Locus Award

The Locus Awards are presented to winners of Locus Magazine's annual readers' poll, which was established in the early '70s specifically to provide recommendations and suggestions to Hugo Awards voters. Over the decades the Locus Awards have often drawn more voters than the Hugos and Nebulas combined. In recent years Locus Awards are presented at an annual banquet, and unlike any other award, explicitly… (more)

 

for Best Fantasy Novel category winners

2012 selection

A Dance with Dragons

A Song of Ice and Fire #5

Locus Award for Best Fantasy Novel 2012

by George R.R. Martin

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • NOW THE ACCLAIMED HBO SERIES GAME OF THRONES

Don’t miss the thrilling sneak peek of George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire: Book Six, The Winds of Winter

Dubbed “the...


2011 selection

Kraken

Locus Award for Best Fantasy Novel 2011

by China Mieville

BONUS: This edition contains an excerpt from China Miéville’s Embassytown.

With this outrageous new novel, China Miéville has written one of the strangest, funniest, and flat-out scariest books you will read...


2010 selection

The City & The City

Hugo Award for Best Novel 2010, Locus Award for Best Fantasy Novel 2010, Arthur C. Clarke Award 2010, World Fantasy Award for Best Novel 2010

by China Mieville

BONUS: This edition contains a The City & The City discussion guide and excerpts from China Miéville's Kraken and Embassytown.

NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY THE LOS ANGELES TIMES, THE SEATTLE TIMES...


2009 selection

Lavinia

Locus Award for Best Fantasy Novel 2009

by Ursula K. Le Guin

In a richly imagined, beautiful novel, an acclaimed writer gives an epic heroine her voice.

In The Aeneid, Vergil’s hero fights to claim the king’s daughter, Lavinia, with whom he is destined to found an...


2008 selection

Making Money

Discworld #36

Locus Award for Best Fantasy Novel 2008

by Terry Pratchett

Amazingly, former arch-swindler-turned-Postmaster General Moist von Lipwig has somehow managed to get the woefully inefficient Ankh-Morpork Post Office running like . . . well, not like a government office at...


2007 selection

The Privilege of the Sword

Riverside #3

Locus Award for Best Fantasy Novel 2007

by Ellen Kushner

Welcome to Riverside, where the aristocratic and the ambitious battle for power and prestige in the city’s labyrinth of streets and ballrooms, theatres and brothels, boudoirs and salons. Into this alluring...


2006 selection

Anansi Boys

Locus Award for Best Fantasy Novel 2006

by Neil Gaiman

One of fiction's most audaciously original talents, Neil Gaiman now gives us a mythology for a modern age -- complete with dark prophecy, family dysfunction, mystical deceptions, and killer birds. Not to mention...


2005 selection

Iron Council

New Crobuzon #3

Locus Award for Best Fantasy Novel 2005

by China Mieville

BONUS: This edition contains an excerpt from China Miéville’s Embassytown.

Following Perdido Street Station and The Scar, acclaimed author China Miéville returns with his hugely anticipated Del Rey hardcover...


2004 selection

Paladin of Souls

Chalion series #2

Nebula Award for Best Novel 2005, Hugo Award for Best Novel 2004, Locus Award for Best Fantasy Novel 2004

by Lois Mcmaster Bujold

One of the most honored authors in the field of fantasy and science fiction, Lois McMaster Bujold transports us once more to a dark and troubled land and embroils us in a desperate struggle to preserve the endangered...


2003 selection

The Scar

New Crobuzon #2

Locus Award for Best Fantasy Novel 2003

by China Mieville

BONUS: This edition contains an excerpt from China Miéville’s Embassytown.

A mythmaker of the highest order, China Miéville has emblazoned the fantasy novel with fresh language, startling images, and stunning...


2002 selection

American Gods: The Tenth Anniversary Edition: A Novel

Hugo Award for Best Novel 2002, Locus Award for Best Fantasy Novel 2002, Bram Stoker Award for Novel 2001

by Neil Gaiman

First published in 2001, American Gods became an instant classic—an intellectual and artistic benchmark from the multiple-award-winning master of innovative fiction, Neil Gaiman. Now discover the mystery and...


