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Imaginary Award for Best Novel & Novella

Imaginary Award for Best Novel

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Winner! The Philosopher’s Flight by Tom Miller

Semiosis by Sue Burke

Starless by Jacqueline Carey

The Calculating Stars by Mary Robinette Kowal

Witchmark by C.L. Polk

Plum Rains by Andromeda Romano-Lax



Winner! The Power by Naomi Alderman

Winner! American War by Omar el Akkad

Daughter of Eden by Chris Beckett

Star's End by Cassandra Rose Clarke

Winter Tide by Ruthanna Emrys

Future Home of the Living God by Louise Erdrich

Terminal Alliance by Jim C Hines

The Wanderers by Meg Howrey

The Stars are Legion by Kameron Hurley

The Stone Sky by NK Jemisin

The Moon and the Other by John Kessel

Luna: Wolf Moon by Ian McDonald

Autonomous by Annalee Newitz

Akata Warrior by Nnedi Okorafor

La Belle Sauvage by Philip Pullman

Revenger by Alastair Reynolds

Sourdough by Robin Sloan

Borne by Jeff VanderMeer

Imaginary Award for Best Novella

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Winner! Rock Manning Goes for Broke by Charlie Jane Anders

The Black God’s Drums by P. Djèlí Clark

The Tea Master and the Detective by Aliette de Bodard

War Cry by Brian McClellan

Time Was by Ian McDonald

The Warrior Within by Angus McIntyre

Rogue Protocol by Martha Wells

The Freeze-Frame Revolution by Peter Watts



Winner! River of Teeth by Sarah Gailey

Landscape with Invisible Hand by MT Anderson

Taste of Marrow by Sarah Gailey

The Lamb Will Slaughter the Lion by Margaret Killjoy

Passing Strange by Ellen Klages

Down Among the Sticks and Bones by Seanan McGuire

Binti Home by Nnedi Okorafor

Ironclads by Adrian Tchaikovsky

All Systems Red by Martha Wells

Killing Gravity by Corey J White

The Black Tides of Heaven by JY Yang

The Red Threads of Fortune by JY Yang

Imaginary Award for Best YA Novel

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Winner! Tess of the Road by Rachel Hartman

The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton

The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert

Dread Nation by Justina Ireland

Isle of Blood and Stone by Makiia Lucier

The Queen’s Rising by Rebecca Ross

Trail of Lightning by Rebecca Roanhorse


This award was not introduced until 2018.

Imaginary Award for Best Story Collection

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Winner! Robots vs. Fairies, ed. by Dominik Parisien and Navah Wolfe

Not So Stories by David Thomas Moore

Not One of Us: Stories of Aliens on Earth, ed. by Neil Clarke

How Long Til Black Future Month? by N.K. Jemisin

The Merry Spinster by Daniel Mallory Ortberg


This award was not introduced until 2018.

Imaginary Award for Best Book of Science Nonfiction

(aka the Award for the Book That Best Stirs Our Imaginations)

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Winner! The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs by Steve Brusatte

The Future of Humanity by Michio Kaku

The Spinning Magnet by Alanna Mitchell


This award was not introduced until 2018.