Nnedi Okorafor, Tade Thompson, Akwaeke Emezi, Tochi Onyebuchi, Ta-Nehisi Coates, and Marlon James are finalists in the Locus Awards 2020 announced on May 29, 2020.
The Locus Awards are literary awards handed out annually by the science fiction and fantasy magazine Locus based in Oakland, California, United States.
The finalists for 2020 have been announced and they feature names that should be of interest for anyone following the content that we produce here at JamesMurua.com. They include Nnedi Okorafor in the novelette category for Binti: Sacred Fire and in the nonfiction category for Broken Places & Outer Spaces: Finding Creativity in the Unexpected. Also recognised are Akwaeke Emezi in the Young Adult category for Pet, Tochi Onyebuchi also in the Young Adult Category for War Girls, Marlon James in the horror novel category for Black Leopard, Red Wolf, Tade Thompson in the Science Fiction category for The Rosewater Insurrection/The Rosewater Redemption and Ta-Nehisi Coates in the first novel category for The Water Dancer. For the full list of finalists, please check out the Locus Mag.
Here are reactions to the finals listing from some of the writers.
My memoir BROKEN PLACES & OUTER SPACES: FINDING CREATIVITY IN THE UNEXPECTED and my novelette “BINTI: SACRED FIRE” (this is the new Binti story in the omnibus) are both Locus Award finalists, 😃! #africanfuturism
— Nnedi Okorafor, PhD (@Nnedi) May 30, 2020
Holy shit i’m a Locus Award finalist
— Tochi Onyebuchi (@TochiTrueStory) May 29, 2020
So, this happened.
The Rosewater Insurrection and The Rosewater Redemption are both Best Novel finalists.
Thanks to you all!
Also, a ton of great works here.
— Tade Thompson (@tadethompson) May 29, 2020
PET is a finalist for the 2020 Locus Award (YA Novel) and I just want to point out–especially now–that it is a book depicting a Black community in a world without police or prisons. What possibilities are we making accessible to young people?https://t.co/75osHfQkq9
— akwaeke emezi (@azemezi) May 30, 2020
The winners or the awards will be revealed on June 27, 2020 at the virtual Locus Awards Weekend.