Science Fiction Awards Database

Last updated

Science Fiction Awards Database (SFADB)
Type of site
Online database
OwnerMark R. Kelly and the Locus Science Fiction Foundation
URL www.sfadb.com
CommercialNo
Launched2000 (as the Locus Index to Science Fiction Awards)
Current statusCompiles data from over 100 science fiction, fantasy, and horror awards, from 1951 to date.

The Science Fiction Awards Database (SFADB) is an index of science fiction, fantasy, and horror awards compiled by Mark R. Kelly and published by the Locus Science Fiction Foundation. Known formerly as the Locus Index to SF Awards, it has been cited as an invaluable SF resource, and is often more up-to-date than the awards' own websites (according to The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction ). [1]

Contents

History

The Locus Index to Science Fiction Awards was established in 2000 by Mark R. Kelly, the founder of Locus Online . [2] [3] The Cornell University Library has described it as a comprehensive listing of SF awards, including "reader polls, fan awards, inactive awards, academic awards, award statistics, and more". [4] Despite the title, the index has always covered fantasy and horror in addition to science fiction. [5] [6] In 2012, coincident with Kelly's retirement as an aerospace software engineer, [7] the website received a redesign and expansion, and was renamed the Science Fiction Awards Database (SFADB). [1]

Reception

The index has received praise from authors and editors of speculative fiction, including Jo Walton and Gardner Dozois. [8] [9] Walton has said that her book An Informal History of the Hugos would not have been possible without the existence of the index. [8] The Orion Publishing Group called it "extraordinary, and to our mind, criminally under-appreciated", and cited it as a primary source for Gollancz's SF Masterworks and SF Gateway series of books. [10]

"Ever wondered who won the Hugo Award in 1963? (Philip K. Dick's The Man in the High Castle ) Or how many Nebula Awards Connie Willis has won? (Seven) Or whether Ursula K. Le Guin ever won the Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award? (Yes, in 1995 with novella Forgiveness Day ) Then you need to visit the Locus Index to Science Fiction Awards. We do. Every week." – Orion. [10]

Writing in The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction , Peter Nicholls and David Langford called the index invaluable, and noted that it was often more up-to-date than the awards' official websites. [1] Locus Online, which hosted the index, received the 2002 Hugo Award for Best Website. [11]

Contents

The SFADB compiles over 100 literary awards for science fiction, fantasy, and horror, from 1951 to date. It includes both nominees and winners, with a separate page for each person and award. Awards are displayed as three groups: Major Career Awards, Major Awards and Other Awards, and can be sorted chronologically, by nominee, and by category. [12]

Statistics such as "Total Wins", "Total Losses" and "Never-Winners" are also listed. [13] The following table lists a subset of 29 awards that are featured in the "Awards" dropdown (as of 2021):

GroupAward
Major Career Awards Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame
SFWA Grand Master Award
Major Awards Hugo Awards
Nebula Awards
World Fantasy Awards
Andre Norton Award
British Fantasy Awards
British SF Association Awards
John W. Campbell Memorial Award
Chesley Awards
Arthur C. Clarke Award
International Fantasy Award
Philip K. Dick Award
Ray Bradbury Award
Shirley Jackson Awards
Bram Stoker Awards
Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award
Otherwise Award
Other Awards Locus Awards
Aurealis Award
Aurora Award
Ditmar Award
Endeavour Award
Kitschies
Mythopoeic Award
Prometheus Award
Sidewise Award
Spectrum Award
Sunburst Award

The SFADB also has a citations directory for each author, containing a list of critical works and reading guides where their books have been cited. [12] In 2018, it added indexes for "Year's Best" anthologies of short fiction, with contents linked to the individual author pages. [14]

Related Research Articles

<i>The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction</i> English language reference work

The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction (SFE) is an English language reference work on science fiction, first published in 1979. It has won the Hugo, Locus and British SF Awards. In October 2011, the third edition was made available for free online.

