2012 Endeavour Award Finalists

Five novels are finalists for the 2012 Endeavour Award, which honors a distinguished science fiction or fantasy book, either a novel or a single-author collection, created by a writer living in the Pacific Northwest:

Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake
City of Ruins by Kristine Kathryn Rusch
River Marked by Patricia Briggs
Robopocalypse by Daniel H. Wilson
When The Saints by Dave Duncan

The finalists were selected from entries read and scored by seven preliminary readers. The winning entry will be chosen by 2012 Endeavour judges Gregory Benford, Lawrence M. Schoen, and Susan Shwartz.

The award comes with a $1,000 honorarium.

The winner will be announced November 2 at OryCon, Oregon’s major science fiction convention.

The full press release follows the jump.

2012 Endeavour Award Finalists and Judges

July 12, 2012

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

For additional information contact:

James W. Fiscus, Chairman

Phone: 503-239-7641

E-Mail: <mailto:Fiscus@teleport.com>Fiscus@sff.net

Web: www.osfci.org/endeavour

Portland – Five novels are finalists for the 2012 Endeavour Award.  The 2012 Award will be the fourteenth year for the Endeavour, which comes with an honorarium of $1,000.00.  The winner will be announced November 2, 2012, at OryCon, Oregon’s major science fiction convention.

The finalists are: “Anna Dressed in Blood” by Lynnwood, Washington writer Kendare Blake (Tor Books); “City of Ruins” by Lincoln City, Oregon writer Kristine Kathryn Rusch (Pyr Books); “River Marked” by Benton City, Washington writer Patricia Briggs (Ace Books); “Robopocalypse” by Portland, Oregon, writer Daniel H. Wilson (Doubleday); and “When The Saints” by Victoria, British Columbia writer Dave Duncan (Tor Books.)

The Endeavour Award honors a distinguished science fiction or fantasy book, either a novel or a single-author collection, created by a writer living in the Pacific Northwest.  All entries are read and scored by seven readers randomly selected from a panel of preliminary readers.  The five highest scoring books then go to three judges, who are all professional writers or editors from outside of the Pacific Northwest.

The judges for the 2012 Award are Gregory Benford, Lawrence M. Schoen, and Susan Shwartz.

Gregory Benford is a professor of physics at the University of California, Irvine, working in astrophysics and plasma physics. A Fellow of the American Physical Society, his fiction has won many awards, including the Nebula Award for his novel Timescape.

Susan Shwartz has a Ph.D. in English from Harvard and twenty years’ experience working in New York’s financial services industry.  She has published some 20 novels and nearly 100 pieces of short fiction and has edited several anthologies.  Her work has been nominated for the Hugo Award twice, the Nebula Award five times, the Edgar and World Fantasy awards once each.

Lawrence M. Schoen holds a Ph.D. in cognitive psychology and psycholinguistics and is one of the world’s foremost authorities on the Klingon language.  Schoen is the publisher behind a speculative fiction small press, Paper Golem.  He has been a finalist for the John W. Campbell Award and the Hugo Award.

Award Eligibility for 2013

To be eligible for 2013 Endeavour Award, a book — either a novel or a single-author collection — must have been published for the first time in English during 2012.  The majority of the book must have been written, and the book accepted for publication, while the author was living in the Pacific Northwest (Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Alaska, British Columbia, or the Yukon.)  Deadline to enter books published during 2012 is February 15, 2013. Full information on entering the Award is available on the Endeavour Web site: www.osfci.org/endeavour.

The Endeavour Award is sponsored by Oregon Science Fiction Conventions, Inc. (OSFCI), a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation.

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