2001 selection

A Storm of Swords

A Song of Ice and Fire #3

Locus Award for Best Fantasy Novel 2001

by George R.R. Martin

THE BOOK BEHIND THE THIRD SEASON OF GAME OF THRONES, AN ORIGINAL SERIES NOW ON HBO.

Here is the third volume in George R. R. Martin’s magnificent cycle of novels that includes A Game of Thrones and A Clash...


1999 selection

A Clash of Kings

A Song of Ice and Fire #2

Locus Award for Best Fantasy Novel 1999

by George R.R. Martin

THE BOOK BEHIND THE SECOND SEASON OF GAME OF THRONES, AN ORIGINAL SERIES NOW ON HBO.

A SONG OF ICE AND FIRE: BOOK TWO

 

In this thrilling sequel to A Game of Thrones, George R. R. Martin has created a work...


1997 selection

A Game of Thrones

A Song of Ice and Fire #1

Locus Award for Best Fantasy Novel 1997

by George R.R. Martin

A NEW ORIGINAL SERIES, NOW ON HBO.

Here is the first volume in George R. R. Martin’s magnificent cycle of novels that includes A Clash of Kings and A Storm of Swords. As a whole, this series comprises a genuine...


1996 selection

Alvin Journeyman

The Tales of Alvin Maker #4

Locus Award for Best Fantasy Novel 1996

by Orson Scott Card

Alvin is a Maker, the first to be born in a century.

Now a grown man and a journeyman smith, Alvin has returned to his family in the town of Vigor Church. He will share in their isolation, work as a blacksmith,...


1993 selection

Last Call

Locus Award for Best Fantasy Novel 1993, World Fantasy Award for Best Novel 1993

by Tim Powers

Enchantingly dark and compellingly real, the World Fantasy Award-winning novel Last Call is a masterpiece of magic realism from critically acclaimed author Tim Powers.

Set in the gritty, dazzling underworld...


1992 selection

Beauty

Locus Award for Best Fantasy Novel 1992

by Sheri S. Tepper

With the  critically acclaimed novels The Gate To  Women's Country, Raising The Stones, and the  Hugo-nominated Grass, Sheri  Tepper has established herself as one of the major  science fiction writers...


1991 selection

Tehanu

Earthsea novels #4

Locus Award for Best Fantasy Novel 1991, Nebula Award for Best Novel 1991

by Ursula K. Le Guin

The Nebula and Locus Award–winning fourth novel in the renowned Earthsea series from Ursula K. LeGuin gets a beautiful new repackage.

In this fourth novel in the Earthsea series, we rejoin the young priestess...


1990 selection

Prentice Alvin

The Tales of Alvin Maker #3

Locus Award for Best Fantasy Novel 1990

by Orson Scott Card

The Tales of Alvin Maker series continues in volume three, Prentice Alvin. Young Alvin returns to the town of his birth, and begins his apprenticeship with Makepeace Smith, committing seven years of his life...


1989 selection

Red Prophet

The Tales of Alvin Maker #2

Locus Award for Best Fantasy Novel 1989

by Orson Scott Card

Come here to the magical America that might have been, and marvel as the tale of Alvin Maker unfolds. The seventh son of a seventh son is a boy of mysterious powers, and he is waking to the mysteries of the...


1988 selection

Seventh Son

The Tales of Alvin Maker #1

Locus Award for Best Fantasy Novel 1988

by Orson Scott Card

American Library Association “Best Books for Young Adults”

From the author of Ender’s Game, an unforgettable story about young Alvin Maker: the seventh son of a seventh son. Born into an alternative frontier...


1987 selection

Soldier of the Mist

The Soldier series #1

Locus Award for Best Fantasy Novel 1987

by Gene Wolfe

The first volume of Gene Wolfe’s powerful story of Latro, a Roman mercenary who received a head injury that deprived him of his short-term memory. In return it gave him the ability to converse with supernatural...