Mike Glyer is both the editor and publisher of the long-running science fiction fan newszine File 770. He has won the Hugo Award 12 times in two categories: File 770 won the Best Fanzine Hugo in 1984, 1985, 1989, 2000, 2001, 2008, 2016 and 2018. Glyer won the Best Fan Writer Hugo in 1984, 1986, 1988, and 2016. The 1982 World Science Fiction Convention (Worldcon) committee presented Glyer a special award in 1982 for "Keeping the Fan in Fanzine Publishing."

File 770 is a long-running science fiction fanzine, newszine, and blog site published/administered by Mike Glyer. It has been published every year since 1978, and has won a record eight Hugo Awards for Best Fanzine, with the first win in 1984 and the most recent in 2018.

SF Site is a science fiction online magazine edited by Rodger Turner. Established in June 1997 by John O'Neill and Turner, it is based in Canada, but includes contributors from around the world. It publishes reviews of science fiction books, films, and television, and features interviews with authors and fiction excerpts. Contributors include Steven H Silver, Richard Lupoff, Rick Norwood, Victoria Strauss, Mark London Williams, and Rick Klaw.

Locus: The Magazine of The Science Fiction & Fantasy Field, is an American magazine published monthly in Oakland, California. It is the news organ and trade journal for the English language science fiction and fantasy fields. It also publishes comprehensive listings of all new books published in the genres. The magazine also presents the annual Locus Awards. Locus Online was launched in April 1997, as a semi-autonomous web version of Locus Magazine.

58th World Science Fiction Convention

The 58th World Science Fiction Convention (Worldcon) was Chicon 2000, which was held in Chicago, United States from August 31 through September 4, 2000. The venues for 58th Worldcon were Hyatt Regency Chicago, Sofitel Hotel and Fairmont Hotel. The organizing committee was chaired by Tom Veal.

The Science Fiction & Fantasy Poetry Association (SFPA) is an American society that brings together poets and readers interested in this specialist poetic genre. SFPA administers the annual Rhysling Awards for the best science fiction, fantasy, or horror poem of the year, and the Elgin Awards for the best full-length speculative poetry collection and best speculative chapbook.

Steven Earl Popkes is an American science fiction writer, known primarily for his short fiction. He was nominated for the Nebula and Sturgeon Awards for the short story "The Color Winter" (1988).

Janet Kagan was an American author. Her works include two science fiction novels and two science fiction collections, plus numerous science fiction and fantasy short stories that appeared in publications such as Analog Science Fiction and Fact and Asimov's Science Fiction. Her story "The Nutcracker Coup" was nominated for both the Hugo Award for Best Novelette and the Nebula Award for Best Novelette, winning the Hugo.

<i>Science-Fiction Handbook</i>

Science-Fiction Handbook, subtitled The Writing of Imaginative Fiction, is a guide to writing and marketing science fiction and fantasy by L. Sprague de Camp, "one of the earliest books about modern sf." The original edition was published in hardcover by Hermitage House in 1953 as a volume in its Professional Writers Library series. A revised edition, by L. Sprague de Camp and Catherine Crook de Camp, titled Science Fiction Handbook, Revised, was published in hardcover by Owlswick Press in 1975 and as a trade paperback by McGraw-Hill in 1977. An E-book version of the revised edition was published by Gollancz's SF Gateway imprint on April 30, 2014.

59th World Science Fiction Convention

The Millennium Philcon was the 59th World Science Fiction Convention, held from August 30 to September 3, 2001 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center & Philadelphia Marriott Hotel in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.

70th World Science Fiction Convention

The 70th World Science Fiction Convention (Worldcon), also known as Chicon 7, was held in Chicago, Illinois, August 30-September 3, 2012, at the Hyatt Regency Chicago. The convention committee was chaired by Dave McCarty and organized under the auspices of the Chicago Worldcon Bid corporation.

The 47th World Science Fiction Convention (Worldcon), also known as Noreascon 3, was held August 31–September 4, 1989, at the Sheraton-Boston Hotel, Hilton Hotel, Boston Park Plaza, and the Hynes Convention Center in Boston, Massachusetts, United States.

