The Kaiju Preservation Society Wins the 2023 Locus Award For Best Science Fiction Novel

I am genuinely surprised and thrilled and, as I was not able to attend the awards ceremony myself, very happy I remembered in send in a video acceptance speech for if I won. It is above. It is very serious.

Thank you to: Patrick Nielsen Hayden, Molly McGee, Rachel Bass, Peter Lutjen, Heather Saunders, Jeff LaSala, Sara and Chris from ScriptAcuity Studio, Alexis Saarela and all the folks at Tor’s PR and Marketing department, Ethan Ellenberg, Joel Gotler, Matt Sugarman, Bibi Lewis, Steve Feldberg, Wil Wheaton, Bella Pagan and Matthew Ryan, as well as others I am forgetting at the moment but will add in later when I remember them.

And thank you to the folks at Locus, and everyone who voted for this book. I did not expect to win this year; the competition was just too good. Believe me when I say I suspect the vote was extremely close. This is super cool.

Update: The entire list of winners and finalists. What a fantastic list all the way around.

— JS

35 Comments on “The Kaiju Preservation Society Wins the 2023 Locus Award For Best Science Fiction Novel”

  1. Best. Acceptance. EVER.

    Also – congratulations. Very well deserved; it’s an outstanding book!

  2. Congratulations! Well deserved, it’s a great book. I’m re-reading redshirts right now!

  3. That’s great news. While I have not read it yet I did buy the book so it will be great that once I start I’ll know I’m reading an award winning story. Too fun!

  4. (After watching acceptance video)

    Did they cut back on your medications AGAIN?

    (well deserved, congratulations)

  5. Congratulations. Great to know that I have great taste in books and authors. LOL Enjoyed this book more times than I can say – repeat listens. Thank you to Wil Wheaton, too.

  6. I am not surprised. KPS is all the things, really unique and special. I was also pleased that Becky Chambers won for Prayer for the Crown Shy. Many of the other nominated works, while very good, didn’t have that something extra, they didn’t sparkle. I totally understand why this years winners got chosen.

  7. Congratulations.
    And also applause for the … novel acceptance speech.

  8. Congratulations! And thanks for posting the video here. The Locus Zoom was having a lot of trouble with the audio, and I only heard maybe 30% of what you said. Fortunately your presentation was visually amusing, and very on brand :D

  9. Congrats!

    I’ve heard second-hand that the usual suspects are whining. GOOD. Pass me some of that there schadenfreude pie.

    MRK probably won’t be upset at losing to you, but she’s sure gonna comment on your puppetry skills.

  10. Of course I can only speak for myself, but I’m so glad it’s getting awards. I’ve found it to be SO VERY SOOTHING. Really. I listen to it at night while going to sleep. That ‘pop song’ remark? True, and very very worthwhile to me. I’ve been liking stories lately that allow me to put my brain on cruise control. Thank you so much for this book. <3

  11. How could a book lose that contains this immortal exchange:

    “They have vegan cheese.”

    “No, they don’t. They have shredded orange and white sadness that mocks cheese and everything it stands for.”

    Not to mention the slight excursion into toilet/fart humor (it’s been a long time since the glory days of Android’s Dreamand the great band names.

    I just read this book so it’s fresh in my mind. It was a great read, a nice tight 3 minute hook-laden single (as you wrote). It’s the book you needed to write at the time and judging by this award it’s the book that Locus voters needed to read right now.


  12. A Major Award! Congratulations are due. It is a wonderful book. One I look forward to having you sign at Con-Gregate.

  13. Congratulations! It’s a fun read during a time when fun was all too scarce. Thanks.

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