Awards Roundup May 2017

[Banner image courtesy Official James Tiptree, Jr. Memorial Award Facebook page.]

Spring is in the air and awards ceremonies are in full bloom. Recently a number of award winners have been announced, with the official ceremonies to follow over the 2017 Memorial Day weekend.


Image courtesy Official Baltimore Science Fiction Society website.

First off, the Compton Crook Memorial Award ceremony will take place at Balticon 51, Baltimore Maryland. Added to the event is the special citation of the Robert A. Heinlein Award. The Crook Award is voted on by the members of the Baltimore Science Fiction Society for the best first English language science fiction, fantasy, or horror novel from the previous year.

The winner/nominees are as follows:


  • Too Like the Lightning, Ada Palmer (Tor)


  • Arabella of Mars, David D. Levine (Tor)
  • Ninefox Gambit, Yoon Ha Lee (Solaris)
  • Sleep State Interrupt, T. C. Weber (See Sharp)
  • Sleeping Giants, Sylvain Neuvel (Del Rey)
  • Sword and Verse, Kathy MacMillan (HarperTeen)

The Heinlein Award was established by the Heinlein Society in 2003 “for outstanding published works in science fiction and technical writings to inspire the human exploration of space.”

This year, author Robert J. Sawyer has been honored with this award for his (so far) lifetime body of work.


Image courtesy


The James Tiptree Jr. Memorial Award is an annual literary prize for works of science fiction or fantasy that expand or explore one’s understanding of gender. The ceremony will also be held Memorial Day weekend at Wiscon 41 in Madison, Wisconsin.

This year’s winner/nominees are as follows:


  • When the Moon Was Ours, Anna-Marie McLemore (Thomas Dunne)

Honor List:

  • Borderline, Mishell Baker (Saga)
  • The Core of the Sun, Johanna Sinisalo (Grove/Black Cat)
  • Everfair, Nisi Shawl (Tor)
  • Every Heart a Doorway, Seanan McGuire (
  • Hwarhath Stories, Eleanor Arnason (Aqueduct)
  • “The Night Bazaar for Women Becoming Reptiles”, Rachel K. Jones (Beneath Ceaseless Skies 7 Jul 2016)
  • “Opals and Clay”, Nino Cipri (Podcastle 12 May 2016)
  • Too Like the Lightning, Ada Palmer (Tor)
  • Will Do Magic for Small Change, Andrea Hairston (Aqueduct)

The Tiptree was created by science fiction authors Pat Murphy and Karen Joy Fowler in February 1991.

For more details on the conventions hosting these ceremonies, visit’s Events Calendar.



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