Saturday, December 26, 2009

Get out the Vote

The polls have opened and let the voting begin! I'm talking about the David Gemmell Legend Award. The Morningstar Award will be given, for the first time, this year. It is for the "Best Newcomer." There will also be a Ravenheart Award (not open for voting yet), which will be awarded to "the best fantasy jacket artist."

These are great awards for two reasons. First, it is a set of awards where fantasy no longer has to play little step-brother to science fiction. Second, these awards are granted at the mercy of the fans. The "powers that be" can slap each other on the back and say what they will, but these awards come from the people who actually pay money for books (i.e. make the entire industry an industry).

Follow the link below for the list of nominees in each category.


Legend nominees:

Nights of Villajamur - Mark Charan Newton (Tor UK)
Shadow Magic - Jaida Jones and Danielle Bennett (Spectra)
Green - Jay Lake (Tor US)
Crucible of the Dragon God - Mike Wild (Abaddon)
Blood of Ambrose - James Enge (PYR)
By the Mountain Bound - Elizabeth Bear (Tor US)
Dust of Dreams - Steve Erikson (Transworld)
Best Served Cold - Joe Abercrombie (Gollancz & Orbit US)
The Sad Tale of the Brothers Grossbart - Jesse Bullington (Orbit)
Midwinter - Matthew Sturges (PYR)
Kings and Assassins - Lane Robins (Del Rey)
Chronicles of the Xandim - Maggie Furey (Gollancz)
The Silver Mage - Katharine Kerr (Voyager)
The Dwarves - Markus Heitz (Orbit)
The Other Lands - David Anthony Durham (Transworld)
Bones of the Dragon - Margaret Weis & Tracy Hickman (Tor US)
The Island - Tim Lebbon (Spectra)
The Laurentine Spy - Emily Gee (Solaris)
Tyrant’s Blood - Fiona McIntosh (Voyager)
Canticle - Ken Scholes (Tor US)
Blood of the Mantis - Adrian Tchaikovsky (Tor UK)
Archwizard - Ed Greenwood (Solaris)
Reiksguard - Richard Williams (The Black Library)
God of Clocks - Alan Campbell (Tor UK)
The Judging Eye - R. Scott Bakker (Orbit)
Kell's Legend - Andy Remic (Angry Robot)
The Adamantine Palace - Stephen Deas (Gollancz)
Imager's Challenge - L. E. Modesitt, Jr. (Tor US)
Night's Haunting - Matthew Sprange (Abaddon)
Servant of a Dark God - John Brown (Tor US)
Shamanslayer - Nathan Long (The Black Library)
The Drowning City - Amanda Downum (Orbit)
Rides a Dread Legion - Raymond E Feist (Voyager)
Empire - Graham McNeill (The Black Library)
Pretender's Crown - C.E. Murphy (Del Rey)
Imager - L. E. Modesitt, Jr. (Tor US)
Dragonseed - James Maxey (Solaris)
Fire - Kristin Cashore (Gollancz)
Irons in the Fire - Juliet E. McKenna (Solaris)
Magician's Apprentice - Trudi Canavan (Orbit)
White Star - Beth Vaughan (Gollancz)
Retribution Falls - Chris Wooding (Gollancz)
The Phoenix Transformed - Mercedes Lackey & James Mallory (Tor US)
The Gathering Storm - Robert Jordan & Brandon Sanderson (Tor US)
Warbreaker - Brandon Sanderson (Tor US)
Lamentation - Ken Scholes (Tor US)
The Dragon Keeper - Robin Hobb (Voyager)
The Lord of Silence - Mark Chadbourn (Solaris)
The Cardinals’ Blades - Pierre Pevel (Gollancz)
The Rats and the Ruling Sea - Robert V.S. Redick (Gollancz)
Destroyer of Worlds - Mark Chadbourn (Gollancz)
Chaosbound - David Farland (Tor US)
Heart's Blood - Juliet Marillier (Tor UK)
The Prodigal Mage - Karen Miller (Orbit)
The Dame - R. A. Salvatore (Tor US)
The Edge of the World - Kevin J. Anderson (Orbit)
The Rise of the Iron Moon - Stephen Hunt (Voyager)
Dark Haven - Gail Z. Martin (Solaris)

Morningstar Nominees:

The Sad Tale of the Brothers Grossbart - Jesse Bullington (Orbit)
Lamentation - Ken Scholes (Tor US)
The Dwarves - Markus Heitz (Orbit)
The Adamantine Palace - Stephen Deas (Gollancz)
Blood of Ambrose - James Enge (PYR)
The Drowning City - Amanda Downum (Orbit)
The Cardinals’ Blades - Pierre Pevel (Gollancz)
Servant of a Dark God - John Brown (Tor US)
Midwinter - Matthew Sturges (PYR)

Ravenheart Nominees:

PYR
DOMINIC HARMAN for the cover of Blood of Ambrose
CHRIS MCGRATH for the cover of Midwinter
TODD LOCKWOOD for the cover of The Twilight Herald

VOYAGER
DOMINIC FORBES for the cover of Rides a Dread Legion
JACKIE MORRIS and DOMINIC FORBES for the cover of The Dragon Keeper
GEOFF TAYLOR and DOMINIC FORBES for the cover of The Silver Mage
MAX SCHINDLER and LEE MOTLEY for the cover of The Rise of the Iron Moon
NICK SHAH for the cover of Tyrants Blood

ABADDON
GREG STAPLES for the cover of Night's Haunting
MARK HARRISON for the cover of Crucible of the Dragon God

SOLARIS
JOHN PICACIO for the cover of The Lord of Silence
LARRY ROSTANT for the cover of The Laurentine Spy
JON SULLIVAN for the cover of Archwizard
MICHAEL KORMARCK for the cover of Dark Haven
MICHAEL KORMARCK for the cover of Dragonseed
DAVID PALUMBO for the cover of Irons in the Fire

THE BLACK LIBRARY
JON SULLIVAN for the cover of Empire
CLINT LANGLEY for the cover of Reiksguard
CLINT LANGLEY for the cover of Iron Company
CLINT LANGLEY for the cover of The Chronicles of Malus Darkblade Volume Two

GOLLANCZ
DOMINIC HARMAN and SIDONIE BERESFORD-BROWNE for The Adamantine Palace
DIDIER GRAFFET, DAVE SENIOR and LAURA BRETT for Best Served Cold
STEPHAN MARTINIERE and NICK MAY for Retribution Falls
LARRY ROSTANT and LOULOU CLARKE for Fire
JON SULLIVAN and SUE MICHNIEWICZ for The Cardinals’ Blades
LARRY ROSTANT and LOULOU CLARKE for Graceling
GHOST for Heritage of the Xandim
KEEVIL DESIGN for White Star
SUE MICHNIEWICZ for Destroyer of Worlds
EDWARD MILLER and NICK MAY for The Rats and the Ruling Sea
SAM GREEN and JAMES JONES for The Final Empire
SAM GREEN and JAMES JONES for The Well of Ascension
CHRIS MCGRATH and LAURA BRETT for The Blade Itself
RICH CARR for Orcs Bad Blood 2
LARRY ROSTANT and LAURA BRETT for The Steel Remains

TOR (UK)
DOMINIC HARMAN for the cover of God Of Clocks
JON SULLIVAN for the cover of Dragonfly Falling
JON SULLIVAN for the cover of Blood of the Mantis

TOR (US)
MICHEAL KORMACK for the cover of Bones of the Dragon
DANIEL DOS SANTOS for the cover of Green

ORBIT (UK & US)
LEE GIBBONS for the cover of Furies of Calderon
LEE GIBBONS for the cover of The Edge of the World
BOB LEE for the cover of The Dwarves
LARRY ROSTANT for the cover of The Drowning City

* Artist nom to follow for the Brothers Grossbart

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

I must say, I'm still undecided whether or not the award is a good thing. It's won simply by those authors with the biggest online following. It's nothing more than a fan poll. And not every fan would have read every book - so it's a ridiculous way to compare. I'm all for giving more publicity to the genre (which this doesn't really) but ultimately I think it damages quality.

-- David

ediFanoB said...

I think the award is a good thing. And it is more than a fan poll. There are so far 981 members which talk about the nominated and also about other books. I can tell you that there are different people from many countries. There have been more than nine thousand votes for the 2009 winner Andrzej Sapkowski. And that should be a fan poll only? The additional Morningstar and Ravenheart Awards are the right steps in the right direction.
BUT nobody is forced to take part.

David,
why don't you sign in and discuss about the award?

Anonymous said...

Its abit condescending for people to say this award is nothing but a fan poll.Well Id rather have a been voted by from fans and as many people out there as possible than a few select judges on a panel.That doesnt seem right.Unless you have hundreds of authors and editors who have read the books to judge then it will never be for the right reasons.Power to the people.Well done for the Gemmell awards administrators in coming up with this award.

Simon

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