1984 selection

The Mists of Avalon

Avalon Series #1

Locus Award for Best Fantasy Novel 1984

by Marion Zimmer Bradley

In Marion Zimmer Bradley's masterpiece, we see the tumult and adventures of Camelot's court through the eyes of the women who bolstered the king's rise and schemed for his fall. From their childhoods through...


1981 selection

Lord Valentine's Castle

The Majipoor Cycle #1

Locus Award for Best Fantasy Novel 1981

by Robert Silverberg

The Classic Bestselling Saga by Science Fiction Grand Master Robert Silverberg

 

Lord Valentine’s Castle

 

He is a man with no past— a wanderer without memory of his origins. He calls himself Valentine....


1978 selection

The Silmarillion

Locus Award for Best Fantasy Novel 1978

by J. R. R. Tolkien

A number-one New York Times bestseller when it was originally published, THE SILMARILLION is the core of J.R.R. Tolkien's imaginative writing, a work whose origins stretch back to a time long before THE HOBBIT....


for Best First Novel category winners

2010 selection

The Windup Girl

Nebula Award for Best Novel 2010, Hugo Award for Best Novel 2010, Locus Award for Best First Novel 2010

by Paolo Bacigalupi

Recipient of the Sturgeon Award, Paolo Bacigalupi's writing has appeared in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine, and the environmental journal High Country News. His...


1999 selection

Brown Girl in the Ring

Locus Award for Best First Novel 1999

by Nalo Hopkinson

The rich and privileged have fled the city, barricaded it behind roadblocks, and left it to crumble. The inner city has had to rediscover old ways-farming, barter, herb lore. But now the monied need a harvest...


for Best Novel category winners

1980 selection

Titan

The Gaea Trilogy #1

Locus Award for Best Novel 1980

by John Varley

Twenty years ago, the Gaean Trilogy dazzled critics and readers. Now a new generation will discover that brilliant world--beginning with Titan.


1977 selection

Where Late The Sweet Birds Sang

Hugo Award for Best Novel 1977, Locus Award for Best Novel 1977

by Kate Wilhelm

Before becoming one of today's most intriguing and innovative mystery writers, Kate Wilhelm was a leading writer of science fiction, acclaimed for classics like The Infinity Box and The Clewiston Test.

Now one...


1975 selection

The Dispossessed

Hugo Award for Best Novel 1975, Locus Award for Best Novel 1975, Nebula Award for Best Novel 1975

by Ursula K. Le Guin

Centuries ago, the moon Anarres was settled by utopian anarchists who left the Earthlike planet Urras in search of a better world, a new beginning. Now a brilliant physicist, Shevek, determines to reunite the...


1973 selection

The Gods Themselves

Hugo Award for Best Novel 1973, Locus Award for Best Novel 1973, Nebula Award for Best Novel 1973

by Isaac Asimov

Only a few know the terrifying truth--an outcast Earth scientist, a rebellious alien inhabitant of a dying planet, a lunar-born human intuitionist who senses the imminent annihilation of the Sun.  They know...


for Best Science Fiction Novel category winners

2012 selection

Embassytown

Locus Award for Best Science Fiction Novel 2012

by China Mieville

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

In the far future, humans have colonized a distant planet, home to the enigmatic Ariekei, sentient beings famed for a language unique in the universe, one that only a few altered human...


2011 selection

Blackout

Oxford Time Travel #4

Hugo Award for Best Novel 2011, Locus Award for Best Science Fiction Novel 2011, Nebula Award for Best Novel 2011

by Connie Willis

Oxford in 2060 is a chaotic place, with scores of time-traveling historians being sent into the past. Michael Davies is prepping to go to Pearl Harbor. Merope Ward is coping with a bunch of bratty 1940 evacuees...


All Clear

Oxford Time Travel #5

Hugo Award for Best Novel 2011, Locus Award for Best Science Fiction Novel 2011, Nebula Award for Best Novel 2011

by Connie Willis

Winner of the Nebula Award

Traveling back in time, from Oxford circa 2060 into the thick of World War II, was a routine excursion for three British historians eager to study firsthand the heroism and horrors...


