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The Quill Awards

The Quill Awards are “a new set of book awards will pair a populist sensibility with Hollywood-style glitz and become the first literary prizes to reflect the tastes of the group that matters most in publishing – readers.”

The awards focus on all books, but there is a special category of sf/fantasy/horror. The nominee list is quite extensive. The criteria for nominations explains why:

“To make the long list of nominees, a book must have been published in its original format in North America between August 1, 2004, and July 31, 2005, and marketed in the United States. It must also meet one of the following criteria: a starred review in Publishers Weekly, Barnes & Noble’s Discover Great New Writers Program selection, one of the ABA’s Book Sense Picks, a Borders Books & Music Original Voices title or has made it onto the bestsellers list of Publishers Weekly, Book Sense, Barnes & Noble or Borders.”

This will be the first award show that I know of to be televised on a major network (NBC, in October). I’m not sure how they can make this an interesting broadcast. At least for television and movie award shows they can show clips. What do they do for book award shows – read excerpts? I can see it now…Britney Spears reading an excerpt from Dan Simmons’ Olympos.

The complete list of 74 (!) nominees follows:

  • Diamond Dogs, Turquoise Days by Alastair Reynolds
  • The Black Jewels Trilogy: Dreams Made Flesh by Anne Bishop
  • Sister of the Dead: A Novel of the Noble Dead by Barb & J. C. Hendee
  • Elantris by Brandon Sanderson
  • Brian Froud’s Goblins! by Brian Froud, Ari Berk
  • Dune: The Battle of Corrin by Brian Herbert, Kevin J. Anderson
  • Dead as a Doornail by Charlaine Harris
  • The Stupidest Angel: A Heartwarming Tale of Christmas Terror by Christopher Moore
  • Haunted by Chuck Palahniuk
  • One for Sorrow, Two for Joy by Clive Woodall
  • Olympos by Dan Simmons
  • Star Wars: Jedi Trial: A Clone Wars Novel by David Sherman and Dan Cragg
  • The Shadow of Saganami by David Weber
  • The Treasured One: Book Two of the Dreamers by David & Leigh Eddings
  • Afterlife by Douglas Clegg
  • The Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror: Seventeenth Annual Collection by Edited by Ellen Datlow and Kelly Link & Gavin J. Grant
  • Elegy for a Lost Star by Elizabeth Haydon
  • The Art of Halo: Creating a Virtual World by Eric Trautmann, Frank O’Connor
  • The Wizard: Book Two of the Wizard Knight by Gene Wolfe
  • The House of Storms by Ian R. MacLeod
  • Polaris by Jack McDevitt
  • Star Wars: The New Jedi Order: The Unifying Force by James Luceno
  • Star Wars: Labyrinth of Evil by James Luceno
  • Wolf Captured by Jane Lindskold
  • Blood Rites: Book Six of the Dresden Files by Jim Butcher
  • Star Wars: Republic Commando: Hard Contact by Karen Traviss
  • Industrial Magic: Women of the Otherworld by Kelley Armstrong
  • The Good, the Bad, and the Undead by Kim Harrison
  • The Saga of Recluce: Ordermaster by L. E. Modesitt, Jr.
  • A Stroke of Midnight by Laurell K. Hamilton
  • Incubus Dreams by Laurell K. Hamilton
  • Bite by Laurell K. Hamilton, Charlaine Harris, Mary Janice Davidson, Angela Knight, Vickie Taylor
  • Light by M. John Harrison
  • The Dark Disciple Volume One: Amber and Ashes by Margaret Weis
  • Crache by Mark Budz
  • Discredited Diseases by Mark Roberts, Jeff VanderMeer
  • Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith by Matthew Stover, based on the story and screenplay by George Lucas
  • To Light a Candle: The Obsidian Trilogy, Book 2 by Mercedes Lackey, James Mallory
  • Star Wars: Medstar II: Jedi Healer: A Clone Wars Novel by Michael Reaves and Steve Perry
  • Master of None by N. Lee Wood
  • The System of the World: Volume Three of the Baroque Cycle by Neal Stephenson
  • Magic Street by Orson Scott Card
  • Shadow of the Giant by Orson Scott Card
  • The Two Swords: The Hunter’s Blade Trilogy Book III by R. A. Salvatore
  • The Myriad: Tour of the Merrimack #1 by R. M. Meluch
  • Orphanage by Robert Buettner
  • Yoda: Dark Rendezvous: A Clone Wars Novel by Sean Stewart
  • The Dark Tower VII: The Dark Tower by Stephen King, Michael Whelan
  • The Last Chronicles of Thomas Covenant: The Runes of the Earth by Stephen R. Donaldson
  • Reflex by Steven Gould
  • Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell: A Novel by Susanna Clarke
  • Shadowmarch by Tad Williams
  • Tanequil by Terry Brooks
  • Chainfire by Terry Goodkind
  • Going Postal by Terry Pratchett
  • Fitzpatrick’s War by Theodore Judson
  • Anne McCaffrey’s Dragonriders of Pern: Dragonsblood by Todd McCaffrey
  • Gil’s All Fright Diner by A. Lee Martinez
  • Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town by Cory Doctorow
  • A Mankind Witch by Dave Freer
  • Dean Koontz’s Frankenstein: Prodigal Son by Dean Koontz and Kevin J. Anderson
  • The Machinery of Night by Douglas Clegg
  • The Boy Who Would Live Forever: A Novel of Gateway by Frederik Pohl
  • The Year’s Best Science Fiction Twenty Second Annual Collection by Gardner R. Dozois
  • Old Man’s War by John Scalzi
  • Taverns of the Dead by Kealan Patrick Burke, ed.
  • The White Wolf’s Son: The Albino Underground by Michael Moorcock
  • In the Night Room by Peter Straub
  • Behemoth: Seppuku by Peter Watts
  • The Well of Stars by Robert Reed
  • Spin by Robert Charles Wilson
  • The Language of Power by Rosemary Kirstein
  • The Katurran Odyssey by Terryl Whitlatch, David Michael Wieger

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1 Comment on The Quill Awards

  1. Allan Roswarne // July 8, 2005 at 12:32 pm //

    :D:O OK, this seems to be a populist reaction against the literary establishment’s awards (example, National Book Awards) that seem to seek out the most obscure authors and the most obscure books, and the existing genre award system (example, Hugos, Nebulas, Stokers). But all realize that popularity is not necessarily a guide nor a measure of quality. IOW, one might say this awardd is based on retail presence (I have no first hand knowledge of the retail sucess of Star Wars media tie-ins; however, their success must be more than trivial since my local bookstores dedicate substantial shelf space). Interestingly, there are some works there that I think would never be acknowledged by any exisiting award (literary establishment nor genre award system); for example, Mercedes Lackey, Laurell Hamilton, and Todd McCaffrey.

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