2015 Compton Crook Award

Alexandra Duncan’s novel Salvage has won the 2015 Compton Crook Award

The award is given by the Baltimore Science Fiction Society for the best first novel in the genre published in the previous year.

It is named in memory of Towson State College Professor of Natural Sciences Compton Crook, who wrote under the name Stephen Tall, and who died in 1981.

2014 Compton Crook Winner

Charles Gannon’s Fire With Fire (Baen) has been named the winner of the 2014 Compton Crook/Stephen Tall Award.

At Balticon 48, May 23-26, Gannon will receive a $1,000 check and an award plaque.

The Compton Crook Award is given by the Baltimore Science Fiction Society to the best first novel by an individual (no collaborations) published each year in the field of Science Fiction, Fantasy, or Horror. Selection is made by vote of the BSFS membership.

The Award is named for science fiction author Compton Crook (d. 1981), who wrote under the nom de plume Stephen Tall. The award has been given since 1983. For more information check the BSFS website.

2014 Compton Crook Shortlist

The finalists for the 2014 Compton Crook Award are:

  • Glyphbinder by T. Eric Bakutis
  • In the House upon the Dirt between the Lake and the Woods by Matt Bell
  • The Enchanted Skean by Vonnie Winslow Crist
  • City of a Thousand Dolls by Miriam Forster
  • Fire With Fire by Charles E. Gannon
  • The Darwin Elevator by Jason M. Hough
  • The Summer Prince by Alaya Dawn Johnson
  • Shh! It’s a Secret: A novel about Aliens, Hollywood, and the Bartenders Guide by Daniel Kimmel
  • Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie

The Compton Crook Award is presented by the Baltimore Science Fiction Society to the best first novel by an individual (no collaborations) published each year in the field of Science Fiction, Fantasy, or Horror. Selection is made by vote of the BSFS membership. The winner gets $1,000 and has his/her way paid to Balticon for two years.

The Award is named for science fiction author Compton Crook (d. 1981), who wrote under the nom de plume Stephen Tall. The award has been given since 1983. For more information check the BSFS website.

Cole Wins Compton Crook

Myke Cole’s novel Control Point has won the 2013 Compton Crook Award. The presentation was made May 24 at Balticon – click here to see Cole in dress blues holding his plaque.

The Compton Crook Award honors the best first novel of the year written by an individual author (collaborations are not eligible) in the SF/fantasy/horror genres.

[Via Locus, Amazing Stories and basically the rest of the internet.]

Crook and Heinlein Awards Given at Balticon

The Compton Crook Award and Robert A. Heinlein Award were awarded during opening ceremonies at Balticon 46, the Maryland Regional Science Fiction Convention, on May 25.

The Compton Crook Award winner was T. C. McCarthy for his novel Germline.

The Robert A. Heinlein Award went to Stanley Schmidt, author and editor of Analog.

Compton Crook Award: Left to right, T. C. McCarthy, 2011 Crook Award winner; James Knapp, Master of Ceremonies; SF Author Mark L. Van Name. Photo by Patti Kinlock.

 

Robert A. Heinlein Award: Left to right, Ian Randal Strock accepts the award on behalf of winner Stanley Schmidt from SF author and Heinlein Award Chairman Dr. Yoji Kondo. (Dr. Kondo writes as Eric Kotani). Photo by Patti Kinlock.

[Thanks to Dale Arnold for the story.]

Timing

Fierce media attention to the security measures that kept each new Harry Potter book locked away until the moment sales officially began impressed me that the release date must be important.

Then I read that Gail Carriger’s Changeless, sequel to Crompton Crook nominee Soulless, is already popping up in bookstores like an impatient Spring bloom.

Whether it’s a few days or weeks early — Amazon says the book will be released March 30, Orbit’s catalog says April 10 — Carriger is taking the news quite tranquilly. She sounds positively cheerful about a photo showing copies already on sale:

Blake snapped this shot of Changeless ~ on shelves (apparently) now! Look, Gentle Reader, I practically have a whole shelf to myself. This is very exciting for an author and some sort of mile marker that I am convinced should be rewarded, if not with shoes, at least with a very large piece of chocolate mouse.

Wouldn’t J.K. Rowling have called Interpol, MI5, the Ticktockman or somebody?

2010 Compton Crook Award Nominees

The nominees for the 2010 Compton Crook/Stephen Tall Award presented by the Baltimore Science Fiction Society are:

  • The Windup Girl by Paolo Bacigalupi
  • Dying Bites by D.D. Barant
  • Soulless by Gail Carriger
  • Johannes Cabal, the Necromancer by Jonathan L. Howard

 The winner will get his/her way paid to Balticon for two years, receive a plaque and $1000. Balticon takes place May 28-31, 2010.

The Compton Crook Award is presented for the best of the first novels published each year in the field of Science Fiction, Fantasy, or Horror. Selection is by vote of the BSFS membership. The Award is named for science fiction author Compton Crook, who used the nom de plume Stephen Tall. Compton Crook died in 1981. The award was first given in 1983. For more information check the BSFS website.

[Thanks to Michael Walsh for the story.]