The Locus Awards - Science Fiction

The Locus Awards are presented to the winners of Locus Magazine's annual reader's poll to provide suggestions and recommendations to Hugo Award voters.
Award Year Authors(s) Title
2011 Connie Willis Blackout/All Clear In Blackout, award-winning author Connie Willis returned to the time-traveling future of 2060 -- the setting for several of her most celebrated works -- and sent three Oxford historians to World War II England: Michael Davies, intent on observing heroism during the Miracle of Dunkirk; Merope Ward, studying children evacuated from London; and Polly Churchill, posing as a shopgirl in the middle of the Blitz.
2010 Cherie Priest Boneshaker Steampunk alternative history novel with zombies, poisonous gas, airships, and adventure.
2009 Neal Stephenson Anathem Raz, a mathematician, is among a cohort of secluded scientists and philosophers who are called upon to save the world from impending catastrophe.
2008 Michael Chabon The Yiddish Policemen's Union A murder mystery based on the premise that a Jewish settlement was created in Alaska following World War II. In the small town of Sitka, Alyeska, Detective Meyer Landsman finds the body of a prominent town figure who has ties to organized crime. As Landsman digs deeper, he discovers that this is only the tip of the iceberg--and all signs point to a greater danger lurking in the shadows.
2007 Verner Vinge Rainbows End With knowledge comes risk. When Robert begins to retrain at Fairmont High, learning with other older people what is second nature to Miri and other teens at school, he unwittingly becomes part of a wide-ranging conspiracy to use technology as a tool for world domination.
2006 Charles Stross Accelerando The Singularity. It is the era of the posthuman. Artificial intelligences have surpassed the limits of human intellect. Biotechnological beings have rendered people all but extinct. Molecular nanotechnology runs rampant, replicating and reprogramming at will. Contact with extraterrestrial life grows more imminent with each new day.
2005 Neal Stephenson The Baroque Cycle: The Confusion; The System of the World Stephenson brings to life a cast of unforgettable characters in a time of breathtaking genius and discovery, men and women whose exploits defined an age known as the Baroque.
2004 Dan Simmons Illium A powerful epic of high-tech gods, human heroes, total war, and the extraordinary transcendence of ordinary beings.
2003 Kim Stanley Robinson The Years of Rice and Salt With the same visionary scope that brought his now-classic Mars trilogy to life, award-winning author Kim Stanley Robinson constructs an alternative history of the last 600 years--a history where the Black Death kills nearly everyone in Europe and where China, India and the nations of Islam control the world.
2002 Connie Willis Passage A story that examines one of the toughest issues of all: death. Part medical thriller, part literary exploration, Willis plunges readers into a bizarre and fascinating world.
2001 Ursula K. Le Guin The Telling In this highly anticipated addition to her acclaimed Hainish cycle, Le Guin offers the tale of the planet Aka and a group of outcasts who live in the wilderness, believe in the old ways, and practice its lost religion--the Telling.
2000 Neal Stephenson Cryptonomicon The adult grandchildren of two men once involved in code-breaking espionage in World War II find a sunken Nazi submarine that leads to a massive conspiracy, the effects of which can either enhance freedom--or subjugate the world.
1999 Connie Willis To Say Nothing of the Dog, or, How We Found the Bishop's Third Stump at Last In the grand tradition of her bestselling Doomsday Book, Connie Willis once again takes on the subject of time travel, this time to Victorian England, with a sweeping tale of romance, history and misadventure that combines everything Willis's readers have come to know and love.
1998 Dan Simmons The Rise of Endymion The conclusion of the author's Hugo Award-winning Hyperion series--which includes Hyperion, The Fall of Hyperion, and Endymion -- follows Aenea's emergence as a messiah and her relationship to Raul Endymion and the poet Martin Silenius.
1997 Kim Stanley Robinson Blue Mars On the brink of completing the terraforming effort on Mars, colonists find their work complicated by a crisis on Earth, new colonization projects on Jupiter and Saturn, and the onset of a Martian ice age.
1996 Neal Stephenson The Diamond Age The story of an engineer who creates a device to raise a girl capable of thinking for herself reveals what happens when a young girl of the poor underclass obtains the device.
1995 Lois McMaster Bujold Mirror Dance: A Vorkosigan Adventure
1994 Kim Stanley Robinson Green Mars One generation after the first pioneers begin to transform Mars into an Earthlike planet, the first grown children born on Mars, led by Peter Clayborne, rebel against colonization in an effort to preserve Mars's natural state.
