I’m on record as being ambivalent about promoting one’s works for awards. I’m somewhat less ambivalent when the books in question are not my own novels but anthologies or nonfiction books where many other people are involved and deserve recognition. Between The Steampunk Bible, The Weird, and The Thackery T. Lambshead Cabinet of Curiosities, more than 600 writers and artists are represented and had something to do with the creation of the books. It’s a little hard not to champion books where they’re more like arks full of other people’s Awesome.
Which is another way of saying, the Locus Recommended List and Survey is now up on Locus Online, and if you like any of the books my wife Ann and I were involved in, please do vote for them. The top five in each category will be finalists for the Locus Award. BUT ALSO please remember that no matter how hard any organization tries, it is impossible to list every worthy work. For example, Laird Barron mentions two worthy collections not on the recommended list.
The write-in slots, therefore, are incredibly important. If you loved something not on the recommended list, please please write in the selection.
As for us, here’s where we are eligible, with all but the Steampunk Bible already on the recommended list. We also edited ODD?, but there’s really no chance of it being a finalist, and my nonfiction collection Monstrous Creatures has been overshadowed by the Big Three listed below.
—Best Editor: Ann & Jeff VanderMeer
In addition to Lambshead and The Weird listed below, Ann and I also edited ODD?, Ann edited Weird Tales, and Ann and I edited http://www.weirdfictionreview.com, which was founded November 1 of 2011 and ran 90 pieces of fiction and nonfiction between Nov. 1 and Dec. 31 of last year. We also started Cheeky Frawg books and published several titles through that imprint. (We have come close to finalist lists in the past, but people voting for one of us separately has fractured the vote three ways.)
The Weird: A Compendium of Strange and Dark Stories (edited by me and Ann) – Over 750,000 words of Weird fiction covering a century, with 116 stories, 7 new translations, and several stories that have not been reprinted in over 30 or 40 years. Over 20 nationalities are represented and the writers include Joyce Carol Oates, Kafka, Angela Carter, Michael Chabon, Ray Bradbury, Shirley Jackson, Jamaica Kincaid, and…well, here’s the list of stories/contributors. It’s the largest single-volume collection of weird literature ever published as far as we know, and received great reviews from The Guardian, Times Literary Supplement, and many more.
The Thackery T. Lambshead Cabinet of Curiosities (edited by me and Ann) – An original antho that functions as a treasury of the best of established and up-and-coming fantasy writers, including Michael Moorcock, Lev Grossman, Alan Moore, Naomi Novik, Charles Yu, China Mieville, and Holly Black. The total number of fiction contributors is more than 80, while there are also over 60 original illustrations, including work Mike Mignola, Greg Broadmore, and Jan Svankmajer. Two stories have already made year’s best anthos and the book is on the preliminary ballot for the Bram Stoker. Several individual stories from the antho are, in our opinion, among the best of the year. Here’s more information and also here.
–Best Art Book:
The Steampunk Bible (with S.J. Chambers) – A sumptuous full-color coffee table book of Steampunk art, fashion, machines, and more. Everyone from Jake von Slatt to…well, you name it. Over 200 images. Chances are you’ve at least flipped through this one. If you liked it, consider it for best art book as a write-in candidate. Here’s more information.
Regardless of what you vote for, vote your passion and help make the finalist list as diverse and interesting as possible. Thanks!
(I should note that Nebula voting ends soon, and Hugo voting ends in five weeks. I am going to do one post about Hugo voting and the case for nominating my wife, Ann, in a week or two.)