Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Awards galore!

It's the awards season, & shortlists and awards are flying madly about.

First off, I'm proud to say that Kiini Ibura Salaam's Ancient, Ancient, which Aqueduct published last year, was short-listed for the 2013 Crawford Award, which is given to a fantasy author whose first book was published in the last 18 months.

Karin Tidbeck's Jagannath: Stories (Cheeky Frawg Books) was the winner.
Rachel Hartman's Seraphina (Random House) was the runner-up.
Remaining on the shortlist was:
Saladin Ahmed for Throne of the Crescent Moon (DAW)
Roz Kaveney for Rituals (Plus One)
Kiini Ibura Salaam for Ancient, Ancient (Aqueduct Press).

 Today the ballot of the Nebula Awards was announced. I'm happy to say this includes quite a few Aqueductistas and friends of Aqueduct.

Throne of the Crescent Moon, Saladin Ahmed (DAW; Gollancz ’13)
Ironskin, Tina Connolly (Tor)
The Killing Moon, N.K. Jemisin (Orbit US; Orbit UK)
The Drowning Girl, Caitlín R. Kiernan (Roc)
Glamour in Glass, Mary Robinette Kowal (Tor)
2312, Kim Stanley Robinson (Orbit US; Orbit UK)

On a Red Station, Drifting, Aliette de Bodard (Immersion Press)
After the Fall, Before the Fall, During the Fall, Nancy Kress (Tachyon)
“The Stars Do Not Lie,” Jay Lake (Asimov’s 10-11/12)
“All the Flavors,” Ken Liu (GigaNotoSaurus 2/1/12)
“Katabasis,” Robert Reed (F&SF 11-12/12)
“Barry’s Tale,” Lawrence M. Schoen (Buffalito Buffet)

“The Pyre of New Day,” Catherine Asaro (The Mammoth Books of SF Wars)
“Close Encounters,” Andy Duncan (The Pottawatomie Giant & Other Stories)
“The Waves,” Ken Liu (Asimov’s 12/12)
“The Finite Canvas,” Brit Mandelo ( 12/5/12)
“Swift, Brutal Retaliation,” Meghan McCarron ( 1/4/12)
“Portrait of Lisane da Patagnia,” Rachel Swirsky ( 8/22/12)
“Fade to White,” Catherynne M. Valente (Clarkesworld 8/12)

Short Story
“Robot,” Helena Bell (Clarkesworld 9/12)
“Immersion,” Aliette de Bodard (Clarkesworld 6/12)
“Fragmentation, or Ten Thousand Goodbyes,” Tom Crosshill (Clarkesworld 4/12)
“Nanny’s Day,” Leah Cypess (Asimov’s 3/12)
“Give Her Honey When You Hear Her Scream,” Maria Dahvana Headley (Lightspeed 7/12)
“The Bookmaking Habits of Select Species,” Ken Liu (Lightspeed 8/12)
“Five Ways to Fall in Love on Planet Porcelain,” Cat Rambo (Near + Far)

And finally, there's Galactic Suburbia's Award, now in its second year. In case you have forgotten, this is an award for activism and communication that advances the feminist conversation in the field of speculative fiction in 2012, and is thus very dear to Aqueduct's heart. I have the list from Culturally Disoriented (for which, thanks, since Galactic Suburbia hasn't yet posted the list and I listened to their podcast in the bathtub and thus couldn't take notes myself):

Winner: Elizabeth Lhuede for the Australian Women Writers Challenge. Lhuede created the Australian Women’s Writers Challenge to respond to the inequity in women’s work being read, reviewed and treated seriously in Australia. In the lead up to 2012, Australia’s National Year of Reading, Lhuede decided to do something to help redress this imbalance and raise awareness of Australian Women’s Writing. Lhuede created the AWW to encourage people to examine their reading habits, and commit to reading and reviewing more books by Australian women throughout 2012.

Honours List: 

Kirstyn McDermott, for the creation of the female stick figure in an episode of her podcast, the Writer and the Critic (episode 19). McDermott pointed out that the standard stick figure is not inherently male nor female, and so created a female stick figure – which looks exactly like the male stick figure, but with a female stick figure after it – bringing attention to the idea of the male as default.

Julia Rios for her podcasts and discussions about moving beyond the 101 – feminism 101, sexuality 101 etc.

Genevieve Valentine for starting the discussion about sexual harassment at SF/F conventions. Specifically, for blogging about how the Readercon Board ignored its zero-tolerance harassment policy when she reported being sexually harassed by a Big Name Fan.

The phenomenon of (and the arguments AGAINST) the Fake Geek Girl - specifically, for the spectacular responses to (mostly) men complaining about Fake Geek Girls. There were too many posts and responses to choose just one for the shortlist, but the discussion around whether women can be “real geeks” has been fascinating conversations on the internet.

Jim Hines (returning nominee!) for his modeling of how SF/F covers portray women in unrealistic ways. Hines brings attention to the issue by trying to replicate the poses himself – and recently used his posing to raise lots and lots of money for the Aicardi syndrome foundation. Humor and fundraising and feminist social issues, all at once!

Anita Sarkeesian for her TEDx talk, where she discusses her experience of the internet harassment she experienced as a result of her kickstarter project Tropes v. Women in Video Games.

The Hawkeye Initiative - a tumblr that brings attention to the way women are portrayed in comic book art. In the Hawkeye Initiative, people redraw comic art that depicts women in horrible ways… with Hawkeye – thus transposing the pose from the female body to the male body, and showing how ridiculous the poses are in the first place.

Seanan McGuire for her blog post Thing I Will Not Do to my Characters, in which she discusses why she will never write her female characters being raped. This was a response to a fan saying that if McGuire doesn’t depict her female characters getting raped, it wouldn’t be realistic.

Liz Bourke for her Sleeps With Monsters column on

The Girl Who Wrote a Letter to Hasbro about how if she picked a female character in Guess Who, it was really easy for her opponent to win because there were many more male characters than female characters on the board. Led to some really important conversations about gender issues in board games for children.

Geena Davis for her activism and analysis in the field of children’s television, and more specifically for a speech on gender equality in children’s television.
An honorary mention for the Australian Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, for her speech against misogyny in parliament this year. 

And to Culturally Disoriented (which, since this annotated list comes from the very modest Culturally Disoriented, I have no further information about).


TansyRR said...

Hi Timmi

Thanks for including the Galactic Suburbia award in your round up. Culturally Disoriented did a brilliant list (for a while I was convinced I must have posted one and forgotten about it for her to have got all that commentary, but no she took the notes herself direct from the podcast).

Having said that, the official GS list is up - and you can also read our winner's acceptance speech here -

Timmi Duchamp said...

Thanks for the links, Tansy. & also, of course, thanks to you, Alisa, & Alex for inventing, sponsoring, & administering the award.