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1981 Locus Poll Award

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Best SF Novel
1 The Snow Queen Joan D. Vinge
2 Beyond the Blue Event Horizon Frederik Pohl
3 The Ringworld Engineers Larry Niven
4 Wizard John Varley
5 Timescape Gregory Benford
6 Mockingbird Walter Tevis
7 Serpent's Reach C. J. Cherryh
8 Firestarter Stephen King
9 The Number of the Beast Robert A. Heinlein
10 The Magic Labyrinth Philip José Farmer
11 Two to Conquer Marion Zimmer Bradley
12 Wild Seed Octavia E. Butler
13 Golem 100 Alfred Bester
14 Dragon's Egg Robert L. Forward
15 Dangerous Games Marta Randall
16 Songs from the Stars Norman Spinrad
17 Songmaster Orson Scott Card
18 Eyes of Fire Michael Bishop
19 Molly Zero Keith Roberts
19 The Gardens of Delight Ian Watson
21 Thrice Upon a Time James P. Hogan
22 Waves M. A. Foster
23 First Channel Jacqueline Lichtenberg and Jean Lorrah
24 City Come A-Walkin' John Shirley
Best Fantasy Novel
1 Lord Valentine's Castle Robert Silverberg
2 The Shadow of the Torturer Gene Wolfe
3 The Wounded Land Stephen R. Donaldson
4 Changeling Roger Zelazny
5 The Northern Girl Elizabeth A. Lynn
6 Split Infinity Piers Anthony
7 The Beginning Place Ursula K. Le Guin
8 The Vampire Tapestry Suzy McKee Charnas
9 Shadowland Peter Straub
10 The Mist Stephen King
11 Ariosto Chelsea Quinn Yarbro
12 Kill the Dead Tanith Lee
13 Thorn Fred Saberhagen
14 Sabella or The Blood Stone Tanith Lee
15 After Dark Manly Wade Wellman
16 A Storm of Wings M. John Harrison
17 The Orphan Robert Stallman
18 Duncton Wood William Horwood
19 All Darkness Met Glen Cook
20 Firelord Parke Godwin
20 Necropolis Basil Copper
22 Master of the Five Magics Lyndon Hardy
Best First Novel
1 Dragon's Egg Robert L. Forward
2 The Orphan Robert Stallman
3 Sundiver David Brin
4 Beyond Rejection Justin Leiber
5 The Gates of Heaven Paul Preuss
6 Master of the Five Magics Lyndon Hardy
7 Hawk of May Gillian Bradshaw
8 Still Forms on Foxfield Joan Slonczewski
9 Yearwood Paul Hazel
10 Scavengers David J. Skal
11 Web of Angels John M. Ford
12 White Light Rudy Rucker
13 The Man in the Darksuit Dennis R. Caro
14 One on Me Tim Huntley
15 A Lost Tale Dale Estey
Best Novella
1 Nightflyers George R. R. Martin
2 The Patchwork Girl Larry Niven
3 The Web of the Magi Richard Cowper
4 The Autopsy Michael Shea
5 Dangerous Games Marta Randall
6 Unicorn Tapestry Suzy McKee Charnas
7 Slow Music James Tiptree, Jr.
8 Lost Dorsai Gordon R. Dickson
9 All the Lies That Are My Life Harlan Ellison
10 Buoyant Ascent Hilbert Schenck
11 There Beneath the Silky-Trees and Whelmed in Deeper Gulphs Than Me Avram Davidson
12 Soldier of an Empire Unacquainted with Defeat Glen Cook
13 One-Wing George R. R. Martin and Lisa Tuttle
14 Le Croix (The Cross) Barry N. Malzberg
15 On the North Pole of Pluto Kim Stanley Robinson
16 Anasazi Dean Ing
17 Tell Us a Story Zenna Henderson
Best Novelette
1 The Brave Little Toaster Thomas M. Disch
2 Beatnik Bayou John Varley
3 The Way Station Stephen King
4 Strata Edward Bryant
5 The Ugly Chickens Howard Waldrop
6 The Lordly Ones Keith Roberts
7 Feesters in the Lake Bob Leman
8 Saving Face Michael Bishop
9 Variation on a Theme from Beethoven Sharon Webb
10 Tutor J. Ray Dettling
