Fan­tas­tic Fan­tasy

The nom­i­nees for this year’s Gem­mell Awards have been an­nounced...

SFX: The Sci-Fi and Fantasy Magazine - - Red Alert -

The short­lists for the Gem­mell Awards 2016 have been an­nounced, with the likes of Miles Cameron, Larry Cor­reia and David Guymer lead­ing the nom­i­na­tions for the Leg­end Award for best novel. Mean­while, the Morn­ingstar Award for best de­but has been bumped to six nom­i­nees this year, thanks to over­whelm­ing sup­port for some of the new tal­ent out there. Nom­i­nees in­clude Stephen Aryan for Bat­tlemage, Francesca Haig for The Fire Ser­mon and Sabaa Tahir for Em­ber In The Ashes.

“2015 was a strong year for spec­u­la­tive fic­tion in gen­eral,” says chair/co-trea­surer Stan Ni­cholls. “We’re see­ing the emer­gence of a num­ber of new, younger voices, which is al­ways good, as well as ex­cel­lent work from es­tab­lished writ­ers.”

On the art front, the Raven­heart Award for best cover in­clude nods for the fan­tas­tic work by Ray­mond Swan­land for Ar­chaon: Lord Of Chaos (by Rob San­ders) and Paul Young for Ruin (by John Gwynne).

Ni­cholls adds: “When­ever we have to make a de­ci­sion about the awards, we’ve of­ten asked our­selves, ‘What would Dave [Gem­mell] have wanted?’ And we’re con­fi­dent that he would have ap­proved of the awards be­ing de­ter­mined by an open vote. He re­spected his read­ers and trusted in their wis­dom. This is all the more rel­e­vant, and poignant, as 28 July 2016 was the 10th an­niver­sary of his death.”

Win­ners will be an­nounced on 24 Septem­ber. For more info visit www.gem­mellawards.com.

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