The winners have been announced in the 2015 Planetary Awards.
I ‘ve read the winner for best novel, Torchship, but haven’t had time to write a review. There’s a brief review at Cirsova. The book has a following among fans of the television series Firefly, and I can see the similarities. Torchship is even structured like a TV series: broken into several sections which aren’t really separate enough to be standalone short stories, but aren’t tied together enough to be a single plot like you’d expect in a novel. If you don’t mind that structure, it’s an entertaining read, and I noticed it has just been released as an audiobook as well.
I wish we’d had a few more book bloggers join in to vote during the awards, and I welcome any comments which could explain the low turnout or suggest improvements for the future. I know getting the word out wasn’t the problem — you guys did a fantastic job re-blogging, re-tweeting, and facebooking about the awards. I suspect that all the ugliness regarding the Hugo Awards in recent years made bloggers reluctant to post their votes publicly. If that’s why people stayed away, I don’t mind. I want book bloggers to have fun, not stress.
There’s another set of awards starting up this year. It’s free to vote, and all you need is an email address: The Dragon Awards. The categories are different from most other sci-fi/fantasy book awards, being by subgenre rather than length. There are also categories for movies, TV shows, and various types of games.
It’s a little more trouble to figure out if something is eligible for a Dragon Award, because they aren’t using a calendar year, they’re going from July to July. Also, since only an email address is required to vote, I’m afraid Kim Jong Un may sweep every category with a flurry of last-minute ebooks.