The nominees for the Hugo Award for Best Novel are Midnight Robber by Nalo Hopkinson ($13.95), The Sky Road by Ken MacLeod ($24.95), A Storm of Swords by George R. R. Martin ($26.95), Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J. K. Rowling ($25.95, first printings available), and Calculating God by Robert J. Sawyer ($23.95, $6.99 pb due early July).
The 2000 Nebula Award for Best Novel went to Darwin's Radio by Greg Bear ($6.99). The other finalists were A Civil Campaign by Lois McMaster Bujold ($24.00 signed hc or $7.99 pb), Forests of the Heart by Charles de Lint ($25.95, $14.95 tr pb due mid-August), Crescent City Rhapsody by Kathleen Ann Goonan ($24.00, $7.50 pb due early July), Midnight Robber by Nalo Hopkinson ($13.95), and Infinity Beach by Jack McDevitt ($6.99).
The Philip K. Dick Award for best U.S. paperback original science fiction went to Only Forward by Michael Marshal Smith ($6.50). The runner-up was Evolution's Darling by Scott Westerfeld ($15.95).
The Edgar Award winners for best mysteries of 2000 include:
Best Novel to The Bottoms by Joe R. Lansdale ($24.95);
Best First Novel to A Conspiracy of Paper by David Liss ($25.00 hc or $14.00 tr pb);
Best Paperback Original to The Black Maria by Mark Graham ($5.99);
Best Fact Crime to Black Mass: The Irish Mob, the FBI, and the Devil's Deal by Dick Lehr and Gerard O'Neill ($14.00 tr pb due early June);
Mary Higgins Clark Award for book written most closely in the Mary Higgins Clark tradition to Authorized Personnel Only by Barbara D'Amato ($24.95).
The Agatha Award winners and finalists included:
Best Novel: Winner to Storm Track by Margaret Maron ($6.99), other finalists were He Shall Thunder in the Sky by Elizabeth Peters ($7.50, $25.00 for signed hc), The Floating Girl by Sujata Massey ($24.00, $6.99 pb early July), Guns and Roses by Taffy Cannon ($12.95), and Killer Wedding by Jerilyn Farmer ($5.99);
Best First Novel: Winner to Death on a Silver Tray by Rosemary Stevens ($6.50), other finalists were Death Dances to a Reggae Beat by Kate Grilley ($5.99), Death of an Amiable Child by Irene Marcuse ($23.95), Murder of a Small Town Honey by Denise Swanson ($5.99), and Three Dirty Women and the Garden of Death by Julie Wray Herman ($15.00).
Best Non-Fiction: Winner to 100 Favorite Mysteries of the Century by Jim Huang ($12.00), other finalists were The American Regional Mystery by Marvin Lachman, The Complete Christie by Matthew Bunson ($35.00 hc or 18.95 tr pb), They Wrote the Book by Helen Windrath, and Women of Mystery by Martha Dubose ($26.95).
In news from England, the British Booksellers Association Author of the Year Award went to Philip Pullman for The Amber Spyglass ($19.95, signed copies available), beating out J. K. Rowling (who won the award the previous two years) and 4 other finalists. But the next week, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J. K. Rowling ($25.95) picked up the W. H. Smith Book Award in the Children's Book category. The Amber Spyglass is a finalist for the Carnegie Medal, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire is not.
Also from England, the Gold Dagger went to Motherless Brooklyn by Jonathan Lethem ($13.00), the Silver Dagger went to Friends in High Places by Donna Leon ($15.95 British pb, no U.S. edition yet), and the John Creasey Award went to God is a Bullet by Boston Teran ($24.00).
Crow in Stolen Colors by Marcia Simpson ($6.50) won the 2001 Spotted Owl Award for best mystery novel of 2000 written by an author who lives in the Pacific Northwest.
A Place of Execution by Val McDermid ($24.95) won the L.A. Times Book Prize for Best Mystery/Thriller of 2000. It also won the Dilys Award from the Independent Mystery Booksellers Association.
Dr. Who Books
For a few years, we received very good service from London Bridge on Dr. Who books. They supplied catalogs of forthcoming books, we ordered lots of books, and they sent what we ordered in a timely manner, and they were also pretty good about filling re-orders of older titles. Things started to go downhill about a year ago, and service became very bad about 6 months ago. They continued to supply catalogs, and we continued to order lots of books. But they rarely filled the orders. About 5 months ago I complained about this to the commissioned sales representative who handled them (and about 50 other companies), and he said he had been hearing the same complaint from all of his accounts that carried Dr. Who books, and that the publisher in England was looking for a new distributor who would do the job correctly.
We have recently gotten in a lot of new (to us) Dr. Who books from a national wholesaler, although many were actually published many months ago. They are The Banquo Legacy ($6.95), Casualties of War ($6.95), Earthworld ($6.95), Endgame ($6.95), Escape Velocity ($6.95), Father Time ($6.95), Festival of Death ($6.95), Heart of Tardis ($6.95), King of Terror ($6.95), Last Man Running ($5.95), Millennium Shock ($5.95), Placebo Effect ($5.95), Prime Time ($6.95), Rags ($6.95), Tomb of Valdemar ($6.95), The Turing Test ($6.95), and Unnatural History ($5.95)
Since the last issue of the newsletter, Uncle Hugo's has added the following titles to the signed book shelf: Seeker's Mask by P. C. Hodgell ($35.00), Quartet by George R. R. Martin ($25.00), The Song of the Earth by Hugh Nissenson ($24.95), Thief of Time by Terry Pratchett ($25.00), and Otherland #4: Sea of Silver Light by Tad Williams ($24.95), plus lots of Tad Williams' paperbacks. By the time you read this, we should also have signed copies of Archangel Protocol by Lyda Morehouse ($6.99).
At Uncle Edgar's, we added True History of the Kelly Gang by Peter Carey ($25.00), A King's Ransom by James Grippando ($25.00), Folly by Laurie R. King ($23.95), Purgatory Ridge by William Kent Krueger ($23.95), Dante's Inferno by Sarah Lovett ($24.00, Lord of the Silent by Elizabeth Peters ($25.00), Salem Falls by Jodi Picoult ($24.95), Chosen Prey ($26.95) and The Devil's Code ($25.95) by John Sandford, Moment of Truth ($25.00) and The Vendetta Defense ($25.00) by Lias Scottoline, and Cold Paradise by Stuart Woods ($24.95). By the time you read this, we should also have signed copies of A Finer End ($23.95) and Kissed a Sad Goodbye ($23.95) by Deborah Crombie and The Blue Nowhere ($26.00) and The Empty Chair ($25.00) by Jeffery Deaver.
Sue Grafton's P is For Peril has been postponed from April until June 4.
Steven Brust's Issola has been postponed from April to either mid-July (if you believe what the publisher told us) or mid-June (if you believe the publisher's advertisement in the latest issue of Locus. The Adventures of the Baron von Munchausen has been postponed from mid-May to mid-July.