Author discovery of the year

I discovered several terrific authors in 2016. The one that wins the prize is Ken Liu, for The Paper Menagerie and Other Stories. Runner ups are Claire North for The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August, Erin Morgenstern for The Night Circus, and Hal Clement for Mission of Gravity. The next runner ups are Emily St. John Mandel for Station Eleven and Suzanne Church for Elements.

This is the first time that the winner of this prestigious prize won it for a collection of stories as opposed to a novel (although Clifford D. Simak’s City is a quasi-novel: it’s a collection of related stories).

Here are all the winners and runner ups…

Year Winner Runner ups
2016 Ken Liu Claire North Erin Morgenstern Hal Clement
2015 Charles Stross Brian Herbert & Kevin J. Anderson    
2014 Douglas Preston Peter F. Hamilton Carrie Vaughn Christopher Moore
2013 Iain M. Banks Sarah Zettel Michael Swanwick Jo Walton
2012 Alastair Reynolds Joanne Bertin Ken Grimwood 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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One Response to “Author discovery of the year”

  1. James Says:

    Wow, glad you liked Paper Menagerie and Other Stories! I’ve also read Liu’s big fantasy series (the two volumes so far), and I think I preferred his short stories, although I thought they were still worth reading. And great covers too, just like his short story collection.

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