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

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...


2006 selection

Anansi Boys

Locus Award for Best Fantasy Novel 2006

by Neil Gaiman

In this #1 New York Times bestseller, Neil Gaiman returns to the territory of his masterpiece, American Gods (soon to be a Starz Original Series) to once again probe the dark recesses of the soul.

God is dead....


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...


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...


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...


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...


for Best First Novel category winners

for Best Novel category winners

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...


for Best Science Fiction Novel category winners

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

A #1 New York Times Bestseller, Anathem is perhaps the most brilliant literary invention to date from the incomparable Neal Stephenson, who rocked the world with Snow Crash, Cryptonomicon, and The Baroque Cycle...


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

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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...