Author discovery of the year

I’ve decided to imagine, just for fun, that I’m giving out an award for the most significant (to me) author I’ve discovered in a given year. The award is given to an author that I really like (ie. who writes brilliant books) who I haven’t read before (except possibly a small number of short stories).

Since 1999 I’ve been keeping track of the books I read in one spot. It would be a significant project to go back further than that.

This year’s winner is Ken Grimwood, author of the stunning Replay. Runner ups are Joanne Bertin for The Last Dragonlord, Alastair Reynolds for Revelation Space, and Gregory Maguire for Confessions of a Wicked Stepsister. It was a good year for new (to me) authors — further runner ups are Maureen F. McHugh, Marion Zimmer Bradley, James White, Julian May, and Jack Vance.

Here are all the winners and runner ups…

Year Winner Runner ups
2012 Ken Grimwood Joanne Bertin Alastair Reynolds Gregory Maguire
2011 Robin Hobb Audrey Niffenegger Richard Adams George R. R. Martin
2010 Clifford D. Simak Yves Meynard Tim Powers Harry Harrison
2009 Dan Simmons Peter S. Beagle Ray Bradbury
2008 Connie Willis David Mack Jeanne Cavelos John Scalzi
2007 Vernor Vinge James Morrow
2006 Edward Willett Elizabeth Kostova
2005 Stephen Baxter Sean Russell Christopher L. Bennett
2004 Karin Lowachee Peter Watts Adam Roberts Jasper Fforde
2003 Neal Stephenson Ted Chiang Stanislaw Lem Candas Jane Dorsey
2002 Karl Schroeder
2001 Jim Munroe Nalo Hopkinson
2000 Charles de Lint J. Gregory Keyes Kurt Vonnegut Josepha Sherman
& Susan Shwartz
1999 Robert Charles Wilson Kim Stanley Robinson L. Sprague de Camp

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