11 The Feast of Saint Janis Michael Swanwick
12 The Apotheosis of Myra Walter Tevis
13 The Cloak and the Staff Gordon R. Dickson
14 Billy Big-Eyes Howard Waldrop
15 Savage Planet Barry B. Longyear
16 Scorched Supper on New Niger Suzy McKee Charnas
17 Earth and Stone Robert Holdstock
18 Raising the Green Lion Janet E. Morris
19 Ginungagap Michael Swanwick
20 Have You Heard the One ... ? Spider Robinson
21 The Curse of the Mhondoro Nkabele (variant of The Curse of the Mohndoro Nkabele or The Revenge of Stanley G. Weinbaum) Eric Norden
Best Short Story
1 Grotto of the Dancing Deer Clifford D. Simak
2 Bug House Lisa Tuttle
3 Our Lady of the Sauropods Robert Silverberg
4 Window Bob Leman
5 The Last Answer Isaac Asimov
6 The Detective of Dreams Gene Wolfe
7 St. Amy's Tale Orson Scott Card
8 Frozen Journey Philip K. Dick
9 The World Science Fiction Convention of 2080 Ian Watson
10 Prairie Sun Edward Bryant
11 Prime Time Norman Spinrad
12 Secrets of the Heart Charles L. Grant
13 A Sunday Visit with Great-Grandfather Craig Strete
14 Rautavaara's Case Philip K. Dick
15 Men Like Us David Drake
16 Lindsay and the Red City Blues Joe Haldeman
17 The War Beneath the Tree (variant of War Beneath the Tree) Gene Wolfe
18 Child of Darkness P. C. Hodgell
19 The Confession of Hamo Mary C. Pangborn
20 The Fear That Men Call Courage James Patrick Kelly
21 Some of My Best Friends Are Americans François Camoin
22 Antithesis Michael P. Kube-McDowell
23 Spidersong Susan C. Petrey
Best Anthology
1 The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction: A 30 Year Retrospective Edward L. Ferman
2 The Best Science Fiction of the Year #9 Terry Carr
3 Tales from the Vulgar Unicorn Robert Asprin
4 The Arbor House Treasury of Modern Science Fiction Martin H. Greenberg and Robert Silverberg
5 Dark Forces Kirby McCauley
6 Universe 10 Terry Carr
7 What If? Volume 1 Richard A. Lupoff
8 Galaxy: Thirty Years of Innovative Science Fiction Martin H. Greenberg and Joseph D. Olander and Frederik Pohl
9 New Dimensions 11 Marta Randall and Robert Silverberg
10 New Voices III George R. R. Martin
11 The 1980 Annual World's Best SF Arthur W. Saha and Donald A. Wollheim
12 The Best Science Fiction Novellas of the Year #2 Terry Carr
13 Basilisk Ellen Kushner
14 Orbit 21 Damon Knight
15 The Arbor House Treasury of Great Science Fiction Short Novels Martin H. Greenberg and Robert Silverberg
16 Nebula Winners Thirteen Samuel R. Delany
17 Dragons of Light Orson Scott Card
18 Their Immortal Hearts: Three Visions of Time Bruce McAllister
19 The Best of All Possible Worlds Spider Robinson
20 Best Science Fiction Stories of the Year: Ninth Annual Collection Gardner Dozois
21 Nebula Winners Fourteen Frederik Pohl
22 Stellar #5: Science-Fiction Stories Judy-Lynn del Rey
23 Interfaces Virginia Kidd and Ursula K. Le Guin
Best Artist
1 ---- Michael Whelan
2 ---- Don Maitz
3 ---- Boris Vallejo
4 ---- Vincent Di Fate
5 ---- Stephen Fabian
6 ---- Rowena Morrill
7 ---- Frank Kelly Freas
8 ---- Paul Lehr
9 ---- Alicia Austin
10 ---- Tim Kirk
11 ---- Alexis Gilliland
12 ---- Rick Sternbach
13 ---- Frank Frazetta
14 ---- Leo Dillon and Diane Dillon
14 ---- Carl Lundgren
16 ---- Darrell K. Sweet
17 ---- H. R. Giger
17 ---- Ron Walotsky
19 ---- George Barr
