Naseem Jamnia, R. B. Lemberg, Sam J. Miller, Lavie Tidhar, and Tachyon itself are 2023 Locus Award finalists

Locus announced the finalists for the 2023 Locus Awards. NEOM by Lavie Tidhar (alongside the anthology The Best of World SF: Volume 2), THE BRUISING OF QILWA by Naseem Jaminia, THE UNBALANCING by R. B. Lemberg (alongside their collection Geometries of Belonging), BOYS, BEASTS & MEN by Sam J. Miller, and Tachyon Publications itself all received notices. Previous and forthcoming Tachyon authors, editors, and artists John Joseph Adams, Charlie Jane Anders, Ellen Datlow, Julie Dillon, Kate Elliott, Eileen Gunn, Marjorie Liu, Samantha Mills, John Picacio, Alistair Reynolds, Ann & Jeff VanderMeer, Charles Vess, and Sheila Williams were all honored too.

The Locus Awards winners will be announced June 24, 2023, during the in-person Locus Awards Ceremony, held in the historic Nile Hall at Preservation Park in downtown Oakland, California. Join Maggie Tokuda-Hall, our MC for the awards ceremony, and special guest Connie Willis for an entertaining presentation of the awards, plus program items and a catered reception. Additional virtual events include author readings, panels with leading authors, and more. Buy your ticket today!

2023 Locus Awards Top Ten Finalists
Neom by Lavie Tidhar
Cover by Elizabeth Story


  • Sweep of Stars, Maurice Broaddus (Tor)
  • The Red Scholar’s Wake, Aliette de Bodard (Gollancz; JABberwocky)
  • The Spare Man, Mary Robinette Kowal (Tor; Solaris UK)
  • Sea of Tranquility, Emily St. John Mandel (Knopf; Picador; HarperCollins Canada)
  • The Daughter of Doctor Moreau, Silvia Moreno-Garcia (Del Rey; Jo Fletcher)
  • Goliath, Tochi Onyebuchi (Tordotcom)
  • The Kaiju Preservation Society, John Scalzi (Tor; Tor UK)
  • Eyes of the Void, Adrian Tchaikovsky (Tor UK; Orbit US)
  • NEOM, Lavie Tidhar (Tachyon)
  • Eversion, Alastair Reynolds (Gollancz; Orbit US)


  • The Grief of Stones, Katherine Addison (Tor; Solaris UK)
  • When Women Were Dragons, Kelly Barnhill (Doubleday; Hot Key)
  • Spear, Nicola Griffith (Tordotcom)
  • The World We Make, N.K. Jemisin (Orbit US; Orbit UK)
  • Nettle & Bone, T. Kingfisher (Tor; Titan UK)
  • Babel, R.F. Kuang (Harper Voyager US; Harper Voyager UK)
  • Nona the Ninth, Tamsyn Muir (Tordotcom)
  • The Golden Enclaves, Naomi Novik (Del Rey US; Del Rey UK)
  • Fevered Star, Rebecca Roanhorse (Saga; Solaris UK)
  • Siren Queen, Nghi Vo (Tordotcom)


  • Saturnalia, Stephanie Feldman (Unnamed)
  • Just Like Home, Sarah Gailey (Tor; Hodder & Stoughton)
  • Road of Bones, Christopher Golden (St. Martin’s; Titan UK)
  • The Devil Takes You Home, Gabino Iglesias (Mulholland; Wildfire)
  • The Fervor, Alma Katsu (Putnam; Titan UK)
  • Gwendy’s Final Task, Stephen King & Richard Chizmar (Cemetery Dance; Hodder & Stoughton)
  • What Moves the Dead, T. Kingfisher (Nightfire; Titan UK)
  • Echo, Thomas Olde Heuvelt (Nightfire; Hodder & Stoughton)
  • No Gods for Drowning, Hailey Piper (Agora)
  • The Pallbearers Club, Paul Tremblay (Morrow; Titan UK)
  • Sundial, Catriona Ward (Nightfire; Viper)


  • Dreams Bigger Than Heartbreak, Charlie Jane Anders (Tor Teen; Titan UK)
  • The Scratch Daughters, H.A. Clarke (Erewhon)
  • Bloodmarked, Tracy Deonn (McElderry; Simon & Schuster UK)
  • The Kindred, Alechia Dow (Inkyard)
  • Bitter, Akwaeke Emezi (Knopf; Faber & Faber)
  • Unraveller, Frances Hardinge (Macmillan; Amulet 1/23)
  • Rust in the Root, Justina Ireland (Balzer + Bray)
  • Lakelore, Anna-Marie McLemore (Feiwel and Friends)
  • Ballad & Dagger, Daniel José Older (Hyperion)
  • An Arrow to the Moon, Emily X.R. Pan (Little, Brown; Orion)
Cover for THE BRUISING OF QILWA by Naseem Jamnia
Cover by Elizabeth Story


