Foundryside by Robert Jackson Bennett, Crown/Jo FletcherNext weekend the 2019 Locus Awards Ceremony will be held in Seattle, Washington, on June 28-30, 2019. The Locus Award finalists are chosen by a poll of readers. A couple of weeks ago we discussed the finalists for the Short Fiction categories, so this week let’s look at the novels.

Click the title links below to read our reviews and on the author links to visit our page for the author. I’ve included the cover art for some of our favorites. We loved many of these novels and others, not so much. It’s interesting that most of our favorites are in the Horror category. The Locus Award list is always fascinating, almost always very different from the Nebula and Hugo lists.

Who do you think will win the Locus Award in these categories?
Answer below for a chance to win a book from our stacks.



Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik, Del Rey/Macmillan


BEST SCIENCE FICTION NOVELRevenant Gun by Yoon Ha LeeUnholy Land by Lavie Tidhar, Tachyon



The Listener by Robert McCammon, Cemetery DanceThe Hunger by Alma Katsu, Putnam/ Bantam Press UKThe Outsider by Stephen King, Scribner/ Hodder & StoughtonThe Cabin at the End of the World by Paul Tremblay, Morrow/ Titan UK

BEST YOUNG ADULT NOVELSemiosis by Sue Burke, Tor

BEST FIRST NOVELEmpire of Sand by Tasha Suri, Orbit US/ Orbit UK


  • Marion Deeds

    Marion Deeds, with us since March, 2011, is the author of the fantasy novella ALUMINUM LEAVES. Her short fiction has appeared in the anthologies BEYOND THE STARS, THE WAND THAT ROCKS THE CRADLE, STRANGE CALIFORNIA, and in Podcastle, The Noyo River Review, Daily Science Fiction and Flash Fiction Online. She’s retired from 35 years in county government, and spends some of her free time volunteering at a second-hand bookstore in her home town.