Thursday, June 3, 2010

MYTHOPOEIC AWARDS, posted by Linn Prentis

Kage Baker’s HOTEL UNDER THE SAND is a middle-reader published by Tachyon Press, and was originally developed as a personal project as a chapter-by-chapter gift to a young niece experiencing some difficult years. It has been nominated for the Mythopoeic Award for Children’s Literature.  We hope, of course, that she wins, but the nomination alone is a signal honor.  It establishes Baker in the league of fantasy’s finest -- where, of course, she belongs.

As this and many other sites, conferences and publications, are giving so much time and attention to what the French are calling Bit Lit –- tales focused on the lives and loves of persons with fangs and their ilk – I think it appropriate to use this space to remind readers of the classics, the great works of U.S. fantasy publishing, a phenomenon some may not know not only honors the works of Tolkien but actually, historically, began with their publication.

The Mythopoeic Society is a national/international organization promoting the study, discussion, and enjoyment of fantastic literature. It is especially interested in the works of J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, and Charles Williams, prominent members of the informal Oxford literary circle known as the “Inklings” (1930s-1950s).

The Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Adult Literature is given to the previous year’s fantasy novel, series or single-author story collection that best exemplifies “the spirit of the Inklings”. 

The Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Children’s Literature honors books for younger readers (from “Young Adults” to picture books for beginning readers), in the tradition of The Hobbit or The Chronicles of Narnia. Rules for eligibility are otherwise the same as for the Adult literature award.

The award for publications for adults began in 1971.  The Award for Children’s Literature was first given in 1992. All the winners and nearly all the nominees are named here.   The list appears here with the permission of:
David Oberhelman
Mythopoeic Awards Administrator

The 2010 Finalists:
Adult Literature
Barbara Campbell, Trickster’s Game trilogy consisting of Heartwood, Bloodstone, and Foxfire (DAW)
Greer Gilman, Cloud & Ashes: Three Winter’s Tales (Small Beer Press)
Robert Holdstock, Avilion (Gollancz)
Catherynne M. Valente, Palimpsest (Spectra)
Jo Walton, Lifelode (NESFA Press)

Children’s Literature
Kage Baker, The Hotel Under the Sand (Tachyon)
Shannon Hale, Books of Bayern consisting of The Goose Girl, Enna Burning, River Secrets, and Forest Born (Bloomsbury)
Grace Lin, Where the Mountain Meets the Moon (Little, Brown)
Malinda Lo, Ash (Little, Brown)
Lisa Mantchev, Eyes Like Stars (Feiwel & Friends)

The following is a year-by-year list of the all the  final ballot nominees for the Mythopoeic Fantasy Awards. The books placed first on each year’s list(s) and marked with asterisks were the winners.

The Crystal Cave by Mary Stewart *
The Marvellous Misadventures of Sebastian by Lloyd Alexander
Deryni Rising by Katherine Kurtz
Nine Princes in Amber by Roger Zelazny

Red Moon and Black Mountain by Joy Chant *
Grendel by John Gardner
The Tsaddik of the Seven Wonders by Isidore Haiblum
The Tombs of Atuan by Ursula K. Le Guin
The Corum Trilogy by Michael Moorcock
The Light Maze by Joan North
The Forest of Forever by Thomas Burnett Swann
The Children of Llyr by Evangeline Walton

The Song of Rhiannon by Evangeline Walton *
Dancer from Atlantis by Poul Anderson
Deryni Checkmate by Katherine Kurtz
The Farthest Shore by Ursula K. Le Guin
Green Phoenix by Thomas Burnett Swann
The Guns of Avalon by Roger Zelazny

The Hollow Hills by Mary Stewart *
Hrolf Kraki’s Saga by Poul Anderson
The Dark Is Rising by Susan Cooper
Excalibur by Sanders Anne Laubenthal
High Deryni by Katherine Kurtz

