The 2017 Kitschies Award shortlist has been revealed. The prize, sponsored by Blackwell’s, is given to “the year’s most progressive, intelligent and entertaining science fiction.” The winners will be announced in a ceremony on April 9, and receive a total of £2,000 in prize money, as well as one of the prize’s iconic Tentacle trophies.
This year’s shortlisted books was winnowed down from 142 submissions, coming from over 48 publishers.
The Red Tentacle (Novel)
Judged by Jon Courtenay Grimwood, Leila Abu El Hawa, Joshua Idehen, Ewa Scibor-Rylska, and Alasdair Stuart.
- Black Wave by Michelle Tea (& Other Stories)
- The Rift by Nina Allan (Titan)
- We See Everything by William Sutcliffe (Bloomsbury)
- Fever by Deon Meyer, translated by L. Seegers (Hodder)
- City of Circles by Jess Richards (Hodder)
The Golden Tentacle (Debut)
Judged by Jon Courtenay Grimwood, Leila Abu El Hawa, Joshua Idehen, Ewa Scibor-Rylska, and Alasdair Stuart
- How Saints Die by Carmen Marcus (Harville Secker)
- Hunger Makes the Wolf by Alex “Acks” Wells (Angry Robot)
- Age of Assassins by RJ Barker (Orbit)
- The Black Tides of Heaven by JY Yang (Tor.com)
- Mandlebrot the Magnificent by Liz Ziemska (Tor.com)
The Inky Tentacle (Cover Art)
Judged by Dapo Adeola, Sharan Dhaliwal, Jet Purdie, and Stuart Taylor.
- The Land of Neverendings by Kate Saunder; Illustrated by David Dean (Faber and Faber)
- Black Wave by Michelle Tea; llustrated by Rose Stafford at Print Club, design by Hannah Naughton (& Other Stories)
- The History of Bees by Maja Lunde; design by Jack Smyth and the S&S Art Department (Scribner)
- The Real-Town Murders by Adam Roberts; Jacket design and illustration by Black Sheep (Gollancz)
- Our Memory of Dust by Gavin Chait; Design by Richard Shailer (Transworld)
The prize, sponsored by Blackwell’s, is now in its eighth year, with previous winners including Margaret Atwood, Tade Thompson, Hermione Eyre, Nick Harkaway, Lauren Beukes, China Miéville, and Patrick Ness. More details can be found on the Blackwell’s dedicated Kitschies website.
[Thanks to Mark Hepworth for the story.]