The Third Bear Up for Best Collection–World Fantasy Award!

Full ballot here.

Both the novel and collection categories are pure bliss, although I haven’t read the Kay. Everything else would’ve been on my own ballot. It’s a jump-for-joy ballot! (Would’ve only been more jump for joy of Avjaz and Michael Cisco could have joined them.) The Lord, Okorafor, and Jemisin were all on my own Amazon top 10 list for last year, and Beukes except for a pub date thing re the US would’ve been, too. The Joyce is amazing and would’ve been on my Amazon list if I’d read it soon enough.

In collection…wow, those are all extraordinary. For personal reasons and because it’s underrated, the Slatter collection gets my nod.

Best Novel
•Zoo City, Lauren Beukes (Jacana South Africa; Angry Robot)
•The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms, N.K. Jemisin (Orbit)
•The Silent Land, Graham Joyce (Gollancz; Doubleday)
•Under Heaven, Guy Gavriel Kay (Viking Canada; Roc; Harper Voyager UK)
•Redemption In Indigo, Karen Lord (Small Beer)
•Who Fears Death, Nnedi Okorafor (DAW)

Best Story Collection
•What I Didn’t See and Other Stories, Karen Joy Fowler (Small Beer)•The Ammonite Violin & Others, Caitlín R. Kiernan (Subterranean)
•Holiday, M. Rickert (Golden Gryphon)
•Sourdough and Other Stories, Angela Slatter (Tartarus)
•The Third Bear, Jeff VanderMeer (Tachyon)


  1. Robert Wali? says

    Congratulations! I hope that makes the Polish edition of Third Bear more probable. Time will tell.

  2. says

    The novella category isn’t too shabby either. I haven’t read all of these, but the ones I have, I’m very pleased to see appear here. Can’t see how most could argue against the collection finalists in particular.

    And of course, congrats!

  3. Jonathan K. Stephens says

    Congrats, Jeff!

    The Third Bear is my pick for collection of the year (although The Ammonite Violin is a pretty damn close second). Nice to see my favorite short story writers so honored.

    All the best,