A Midsummer Tempest by Poul Anderson *
Watership Down by Richard Adams
The Forgotten Beasts of Eld by Patricia A. McKillip
Merlin’s Ring by H. Warner Munn
How Are the Mighty Fallen by Thomas Burnett Swann
Prince of Annwn by Evangeline Walton

Unfinished Tales by J.R.R. Tolkien *
The Grey Mane of Morning by Joy Chant
The Wounded Land by Stephen R. Donaldson
The Beginning Place by Ursula K. Le Guin
Lion of Ireland by Morgan Llywelyn

Little, Big by John Crowley *
Delusion’s Master by Tanith Lee
The Woman Who Loved the Moon by Elizabeth A. Lynn
The Many-colored Land by Julian May
The Sable Moon by Nancy Springer
Claw of the Conciliator by Gene Wolfe

The Firelings by Carol Kendall *
The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley
The One Tree by Stephen R. Donaldson
Queen of Sorcery by David Eddings
God Stalk by P.C. Hodgell
The Blue Sword by Robin McKinley
The Door in the Hedge by Robin McKinley
Lady of Light by Diana L. Paxson
The Darkangel by Meredith Ann Pierce

When Voiha Wakes by Joy Chant *
other nominees not available

Cards of Grief by Jane Yolen *
Moonheart by Charles de Lint
The Damiano Trilogy by R.A. McAvoy
The Hero and the Crown by Robin McKinley
The Book of Lost Tales by J.R.R. Tolkien

Bridge of Birds by Barry Hughart *
Dragonsbane by Barbara Hambly
Dark of the Moon by P.C. Hodgell
Fire and Hemlock by Diana Wynne Jones
Always Coming Home by Ursula K. Le Guin
The Wandering Unicorn by Manuel Mujica Lainez

The Folk of the Air by Peter S. Beagle *
The Fionavar Tapestry by Guy Gavriel Kay
Tales from the Flat Earth by Tanith Lee
Merlin’s Booke by Jane Yolen

Seventh Son by Orson Scott Card *
War for the Oaks by Emma Bull
The Falling Woman by Pat Murphy
Lincoln’s Dreams by Connie Willis

Unicorn Mountain by Michael Bishop *
The Last Coin by James P. Blaylock
Red Prophet by Orson Scott Card
The Nightingale by Kara Dalkey
The White Raven by Diana L. Paxson
Walkabout Woman by Michaela Roessner

The Stress of Her Regard by Tim Powers *
Prentice Alvin by Orson Scott Card
The Changeling Sea by Patricia A. McKillip
The City, Not Long After by Pat Murphy
Fool on the Hill by Matt Ruff

Thomas the Rhymer by Ellen Kushner *
Tigana by Guy Gavriel Kay
Tehanu by Ursula K. Le Guin
Only Begotten Daughter by James Morrow
The Books of Great Alta by Jane Yolen

A Woman of the Iron People by Eleanor Arnason *
Tam Lin by Pamela Dean
Moonwise by Greer Ilene Gilman
The Sorceress and the Cygnet by Patricia A. McKillip
Beauty by Sheri S. Tepper
Haroun and the Sea of Stories by Salman Rushdie *
Jeremy Thatcher, Dragon Hatcher by Bruce Coville
Castle in the Air by Diana Wynne Jones
Elsewhere by Will Shetterly
Song of the Gargoyle by Zilpha Keatley Snyder

Briar Rose by Jane Yolen *
The Paper Grail by James P. Blaylock
Last Call by Tim Powers
The Grail of Hearts by Susan Shwartz
Doomsday Book by Connie Willis
Knight’s Wyrd by Debra Doyle and James D. Macdonald *
The Ancient One by T.A. Barron
Jennifer Murdley’s Toad by Bruce Coville
Hobkin by Peni R. Griffin
Fish Soup by Ursula K. Le Guin

