2016 Kurd Laßwitz Preis Winners

The winners of the 2016 Kurd-Laßwitz-Preis, the best-known sf award in Germany, have been announced.

The award, named after early sf author Kurd Laßwitz (1848–1910), has been given since 1981 to exceptional German sf works and translations. For more information (in German) see the official site here.

Best German Science-Fiction Novel (published for the first time in 2015):

  • DirAndreas Brandhorst: “Das Schiff” (Piper)

Best German Short Prosa:

  • Karsten Kruschel: “Was geschieht dem Licht am Ende des Tunnels?” (in: “Nova” 23, Amrûn)

Best Foreign Science-Fiction Book (translated into German):

  • Neal Stephenson: “Amalthea” [Seveneves] (Manhattan)

Best Science-Fiction Translation:

  • Eva Bauche-Eppers for the translation of China Miéville: “Das Gleismeer”

Best Cover Picture or Illustration:

  • Dirk Berger for the cover of: “Nova” 23 (Amrûn)

Best German Audio Play:

  • “Sale” by Georg Heinzen (WDR)

Special Award for Extraordinary Achievements (One time):

  • Hannes Riffel & Sascha Mamczak & the Golkonda-Team for continuing their science-fiction yearbook

Special Award for Extraordinary Achievements (Over years):

  • Roger Murmann & Christian de Ahna & Birgit Fischer & Kurt Zelt for 30 years of Buchmessecon

The translations of the category titles are via Nina Horvath at Europa SF.

2 thoughts on “2016 Kurd Laßwitz Preis Winners

  1. For anyone curious about Andreas Brandhorst’s novel Das Schiff (“The Ship”), which won both this and the Deutscher Science-Fiction-Preis, a translation of the publisher‘s description is as follows:

    For a thousand years, the intelligent machines of Earth have been sending light-speed probes to the stars. They are seeking remains left behind by the Muriah, the only known advanced culture in the Milky Way, long since fallen. They are aided in their search by the Mindtalkers, the last mortal humans on Earth — only they can send their tthoughts over distances of light years and guide the probes. But they find not only the technological legacy of the Muriah, but also an ancient enemy, which has been sleeping for a million years and is now again awakening.

  2. Meanwhile, I’m baffled by the German love for Seveneves a.k.a. Amalthea. Last month, it got a shoutout by Denis Scheck in the TV literature program Druckfrisch (he occasionally covers SFF and had George R.R. Martin and Patrick Rothfuss on the show) and this month it got the Kurd Laßwitz Preis. No idea why so many of my countrymen love this one, since I dislike it intensely.

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