On Sunday night, the winners of the World Fantasy Awards were announced during the annual World Fantasy Convention, held for 2017 in San Antonio, Texas.
This year's winners are notable not just for the exceptional body of work they represent, but as the first-ever slate to take home the new award design.
From the World Fantasy Awards' inception in 1975, through 2015, winners were awarded a bust of H.P. Lovecraft. But in recent years, numerous editors and authors—including World Fantasy Award winners Sofia Samatar, Nnedi Okorafor, and China Mieville—expressed frustration that the physical award honored a man who would likely have hated many of the winners based on their race. A petition begun by author Daniel José Older in 2014 called for the Lovecraft statue to be replaced with an award honoring Octavia E. Butler, arguing that although Lovecraft "did leave a lasting mark on speculative fiction, he was also an avowed racist."
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During last year's ceremony, administrators announced that the Lovecraft bust would be replaced; this year's winners took home awards designed by sculptor and artist Vincent Villafranca.
You can check out a complete list of winners, and see some of them show off their historic awards, below. Additionally, Terry Brooks and Marina Warner were both presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award.
- Borderline, by Mishell Baker
- Roadsouls, by Betsy James
- The Obelisk Gate, by N.K. Jemisin
- Lovecraft Country, by Matt Ruff
Best Long Fiction
Best Short Fiction
Winner: "Das Steingeschöpf" by G.V. Anderson
- Clockwork Phoenix 5, edited by Mike Allen
- Children of Lovecraft, edited by Ellen Datlow
- The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2016, edited by Karen Joy Fowler & John Joseph Adams
- The Starlit Wood, edited by Dominik Parisien & Navah Wolfe
- Sharp Ends, by Joe Abercrombie
- On the Eyeball Floor and Other Stories, by Tina Connolly
- Vacui Magia, by L.S. Johnson
- The Paper Menagerie and Other Stories, by Ken Liu
Special Award, Professional
Winner: Michael Levy & Farah Mendlesohn, for Children’s Fantasy Literature: An Introduction (Cambridge University Press)
Special Award, Non-Professional
Winner: Neile Graham, for fostering excellence in the genre through her role as Workshop Director, Clarion West (winner)
- Scott H. Andrews, for Beneath Ceaseless Skies
- Malcolm R. Phifer & Michael C. Phifer, for their publication The Fantasy Illustration Library, Volume Two: Gods and Goddesses (Michael Publishing)
- Lynne M. Thomas & Michael Damian Thomas, for Uncanny
- Brian White, for Fireside Fiction Company
[via The Verge]
Featured photo via World Fantasy Awards Administration