Thoughtful Thursday: The 2020 Locus Awards

On June 27, Connie Willis will host the Virtual 2020 Locus Awards Ceremony. The Locus Award finalists, listed below, are chosen by a poll of readers.

Click the title links below to read our reviews and on the author links to visit our page for the author. We’ve included the cover art for our favorites. The Locus Award list is always fascinating, almost always very different from the Nebula and Hugo lists.

Which, if any, of these finalists have you read? Who do you think will win the Locus Award in these categories? Are there any titles you think should have been on this list but aren’t? Answer below for a chance to win a book from our stacks.









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  1. I hope Alix wins!!

  2. Gabby /

    There are so many of these I want to read and I’ve heard such good things about them, it’s hard to say who will win. But Gideon the Ninth was fantastic.

  3. Noneofyourbusiness /

    So many great books! I can’t wait to get into my copies of “Ninth House”, “Gideon the Ninth” and “Dead Astronauts”!

    “For He Can Creep” is listed twice under Novellas.

  4. Mike Timonin /

    I’ve read This is How You Lose the Time War, which was brilliant, A Brightness Long Ago, which made me cry, Magic for Liars, which was amazingly twisty, and The Ten Thousand Doors of January, which was stellar story-telling. So, not enough depth to say “this one should win over the others”, but I can say that any of those DESERVE to win.

  5. Emma C Wolfe /

    Gideon the Ninth was easily my favorite book read all year, so fingers crossed for it to win best novel. There are almost too many excellent books to choose from for best Fantasy, but I adored Storm of Locusts and the Starless Sea especially!

  6. Mary Henaghen /

    I really want Middlegame to win. It was amazing to read.

  7. The Distinguished Professor /

    I’ve always found the concept behind the “Anno Dracula” series fascinating (an alternate history ruled by Dracula after he marries Queen Victoria).

  8. Some really great nominees here! I’ve read (and usually reviewed) most of the short stories and novelettes, and several of the novels. Kelly and I had the most fascinating email discussion about “The Girl Who Did Not Know Fear” and I came away from it with a huge respect for what Kelly Link subtly accomplished in that story. That and Ken Liu’s “Thoughts and Prayers” get my vote for the win in the short story category, though I haven’t read the other two “favorites” in this list.

    Novelettes: I’d vote for “For He Can Creep,” with “Late Returns” a strong second. I still have to read “Phantom of the Midway,” though.

    Fantasy novel: A Brightness Long Ago and Middlegame. Loved both.

    First novel: I loved both Gideon the Ninth and The Ten Thousand Doors of January, but haven’t read the others.

  9. Lady Morar /

    Some are on my shelf still waiting to be known, “The Gurkha and the Lord of Tuesday”, “The Raven Tower”. But I so want to get copies of JY Yang’s series.

  10. Sandy G /

    I have Middlegame on my tar pike. I haven’t read any of the other books

  11. John Smith /

    “For He Can Creep” sounds so interesting, and I love cats!

  12. Dawn /

    I’ve got a few in TBR piles/files but the only one I’ve actually read is Storm of Locusts by Rebecca Roanhorse. It’s a fantastic book!

  13. Sethia /

    A lot of good titles up there. My favorite was The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E. Harrow, my most want to read is Dead Astronauts by Jeff VanderMeer.

  14. Emma C. Wolfe, if you live in the USA, you win a book of your choice from our stacks.
    Please contact me (Marion) with your choice and a US address. Happy reading!

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