Thoughtful Thursday: The 2021 Locus Awards (Giveaway!)

On June 26, 2021 Connie Willis will host the Virtual 2021 Locus Awards Ceremony. The Locus Award finalists, listed below, are chosen by a poll of readers using an open public ballot. The Locus Award list is always fascinating because it’s a lot different from the Nebula and Hugo lists.

Click the title links below to read our reviews and on the author links to visit our page for the author. (Sorry we didn’t manage to read all of them this year!)

We’ve included the cover art for our favorites.

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 or a $5 Amazon gift card.




Seven of Infinities by Aliette de Bodard






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  1. John Smith /

    The cover art for the novelette “Two Truths and a Lie” grabs you because it’s really great, and the idea behind the story is fun and intriguing.

    There are several books here that I have long wanted to read, and I will have to read “The Last Emperox” by John Scalzi at some point, in some format.

  2. SandyG /

    I’ve read Upright Women Wanted, Come Tumbling Down, and The Deep

  3. Adrian /

    I’ve read…
    Two Truths and a Lie,
    Harrow the Ninth,
    The Hollow Places,
    Mexican Gothic,
    And A Wizard’s Guide to Defensive Baking

    Having read so few, I can’t really say who I would predict to win.

  4. Andi /

    I haven’t read nearly enough of these, but wow, that Novella ballot is absolutely stacked with amazing authors!! I’ve read Race to the Sun, Legendborn, The Bone Shard Daughter, Network Effect, and The Sycamore and the Sybil.

  5. Noneofyourbusiness /

    I haven’t read any of them, but they sure all sound interesting! “The Mermaid Astronaut”, wow.

  6. The Only Good Indians is really good. I think it has an excellent chance of winning. Mexican Gothic is on my reading pile in the next several months, and I can’t wait to get my hands on The Once and Future Witches. Hoping they will have it on sale during Prime Days. :)

  7. The Distinguished Professor /

    I have “The Only Good Indians” and “Harrow the Ninth” in my library.

  8. Lady Morar /

    Looking forward to Piranesi and I wish Susanna Clarke would write a sequel to Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell. Curious about how Seanan McGuire writes a fictional book in Over the Woodward Wall.

  9. Jillian /

    I’m really looking forward to reading Hench and I loved all systems red from the murderbot series. All these new releases make me so excited.

  10. Adrian,if you live in the USA, you win a book of your choice from our stacks, or a $5 Amazon gift card..
    Please contact me (Marion) with your choice and a US address. Happy reading!

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