2016 Compton Crook Award

Updraft by Fran Wilde has won the Baltimore Science Fiction Society’s 2016 Compton Crook Award.

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

A check for $1,000.00 and a commemorative plaque will be presented to Wilde on Friday, May 27, 2016 at 8:00 p.m. during Balticon 50 Opening Ceremonies. Balticon is the Maryland Regional Science Fiction Convention and is celebrating its fiftieth year of existence.

The award 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. The award has been presented since 1983 and is also known as the Compton Crook/Stephen Tall Award.

Updraft was published September 1, 2015 by Tor Books. More information about author Fran Wilde can be found at her website.

5 thoughts on “2016 Compton Crook Award

  1. Major kudos to her. The Compton Crook award makes for a helluva reading list (with one exception for me).

    Balticon looks like it’s going to be great.

  2. alexvdl on May 17, 2016 at 2:26 pm said

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    Balticon looks like it’s going to be great.

    Oh my yes. As a book dealer I’m struggling to figure out how I’m going to fit on my tables the GRRM books and those of the past GoHs … and leave room for other books. Interesting problem to have ….

  3. @Michael J. Walsh

    A Balticon bookseller, are you? There are chances that I’ve purchased your wares!

    Also, if you happen to have one of those nifty leatherbound sets of ASoIaF laying around come con time…

  4. Well, having been attending Balticon since about … 1974 or so, so it is likely you’ve bought stuff from me.

    As for having the leatherbound ASoIaF … not me! However, I think the odds are in your favor of finding a set or three or more in the room . And probably any number of rare and obscure GRRM items. Your wallet will be terrified ….

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