2016 WISB Awards Long List

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It’s that time of year:  time for me to release some kind of list of things I loved in 2015.  This year is different, though.  This year, I’m releasing a long list for the WISB Awards, and it is from this list that I’ll select the winners of my annual WISB awards, the jury-less, vote-less monstrosity of an award that is only of value to myself.

Since I cannot include my own work on the following long list, I’ll include those works here:

  • Best Fancast:  The Skiffy and Fanty Show (Shaun Duke, Julia Rios, Paul Weimer, Mike Underwood, Rachael Acks, David Annandale, and Jen Zink); Totally Pretentious (Shaun Duke and David Annandale)
  • Best Non-Fiction Work:  Speculative Fiction 2014:  The Year’s Best Online Reviews, Essays, and Commentary edited by Renee Williams and Shaun Duke (Book Smugglers Publishing)

If you feel there’s a glaring ommission, let me know in the comments.  I haven’t read everything there is to read (obviously), and it’s likely I’ve missed a lot of really great work.

Now here’s the official 2016 WISB Awards Long List:

Best Novel

  • Karen Memory by Elizabeth Bear (Tor Books)
  • Signal to Noise by Silvia Moreno-Garcia (Solaris)
  • The House of Shattered Wings by Aliette de Bodard (Roc)
  • Empire Ascendant by Kameron Hurley (Angry Robot Books)
  • The Galaxy Game by Karen Lord (Del Rey)
  • Gemini Cell by Myke Cole (Ace)
  • Beasts of Tabat by Cat Rambo (WordFire Press)
  • Updraft by Fran Wilde (Tor Books)
  • Half-Resurrection Blues by Daniel Jose Older (Roc)
  • Dark Orbit by Carolyn Ives Gilman (Tor Books)
  • Radiance by Catherynne M. Valente (Tor Books)
  • Ancillary Mercy by Ann Leckie (Orbit Books)
  • The Traitor Baru Cormorant by Seth Dickinson (Tor Books)
  • Half Life by S.L. Huang (Self-Published)
  • Empire Star by Samuel R. Delany (Gollancz)
  • The Pride of Chanur by C.J. Cherryh (DAW)
  • Dune by Frank Herbert (Ace Books)
  • Judgment Night by C.L. Moore (Paperback Library)

Best Novella

  • The Pauper Prince and the Eucalyptus Jinn by Usman Malik (Tor.com)
  • Waters of Versailles by Kelly Robson (Tor.com)
  • The New Mother by Eugene Fischer (Asimov’s Science Fiction)
  • Quarter Days by Iona Sharma (GigaNotoSaurus)
  • The Bone Swans of Amandale by C.S.E. Cooney (Mythic Delirium)

Best Novelette

  • “Sacred Cows: Death and Squalor on the Rio Grande” by A.S. Diev (GigaNotoSaurus)
  • “At the End of Bable” by Michael Livinston (Tor.com)
  • “Islands off the Coast of Capitola, 1978” by David Herter (Tor.com)
  • “Bannerless” by Carrie Vaughn (The End Has Come edited by John Joseph Adams and Hugh Howey)
  • “Coming of the Light” by Chen Qiufan (translated by Ken Liu)(Clarkesworld Magazine)
  • “Asymptotic” by Andy Dudak (Clarkesworld Magazine)
  • “The Mantis Tattoo” by Paul M. Berger (F&SF)

Best Short Story

  • “The Lessons of the Moon” by Joyce Chng (in Accessing the Future edited by Djibril al-Ayad and Kathryn Allan)
  • “Wooden Feathers” by Ursula Vernon (Uncanny Magazine)
  • “It is Healing, It is Never Whole” by Sunny Moraine (Apex Magazine)
  • “The Ways of Walls and Words” by Sabrina Vourvoulias (Tor.com)
  • “Madeleine” by Amal El-Mohtar (Lightspeed Magazine)
  • “Forestspirit, Forestspirit” by Bogi Takacs (Clarkesworld Magazine)
  • “And We Were Left Darkling” by Sarah Pinsker (Lightspeed Magazine)
  • “Golden Hair, Red Lips” by Matthew Bright (Nightmare Magazine)
  • “Who Will Greet You at Home” by Lesley Nneka Arimah (The New Yorker)
  • “The Three Resurrections of Jessica Churchill” by Kelly Robson (Clarkesworld Magazine)
  • “The Museum and the Music Box” by Noah Keller (Tor.com)
  • “Milagroso” by Isabel Yap (Tor.com)
  • “Please Undo This Hurt” by Seth Dickinson (Tor.com)

Best Collection or Anthology

  • The SEA is Ours edited by Joyce Chng and Jaymee Goh (Rosarium Publishing)
  • How to Live on Other Planets edited by Joanne Merriam (Upper Rubber Boot Books)
  • The Space Opera Renaissance edited by David G. Hartwell and Kathryn Cramer
  • Daughters of Earth and Other Stories by Judith Merril (McClelland and Stewart)
  • Worlds of Exile and Illusion by Ursula K. Le Guin (Orb Books)