2010 selection

Boneshaker

Clockwork Century Universe #1

Locus Award for Best Science Fiction Novel 2010

by Cherie Priest

In the early days of the Civil War, rumors of gold in the frozen Klondike brought hordes of newcomers to the Pacific Northwest. Anxious to compete, Russian prospectors commissioned inventor Leviticus Blue to...


2009 selection

Anathem

Locus Award for Best Science Fiction Novel 2009

by Neal Stephenson

Anathem, the latest invention by the New York Times bestselling author of Cryptonomicon and The Baroque Cycle, is a magnificent creation: a work of great scope, intelligence, and imagination that ushers readers...


2008 selection

The Yiddish Policemen's Union

Hugo Award for Best Novel 2008, Locus Award for Best Science Fiction Novel 2008, Nebula Award for Best Novel 2008

by Michael Chabon

For sixty years Jewish refugees and their descendants have prospered in the Federal District of Sitka, a "temporary" safe haven created in the wake of the Holocaust and the shocking 1948 collapse of the fledgling...


2007 selection

Rainbows End

Hugo Award for Best Novel 2007, Locus Award for Best Science Fiction Novel 2007

by Vernor Vinge

Four time Hugo Award winner Vernor Vinge has taken readers to the depths of space and into the far future in his bestselling novels A Fire Upon the Deep and A Deepness in the Sky. Now, he has written a science-fiction...


2005 selection

Quicksilver

The Baroque Cycle #1

Locus Award for Best Science Fiction Novel 2005

by Neal Stephenson

Quicksilver is the story of Daniel Waterhouse, fearless thinker and conflicted Puritan, pursuing knowledge in the company of the greatest minds of Baroque-era Europe, in a chaotic world where reason wars with...


The Confusion

The Baroque Cycle #2

Locus Award for Best Science Fiction Novel 2005

by Neal Stephenson

In the year 1689, a cabal of Barbary galley slaves -- including one Jack Shaftoe, aka King of the Vagabonds, aka Half-Cocked Jack -- devises a daring plan to win freedom and fortune. A great adventure ensues...


The System of the World

The Baroque Cycle #3

Locus Award for Best Science Fiction Novel 2005

by Neal Stephenson

'Tis done.

The world is a most confused and unsteady place -- especially London, center of finance, innovation, and conspiracy -- in the year 1714, when Daniel Waterhouse makes his less-than-triumphant return...


2004 selection

Ilium

Locus Award for Best Science Fiction Novel 2004

by Dan Simmons

The Trojan War rages at the foot of Olympos Mons on Mars -- observed and influenced from on high by Zeus and his immortal family -- and twenty-first-century professor Thomas Hockenberry is there to play a role...


2003 selection

The Years of Rice and Salt

Locus Award for Best Science Fiction Novel 2003

by Kim Stanley Robinson

With the incomparable vision and breathtaking detail that brought his now-classic Mars trilogy to vivid life, bestselling author KIM STANLEY ROBINSON boldly imagines an alternate history of the last seven hundred...


2002 selection

Passage

Locus Award for Best Science Fiction Novel 2002

by Connie Willis

One of those rare, unforgettable novels that are as chilling as they are insightful, as thought-provoking as they are terrifying, award-winning author Connie Willis's Passage is an astonishing blend of relentless...


2001 selection

The Telling

Locus Award for Best Science Fiction Novel 2001

by Ursula K. Le Guin & Virginia Virginia Kidd Agency Inc.

The Left Hand of DarknessSutty, an Observer from Earth for the interstellar Ekumen, has been assigned to a new world-a world in the grips of a stern monolithic state, the Corporation. Embracing the sophisticated...


2000 selection

Cryptonomicon

Locus Award for Best Science Fiction Novel 2000

by Neal Stephenson

With this extraordinary first volume in what promises to be an epoch-making masterpiece, Neal Stephenson hacks into the secret histories of nations and the private obsessions of men, decrypting with dazzling...


1999 selection

To Say Nothing of the Dog

Oxford Time Travel #3

Hugo Award for Best Novel 1999, Locus Award for Best Science Fiction Novel 1999

by Connie Willis

From Connie Willis, winner of multiple Hugo and Nebula Awards, comes a comedic romp through an unpredictable world of mystery, love, and time travel...

