The Helicon Society has announced the winners for the 2021 Helicon Awards, honoring the best in science fiction, fantasy, and horror for each calendar year. The award is named for the mountain that was home to the mythical Nine Muses.
A selection committee meets a number of times prior to the announcement to select nominees and final winners for each category. This is the third year the awards have been given.
Best Sci-Fi – To Sleep In A Sea of Stars, Christopher Paolini
Best Fantasy – The Unbearable Heaviness of Remembering, L. Jagi Lamplighter
Best Military SF/F – Space Force: Building The Legacy Edited by Doug Irvin
Best Alt History – The Oppenheimer Alternative, Robert J. Sawyer
Best Media Tie-In – Star Wars: Thrawn Ascendancy, Timothy Zahn
Best Horror – Coven, Declan Finn
Best YA – Marymae and the Nightmare Man, A.M. Freeman
Best Anthology (Book or story) – The Three Billion Year Love (Planetary Anthology Series: Mars), James Pyles
Best SF/F Movie – Outpost (DUST)
Best SF/F TV Series – The Mandalorian (Disney +)
Best SF/F Comic Book or Graphic Novel – BIGFOOT BILL 2: Finger of Poseidon, Doug TenNapel
Best SF/F Game – Cyberpunk 2077 (CD Projekt)
Melvil Dewey Innovation Award – Russell Newquist
Laura Ingalls Wilder Best New Author Award – Lora Beth Johnson
John W. Campbell Diversity in SF/F Award – J.K. Rowling
Frank Herbert Lifetime Achievement Award – David Weber
The Helicon Society is a collective of genre authors and creators who subscribe to the Superversive approach to SF/F media. The “Superversive” approach to fiction has been described as a polar opposite of the subversive approach to storytelling, in which authors use a lot of deconstruction for their narratives. Superversive stories, by contrast, show heroes who are heroic and things like family and love being good and real.
The Society is a non-professional organization, with no officers or fees involved. Membership is by invitation only.