Best Non-Fiction Work

  • My Fair Ladies: Female Robots, Androids, and Other Artificial Eyes by Julie Wosk (Rutgers)
  • “A Response to Brad Torgersen” by Eric Flint
  • “A History of Epic Fantasy” by Adam Whitehead (The Wertzone)
  • “Gender Discrimination in SFF Awards” by Justira, Renay, and owlmoose (Lady Business)
  • E. Pluribus Hugo
  • Women in Science Fiction and Fantasy Month by Kristen of Fantasy Cafe
  • Letters to Tiptree edited by Alisa Krasnostein and Alexandra Pierce (Twelfth Planet Press)

Best Graphic Story

  • The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl Vol. 1: Squirrel Power by Ryan North and ERica Henderson (Marvel Comics)
  • Ms. Marvel Vol. 2:  Generation Why by G. Willow Wilson, Adrian Alphona, Jacob Wyatt, etc. (Marvel Comics)
  • Ms. Marvel Vol. 3:  Crushed by G. Willow Wilson, Adrian Alphona, Jacob Wyatt, etc. (Marvel Comics)
  • Ms. Marvel Vol. 4:  Last Days by G. Willow Wilson, Adrian Alphona, Jacob Wyatt, etc. (Marvel Comics)
  • Saga Vol. 5 by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples (Image Comics)
  • Descender Vol. 1: Tin Stars by Jeff Lemire and Dustin Nguyen (Image Comics)

Best Feature Film

  • Ex-Machina (dir. Alex Garland; DNA Films)
  • Mad Max: Fury Road (dir. George Miller; Village Roadshow Pictures)
  • The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 (dir. Francis Lawrence; Lionsgate)
  • Inside Out (dirs. Pete Docter and Ronnie Del Carmen; Pixar)
  • Ant-Man (dir. Peyton Reed; Marvel Studios)
  • It Follows (dir. David Robert Mitchell; Northern Lights Films)
  • Room (dir. Lenny Abrahamson; Element Pictures)
  • Spotlight (dir. Tom McCarthy; Open Road Films)
  • Brooklyn (dir. John Crowly; Fox Searchlight Pictures)
  • The Martian (dir. Ridley Scott; 20th Century Fox)
  • Carol (dir. Todd Haynes; The Weinstein Company)
  • What We Do in the Shadows (dir. Taika Waititi and Jemaine Clement; Paladin Pictures)
  • The Revenant (dir. Alejandro Gonzalez Inarittu; 20th Century Fox)

Best Television Series or Short

  • Daredevil (Season One)
  • Jessica Jones (Season One)
  • Agent Carter (Season One)
  • Black Sails (Season One)
  • Last Week Tonight with John Oliver
  • Kung Fury (dir. David Sandberg; Laser Unicorns)

Best Editors (Any Length)

  • Julia Rios
  • Alisa Krasnostein
  • Kathryn Allan
  • Djibril al-Ayad
  • Ana Grilo
  • Thea James
  • Lynne Thomas
  • Carl Engle-Laird
  • Ellen Datlow
  • Michael Damian Thomas
  • Will Hinton
  • Beth Meacham
  • Neil Clarke
  • Lee Harris
  • Marco Palmieri
  • Wendy Wagner
  • Devi Pillai
  • William Schafer
  • Yanni Kuznia

Best Publisher

  • Rosarium Publishing
  • Tor Books
  • Orbit Books
  • Roc

Best Artist

  • Simon Stalenhag
  • Shark’s Den
  • Noah Bradley
  • Daniel Dociu
  • Galen Dara
  • Michelle Tolo
  • yuumei
  • Ron Guyatt
  • Jonathan Apilado
  • Niken Andindita

Best Magazine (Print or Audio)

  • Strange Horizons
  • Uncanny Magazine
  • Lightspeed Magazine
  • Clarkesworld Magazine
  • Nightmare Magazine
  • Kaleidotrope
  • Glittership
  • Apex Magazine
  • Interzone
  • GigaNotoSaurus
  • Tor.com

Best Fanzine / Website

  • File 770
  • The Book Smugglers
  • Nerds of a Feather
  • Lady Business
  • Chaos Horizon
  • SF Mistressworks

Best Podcast

  • The Writer and the Critic
  • Cabbages and Kings
  • The Doorway to the Hidden World
  • Galactic Suburbia
  • GlitterShip
  • Speculate!
  • The Incomparable
  • Adventures in Sci Fi Publishing
  • We Hate Movies
  • The InSession Film Podcast
  • What You Missed in History Class
  • Midnight in Karachi

Best Fan Writer

  • Mike Glyer (File 770)
  • Natalie Luhrs (Pretty Terrible and The Bias)
  • Foz Meadows
  • Matthew David Surridge
  • Eric Flint
  • Paul Weimer
  • Abigail Nussbaum
  • Ian Sales
  • Rachael Acks
  • Renay Williams
  • Nina Allan

Best New Writer

  • S.L. Huang (for the Russell’s Attic series)
  • Carrie Patel (for The Buried Life and The City of Thrones)
  • Becky Chambers (for The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet)
  • Kelly Robson (for “Waters of Versailles”)
  • Isabel Yap (for “Milagroso”)
 And there you go!  Expect the winners soon!
Note:  I also give out a “Worst Person” award every year, but it seems callous to make a long list for that.  So…I won’t.

About the Author:

Shaun Duke is an aspiring writer, a reviewer, and an academic. He is currently a graduate student at the University of Florida studying science fiction, postcolonialism, posthumanism, and fantasy.

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