2021 Geffen Awards Finalists

Finalists for the 2021 Geffen Awards for best science fiction and fantasy published in Hebrew have been announced by the Israeli Society for Science Fiction and Fantasy.

Best Translated Science Fiction Book

  • The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes, Suzanne Collins, translated by Yael Achmon (Kinneret Zmorah-Dvir)
  • Vox, Christina Dalcher, translated by Yoav Katz (Dani Sfarim)
  • The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter, Theodora Goss, translated by Hamutal Yellin (Dov Ladaat)
  • The Institute, Stephen King, translated by Inga Michaeli (Modan)
  • Old Man’s War series [Old Man’s War, The Ghost Brigades, and The Last Colony], John Scalzi, translated by Tzafrir Grossman & Raz Greenberg (Opus)

Best Translated Fantasy Book

  • Hidden Legacy [Burn For Me, White Hot, and Wildfire], Ilona Andrews, translated by Yael Achmon (Alma Books and Ahavot)
  • Wendigo, Algernon Blackwood, translated by Jonathan Dayan (Pardes)
  • The Ten Thousand Doors of January, Alix E. Harrow, translated by Lee Evron (Tamir)
  • The Buried Giant, Kazuo Ishiguro, translated by Eleanor Berger (The New Library, Hakibbutz Hameuchad – Sifriat Poalim)
  • The Fall of Gondolin, J.R.R. Tolkien, translated by Emmanuel Lotem (Keter)

Best Translated YA Book

  • Children of Blood and Bone, Tomi Adeyemi, translated by Yael Achmon (Kinneret Zmorah-Dvir)
  • A Properly Unhaunted Place [A Properly Unhaunted Place and A Festival of Ghosts], William Alexander, translated by Vered Tochterman (Utz)
  • The Girl with the Dragon Heart, Stephanie Burgis, translated by Noa Shavit (Utz)
  • The Spellcoats, Diana Wynne Jones, translated by Inbal Saggiv Nakdimon (Utz)
  • Space Hostages, Sophia McDougall, translated by Noa Shavit (Utz)

Best Original Hebrew Book

  • He Alone, Sarita Barzali (Simple Story)
  • Souls, Roi Chen (Keter)
  • The World Under the Rug, Lee Evron (Yediyot & Tal-Mai)
  • Amber and Gold, Yotam Shapira (Orion)
  • Who Wants Superpowers?: The Beginning, Cliff Songs (Sigaliot)

Best Original Hebrew Short Story

  • “Relocate & Renovate”, Rotem Baruchin (Once Upon a Future 2020)
  • “Open (or: The Light through the Keyhole)”, Hila Benyovits-Hoffman (Once Upon a Future 2020)
  • “The Princess and the Demon”, Marina Berlin (Once Upon a Future 2020)
  • “Lean”, Avichai Dominitz (Bli Panika)
  • “Stitches & Scratches”, Keren Landsman (Once Upon a Future 2020)

Winners will be announced at Icon 2021, to be held September 22-23, 2021 in Tel Aviv, Israel.

For more information, see the Geffen Award website.

[Thanks to Keren Landsman, Ehud Maimon, and Rani Graff for translations. Edited 6/22/2021 to correct Diana Wynne Jones’s nominated title.]

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2 thoughts on “2021 Geffen Awards Finalists

  • June 22, 2021 at 5:48 am

    Hi, the Diana Wynne Jones book nominated is not “Stopping for a Spell” but rather “The Spellcoats”. Thanks.

    • June 22, 2021 at 7:56 am

      Thanks, we’ve updated it!


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