Right now, it seems that every time you turn around another award has announced its shortlist. This time it’s the Kitschies, which are presented for the most “progressive, intelligent and entertaining” novels containing elements of the speculative and fantastic.
Red Tentacle (Novel)
The Heart Goes Last, by Margaret Atwood (Bloomsbury)
Europe at Midnight, by Dave Hutchinson (Solaris)
The Reflection, by Hugo Wilcken (Melville House)
The Fifth Season, by N. K. Jemisin (Orbit)
The Thing Itself, by Adam Roberts (Gollancz)
Golden Tentacle (Debut)
The Shore, by Sara Taylor (William Heinemann)
Blackass, by A. Igoni Barrett (Chatto and Windus)
The Gracekeepers, by Kirsty Logan (Harvill Secker)
The Night Clock, by Paul Meloy (Solaris)
Making Wolf, by Tade Thompson (Rosarium)
Inky Tentacle (Cover Art)
The Vorrh, by Brian Catling, design by Pablo Declan (Coronet)
Monsters, by Emerald Fennell, art direction by Jet Purdie, illustration by Patrick Leger (Hot Key Books)
The Honours, by Tim Clare, design and illustration by Peter Adlington (Canongate)
The Door that Led to Where, by Sally Gardner, art direction and design by Jet Purdie, illustration by Dover Publications Inc & Shutterstock (Hot Key Books)
Get In Trouble, by Kelly Link, design by Alex Merto (Canongate)
Invisible Tentacle (Natively Digital Fiction)
Arcadia by Iain Pears, http://arcadiatheapp.com/ (Faber/Touchpress)
LIFE IS STRANGE http://www.lifeisstrange.com/ (Square Enix)
Daniel Barker’s Birthday, by Frog Croakley https://storify.com/FrogCroakley/the-colelcted-daniel-barker-s-birth (@FrogCroakley)
The Last Hours of Laura K, http://thelasthoursoflaurak.com/ (BBC Writer’s Room)
Bloodborne http://www.fromsoftware.jp/pc_en/product/detail_92.html (Hidetaka Miyazaki/FromSoftware)
The winners will be announced on 7th March, and there’s a total of £2,500 in prize money (though there is no indication of how this might be divided between the four winners).
From Nebula and Hugo Award–nominated Carolyn Ives Gilman comes Dark Orbit, a compelling novel featuring alien contact, mystery, and murder.
Reports of a strange, new habitable planet have reached the Twenty Planets of human civilization. When a team of scientists is assembled to investigate this world, exoethnologist Sara Callicot is recruited to keep an eye on an unstable crewmate.