SF Gateway & Gollancz: the World Fantasy Award Winners

So far this year, we’ve looked at how Gollancz and SF Gateway have fared in the Hugo, Nebula, Arthur C. Clarke, BSFA, John W. Campbell Memorial and British Fantasy Awards. Now, as we move towards the year’s end, it’s time to assess the World Fantasy Awards.

First presented in 1975, there have been – thanks to a number of ties – forty-four World Fantasy Awards for best novel, thus far; the 2014 award will bring the total to forty-five. Or forty-six. Who knows?

So, how did we go? At the risk of being accused of both arrogance and repetition, we are compelled to answer: very well, as you might expect!  Twenty of the forty-four winners to date are published by Gollancz and/or SF Gateway. A certain Vulcan of our mutual acquaintance might render that as a percentage of 45.45 recurring (Captain), but for our purposes we’re content to call it ‘almost half’. See for yourself:

1975   The Forgotten Beasts of Eld, Patricia A. McKillip
1978   Our Lady of Darkness, Fritz Leiber
   Gloriana, Michael Moorcock
   Watchtower, Elizabeth A. Lynn
   The Shadow of the Torturer, Gene Wolfe
1982   Little, Big, John Crowley
   The Dragon Waiting, John M. Ford
1985   (tie) Mythago Wood, Robert Holdstock
   Song of Kali, Dan Simmons
1988   Replay, Ken Grimwood
   Lyonesse: Madouc, Jack Vance
   (tie) Thomas the Rhymer, Ellen Kushner
1991   (tie) Only Begotten Daughter, James Morrow
1993   Last Call, Tim Powers
1995   Towing Jehovah, James Morrow
   The Prestige, Christopher Priest
   Godmother Night, Rachel Pollack
   The Other Wind, Ursula K. Le Guin
   (tie) Ombria in Shadow, Patricia A. McKillip
   (tie) The Facts of Life, Graham Joyce

Alright, there’s a slight cheat in there. Our new editions of The Forgotten Beasts of Eld and Little, Big are still a few months away. And we don’t actually publish Thomas the Rhymer, yet – but as we recently concluded an agreement to add it to our Fantasy Masterworks series next year, we’re claiming it. Anyone who has a problem with that can take it up with our solicitor. You might have heard of him – big guy, name of Fafhrd. Man of few words but a very effective litigator. So good luck with that . . .