The Porcelain Dove by Delia Sherman *
The Innkeeper’s Song by Peter S. Beagle
The Cygnet and the Firebird by Patricia A. McKillip
Deerskin by Robin McKinley
The Kingdom of Kevin Malone by Suzy McKee Charnas *
The Mystery of the Cupboard by Lynne Reid Banks
The Giver by Lois Lowry
Nevernever by Will Shetterly
Calling on Dragons by Patricia C. Wrede

Something Rich and Strange by Patricia A. McKillip *
The Dubious Hills by Pamela Dean
The Hollowing by Robert Holdstock
Temporary Agency by Rachel Pollack
Owl in Love by Patrice Kindl *
The Princess and the Lord of Night by Emma Bull
Switching Well by Peni R. Griffin
A Knot in the Grain and Other Stories by Robin McKinley
Good Griselle by Jane Yolen

Waking the Moon by Elizabeth Hand *
Brittle Innings by Michael Bishop
All the Bells on Earth by James P. Blaylock
The Book of Atrix Wolfe by Patricia A. McKillip
The Dragon Path by Kenneth Morris
The Crown of Dalemark by Diana Wynne Jones *
The Boggart by Susan Cooper
Falcon’s Egg by Luli Gray
Wren’s War by Sherwood Smith
The Mennyms by Sylvia Waugh

(Adult and Children’s Awards combined)
The Wood Wife by Terri Windling *
One for the Morning Glory by John Barnes
Winter Rose by Patricia A. McKillip
Fair Peril by Nancy Springer
The Book of the Long Sun by Gene Wolfe

The Djinn in the Nightingale’s Eye by A.S. Byatt *
Giant Bones by Peter S. Beagle
Trader by Charles de Lint
Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman
The Gift by Patrick O’Leary
Young Merlin trilogy by Jane Yolen (consisting of Passager, Hobby and Merlin) *
The Boggart and the Monster by Susan Cooper
A Dark Horn Blowing by Dahlov Ipcar
Rose Daughter by Robin McKinley

Stardust by Neil Gaiman and Charles Vess *
Someplace to be Flying by Charles de Lint
The History of our World Beyond the Wave by R.E. Klein
Song for the Basilisk by Patricia A. McKillip
The High House by James Stoddard
Dark Lord of Derkholm by Diane Wynne Jones *
Heavenward Path by Kara Dalkey
Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine
The Squire’s Tale by Gerald Morris
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K. Rowling

Tamsin by Peter S. Beagle *
Elementals by A.S. Byatt
Dark Cities Underground by Lisa Goldstein
The Wild Swans by Peg Kerr
The Book of Knights by Yves Meynard
The Folk Keeper by Franny Billingsley *
Skellig by David Almond
The Circle of Magic series by Tamora Pierce
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling
Kingdom series by Cynthia Voigt

The Innamorati by Midori Snyder *
ravenShadow by Win Blevins
Forests of the Heart by Charles de Lint
The Sarantine Mosaic (Sailing to Sarantium and Lord of Emperors) by Guy Gavriel Kay
Aria of the Sea by Dia Calhoun *
Night Flying by Rita Murphy
Beast by Donna Jo Napoli
Growing Wings by Laurel Winter
Boots and the Seven Leaguers by Jane Yolen

The Curse of Chalion by Lois McMaster Bujold *
American Gods by Neil Gaiman
Ill Met by Moonlight by Sarah A. Hoyt
The Other Wind by Ursula K. Le Guin
Declare by Tim Powers
The Ropemaker by Peter Dickinson *
The Wizard’s Dilemma by Diane Duane
Island of the Aunts by Eva Ibbotson
The Two Princesses of Bamarre by Gail Carson Levine

Ombria in Shadow by Patricia A. McKillip *
A Fistful of Sky by Nina Kiriki Hoffman
The Fall of the Kings by Ellen Kushner and Delia Sherman
Summerland by Michael Chabon *
Tithe: A Modern Faerie Tale by Holly Black
House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer
Coraline by Neil Gaiman
Heir Apparent by Vivian Vande Velde