Ned Henry is badly in need of a rest.  He's been shuttling...


1998 selection

Rise of Endymion

Hyperion Cantos #4

Locus Award for Best Science Fiction Novel 1998

by Dan Simmons

The magnificent conclusion to one of the greatest science fiction sagas of our time

The time of reckoning has arrived. As a final genocidal Crusade threatens to enslave humanity forever, a new messiah has come...


1997 selection

Blue Mars

Mars Trilogy #3

Hugo Award for Best Novel 1997, Locus Award for Best Science Fiction Novel 1997

by Kim Stanley Robinson

The red planet is red no longer, as Mars has become a perfectly inhabitable world. But while Mars flourishes, Earth is  threatened by overpopulation and ecological disaster. Soon people look to Mars as a refuge,...


1996 selection

The Diamond Age

1994 selection

Green Mars

Mars Trilogy #2

Hugo Award for Best Novel 1994, Locus Award for Best Science Fiction Novel 1994

by Kim Stanley Robinson

In the Nebula Award winning Red Mars, Kim Stanley Robinson began his critically acclaimed epic saga of the colonization of Mars, Now the Hugo Award winning Green Mars continues the thrilling and timeless tale...


1993 selection

The Doomsday Book

Oxford Time Travel #2

Hugo Award for Best Novel 1993, Locus Award for Best Science Fiction Novel 1993, Nebula Award for Best Novel 1993

by Connie Willis

For Kivrin, preparing an on-site study of one of the deadliest eras in humanity's history was as simple as receiving inoculations against the diseases of the fourteenth century and inventing an alibi for a woman...


1991 selection

The Fall of Hyperion

Hyperion Cantos #2

Locus Award for Best Science Fiction Novel 1991

by Dan Simmons

In the stunning continuation of the epic adventure begun in Hyperion, Simmons returns us to a far future resplendent with drama and invention.  On

the world of Hyperion, the mysterious Time Tombs are opening.  And...


1990 selection

Hyperion

Hyperion Cantos #1

Hugo Award for Best Novel 1990, Locus Award for Best Science Fiction Novel 1990

by Dan Simmons

On the world called Hyperion, beyond the law of the Hegemony of Man, there waits the creature called the Shrike.  There are those who worship it.  There are those who fear it.  And there are those who...


1988 selection

The Uplift War

The Uplift stories #3

Hugo Award for Best Novel 1988, Locus Award for Best Science Fiction Novel 1988

by David Brin

David Brin's Uplift novels are among the most thrilling and extraordinary science fiction ever written.  Sundiver, Startide Rising, and The Uplift War--a New York Times bestseller--together make up one of...


1987 selection

Speaker for the Dead

The Ender Saga #2

Hugo Award for Best Novel 1987, Locus Award for Best Science Fiction Novel 1987, Nebula Award for Best Novel 1987

by Orson Scott Card

In the aftermath of his terrible war, Ender Wiggin disappeared, and a powerful voice arose: The Speaker for the Dead, who told the true story of the Bugger War.

Now, long years later, a second alien race has...


1986 selection

The Postman

Locus Award for Best Science Fiction Novel 1986

by David Brin

This is the story of a lie that became the most powerful kind of truth.  A timeless novel as urgently compelling as War Day or Alas, Babylon, David Brin's The Postman is the dramatically moving saga of a man...


1984 selection

Startide Rising

The Uplift stories #2

Hugo Award for Best Novel 1984, Locus Award for Best Science Fiction Novel 1984, Nebula Award for Best Novel 1984

by David Brin

David Brin's Uplift novels are among the most thrilling and extraordinary science fiction ever written.  Sundiver, Startide Rising, and The Uplift War--a New York Times bestseller--together make up one of...


1983 selection

Foundation's Edge

Foundation #4

Hugo Award for Best Novel 1983, Locus Award for Best Science Fiction Novel 1983

by Isaac Asimov

Now, 498 years after its founding, the Foundation seemed to be following the Seldon Plan perfectly. Too perfectly. Now an impossible planet -- with impossible powers -- threatens to upset the Seldon Plan for...