Sam J. Miller’s Blackfish City has won this year’s John W. Campbell Memorial Award for best science fiction novel.
The honor was presented during the Campbell Conference Award Banquet on June 28.
In the words of the awards administrators —
Harry Harrison and Brian Aldiss established the award to honor the late editor of Astounding Science Fiction magazine (now Analog), and continue his efforts to encourage writers to produce their best work. Many consider Campbell – who edited the magazine and guided its authors from 1937 until his death in 1971 – the father of modern SF.
The winner was selected by Campbell Award jury members Gregory Benford, Sheila Finch, Elizabeth Anne Hull, Paul Kincaid (since 2008), Christopher McKitterick (since 2002; Chair beginning in 2018), Pamela Sargent (since 1997), and Lisa Yaszek (since 2016).
The other finalists were:
- Semiosis by Sue Burke
- A Spy in Time by Imraan Coovadia
- The Calculating Stars by Mary Robinette Kowal
- Time Was by Ian McDonald
- Moon of the Crusted Snow by Waubgeshig Rice
- Theory of Bastards by Audrey Schulman
- Unholy Land by Lavie Tidhar
- Space Opera by Catherynne M. Valente
- The Freeze-Frame Revolution by Peter Watts
- The Loosening Skin by Aliya Whiteley