob Colby, B. Diane Martin, David Shaw, and Eric M. Van for Readercon
  • Ray Russell & Rosalie Parker for Tartarus Press

The Life Achievement Awards will be released in the coming weeks in a separate announcement.

It’s nice to see some new names on the list. Particularily, I’m interested in In Great Waters by Kit Whitfield, a novel I wasn’t aware of before it’s nomination, but that sounds wonderful and which I’ll be purchasing soon. An equal standout for me is Blood of Ambrose, but for an opposite reason: I wasn’t much a fan of Enge’s novel. Best of all, I’ve got a whole slew of new short fiction to wade through, which is always something to look forward to.

Congratulations to all those nominated!

Anything in particular stand out from the list for you? If you could suggest one item, from any list among the nominations, which would it be?

From Xavier Garcia:

A Song of Ice and Fire Artwork by Xavier Garcia

Anyways, “A Song of Ice and Fire” by GRRRMRMM Martin is my favorite book series and for the most part, that shit has not pleased me visually. I’m super mega excited for the upcoming HBO series, but I wanted to flesh out the visuals the way it all looks in my head. I want to go trough the characters, weapons, environments and flesh the heck out of it.

My intended style which is going to be more fantasy than realistic (think Diablo III rather than Lord of the Rings) and I am fully aware that the cool thing about the books its how “realistic” they portray the fantasy setting. Hopefully that will still be the case, but I just wanted to set the tone on stylization.

And more of his artwork:

A Song of Ice and Fire Artwork by Xavier Garcia A Song of Ice and Fire Artwork by Xavier Garcia A Song of Ice and Fire Artwork by Xavier Garcia A Song of Ice and Fire Artwork by Xavier Garcia

I’ve always been a fan of stylized art like this, and feel it fits Martin’s books quite well. In videogames, there’s a term called ‘uncanny valley’ that refers to the point where videogame models begin looking photorealistic, but the small imperfections stand out even further, making the models look eerily realistic and fake at the same time. The same thing can happen with art, but more particularly I find that I have an easier time reconciling the differences between stylized art and the images in my head than I do realistic art to those same images that I’ve derived from the text. Either way, it’s cool looking, right?

I’m looking forward to seeing further art from Garcia’s Project Westeros.

The Republic of Thieves by Scott Lynch

After the sublime The Lies of Locke Lamora, I was a little disappointed in Scott Lynch’s Red Seas Under Red Skies. That, however, hasn’t stopped me from salivating over The Republic of Thieves for the past few years. Now, it’s just around the corner and you can read the first chapter, courtesy The prologue is also available via Lynch’s official website.

The wait until January, 2011 just got a little harder.