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14 June 2006 @ 10:50 pm
Annual Awards Announced  
Sunburst Awards Announced

Finalists have been named for the Sunburst Award for Canadian Literature of the Fantastic, presented annually and recognizing excellence of writing. The award, named for the debut novel by Canadian SF author Phyllis Gotlieb, consists of a $1,000 cash prize and a medallion with the Sunburst logo, designed by Marcel Gagné. The winner will be announced in the fall. A full list of finalists follows.

Sunburst Awards:
Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town by Cory Doctorow
Gravity Wells: Speculative Fiction Stories by James Alan Gardner
The Wave Theory of Angels by Alison MacLeod
In the Palace of Repose by Holly Phillips
Spin by Robert Charles Wilson.

Sidewise Nominees Announced

Organizers announced this year's nominees for the Sidewise Award, recognizing excellence in alternate-history fiction. Two awards are given annually: one for long-form works and one for short-form works. The winners will be announced at L.A.Con IV, the 2006 WorldCon, held in Anaheim, Calif., Aug. 23-27. A list of nominees follows.

Best Long-Form Alternate History:
The Summer Isles by Ian R. MacLeod
Romanitas by Sophia McDougall
A Princess of Roumania by Paul Park

Best Short-Form Alternate History:
"Harvest Moon" by William Barton
"The Illuminated Heretic" by A.M. Dellamonica
"The 2005 Hugo Award Ceremony Script" by Kim Newman and Paul McAuley
"Panacea" by Jason Stoddard
"Pericles the Tyrant" by Lois Tilton

Mythopoeic Finalists Named

The Mythopoeic Society—a nonprofit international literary and educational organization for the study, discussion, and enjoyment of fantastic and mythic literature—announced the finalists for its various awards. The winners of this year's awards will be announced during Mythcon XXXVII, to be held Aug. 4-7 in Norman, Okla. A list of the finalists follows.

Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Adult Literature:
The Penelopiad by Margaret Atwood
The Hallowed Hunt by Lois McMaster Bujold
Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman
Metallic Love by Tanith Lee
The Strange Adventures of Rangergirl by Tim Pratt

Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Children's Literature:
Valiant by Holly Black
Wizards at War by Diane Duane
By These Ten Bones by Clare B. Dunkle
The Bartimaeus Trilogy by Jonathan Stroud

Mythopoeic Scholarship Award in Inklings Studies:
Perilous Realms: Celtic and Norse in Tolkien's Middle-earth by Marjorie Burns
Interrupted Music: The Making of Tolkien's Mythology by Verlyn Flieger
Smith of Wootton Major: Expanded Edition by J.R.R. Tolkien, Verlyn Flieger, ed.
The Lord of the Rings: A Reader's Companion by Wayne G. Hammond and Christina Scull
The Narnian: The Life and Imagination of C.S. Lewis by Alan Jacobs

Mythopoeic Scholarship Award in Myth and Fantasy Studies:
"The Meanings of "Beauty and the Beast"" by Jerry Griswold
"Readers in Wonderland: The Liberating Worlds of Fantasy Fiction from Dorothy to Harry Potter" by Deborah O'Keefe
"The Dharma of Dragons and Daemons: Buddhist Themes in Modern Fantasy" by David R. Loy and Linda Goodhew
"National Dreams: The Remaking of Fairy Tales in Nineteenth-Century England" by Jennifer Schacker

Verms' Note: I've only read Anansi Boys by Gaiman, but I've wanted to read Rangergirl (Western SF, yehaw!) and The Narnian (since I love C.S. Lewis).
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