Sunshine by Robin McKinley *
Paladin of Souls by Lois McMaster Bujold
Fudoki by Kij Johnson
Changing Planes by Ursula K. Le Guin
In the Forests of Serre by Patricia A. McKillip
The Hollow Kingdom by Clare B. Dunkle *
The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo
Inkheart by Cornelia Funke
The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale
The Wee Free Men by Terry Pratchett

Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke *
The Anvil of the World by Kage Baker
Mortal Love by Elizabeth Hand
Alphabet of Thorn by Patricia A. McKillip
The Wizard Knight by Gene Wolfe consisting of (The Knight and The Wizard)
A Hat Full of Sky by Terry Pratchett *
Arthur Trilogy by Kevin Crossley-Holland (consisting of The Seeing Stone, At the Crossing Places, and King of the Middle March)
Sea of Trolls by Nancy Farmer
Trilogy consisting of Wise Child, Juniper, and Colman by Monica Furlong
The Abhorsen Trilogy by Garth Nix (consisting of Sabriel, Lirael: Daughter of the Clayr, and Abhorsen)

Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman *
The Penelopiad by Margaret Atwood
The Hallowed Hunt by Lois McMaster Bujold
Metallic Love by Tanith Lee
The Strange Adventures of Rangergirl by Tim Pratt
The Bartimaeus Trilogy by Jonathan Stroud * (consisting of The Amulet of Samarkand, The Golem’s Eye, and Ptolemy’s Gate)
Valiant by Holly Black
Wizards at War by Diane Duane
By These Ten Bones by Clare B. Dunkle

Patricia A. McKillip, Solstice Wood (Ace Books) *
Peter S. Beagle, The Line Between (Tachyon Publications)
Susanna Clarke, The Ladies of Grace Adieu (Bloomsbury USA)
Keith Donohue, The Stolen Child (Nan A. Talese)
Susan Palwick, The Necessary Beggar (Tor)
Tim Powers, Three Days to Never (William Morrow)
Catherine Fisher, Corbenic (Greenwillow) *
Nina Kiriki Hoffman, Spirits That Walk in Shadow (Viking)
Diana Wynne Jones, The Pinhoe Egg (Greenwillow)
Martine Leavitt, Keturah and Lord Death (Front Street)
Terry Pratchett, Wintersmith (HarperTeen)

Catherynne M. Valente, Orphan’s Tales * (consisting of In the Night Garden and In the Cities of Coin and Spice) (Spectra)
Theodora Goss, In the Forest of Forgetting (Prime Books)
Nalo Hopkinson, The New Moon’s Arms (Grand Central Publishing)
Guy Gavriel Kay, Ysabel (Roc)
John C. Wright, Chronicles of Chaos (consisting of Orphans of Chaos, Fugitives of Chaos, and Titans of Chaos) (Tor)
J.K. Rowling, The Harry Potter series * (Bloomsbury)
Holly Black, Tithe: A Modern Faerie Tale (Simon & Schuster); Valiant: A Modern Tale of Faerie (Simon & Schuster); Ironside: A Modern Faery’s Tale (Margaret K. McElderry)
Derek Landy, Skulduggery Pleasant (HarperCollins)
Nancy Springer, Dusssie (Walker Books for Young Readers)
Kate Thompson, The New Policeman (HarperTeen)

Carol Berg, Flesh and Spirit and Breath and Bone * (Roc)
Daryl Gregory, Pandemonium (Del Rey)
Ursula K. Le Guin, Lavinia (Harcourt)
Patricia A. McKillip, The Bell at Sealey Head (Ace)
Gene Wolfe, An Evil Guest (Tor)
Kristin Cashore, Graceling * (Harcourt Children’s Books)
Neil Gaiman, The Graveyard Book (HarperCollins)
Diana Wynne Jones, House of Many Ways (HarperCollins)
Ingrid Law, Savvy (Dial)
Terry Pratchett, Nation (HarperCollins)

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