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and Awards from around the world. Extensive listings of book reviews, science fiction awards, discussion forums and fan websites.


Science Fiction-Fantasy Book Reviews


Alexandria Digital Literature Centre | Book recommendation engine - needs registration to work.

All Sci-Fi | Zany sci-fi discussion coupled with detailed reviews. There seems more chat than anything else (and a few free e-books).

Alternate Realities | Fiction and book reviews from editor Joan M. McCarty.

Belgarath the Sorcerer | Non-official site for the Belgarath the Sorcerer fantasy series. Not much here at all - suspect this one is just set up to pull in traffic for their advertising.

Best Science Fiction | SFF book reviews site that selects the best novels in the genre.

Danny Yee on SF | Small selection of fantasy book reviews from Danny Yee (other genres covered) | Science fiction and fantasy book reviews.

FantaFiction | Information about 139 authors, 1638 books and 5 cover artists.

Fantasy And Horror Fiction Fan | Reviews of horror and fantasy anthologies, comics and graphic novels.

Future Fiction | Source for science fiction and fantasy book reviews on the world wide web.

In Other Worlds | Reviews of recent and classic Fantasy & SF (some Mysteries as well) by David Brukman. Frequently updated.

Kerman Enterprises Emporium | A book review, using a rating system taken from an idea in David Brin's novel Earth. Strong emphasis on F/SF (books in association with Amazon). Site is as slow as old boots.

L. J. Hurst SF Reviews | Reviews from Vector, Foundation, etc., and Hurst's other writing, plus specialist link pages.

ME-views | Book reviews from Lisa DuMond (nice looking site too).

Onward Elsewhere | Home page for the writings of Harry Raden (science fiction and fantasy reviews).

Other Dimension | Another reviews site with an incredibly professional look and feel.

Postviews | SF reviews, criticism and commentary.

Rambles | Science fiction reviews from a Celt-focused site.

Readers Robot | Tell it what novels you like, and it’ll recommend some more!

Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Book Database | A collection of books, synopses, reviews and author biographies from the science fiction, fantasy and horror genres.

SF and F | Confusing database of SF/F books and authors.

SF Bookcase | Site where you can add your own book reviews. Interactive, but eye-poppingly bad design.

SF Reviews | Collection of reviews of science fiction novels from an unnamed fan. | SF book reviews from TC.

The Commonplace Review | Lots of SFF book reviews, with a few horror novels thrown in for good measure.

The Internet Book Database of Fiction | Want to provide something for books along the lines of what the IMDB does for movies.

The Science Fiction Review | Book reviews, discount books, resources and new stories.

The Sheldon Recommended Fantasy Author List | Listing of fantasy authors recommended by readers. Includes titles, commentary, forthcoming books, and ratings.

Voyager Online | Australian publisher's zine on their own book releases.



Awards in science fiction and fantasy come in all shapes, sizes and flavours. Some are specific to a fiction type while others are all-encompassing. However, most are given out on an annual basis for outstanding achievement. Most have some element of voting involved. Those who vote (and, by definition, nominate) often can be anyone who can get their hands on a ballot. A number are associated with a particular convention and, hence, those polled are, have been or will be members.

World Fantasy Awards
The nine awards are presented at the banquet of the World Fantasy Convention held each year in late October - early November. Two of the nominees on the final ballot are determined by readers while the remainder come from the ballots put together by a panel of judges who change annually. The judges select the recipients in a second round of voting. The awards are based on work done during the previous calendar year.

Hugo Awards
The awards are presented at an evening ceremony during the World Science Fiction Convention. Nominations are as result of ballots cast by the convention members who vote by mail. They are counted using a weighted method whereby ballot entries, listed by preference, are assigned a value and then tallied. Those who fail to meet the cutoff or have the least number are dropped and the counting is redone until such time as a clear winner appears.

Arthur C. Clarke Awards
Arthur C. Clarke Award is awarded every year to the best science fiction novel which received its first British publication during the previous calendar year. The Award is chosen by jury. The Award was established with a generous grant from Arthur C. Clarke with the intention of encouraging science fiction in Britain. The Award was set up in 1986 and the first winner was announced in 1987. The Award consists of an inscribed plaque in the form of a bookend, and a cheque. The Award is administered jointly by the British Science Fiction and the Science Fiction Foundation, each of whom provides two judges each year. Recently, the Science Museum has joined the Award and provides one judge each year.

Nebula Awards
They are given by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers Association for outstanding work done in the previous year. Members of SFFWA nominate material appearing on the ballot and then vote to determine the winners. Nominees have the option of withdrawing their work from voting. The awards are presented annually at the Nebula Awards Banquet.

British Fantasy Awards
The British Weird Fantasy Society began in 1971 as an off-shoot of the British Science Fiction Association. The "Weird" was soon dropped and the BFS was born. Dedicated to the promotion of all that is best in the Fantasy and Horror genres, the BFS won the Special Award: Non-Professional at the World Fantasy Awards in 2000. The membership of the BFS votes for the annual British Fantasy Awards.

Aurora Award
When the Canadian SF and Fantasy Association was started up in 1980 there was only one award given. Since 1991, awards have been presented in 10 categories. There are 6 professional awards (3 English and 3 French), 3 fan awards, and the artistic achievement award. The Aurora awards are closest to the style of the Hugo awards in the method by which they are selected. First, there is the nomination phase to select a short list. Then a voting phase to pick the winner from the short list using the Australian voting method (voters rank their choices in each category). The Prix Aurora Awards were initially called the Casper Awards, then renamed the Auroras in 1991.

Philip K. Dick Award
The Philip K. Dick Award is presented annually for distinguished science fiction published in paperback original form in the United States. The award is sponsored by the Philadelphia Science Fiction Society and the award ceremony is sponsored by the NorthWest Science Fiction Society.

British Science Fiction Awards
The BSFA Awards are presented annually by the British Science Fiction Association, based on a vote of BSFA members and -- in most recent years -- members of the British national SF convention (Eastercon). BSFA members can nominate as many works as they like in any category -- but an individual's nomination for a specific work will only be counted once.

The Locus Awards
Presented annually by Locus magazine, the awards are for work done in the previous year. Ballots are included in the February issue of Locus, filled out and mailed in by the readers. The ballots are tallied by staff at the magazine using a weighted method. The winner list appears in the August issue.



Selected Links

Science Fiction and Fantasy Awards (by year)
The Sunburst Award for Canadian Literature of the Fantastic
World Fantasy Awards
Hugo Awards
Nebula Awards
The Unofficial SFFWA Awardball
Statistical Abstract & Trading Card Album

Aurora Awards
The Locus Awards
Arthur C. Clarke Awards
Les prix littéraires francophones
Mythopoeic Society
Sidewise Awards for Alternate History
Darrell Awards
The Internet Speculative Fiction DataBase
The Locus Index to Science Fiction Awards
Book Award Annals
Top 100 SF Books (reader's ballot)
Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award for Best Short SF
John W. Campbell Award
Chesley - Association for Science Fiction Artists
Ditmar Awards
Bram Stoker Awards
Lambda Awards
James Tiptree, Jr. Awards
The John W. Campbell Memorial Awards
The Prometheus Awards
British Fantasy Association
British Science Fiction Association
Philip K. Dick Award
Mark Time Awards (audio SF)
Saturn Awards (film)
Literary Award Database


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