Lock In an Alex Award Winner

Well, this is pretty cool: Lock In has gotten an Alex Award from the ALA (and their youth division, YALSA). The Alex is given to ten books each year that are written for adults but have appeal to younger readers.

Here’s the entire list of Alex Award winners for 2015:

“All the Light We Cannot See,” by Anthony Doerr, published by Scribner, a division of Simon & Schuster, Inc.

“Bellweather Rhapsody,” by Kate Racculia, published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company.

“Bingo’s Run,” by James A. Levine, published by Spiegel & Grau, an imprint of the Random House Publishing Group, a division of Random House LLC, a Penguin Random House Company.

“Confessions,” by Kanae Minato, translated by Stephen Snyder, published by Mulholland Books, an imprint of Little, Brown and Company, a division of Hachette Book Group, Inc.

“Everything I Never Told You,” by Celeste Ng, published by The Penguin Press, a member of Penguin Group LLC, a Penguin Random House Company.

“Lock In,” by John Scalzi, a Tor Book published by Tom Doherty Associates, LLC.

“The Martian,” by Andy Weir, published by Crown Publishers, an imprint of the Crown Publishing Group, a division of Random House LLC, a Penguin Random House Company.

“The Terrorist’s Son: A Story of Choice,” by Zak Ebrahim with Jeff Giles, published by TED Books, a division of Simon & Schuster, Inc.

“Those Who Wish Me Dead,” by Michael Koryta, published by Little, Brown and Company, a division of Hachette Book Group, Inc.

“Wolf in White Van,” by John Darnielle, published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux.

That’s some good company to be in.

The full press release — which also includes winners of the Newberry, Caldecott and Printz awards, is here (pdf link)

Congratulations to my nine fellow Alex award winners! And thank you ALA and YALSA.

Also, if this day is any indication, clearly I should go on cruises more often. They’re good for my books.

Also, maybe I should write an actual YA book at some point. Hmmmmm.

Lock In One of ALA’s “Best Reads” In SF and on The Locus Recommended List + Yesterday’s Sunset

Yesterday’s sunset first, as it happened somewhere in the Atlantic:


Hard to beat.

Second, Lock In is one of the American Library Association’s “Best in Genre Fiction” selections for the last year, in the category of science fiction. Their short list in the category:

“The Martian” by Andy Weir (Crown) — The winning book in the category;
“Annihilation” by Jeff Vandermeer (FSG Originals)
“Fortune’s Pawn” by Rachel Bach (Orbit)
“Lock In” by John Scalzi (Tor)
“Shovel Ready” by Adam Sternbergh (Crown)

In the Fantasy category, the short list is thus:

“The Goblin Emperor” by Katerine Addison (Tor) — The winning book in this category;
“Half a King” by Joe Abercrombie (Del Rey)
“Hot Lead, Cold Iron” by Ari Marmell (Titan)
“The Paper Magician” by Charlie N. Holmberg (47 North)
“Queen of the Tearling” by Erika Johansen (HarperCollins)

Also congratulations to Lauren Beukes and Jo Walton, whose books Broken Monsters and My Real Children won in the “Adrenaline” and “Women’s Fiction” categories, respectively.

Lock In also made Locus magazine’s recommended reading list in the category of Science Fiction, which is also pretty damn nifty, if you ask me. The list is longer than the ALA category short list, so let me recommend you follow this link to see the full list as well as the lists in other categories.

That’s not a bad Monday, actually. Thank you, librarians and Locus!