1993 Connie Willis Doomsday Book A time-traveling history student is trapped in the Middle Ages, dangerously close to the onset of the Black Plague. Her rescuers in 21st-century Oxford battle their own deadly epidemic to reach her in time.
1992 Lois McMaster Bujold Barrayar
1991 Dan Simmons The Fall of Hyperion In the stunning continuation of the epic adventure begun in Hyperion, Simmons returns us to a far future resplendent with drama and invention. On the world of Hyperion, the mysterious Time Tombs are opening. And the secrets they contain mean that nothing -- nothing anywhere in the universe -- will ever be the same.
1990 Dan Simmons Hyperion
1989 C.J. Cherryh Cyteen In a futuristic world of cybernetics, two young friends become trapped in an endless nightmare of suspicion, surveillance, programmable servants, a centuries-old ruling class, and an enigmatic woman who rules them all.
1988 David Brin The Uplift War As galactic armadas clash in quest of the ancient fleet of the Progenitors, a brutal alien race seizes the dying planet of Garth. The various uplifted inhabitants of Garth must battle their overlords or face ultimate extinction. At stake is the existence of Terran society and Earth, and the fate of the entire Five Galaxies.
1987 Orson Scott Card Speaker for the Dead Years after the terrible war, only the Speaker for the Dead has the courage to confront the truth when a second alien race is discovered.
1986 David Brin The Postman He was a survivor, a wanderer who traded tales for food and shelter in the dark and savage aftermath of a devastating war. Fate touches him one winter's day when he borrows the jacket of a long-dead postal worker. The old, worn uniform still has power as a symbol of hope, and with it he begins to weave his greatest tale, of a nation on the road to recovery.
1985 Larry Niven The Integral Trees In this novel, Niven presents a fully-fleshed culture of evolved humans who live without gravity in the gas cloud surrounding a neutron star. In this Smoke Ring, free-floating life forms flourish, and all of them, from fish to fowl, can fly...
1984 David Brin Startide Rising The Terran exploration vessel Streaker has crashed on the uncharted water world of Kithrup, bearing one of the most important discoveries in galactic history. Below, a handful of her human and dolphin crew battles a hostile planet to safeguard her secret--the fate of the Progenitors.
1983 Isaac Asimov Foundation's Edge Tells the futuristic story of galactic history in the time between the two empires.
1982 Julian May The Many-Colored Land
1981 Joan D. Vinge The Snow Queen The tale of the ageless, corrupt Snow Queen and her wish to control Tiamat forever. But her rule is quickly coming to an end unless she can find a young mystic named Moon--the Snow Queen's clone.
1980 John Varley Titan The first book of the Gaian trilogy. Titan introduces the characters of the series as they go on a quest to discover the nature of Gaia.
1979 Vonda N. McIntyre Dreamsnake An award-winning novel set in the post-apocalyptic future follows a young woman who travels the earth healing the sick with the help of her alien companion, the dreamsnake, pursued by two implacable followers.
1978 Frederik Pohl Gateway
1977 Kate Wilhelm Where Late the Sweet Birds Sang The story of an isolated post-holocaust community of clones who are determined to preserve civilization.
1976 Joe Haldeman The Forever War Private William Mandella is a hero in spite of himself -- a reluctant conscript drafted into an elite military unit, and propelled through space and time to fight in a distant thousand-year conflict. Although he never wanted to go to war, he performs his duties without rancor. The true test will come when he returns to Earth. While he's been aging months, centuries have passed on Earth.
1975 Ursula K. Le Guin The Dispossessed Unwilling to accept that his anarchist world must be separated from the rest of the civilized universe, Shevek, a brilliant physicist, risks his life by traveling to the utopian mother planet of Urras.
1974 Arthur C. Clarke Rendezvous With Rama
1973 Isaac Asimov The Gods Themselves In the twenty-second century, Earth obtains limitless, free energy from an alien source. But the process will eventually lead to the destruction of Earth.
1972 Ursula K. Le Guin The Lathe of Heaven In the year 2002, George Orr discovers that his dreams are changing the world, and when he falls into the hands of a power-mad psychiatrist, he counters by dreaming up a perfect world that can overcome his nightmares.
1971 Larry Niven Ringworld A new place is being built, a world of huge dimensions, encompassing millions of miles, stronger than any planet before it. There is gravity, and with high walls and its proximity to the sun, a livable new planet that is three million times the area of the Earth can be formed. We can start again!