2021 ESFS Awards

The European Science Fiction Society named the 2021 winners of the ESFS Achievement Awards and the ESFS Hall of Fame Awards, as well as the European Grandmaster, on July 17 during Eurocon in Fiuggi, Italy.

Note: The nominating country is listed, which in some cases is not the country associated with the work. For links related to each nominee, see here. Some names have been done as screencaps to work around WordPress’ failure to support certain special characters.

EUROPEAN GRANDMASTER

Maurizio Manzieri (Italy)


ESFS ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS

BEST WORK OF ART

FRANCE

“L’Héliotrope” book cover by Vaderetro

First of two 2020 YA novels by E. S. Green, a French woman author. Vaderetro is Alexandre Debelloir & Julian Santus, illustrators & graphic designers. Working for music, edition & brands, their visual production mostly inherits from ancient engraving.They won the last « Grand Prix de l’Imaginaire » for best work of art for these « Steam Sailors » series covers. https://vaderetrostudio.com

BEST WRITTEN WORK OF FICTION

POLAND

Radek’s novel (A Tale of the Serpent Heart, or yet another word bout Jakób Szela) is a great work of Fantasy. Although it is a genre novel it was not only seen but also appreciated by the mainstream critics. The book received multiple awards – including SFF related Janusz A. Zajdel Award and Jerzy Zulawski Award. Radek also won Nike Award – one of the most prestigious awards in Polish literature.

BEST DRAMATIC PRESENTATION NOMINATIONS

RUSSIA

Russian Cyberpunk Farm

The Birchpunk studio, a team of artists from Russian, shared their project that tells a story about a farm in the future. The farm is swarmed with robots and new technologies and located on Mars.

BEST FANZINE

MONTENEGRO

Galaxy 42 #4

The Galaxy 42 is a F&SF literature and art magazine. They publish the following categories: F&SF prose & poetry, essays, science articles, book or film reviews, music, films, visual art and graphics. G42 is coordinated by Alexandru Lamba, Daniel Timariu, and Cristian Vicol.

BEST WORK FOR CHILDREN NOMINATIONS

BULGARIA

“An Adventure in the Lower Earth. Christmas Carolers vs Hallus Beasts” by Elena Pavlova

Aimed at middle graders, the book combines ethno-fantasy, electropunk and environmentalism in a dizzying adventure, where characters discover the strength of kinship, the secret of Thracian sanctuaries and the bizarre fairy world from Bulgarian folklore. They manage to save both the Lower Earth from poachers and our own Upper Earth from the invasion of the Hallus electricus

BEST INTERNET PUBLICATION NOMINATIONS

CROATIA

Decameron 2020, price iz karantene

The online literary event Decameron 2020 was created as a reaction to the sudden closing down of cultural events and subsequent lockdown in Croatia. During these times, three young speculative fiction writers came up with an idea to create a new publishing platform for local writers, inspired by Boccaccio’s legendary work. An E-book with English translation is currently in work


THE HALL OF FAME

BEST ARTIST

UKRAINE

Igor Baranko

Igor Baranko is an Ukrainian comic artist that published his graphic novels not only in his home country, but also in United States, France and some other countries. Not only he was published in these countries, but also lived there working with local comics artists. Now Igor lives in Thailand and is working on a comic strip based on the Indian epic Mahabharata.

BEST AUTHOR

RUSSIA

Victor Pelevin

Pelevin wrote in various fantastic genres. In his work, you can find both mystical motivations, and works in the genre of anti-utopia and science fiction. Pelevin books have been translated into many languages. According to a French Magazine, Pelevin is among the 1,000 most significant people in the contemporary culture. His name is included in the list of nominees for the Nobel Prize.

BEST PUBLISHER

[Joint Winners]

BULGARIA

Colibri

CROATIA

Shtriga

RUSSIA

Azbooka

BEST PROMOTER

MONTENEGRO                              

A Convention Leader of the Zagreb Science Fiction Convention SFERAKON and Secretary of the Sfera Association. Long-term member of the ESFS, a participant in conventions in the region and Europe. Participant in numerous Eurocons. She is a translator and promoter of SF.

BEST MAGAZINE

RUSSIA

Mir Fantastiki

A monthly Russian magazine and portal about fantasy and science fiction. Published since September 2003 and is the largest science fiction magazine in the former USSR. The publication reviews books, movies, TV series, games and comics in such genres as science fiction, fantasy and horror, publishes articles about fictional universes, famous science fiction, fandom, mythology and futurology.

BEST TRANSLATOR

RUSSIA, UKRAINE

Serhiy Legeza

For a great contribution to the promotion of Polish fiction.He translated from Polish into Ukrainian the works of Andrzej Sapkowski and Jacek Dukaj, from Polish into Russian the works of Andrzej Sapkowski, Jacek Dukaj, Jakub Nowak, Jacek Pekara, Robert Schmidt, Robert Wegner, and Stanislaw Lem.

Serhiy translated a huge number of works of contemporary Polish science fiction writers into Ukrainian and Russian. Thanks to him, Ukrainian and Russian readers were able to get acquainted with the best modern Polish science fiction writers.

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