Encyclopedia of Fantasy (1997)
Locus Awards

These were created in 1971 by Charles N Brown, publisher and editor of Locus Magazine: The Journal of the Science Fiction Field. Awarded annually, they are voted for by readers of the magazine. The LA have some claim to present the fullest range of reader and professional response of any sf or fantasy Award. Initially they excluded either fantasy or horror as specific categories; the listing below starts in 1978, when the Fantasy Novel category began. Awards are given for work published in the previous calendar year. [JC]

Best Fantasy Novel

1978: The Silmarillion by J R R Tolkien

1979: no award

1980: Harpist in the Wind by Patricia McKillip

1981: Lord Valentine's Castle by Robert Silverberg

1982: The Claw of the Conciliator by Gene Wolfe

1983: The Sword of the Lictor by Gene Wolfe

1984: The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley

1985: Job: A Comedy of Justice by Robert A Heinlein

1986: Trumps of Doom by Roger Zelazny

1987: Soldier of the Mist by Gene Wolfe

1988: Seventh Son by Orson Scott Card

1989: Red Prophet by Orson Scott Card

1990: Prentice Alvin by Orson Scott Card

1991: Tehanu: The Last Book of Earthsea by Ursula K Le Guin

1992: Beauty by Sheri S Tepper

1993: Last Call by Tim Powers

1994: The Innkeeper's Song by Peter S Beagle

1995: Brittle Innings by Michael Bishop

Best Dark Fantasy/Horror Novel (variously described)

1989: Those Who Hunt the Night by Barbara Hambly

1990: Carrion Comfort by Dan Simmons

1991: The Witching Hour by Anne Rice

1992: Summer of Night by Dan Simmons

1993: Children of the Night by Dan Simmons

1994: The Golden by Lucius Shepard

1995: Fires of Eden by Dan Simmons

This entry is taken from the Encyclopedia of Fantasy (1997) edited by John Clute and John Grant. It is provided as a reference and resource for users of the SF Encyclopedia, but apart from possible small corrections has not been updated.