The Locus Awards top ten finalists have been announced. So many wonderful books and people and congratulations to all. Awards lists are always useful reading lists, and so many of the short pieces are available online that you don’t even have to wait to start reading them! Just follow those links!
(Incidentally, if you teach any sort of genre fiction writing, keeping on top of the short fiction nominations is a fast way to keep a fresh stock of reference stories and the conversations in them.)
I’m delighted and honoured to be included in the list of Artist nominees, in the rather astonishing company of:
- Kinuko Y. Craft
- Galen Dara
- Julie Dillon
- Bob Eggleton
- Donato Giancola
- Kathleen Jennings
- John Picacio
- Shaun Tan
- Charles Vess
- Michael Whelan
They’re all amazing artists, and very influential — do check out their work if somehow you don’t already know it!
(And also a reminder that now is a good time to keep an eye out for artists doing interesting things this year, for next year’s nominations! Share art! Tell people you like it! People who aren’t artists aren’t always sure how to talk about art, but honestly “I like this” is a great start. “Why” is fun, but secondary.)
This is a nomination for art, not for writing, but since I illustrated Flyaway and it came out last year, I’m going to wave the book around as having Locus-shortlisted illustrations (here’s a whole article about the illustrations and process on Tor.com), along with art for e.g. Tallow Wife advance glimpses, the calendar art, “Undine Love“, Mother Thorn, lots of art scattered throughout this blog and other places online, and involvement in projects such as Welcome to the Bitch Bubble, World Roulette, enamel pins. I’m sure I’ve missed a few due to 2020 existing in a fog.