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The 2016 Winner of the 34th Compton Crook Award is:

Updraft by Fran Wilde, published by Tor Books, Released September 1, 2015

The 2016 Compton Crook 34 Award Finalists were (in alphabetical order, by author):

5 to 1 by Holly Bodger, published by Knopf Books for Young Readers, 5/15/2015

Owl and the Japanese Circus by Kristie Charish, published by Gallery Books, Canadian Original Edition, 1/13/2015

I Will Love You Forever (Protector Book 1) by Brian Groover, published by Taproot, LLC (CreateSpace), 1/21/2015

The Casualties by Nick Holdstock, published by Thomans Dunne Bookes, 8/4/2015

The Gracekeepers by Kirsty Logan, published by Crown, 3/19/2015

The Thorn of Dentonhill, a novel of Maradaine by Marshall Ryan Maresca, published by DAW, 2/3/2015

Beasts of Tabat (Tabat Quarter) by Cat Rambo, published by Wordfire Press, 2/20/2015

Flex ('Mancer) by Ferret Steinmetz, published by Angry Robot Books, 3/3/2015

Enter the Janitor (The Cleaners, Vol. 1) by Josh Vogt, published by Wordfire Press, 9/1/2015

 Reading and Rating
Compton Crook Award Candidate Novels 

Members of the Baltimore Science Fiction Society, Inc. (BSFS), Balticon, visitors to the BSFS clubhouse, members of Science Fiction clubs and Book Clubs/Discussion Groups that meet in Maryland are all eligible to participate in preliminary voting. Simply use the Compton Crook Award 35 Ballot to rate the books you read.

Books should be evaluated as compared to other first novels read that year, as opposed to against all novels the evaluator has ever read.

Once preliminary voting has closed and finalists have been announced, only BSFS members are eligible to vote on finalist novels. Finalists are notified in February. Voting for the Award is closed in April and the winner is notified and extended a formal invitation to be our Guest at Balticon.

BSFS members may revise their original rating of a novel when evaluating the novel as compared to the other finalists.

We suggest that readers take into consideration the following when evaluating a novel for the Compton Crook Award:

Excellence in writing:

  • Originality of plot, worldbuilding and characters
  • Engaging world-building and characterization
  • Narrative drive

Did this novel:

  • provide an overall engrossing and satisfying reading experience?
  • spark your imagination and intellect?
  • provide a new or different take on a universe, space travel, humanity, technology, fantasy concept, the future, or the present?

o   See Candidate Eligibility Requirements for eligibility information.

o   ***Please buy books through the links on BSFS pages !***

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