Pluto Award

Pluto Award 2007

Yellow30 Sci-Fi is proud to announce it’s first annual award ever. After much deliberation by the staff it has been determined that the books we review needed some special type of recognition. Therefore we’ve come up with our own award. It will be called the Pluto Award.

Why the name? It would seem that after seventy-six years classified as a planet, Pluto would remain so. But in 2006 the IAU reclassified Pluto as a dwarf planet. The uproar over the reclassification put Pluto in the news for months. The staff thought the irony in the whole thing was much like the publishing industry. Small presses are regarded by the major trade industry as “dwarf publishers” and relegate any author from them as outside the sphere of the big names at the “big guy” publishing houses. Therefore the staff thought it appropriate to name our award after the planet – Pluto.

So this will be our first annual award. Right now it will be just an online award given out once a year for the best science fiction – fantasy – alternate history book we review. Hopefully in later years we can break the award down into categories. This will be an actual physical award given the to winning author and mailed to them. As time goes by we hope to be able to align ourselves with a local sci-fi convention and give the award out there. For right now, the award will have the Internet as it’s place of beginning.

How will a book be chosen for the award?

1. All books published in 2006 and submitted for review no later than March 1, 2007 are eligible.
2. Nominees will be selected by Award Committee between March 30 and April 2, 2007.
3. Three finalists will be announced September 1, 2007.
4. On November 1, 2007 the winner will be announced.

This is a small step and even though the entries may be on a smaller scale than any national awards committee, we are acknowledging authors who have chosen a different approach to publishing.

BUT WAIT A MINUTE! What about the books published before 2006 that you’ve already reviewed? Don’t worry… The staff has voted and we’ve determined to give out a one time award for those books. It’s called the Charon Award.

Nominees
THE STAR PHOENIX by David L. Brown
CHILD OF LIGHT by Diane Bentley Baker
THE ISLAND OF MARNA by Jamey Heit
HIERATH by Joanne Hall
LEGEND by Jude Hatcher Bangs
SOJOURN by Jana G. Oliver
THE PALADIN CHRONICLES by B.W. Philpot
RISE OF THE DIBOR by Christopher Hopper
BRYRE’S JEWELS by Joan How
TSUBUTE by R.J. Archer
ADARA AND THE PIRATES by Jerry Williston

Finalists
BRYRE’S JEWELS by Joan How
LEGEND by Jude Hatcher Bangs
SOJOURN by Jana G. Oliver

Winner
SOJOURN by Jana G. Oliver

Pluto Award 2008

1. Books published in 2007 and reviewed by Y-30 Staff no later than February 29, 2008 are eligible.
2. Nominees will be selected by Awards Committee by July 1, 2008.
3. Three Finalists will be selected August 1, 2008
4. September 1, 2008 the winner will be announced.

Nominees
FLASHPOINT by Frank Creed
THE LION VRIE by Christopher Hopper
BLUE by Melanie Budiarto
IN EXILE by Joanne Hall
SHEPHERD’S QUEST by Brian S. Pratt
WIND FOLLOWER by Carole McDonnell
TAU 4 by V. J. Waks
HUNTER OF THE HORDE by Brian S. Pratt
VIRTUAL EVIL by Jana G. Oliver
TIME MASTERS: THE CALL by Geralyn Beauchamp
QUEST’S END by Brian S. Pratt
MASON’S LINK by Bill Andrews

Finalists
FLASHPOINT by Frank Creed
THE LION VRIE by Christopher Hopper
VIRTUAL EVIL by Jana G. Oliver

Winner
VIRTUAL EVIL by Jana G. Oliver

Pluto Award 2009

Nominees will be selected by Awards Committee by December 1, 2009
Three Finalists will be selected December 23, 2009
January 5, 2010 the winner will be announced

Nominees
THE SHADOW SEER by Fran Jacobs
LEAGUE OF SUPERHEROES by Stephen Leon Rice
THE EXODUS GATE by Stephen Zimmer
THE FLAME WITHIN by Eric Noss
NEVER CEESE by Sue Dent
A LEVER LONG ENOUGH by Amy Deardon
OUTER DARKNESS by Bart Brevik

Amy Deardon and her 2009 Pluto Award
Amy Deardon and her 2009 Pluto Award

FOREVER RICHARD by Sue Dent
FAITH AWAKENED by Grace Bridges
CHANGLING by Kelly Madden

Finalists

NEVER CEESE by Sue Dent
A LEVER LONG ENOUGH by Amy Deardon

FAITH AWAKENED by Grace Bridges

Winner
A LEVER LONG ENOUGH by Amy Deardon

Pluto Award 2010

Nominees will be selected by Awards Committee by November 13, 2010
Due to the short field of nominees, only two Finalists will be selected December 4th
Winner announced December 18th

Nominees:

PRINCE ZEETHAR’S DEFECTION by Miguel Aviles
THE BALLAD OF BAWDY MCCLURE by F.S. Vander Meer
CROWN OF VENGEANCE by Stephen Zimmer
INCLINATIONS by David B. Harrington
A DIFFICULT LIE by J.H. Mortensen

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Stephen Zimmer and his 2010 Pluto Award

FUTURE IMPERFECT by F.S. Vander Meer

Finalists:

THE BALLAD OF BAWDY MCCLURE by F.S. Vander Meer
CROWN OF VENGEANCE by Stephen Zimmer

Winner:

CROWN OF VENGEANCE by Stephen Zimmer

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