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Awards 2015: Top Books

By / May 13, 2015 / no comments

Okay, we’ve got all the shortlists in, and even some of the winners. So it’s time to count up and see who’s doing best in this award season.

So we’ve gone through all the shortlists, and totalled the nominations up. And the results are very interesting.

First, some qualifications. Shortlists vary: there are 16 titles on the Campbell Memorial Award list, 8 titles on the BSFA Award list, but the Philip K. Dick Award only announced the winner and an honourable mention. Also, this is a year in which the campaigns by the Sad Puppies and the Rabid Puppies have grossly distorted the Hugo shortlists (though it is interesting that the works they have championed have not appeared on any other lists, whether juried, popular vote or what). And we haven’t paid any attention to whether a particular book won anything, for this exercise we’re only interested in what made the shortlist.

We canvassed 10 awards (Hugo, Nebula, Arthur C. Clarke, John W. Campbell Memorial, BSFA, Locus, Prometheus, Philip K. Dick, James Tiptree and Kitschies).

A total of 40 novels have received at least one nomination. The numbers are as follows:

5 nominations:

The Three-Body Problem – Cixin Liu (trans, Ken Liu)

4 nominations:

Ancillary Sword – Ann Leckie

3 nominations:

The Race – Nina Allan
The Peripheral – William Gibson
Europe in Autumn – Dave Hutchinson
The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August – Claire North
The Southern Reach Trilogy – Jeff VanderMeer

(VanderMeer received two nominations for the Trilogy, and one nomination for the first volume in the Trilogy, Annihilation.)

2 nominations:

The Goblin Emperor – Katherine Addison
The Girl in the Road – Monica Byrne
Wolves – Simon Ings
Memory of Water – Emmi Itaranta
Station Eleven – Emily St John Mandel
Lagoon – Nnedi Okorafor
Lock In – John Scalzi

1 nomination:

The Dark Between the Stars – Kevin J. Anderson
Elysium – Jennifer Marie Brissett
Skin Game – Jim Butcher
A Darkling Sea – James L. Cambias
The Girl with All the Gifts – M.R. Carey
The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet – Becky Chambers
The Book of the Unnamed Midwife – Meg Elison
Viper Wine – Hermione Eyre
The Book of Strange New Things – Michel Faber
Trial by Fire – Charles E. Gannon
Afterparty – Daryl Gregory
Cuckoo Song – Frances Hardinge
Coming Home – Jack McDevitt
Defenders – Will McIntosh
The Bees – Laline Paull
Raising Steam – Terry Pratchett
Bete – Adam Roberts
A Better World – Marcus Sakey
Grasshopper Jungle – Andrew Smith
Influx – Daniel Suarez
My Real Children – Jo Walton
Echopraxia – Peter Watts
The Martian – Andy Weir
The Way Inn – Will Wiles
The Moon King – Neil Williamson
The People in the Trees – Hanya Yanagihara

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