  • Legends & Lattes, Travis Baldree (Cryptid; Tor)
  • The Hacienda, Isabel Cañas (Berkley)
  • The Book Eaters, Sunyi Dean (Tor; Harper Voyager UK)
  • THE BRUISING OF QILWA, Naseem Jamnia (Tachyon)
  • The Ballad of Perilous Graves, Alex Jennings (Redhook; Orbit UK)
  • THE UNBALANCING, R.B. Lemberg (Tachyon)
  • The Bone Orchard, Sara A. Mueller (Tor)
  • How High We Go in the Dark, Sequoia Nagamatsu (Morrow; Bloomsbury)
  • The Mountain in the Sea, Ray Nayler (MCD; Weidenfeld & Nicolson)
  • The Genesis of Misery, Neon Yang (Tor)
Cover by Elizabeth Story


  • A Prayer for the Crown-Shy, Becky Chambers (Tordotcom)
  • Of Charms, Ghosts and Grievances, Aliette de Bodard (JABberwocky)
  • Servant Mage, Kate Elliott (Tordotcom)
  • “Bishop’s Opening“, R.S.A Garcia (Clarkesworld 1/22)
  • A Mirror Mended, Alix E. Harrow (Tordotcom)
  • Even Though I Knew the End, C.L. Polk (Tordotcom)
  • Tread of Angels, Rebecca Roanhorse (Saga; Solaris UK)
  • High Times in the Low Parliament, Kelly Robson (Tordotcom)
  • Ogres, Adrian Tchaikovsky (Solaris)
  • Into the Riverlands, Nghi Vo (Tordotcom)


  • “If You Find Yourself Speaking to God, Address God with the Informal You“, John Chu (Uncanny 7-8/22)
  • “Two Hands, Wrapped in Gold“, S.B. Divya (Uncanny 5-6/22)
  • “Incident at Bear Creek Lodge”, Tananarive Due (Other Terrors)
  • “Solidity”, Greg Egan (Asimov’s 9-10/22)
  • “The Six Deaths of the Saint”, Alix E. Harrow (Into Shadow)
  • “In Mercy, Rain“, Seanan McGuire ( 7/18/22)
  • “Falling Off the Edge of the World”, Suzanne Palmer (Asimov’s 11-12/22)
  • “The Sadness Box“, Suzanne Palmer (Clarkesworld 7/22)
  • “A Dream of Electric Mothers”, Wole Talabi (Africa Risen)
  • “The Difference Between Love and Time”, Catherynne M. Valente (Someone in Time)


  • “Give Me English”, Ai Jiang (F&SF 5-6/22)
  • “The Goldfish Man”, Maureen McHugh (Uncanny 3-4/22)
  • “Rabbit Test”, Samantha Mills (Uncanny 11-12/22)
  • “Dick Pig”, Ian Muneshwar (Nightmare 1/22)
  • “Master of Ceremonies“, Frances Ogamba (The Dark 5/22)
  • “Beginnings”, Kristina Ten (Fantasy 4/22)
  • “The Coward Who Stole God’s Name”, John Wiswell (Uncanny 5-6/22)
  • “D.I.Y”, John Wiswell ( 8/24/22)
  • “Inheritance “, Hannah Yang (Analog 9-10/22)
  • “A Monster in the Shape of a Boy”, Hannah Yang (Apex 5/22)


  • The Way Spring Arrives and Other Stories, Yu Chen & Regina Kanyu Wang, eds. (Tordotcom)
  • The Best Science Fiction of the Year: Volume 6, Neil Clarke, ed. (Night Shade)
  • Screams from the Dark, Ellen Datlow, ed. (Nightfire)
  • The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2022, Rebecca Roanhorse & John Joseph Adams, eds. (Mariner)
  • Someone in Time: Tales of Time-Crossed Romance, Jonathan Strahan, ed. (Solaris)
  • Tomorrow’s Parties: Life in the Anthropocene, Jonathan Strahan, ed. (MIT Press)
  • Africa Risen: A New Era of Speculative Fiction, Sheree Renée Thomas & Oghenechovwe Donald Ekpeki & Zelda Knight, eds. (Tor)
  • Trouble the Waters: Tales from the Deep Blue, Sheree Renée Thomas & Pan Morigan & Troy L. Wiggins, eds. (Third Man)
  • The Best of World SF: Volume 2, Lavie Tidhar, ed. (Head of Zeus)
  • The Future is Female! Volume Two: The 1970s, Lisa Yaszek, ed. (Library of America)


