So far this year, we’ve looked at how Gollancz and SF Gateway have fared in the Hugo, Nebula, Arthur C. Clarke, BSFA, John W. Campbell Memorial and British Fantasy Awards. Now, as we move towards the year’s end, it’s time to assess the World Fantasy Awards.
First presented in 1975, there have been – thanks to a number of ties – forty-four World Fantasy Awards for best novel, thus far; the 2014 award will bring the total to forty-five. Or forty-six. Who knows?
So, how did we go? At the risk of being accused of both arrogance and repetition, we are compelled to answer: very well, as you might expect! Twenty of the forty-four winners to date are published by Gollancz and/or SF Gateway. A certain Vulcan of our mutual acquaintance might render that as a percentage of 45.45 recurring (Captain), but for our purposes we’re content to call it ‘almost half’. See for yourself:
1975 The Forgotten Beasts of Eld, Patricia A. McKillip
1978 Our Lady of Darkness, Fritz Leiber
1979 Gloriana, Michael Moorcock
1980 Watchtower, Elizabeth A. Lynn
1981 The Shadow of the Torturer, Gene Wolfe
1982 Little, Big, John Crowley
1984 The Dragon Waiting, John M. Ford
1985 (tie) Mythago Wood, Robert Holdstock
1986 Song of Kali, Dan Simmons
1988 Replay, Ken Grimwood
1990 Lyonesse: Madouc, Jack Vance
1991 (tie) Thomas the Rhymer, Ellen Kushner
1991 (tie) Only Begotten Daughter, James Morrow
1993 Last Call, Tim Powers
1995 Towing Jehovah, James Morrow
1996 The Prestige, Christopher Priest
1997 Godmother Night, Rachel Pollack
2002 The Other Wind, Ursula K. Le Guin
2003 (tie) Ombria in Shadow, Patricia A. McKillip
2003 (tie) The Facts of Life, Graham Joyce
Alright, there’s a slight cheat in there. Our new editions of The Forgotten Beasts of Eld and Little, Big are still a few months away. And we don’t actually publish Thomas the Rhymer, yet – but as we recently concluded an agreement to add it to our Fantasy Masterworks series next year, we’re claiming it. Anyone who has a problem with that can take it up with our solicitor. You might have heard of him – big guy, name of Fafhrd. Man of few words but a very effective litigator. So good luck with that . . .