Gaylactic Spectrum Awards

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The Gaylactic Spectrum Awards are given to works of science fiction, fantasy and horror that explore LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) topics in a positive way. Established in 1998, the awards were initially presented by the Gaylactic Network, with awards first awarded in 1999. In 2002 the awards were given their own organization, the Gaylactic Spectrum Awards Foundation.[1]

The major award categories are for best novel, short fiction, and other works. The winners and short list of recommended nominees are decided by a jury. One of the most recognized authors, Nicola Griffith has received the most awards overall, with three wins. Griffith also jointly holds the record for most nominations with Melissa Scott, both having received five nominations. Works of any format produced before the awards were first given are eligible to be inducted into the "Hall of Fame", although no work has been inducted since 2003. The list of award winners and Hall of Fame inductees has been called a "who's who of science fiction" by GLBTQ.com.[2] This article lists the winners in each of the categories, and the inductees to the Hall of Fame.

Award process[edit]

Since their inception, the awards have been given in categories for novels and best other work. Other categories have also been added and removed in intervening years, including categories for short fiction (since the second year) and comic books for one year. A short lived "People's Choice" award voted by convention attendees was also awarded to one work from any of the category nominee short lists. The award for best novel is the only one to have been handed out every year since the awards began. Currently, there are three regular categories, novels, short fiction and other works. The other works category is for works in any non-novel, non-short-fiction medium. This includes: comic books, graphic novels, movies, television episodes, multimedia, anthologies, story collections, gaming products, artwork, music.[3]

Samuel R. Delany won a special Lifetime Achievement award.

The categories are open to submission of English-language works released during the prior calendar year in North America that include "significant positive GLBT content". The time-frame of eligibility is based on copyright date for first printing for written works, cover date for magazines and comic books, release date for films, first air date for television. Works must be "professionally" published or distributed to be eligible for consideration and be wholly original and legal. The judges may choose to extend eligibility for a work due to oversight, confusion regarding release dates, or problems with availability. An open nomination/recommendation process is used to identify works to be considered by the judges. Works of any format produced before the inception of the awards are eligible to be inducted into the "Hall of Fame"; these inductees are selected solely by the judges.[3]

The results are decided by a panel of judges from the list of submitted nominees; nominations may be made by anyone. The judges are volunteers from science fiction fandom and GLBT community, with one volunteer as the "Award Administrator". The judges review each recommended work and the long list of nominees is reduced via review and discussion to a short list of finalists, and then one or more winners is chosen by consensus or vote. The results are generally announced and presented at Gaylaxicon, a convention dedicated to LGBT science fiction, although they have also been presented at Worldcon in the past.[4][5] Each award consists of an etched image on lucite on a stand, using a spiral galaxy in a triangle logo, based on the logo the Gaylactic Network. The award winner's name, work title, award year and category are etched on a small plaque on the base or on the plexiglass itself. A small cash stipend is also awarded to winners in the Best Novel category. The cost of the awards is paid through individual donations and fundraising events.[3]

Winners[edit]

Nicola Griffith has won the most awards.

Nicola Griffith has won the most awards, each winning three awards. Other authors and editors who have won the award multiple times are David Gerrold, Keith Hartman, Laurie J. Marks, and Stephen Pagel. Melissa Scott has both a novel in the Hall of Fame and has won an award for Best Short Fiction. Samuel R. Delany is notable for winning both a special "Lifetime Achievement" award and having a novel in the Hall of Fame. Tanya Huff has been a finalist five times without winning. The most successful individual comic book creator is Judd Winick, who has been nominated twice and won one award for writing Green Lantern comic books. The creators of Buffy the Vampire Slayer have also received five nominations across various media, making it the most successful franchise and television series at the awards.[6]

List of winners[edit]

In the following table, the years correspond to the year of work's release; the ceremonies are always held the following year. The notes column details the type of media for entries in the other works category, or the name of the publication in which the entries were first published in the short fiction category. The years are linked to the appropriate year in literature, comics, television or film articles.

