The World Fantasy Award winners for 2012 were announced in Toronto last night. The full list of winners is available from Locus. Many thanks to Fran & Liza for getting the results out so quickly. (I am, of course, now wondering whether the World Fantasy Board will devote time to discussing how they can prevent Locus from getting the award results out quickly, as they did for me. Somehow I doubt it.)
Much of the talk beforehand was about the possibility of Jo Walton’s Among Others becoming the first work to grab the hat trick of major award victories: the Nebula, the Hugo and the World Fantasy. As it turned out, Jo missed her chance to make history, and what’s more someone else beat her to it. Ken Liu’s story, “The Paper Menagerie” has won all three awards this year. That’s an amazing achievement, and very well deserved IMHO. Well done Ken, and many thanks to Charles Tan for being the first to spot history in the making.
(I’m assuming here that no other piece of short fiction has done this. I’m confident about the novels, but as no one had spotted Ken’s situation I’m not 100% sure that it is a record. Do let me know if I’m wrong.)
One person who will be very pleased with this year’s list of winner’s is Steve Jones. The only female winners share awards with men (apart possibly for KJ Parker whose gender is a fairly well guarded secret). At last the Evil Feminists have been banished from the World Fantasy Awards and it is safe for horror editors to show their faces in public again.
Or maybe not. There were plenty of women on the ballot. And sad as I am to see so few female winners, I can’t quibble much with the results. Indeed, I’m really very pleased with them, even though Clarkesworld didn’t win, and neither did the two stories that we published. The winners are all very fine people and works.
In particular the list of winners has something of an international flavor this year. Eric Lane of Dedalus Books took home a Howie as a reward for publishing fiction in translation. There are lots of translated stories in The Weird. Ken Liu won Short Story. And Best Novel was won by Lavie Tidhar’s Osama, which I loved. It is good to know that the sort of books that snobby elitists like myself put on their Hugo ballot can win awards elsewhere. I am, of course, looking forward to Lavie’s blog post in which he explains how this proves that the whole awards scene is deeply corrupt and biased against him, and I see that Tim Maughan has already accused him of being a sellout on Twitter. Well done Lavie, mate. Very well deserved.
Finally, and still on the subject of people who appear on my Hugo ballot but never make the nominee lists, I am absolutely delighted for John Coulthart. He’s a genius. Come on, Hugo voters, what are you waiting for?