Science fiction, fantasy titles cross genres at Romantic Times Reviewers? Choice Awar

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27th November 2010 11:23 PM

Elaine Frei


It might come as a bit of surprise to some science fiction and fantasy readers that the romance genre has a place for sf/fantasy and that many readers of romance novels like a little science fiction and/or fantasy with their romance.

Others might not be nearly as surprised to discover that there are several categories for science fiction and fantasy among the many categories of award nominations recently announced for the 2010 Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice and Career Achievement Awards.

In the category of Science Fiction Novel, the nominees include Diane Duane’s Omnitopia Dawn (DAW); Feed (Orbit), by Mira Grant; Who Fears Death (DAW), by Nnedi Okorafar; The Fuller Memorandum (Ace), by Charles Stross; and Blackout and All Clear (Spectra), by Connie Willis.

Among the nominees for Fantasy Novel are The Bird of the River (Tor), by Kage Baker; The Broken Kingdoms (Orbit), by N. K. Jemisin; Under Heaven (Roc), by Guy Gavriel Kay; Shades of Milk and Honey (Tor), by Mary Robinette Kowal; and The Bone Palace (Orbit), by Amanda Downum.

Epic Fantasy Novel nomnees include Passion Play (Tor), by Berth Bernobich; Stealing Fire (Orbit), by Jo Graham; The Hundred Thousand Kingdom (Orbit), by N. K. Jemisin; Arms-Commander (Tor), by L. E. Modesitt Jr; and Troubled Waters (Ace), by Sharon Shinn.

In the category of Young Adult Paranormal/Fantasy Novel, the nominees include Ship Breaker (Little, Brown), by Paolo Bacigalupi; Raised By Wolves (Ergmont), by Jennifer Lynn Barnes; Clockwork Angel (Margaret K. McElderry), by Cassandra Clare; Radiant Shadows (HarperCollins), by Melissa Marr; and Before I Fall (HarperCollins), by Lauren Oliver.

Some of the other categories of possible interest to science fiction and fantasy readers include Urban Fantasy, Futuristic Romance and Shapeshifter Romance.

Besides the awards for books, at least two categories of Career Achievement awards might be of interest to science fiction and fantasy readers. The nominees for the Career Achievement Award – Urban Fantasy are Rachel Caine, P. N. Elrod, Simon R. Green, Laurell K. Hamilton and Kim Harrison.

The nominees for Career Achievement – Paranormal include Amanda Ashley, L. A. Banks, MaryJanice Davidson, Maggie Shayne and Rebecca York.