Recommendations – Campbell Award

Post your suggestions for the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer to this thread.

See the Campbell Awards site for eligibility information

Please list the following:

  • Title
  • Author
  • About a sentence saying why you think it’s great
  • Links to somewhere people can buy it/read it are also great

43 thoughts on “Recommendations – Campbell Award

  1. Andy Weir, The Martian

    Do I really have to explain this? It’s a well paced book, hard as hard science can be, has a likeable set of characters, and is really *damn* good.

    Please note that Weir will be in his second, and final, year of eligibility in 2016 (as per Writertopia), and as such remains fully eligible for the Campbell Award.

  2. Andy Weir, in his 2nd year of eligibility. Good chance to make up for “Dude. Sorry we missed ‘The Martian’ in 2011 when it was eligible.”

    Alyssa Wong, in her 2nd year of eligibility. Excellent short stories.

    1. Weir narrowly missed out on a Campbell nom last year, with just 10 votes less than eventual winner Wesely Chu.

  3. Becky Chambers, author of The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet

    An amazingly *different* sort of a space opera, one that I can only describe as Imagine Firefly as told through the structure of Mass Effects loyalty quests while still being it’s own unique thing. An incredibly promising start, and definitely someone I’ll be keeping an eye on in the future

      1. I would also like to express my appreciation of that particular author.

        In all seriousness though I, like DJ, nominated Brian a few weeks ago on the Best Novel page; however, I wanted to make certain the vote was placed in the correct category so that it was seen.

        I apologize for any confusion I may have caused.

    1. It’s truly humbling to see so many readers turning out to show their appreciation. Right back at you!

      Though I’m grateful for all the praise directed at Nethereal, I should point out that I’m not sure it meets the requirements for a Campbell qualifying publication. However, my short story “Strange Matter”, published in the January 2015 issue of Sci Phi Journal, does.

    1. Can’t say enough good things about “The Martian” except that it is hard to believe it is a first novel.

  4. the Library at Mount Char by Scott Hawkins. Amazing book that is hard to describe, Hawkins did a fantastic job.

    1. I’ll recommend Scott Hawkins as well – …Mount Char is a dark book, but excellently written. Hawkins is another one to keep an eye on in the future.

  5. Sebastien de Castelle. I believe this may be his second year of eligibility. His Great Coats series one of the best that I’ve read.

    Nice plot. Good action. Great underlying themes.

    1. Seconded if he’s still eligible. I’ve only read the first of his Great Coats books but I thought it was a very promising debut – like a grimdark Scott Lynch.

  6. Natasha Pulley, The Watchmaker of Filigree Street

    Is clockwork-punk a thing? If not, it is now with Watchmaker. Another Campbell-worthy writer who’s off to a promising start, and one worth keeping an eye on – if for no other reason than that she could lead to real life Katsu!

    1. Watchmaker didn’t quite grab me, but it is very well written indeed. Certainly a worthy nominee for the Campbell.

  7. Andy Weir — The Martian
    Natasha Pulley — The Watchmaker of Filigree Street
    Genevieve Cogman — The Invisible Library
    Ilana C. Myer — Last Song Before Night
    Alyssa Wong — Hungry Daughters of Starving Mothers

  8. John Sandford and Ctein, Saturn Run. First contact with slower than light aliens, a well-designed hard SF spaceship, nice space eggs, got a nice puff from Larry Niven and deserved it- it’s like Footfall/> or maybe Lucifer’s Hammer. If you like the Niven/ Pournelle collaborations in the eighties you will like this. If you like Sandford’s other stuff, the Prey novels or the Fool’s Run stuff, you will like this. Ctein is a first-time author, no problem. Sandford I’m not sure of- this is his first SF, but he’s been a best-seller for thirty years. But John Campbell would have sold his grandma down the river to publish this book.

    1. Interesting question. None of John Sandford’s earlier stuff was ever marketed as SFF. His YA book Uncaged in 2014 looks genre-oriented, but that’s within the two year window. I’d say go for it and I’ll + 1 that as well.

  9. Pierce Brown, Red Rising and Golden Son.

    Charlie N. Holmberg, The Paper Magician.

    Both of these authors first published in the past two years and have been huge bestsellers.

  10. I haven’t read the book yet, but I wanted to suggest Karl Gallagher for Torchship — if anyone else has read it and thinks it worth nominating, please sing out.

    1. Is that associated with the game* of the same name?

      * Sadly still ‘in development’ for the foreseeable future.

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