The Baltimore Science Fiction Society (BSFS) released the names of the six finalists for its 2022 Compton Crook Award for best first novel in the science fiction, fantasy, and horror genres. Kimberly Unger’s NUCLEATION was so honored.
- A Master of Djinn by P. Djèlí Clark
- Assassin’s Orbit by John Appel
- NUCLEATION by Kimberly Unger
- The Councillor by E. J. Beaton
- The Witch’s Heart by Genevieve Gornichec
- We Have Always Been Here by Lena Nguyen
The award includes a framed award document and, for the novel’s author, a check for $1,000 and an invitation to be the Compton Crook Guest of Honor at Balticon (the BSFS annual convention) for two years. Balticon is held in Baltimore over Memorial Day Weekend, May 27-30th.
Members of BSFS selected the finalists by reading and rating debut novels published between Nov 1, 2020 and October 31, 2021. The finalist round of reading and rating will close April 8 and the winner will be notified on Sunday, April 10 and announced to the public on Monday, April 11.
Congratulations to all the finalists.