The 50th World Science Fiction Convention (Worldcon), also known as MagiCon, was held September 3–7, 1992, at the Clarion Hotel, The Peabody Orlando, and the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida, United States.

The 54th World Science Fiction Convention (Worldcon), also known as L.A.con III, was held August 29 through September 2, 1996, at the Hilton Anaheim, Anaheim Marriott, and the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California, United States. The convention was chaired by Mike Glyer. Total attendance was reported as 6,703 members.

"Exhalation" is a science fiction short story by American writer Ted Chiang, about the Second Law of Thermodynamics. It was first published in 2008 in the anthology Eclipse 2: New Science Fiction and Fantasy, edited by Jonathan Strahan. In 2019, the story was included in the collection of short stories Exhalation: Stories.

Aliette de Bodard

Aliette de Bodard is a French-American speculative fiction writer. She is of French and Vietnamese descent, born in the US, and grew up in Paris. French is her mother-tongue, but she writes in English. A graduate of École Polytechnique, she works as a software engineer specialising in image processing and is a member of the Written in Blood writers group.

<i>Terry Carrs Best Science Fiction of the Year</i>

Terry Carr's Best Science Fiction of the Year is an anthology of science fiction short stories edited by Terry Carr, the fourteenth volume in a series of sixteen. It was first published in paperback by Tor Books in July 1985, and in hardcover and trade paperback by Gollancz in October of the same year, under the alternate title Best SF of the Year #14.

Robin Hobb bibliography Wikipedia bibliography

This is a complete list of works by American fantasy author Robin Hobb, the pen name of Margaret Astrid Lindholm Ogden.

<i>An Informal History of the Hugos</i> Non-fiction book about the Hugo awards

An Informal History of the Hugos is a 2018 non-fiction book by Welsh-Canadian author Jo Walton. It examines whether the Hugo award nominees were the best five SF and fantasy books of the year, using as reference shortlists from other awards in the genre. The book collects Walton's Tor.com series of articles on the topic, written from 2010 to 2011, with comments from editors Gardner Dozois, David G. Hartwell and Rich Horton. It was nominated for the Hugo and Locus Awards in 2019.

References

  1. 1 2 3 Nicholls, Peter; Langford, David (January 4, 2021). "Locus". In Clute, John; et al. (eds.). The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction (3rd ed.). Gollancz.
  2. Glyer, Mike (August 20, 2010). "Light 10 Candles for Locus Index to SF Awards". File 770 .
  3. Kleckner Keefe, Karen (September 23, 2011). "Web Crush of the Week: Locus Online". The Booklist Reader . American Library Association. Archived from the original on June 7, 2020.
  4. "Science Fiction & Fantasy: A Research Guide: Biographical Sources". Cornell University Library . April 29, 2021. Retrieved September 11, 2021.
  5. "Introduction". The Locus Index to SF Awards. Locus Publications. June 20, 2000. Archived from the original on August 18, 2000.
  6. Walton (2018), p. 18, chpt. "1953".
  7. "Intro". Mark R. Kelly (personal website). Retrieved September 11, 2021.
  8. 1 2 Walton (2018), p. 571, chpt. "Conclusion".
  9. Dozois (2011), p. xxii, chpt. "Summation: 2010".
  10. 1 2 "In Praise of.. The Locus Index to Science Fiction Awards". SF Gateway . Orion Publishing Group. March 13, 2013.
  11. "2002 Hugo Awards". The Hugo Awards . World Science Fiction Society. Retrieved September 11, 2021.
  12. 1 2 "Introduction". Science Fiction Awards Database. Locus Science Fiction Foundation . Retrieved September 11, 2021.
  13. Glyer, Mike (July 23, 2014). "Never-Winner Land". File 770 .
  14. Glyer, Mike (December 11, 2018). "Pixel Scroll 12/11/18 For The World Is Hollow And I Have Scrolled The Pixel". File 770 .

Sources