2021 Locus Awards

The winners of the 2021 Locus Awards were announced in an online ceremony on June 26, selected by readers voting on an open public ballot.


  • Network Effect, Martha Wells (Tordotcom)


  • The City We Became, N.K. Jemisin (Orbit US & UK)


  • Mexican Gothic, Silvia Moreno-Garcia (Del Rey; Jo Fletcher)


  • A Wizard’s Guide to Defensive Baking, T. Kingfisher (Argyll)


  • Elatsoe, Darcie Little Badger (Levine Querido)


  • Ring Shout, P. Djèlí Clark (Tordotcom)


  •  “The Pill“, Meg Elison (Big Girl)


  •  “Little Free Library“, Naomi Kritzer (Tor.com 4/8/20)


  • The Book of Dragons, Jonathan Strahan, ed. (Harper Voyager UK; Harper Voyager US)


  • The Hidden Girl and Other Stories, Ken Liu (Saga; Head of Zeus)


  • Tor.com


  • Tor


  • Ellen Datlow


  • John Picacio


  • The Magic of Terry Pratchett, Marc Burrows (White Owl)


  • The Art of NASA: The Illustrations that Sold the Missions, Piers Bizony (Motorbooks)


For Inclusivity, Representation, and Education

  • Bill Campbell and Rosarium Publishing

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10 thoughts on “2021 Locus Awards

  1. Wonders if Glasgow will therefore be able to get a Locus winner in concert? Marc Burrows, while not being a writer and journalist plays bass in the excellent Steampunk band The Men That Will Not Be Blamed For Nothing.

  2. Congratulation to the winners.
    Wow to Martha Wells, P. Djèlí Clark and our Wombat to win the Locus and the Nebula, that is definitly a good year for them.

  3. Congratulations to @T. Kingfisher & the rest!

    I’ve read four of the 10 winners here (SF Novel, F Novel, Novelette, and Short Story) and enjoyed them all, and of course I’ll read T. Kingfisher’s book and “Ring Shout” for That Other Award. 😉

  4. One appalls me: The Pill. I have no issues with its grammar or use of language. Every. Other. Thing. about that story I find offensive. Let me go down the list:
    1. The pill makes NO medical or scientific sense. Approved, when it kills one out of ten? Then why is the drug cocktail fen-fen illegal? Any doctor – and in my career as a computer professional, I worked with a number – would have cut the dosage by 10 before it ever got out of tests.

    And it give everyone the same body? Regardless of bone structure? Really?

    Allow discrimination? Insurance companies already charge more for people with medical conditions… and morbid obesity, which is clearly what the author is talking about, will send you to the doctor, and kill you young.
    The PoV character’s mother, who’s always trying to lose weight… but has her three scoops of ice cream every night? I guarantee that all of my friends who are heavy do not eat that way – it is a biochemical issue, not eating like a pig, which is what she’s saying her mother is doing.
    The PoV character wants to be a videographer, and wants to go to UCLA, the land of the perfect bods?
    Finally, she drops out of college, her entire identity is about being fat, and nothing else, and finds the only place that she’s accepted, and finds happiness, is making FAT PORN?

    Let me explain how I read this story, and why it’s so offense: how about we rewrite it, and it’s a Black family, and the PoV character is a very dark-skinned teenaged girl. A pill appears, that kills one out of 10, but all the others change so that they are indistinguishable from a WASP (that’s white Anglo-Saxon Protestant). The teen refuses the pill, and decides she wants to study engineering at, say, Ol’ Miss, U of MS. After too much discrimination, she drops out and finds contentment making Black and interracial porn.

    Right. And that would get votes, right… other than from, say, leftover Puppies?

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