Year Author(s) / Editor(s) / Director(s) Title Publisher / Producer Note Category Ref.
1999
optional sort keyAnn Harris Accidental Creatures Tor Novel Novel [7]
1999
Leigh, StephenStephen Leigh Dark Water's Embrace Avon Eos Novel Novel [7]
1999
Griffith, NicolaNicola Griffith & Stephen Pagel Bending the Landscape: Science Fiction Overlook Anthology Other work [8]
2000
Hartman, KeithKeith Hartman The Gumshoe, the Witch, and the Virtual Corpse  Meisha Merlin Novel Novel[A] [8]
2000
Kerr, PegPeg Kerr The Wild Swans Warner Aspect Novel Novel [8]
2000
Arnason, EleanorEleanor Arnason "Dapple" Bantam Dell in Asimov's SF 09/99 Short fiction [8]
2000
Jonze, SpikeSpike Jonze & Charlie Kaufman Being John Malkovich USA Films Film Other work [8]
2001
Gerrold, DavidDavid Gerrold Jumping Off the Planet Tor Novel Novel [9]
2001
Whedon, JossJoss Whedon et al. Buffy the Vampire Slayer Fox/Mutant Enemy Prod. Television series Other work[A] [9]
2002
Nissenson, HughHugh Nissenson The Song of the Earth Algonquin Novel Novel [10]
2002
Latner, Alexis GlynnAlexis Glynn Latner "Kindred" Overlook in Bending the Landscape: Horror Short fiction [10]
2002
Griffith, NicolaNicola Griffith & Stephen Pagel Bending the Landscape: Horror  Overlook Anthology Other work [10]
2003
Marks, Laurie J.Laurie J. Marks Fire Logic Tor Novel Novel [11]
2003
Monette, SarahSarah Monette "Three Letters from the Queen of Elfland" Small Beer Press Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet #11 Short fiction [11]
2003
Millar, MarkMark Millar et al. The Authority issues #28-29 DC comics Comic book issues Comic/graphic novel [11]
2003
Winick, JuddJudd Winick et al. Green Lantern issues #153-155, "Hate Crime" DC comics Comic book issues Comic/graphic novel [11]
2003
Rowe, MichaelMichael Rowe (ed.) Queer Fear II Arsenal Pulp Press Anthology Other work [11]
2004
Hopkinson, NaloNalo Hopkinson The Salt Roads Warner Novel Novel [12][13]
2004
Anderson, BarthBarth Anderson "Lark Till Dawn, Princess" Warner Aspect in Mojo: Conjure Stories Short fiction [12][13]
2004
Kushner, TonyTony Kushner Angels in America HBO Television series Other work [12][13]
2004
Rucka, GregGreg Rucka & Michael Lark Gotham Central issues #6–10, "Half a Life" DC comics Comic book issues Other work [12][13]
2005
Marks, Laurie J.Laurie J. Marks Earth Logic Tor Novel Novel [14]
2005
Hall, RichardRichard Hall "Country People" Southern Tier in Shadows of the Night Short fiction [14]
2006
Lowachee, KarinKarin Lowachee Cagebird Warner Aspect Novel Novel [15]
2007
Duncan, HalHal Duncan Vellum Del Rey Novel Novel [16]
2007
Gerrold, DavidDavid Gerrold "In the Quake Zone" SFBC in Down These Dark Spaceways Short fiction [16][17]
2007
Parks, JoyJoy Parks "Instinct" Arsenal Pulp in The Future Is Queer Short fiction [16][17]
2007
Barzak, ChristopherChristopher Barzak "The Language of Moths" Sovereign Media in Realms of Fantasy Short fiction [16][17]
2007
Labonté, RichardRichard Labonté & Lawrence Schimel (eds.) The Future Is Queer Arsenal Pulp Anthology Other work [16][17]
2007
Davies, Russell TRussell T Davies et al. Torchwood Season 1 BBC Television series Other work [16][17]
2007
McTeigue, JamesJames McTeigue James McTeigue et al. V for Vendetta Warner Bros. Film Other work [16][17]
2008
Hale, GinnGinn Hale Wicked Gentlemen Blind Eye Books Novel Novel [18][19]
2008
Lewis, JoshuaJoshua Lewis Ever So Much More Than Twenty Lethe Press in So Fey Short fiction [18][19]
2009
Bear, ElizabethElizabeth Bear The Stratford Man (Hell and Earth/Ink and Steel) Roc Duology Novel
2010
Morgan, RichardRichard Morgan The Steel Remains Del Rey Novel Novel
2010
Duncan, HalHal Duncan The Behold of the Eye Lethe Press in Lone Star Stories/Wilde Stories 2009 Short Fiction
2010
Scott, MelissaMelissa Scott The Rocky Side of the Sky Lethe Press in Periphery Short Fiction
2011
Koja, KatheKathe Koja Under the Poppy Small Beer Press Novel Novel
2012
Pitts, J. A.J. A. Pitts Honeyed Words Tor Novel Novel

A People's Choice award winner.

Hall of Fame[edit]

Year Author(s) / Editor(s) Book Title Publisher / Producer Media Ref.
1999
McHugh, Maureen F.Maureen F. McHugh China Mountain Zhang Tor Novel [7]
1999
Garber, EricEric Garber & Lyn Paleo (eds.) Uranian Worlds: A Guide to Alternative Sexuality in Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror G. K. Hall Non-fiction [7]
2000
Griffith, NicolaNicola Griffith Slow River Del Rey Novel [20]
2000
Kushner, EllenEllen Kushner Swordspoint Tor Novel [20]
2000
Sturgeon, TheodoreTheodore Sturgeon The World Well Lost Universe (June 1953) Short fiction [8]
2000
Bellisario, Donald P.Donald P. Bellisario Quantum Leap episode "Running for Honor" Belisarius Prod. Media (TV) [8]
2000
O'Brien, RichardRichard O'Brien & Jim Sharman The Rocky Horror Picture Show 20th Century Fox Media (Film) [8]
2001
Clarke, Arthur C.Arthur C. Clarke Imperial Earth Orion Novel [21]
2001
Russell, Mary DoriaMary Doria Russell The Sparrow & Children of God Fawcett Novels [21]
2001
Block, Francesca LiaFrancesca Lia Block Dangerous Angels aka The Weetzie Bat books Harpercollins Novel series [21]
2002
Delany, Samuel R.Samuel R. Delany Dhalgren Bantam Novel [22]
2002
Russ, JoannaJoanna Russ The Female Man Bantam Novel [22]
2002
Lobdell, ScottScott Lobdell et al. Alpha Flight issue #106 Marvel comics Comic book [22]
2002
Ryman, GeoffGeoff Ryman Was Harpercollins Novel [22]
2003
Charnas , Suzy McKeeSuzy McKee Charnas The Holdfast Chronicles Ballantine, Tor Novel [11]
2003
Le Guin, UrsulaUrsula Le Guin The Left Hand of Darkness Ace Novel [11]
2003
Scott, MelissaMelissa Scott Shadow Man Tor Novel[A] [11]
2003
Duane, DianeDiane Duane Tale of the Five series aka The Middle Kingdoms Tor Novel [11]

A People's Choice Award winner.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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