Finalists for the 2018 Kitschies, awarded to “the year’s most progressive, intelligent and entertaining science fiction,” have been announced.
The Red Tentacle (Novel)
- Record of a Spaceborn Few, Becky Chambers (Harper Voyager)
- The Smoke, Simon Ings (Titan)
- Circe, Madeline Miller (Bloomsbury)
- Rosewater, Tade Thompson (Orbit)
- Unholy Land, Lavie Tidhar (Tachyon)
The Golden Tentacle (Debut)
- Children of Blood and Bone, Tomi Adeyemi (Henry Holt)
- Semiosis, Sue Burke (Harper Voyager)
- The Poppy War, R.F. Kuang (Harper Voyager)
- Sweet Fruit, Sour Land, Rebecca Ley (Sandstone)
- Frankenstein in Baghdad, Ahmed Saadawi (Oneworld)
The Inky Tentacle (Cover Art)
- Anonymous’s Slender Man, design by Mike Topping (Harper Voyager)
- Simon Ings’s The Smoke, design by James Nunn (Titan)
- Anna Mill & Luke Jones’s Square Eyes, design by Anna Mill & Luke Jones (Jonathan Cape)
- Haruki Murakami’s Killing Commendatore, design by Suzanne Dean (Knopf)
- Lidia Yuknavitch’s The Book of Joan, design by Rafaela Romaya (Canongate)
Finalists were chosen from 178 submissions, from 59 publishers. Novel and debut winners will be selected by judges Daniel Carpenter, Sharan Dhaliwal, Adam Roberts, Lucy Smee, and Matt Webb. Judges for art are Dapo Adeola, Maeve Rutten, and Lily Ash Sakula. Winners will receive tentacle trophies and a total cash prize of £2,000, sponsored by Blackwell’s.
Awards will be presented in a ceremony April 15, 2019 at The Star of Kings, London. For more, see the Kitschies website.