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 an Assistant Professor of Digital Rhetoric and Writing at Bemidji State University. He received his PhD in English from the University of Florida and studies science fiction, postcolonialism, digital fan cultures, and digital rhetoric.

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