20 ---- John Schoenherr
21 ---- William Rotsler
22 ---- Victoria Poyser
23 ---- Wayne Barlowe
24 ---- David Hardy
24 ---- Ralph McQuarrie
26 ---- H. R. Van Dongen
27 ---- Barclay Shaw
Best Book Publisher
1 ---- Ballantine/Del Rey
2 ---- Ace
3 ---- Pocket/Simon & Schuster
4 ---- DAW
5 ---- Berkley/Putnam
6 ---- SF Book Club
7 ---- Doubleday
8 ---- Dell/Dial
9 ---- Bantam
10 ---- Gregg Press
11 ---- Phantasia
12 ---- Underwood-Miller
13 ---- Harper & Row
14 ---- Donald M. Grant
15 ---- Avon
16 ---- St. Martin's
16 ---- Viking
18 ---- Gollancz
19 ---- Houghton Mifflin
20 ---- Atheneum
Best Magazine/Fanzine
1 The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction Edward L. Ferman
2 Locus - 1980 (Fanzine) Charles N. Brown
3 Analog Science Fiction and Fact Stanley Schmidt
4 Omni Ben Bova
5 Asimov's Science Fiction George H. Scithers
6 Science Fiction Review Richard E. Geis
7 Fantasy Newsletter Paul C. Allen
8 Destinies Jim Baen
9 Starship Andrew I. Porter
10 Amazing/Fantastic Ted White
11 Thrust D. Douglas Fratz
12 Science Fiction Chronicle Andrew I. Porter
13 Starlog Howard Zimmerman
14 Future Life Ed Naha and Ray Nelson
15 Questar Unknown-Mags
16 Janus Janice Bogstad and Jeanne Gomoll
17 File 770 Mike Glyer
18 Cinefantastique Frederick S. Clarke
Best Related Non-Fiction Book
1 In Joy Still Felt: The Autobiography of Isaac Asimov, 1954-1978 Isaac Asimov
2 Dream Makers: The Uncommon People Who Write Science Fiction Charles Platt
3 Cosmos Carl Sagan
4 Science Fiction and Fantasy Authors: A Bibliography of First Printings of Their Fiction and Selected Nonfiction L. W. Currey
5 Jack Vance Chuck Miller and Tim Underwood
6 Teaching Science Fiction: Education for Tomorrow Jack Williamson
7 Robert A. Heinlein: America as Science Fiction H. Bruce Franklin
8 Giger's Alien: Film Design, 20th Century Fox H. R. Giger
9 A History of the Hugo, Nebula, and International Fantasy Awards Howard DeVore and Donald Franson
10 Unbuilding David Macaulay
11 The Science Fictionary Ed Naha
12 The Sixth Book of Virgil Finlay: The Astrology Years Gerry de la Ree and Virgil Finlay
13 History of the Movement, From 1854 to 1890 Sam Moskowitz
14 The Literature of Fantasy: A Comprehensive, Annotated Bibliography of Modern Fantasy Fiction Roger C. Schlobin
15 The Cybernetic Imagination in Science Fiction Patricia S. Warrick
Best Single Author Collection
1 The Barbie Murders John Varley
2 Shatterday Harlan Ellison
3 The Last Defender of Camelot Roger Zelazny
4 The Island of Doctor Death and Other Stories and Other Stories Gene Wolfe
5 San Diego Lightfoot Sue and Other Stories Tom Reamy
6 The Stories of Ray Bradbury Ray Bradbury
7 Expanded Universe Robert A. Heinlein
8 Antinomy Spider Robinson
9 Fundamental Disch Thomas M. Disch
10 Out There Where the Big Ships Go Richard Cowper
11 The Best of Walter M. Miller, Jr. Walter M. Miller, Jr.
12 Lost Dorsai Gordon R. Dickson
13 Unfinished Tales of Númenor and Middle-Earth J. R. R. Tolkien
14 The Golden Man Philip K. Dick
15 Lore of the Witch World Andre Norton
16 Wave Rider Hilbert Schenck
17 The Man Who Loved the Midnight Lady Barry N. Malzberg
18 Manifest Destiny Barry B. Longyear
19 The Science Fiction of Mark Clifton Mark Clifton

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