  • Dark Breakers, C.S.E. Cooney (Mythic Delirium)
  • Memory’s Legion: The Complete Expanse Story Collection, James S.A. Corey (Orbit US; Orbit UK)
  • Night Shift, Eileen Gunn (PM)
  • Breakable Things, Cassandra Khaw (Undertow)
  • Geometries of Belonging, R.B. Lemberg (Fairwood)
  • BOYS, BEASTS & MEN, Sam J. Miller (Tachyon)
  • The Memory Librarian: And Other Stories of Dirty Computer, Janelle Monáe et al. (Harper Voyager US; Harper Voyager UK)
  • Illuminations, Alan Moore (Bloomsbury USA; Bloomsbury UK)
  • Our Fruiting Bodies, Nisi Shawl (Aqueduct)
  • The Best of Lucius Shepard: Vol. 2, Lucius Shepard (Subterranean)


  • Apex
  • Asimov’s
  • Beneath Ceaseless Skies
  • Clarkesworld
  • F&SF
  • Lightspeed
  • Strange Horizons
  • Uncanny


  • Angry Robot
  • Gollancz
  • Harper Voyager
  • Neon Hemlock
  • Orbit
  • Small Beer
  • Subterranean
  • Tachyon
  • Tor
  • Tordotcom


  • Neil Clarke
  • Ellen Datlow
  • Oghenechovwe Donald Ekpeki
  • Arley Sorg & Christie Yant
  • Jonathan Strahan
  • Lynne M. Thomas & Michael Damian Thomas
  • Sheree Renée Thomas
  • Ann & Jeff VanderMeer
  • Wendy N. Wagner
  • Sheila Williams


  • Tommy Arnold
  • Rovina Cai
  • Kinuko Y. Craft
  • Galen Dara
  • Julie Dillon
  • Bob Eggleton
  • John Picacio
  • Shaun Tan
  • Charles Vess
  • Michael Whelan


  • The Rise of the Cyberzines: The Story of the Science-Fiction Magazines from 1991 to 2020, Mike Ashley (Liverpool University Press)
  • Fantasy: How It Works, Brian Attebery (Oxford University Press)
  • An Earnest Blackness, Eugen Bacon (Anti-Oedipus)
  • Queering SF: Readings, Ritch Calvin (Aqueduct)
  • Bridging Worlds: Global Conversations on Creating Pan-African Speculative Literature in a Pandemic, Oghenechovwe Donald Ekpeki (Jembefola)
  • Charting the Afrofuturist Imaginary in African American Art: The Black Female Fantastic, Elizabeth Carmel Hamilton (Routledge)
  • The Visual History of Science Fiction Fandom, Volume Two: 1940, David Ritter & Daniel Ritter (First Fandom Experience)
  • Keeping It Unreal: Black Queer Fantasy and Superhero Comics, Darieck Scott (New York University Press)
  • Stephen King: A Complete Exploration of His Work, Life, and Influences, Bev Vincent (Epic Ink)
  • Terry Pratchett: A Life With Footnotes: The Official Biography, Rob Wilkins (Doubleday UK)


  • Visions of Beauty, Dianne Borsini-Burr, ed., art by Kinuko Y. Craft (Borsini-Burr & Imaginary Editions)
  • Paintings & Drawings of Rowena, Kim DeMulder, art by Rowena (self-published)
  • The Keeper, Tananarive Due & Steven Barnes, art by Marco Finnegan (Megascope)
  • In the Black Fantastic, Ekow Eshun (Thames & Hudson; MIT Press)
  • Spectrum Fantastic Art Quarterly Volume Two, Cathy & Arnie Fenner, eds. (Spectrum Fantastic Art)
  • Chivalry, Neil Gaiman, art by Colleen Doran (Dark Horse)
  • The Night Eaters Book 1: She Eats the Night, Marjorie Liu, art by Sana Takeda (Abrams ComicArts)
  • Mother Christmas, Vol 1: The Muse, Valya Dudycz Lupescu, art by Vic Terra (Rosarium)
  • Animal Farm: A Fairy Story, George Orwell, art by Omar Rayyan (Suntup)
  • Creature: Paintings, Drawings, and Reflections, Shaun Tan (Walker Studio UK; Windy Hollow; Levine Querido)