Endeavour Award

The Endeavour Award, announced annually at OryCon in Portland, Oregon, is awarded to a distinguished science fiction or fantasy book written by a Pacific Northwest author or authors and published in the previous year.

Pacific Northwest is home to many of the best science fiction and fantasy writers in North America. The award is dedicated to helping these science fiction and fantasy writers to produce the best literature in the field.

Annual presentation of the Endeavour Award is in November at OryCon for books published during the previous year.

Award history

The Endeavour Award, named for HM Bark Endeavour, the ship of Northwest explorer Captain James Cook, was first presented in 1999. Funded by a collaboration of Portland, Oregon area writers and readers of science fiction and fantasy in 1996 and chartered by Oregon Science Fiction Conventions, Inc. (OSFCI) tax-exempt non-profit corporation.

Past winners

Year Title Author Ref
Dreams of Distant Shores
Lovecraft Country
Patricia A. McKillip
Matt Ruff
2016 Edge of Dark Brenda Cooper
2015 Last Plane to Heaven Jay Lake [1]
Ramez Naam
Ken Scholes
2013 Goodbye For Now Laurie Frankel
2012 City of Ruins Kristine Kathryn Rusch
2011 Dreadnought Cherie Priest
2010 Mind Over Ship David Marusek
2009 Space Magic David D. Levine
2008 The Silver Ship and the Sea Brenda Cooper
2007 Forest Mage Robin Hobb
2006 Anywhere but Here Jerry Oltion
2005 The Child Goddess Louise Marley
2004 Red Thunder John Varley
The Disappeared
Lion's Blood
Kristine Kathryn Rusch
Steven Barnes
2002 Tales from Earthsea Ursula K. Le Guin
The Telling
The Glass Harmonica
Ursula K. Le Guin
Louise Marley
2000 Darwin's Radio Greg Bear
1999 Dinosaur Summer Greg Bear

External links


  1. ^ "Locus Online News » Lake Wins 2015 Endeavor Award". www.locusmag.com. Retrieved 2015-11-25.
  2. ^ "sfadb : Endeavour Award". www.sfadb.com. Retrieved 2015-11-25.
Darwin's Radio

Darwin's Radio is a 1999 science fiction novel by Greg Bear. It won the Nebula Award in 2000 for Best Novel and the 2000 Endeavour Award. It was also nominated for the Hugo Award, Locus and Campbell Awards the same year.The novel's original tagline was 'The next great war will be inside us'. It was followed by a sequel, Darwin's Children, in 2003.

Greg Bear

Gregory Dale "Greg" Bear (born August 20, 1951) is an American writer and illustrator best known for science fiction. His work has covered themes of galactic conflict (Forge of God books), artificial universes (The Way series), consciousness and cultural practices (Queen of Angels), and accelerated evolution (Blood Music, Darwin's Radio, and Darwin's Children). His most recent work is the Forerunner Trilogy, written in the Halo universe. Greg Bear has written 44 books in total. Greg Bear was also one of the five co-founders of the San Diego Comic-Con.

John Varley (author)

John Herbert Varley (born August 9, 1947) is an American science fiction writer.

Kelley Eskridge

Kelley Eskridge (born 21 September 1960) is a writer of fiction, non-fiction and screenplays. Her work is generally regarded as speculative fiction and is associated with the more literary edge of the category, as well as with the category of slipstream fiction.

Ken Scholes

Ken Scholes (born January 13, 1968) is an American science fiction and fantasy writer living in Cornelius, Oregon, United States.He is the author of five novels and over fifty short stories and his work has appeared in print since 2000. His series, The Psalms of Isaak, is published by Tor Books and his short fiction has been collected in three volumes published by Fairwood Press.

Ken is a winner of the Writers of the Future Award, France's Prix Imaginales, the Endeavour Award and others. His work has been published internationally in eight languages.

His first novel, Lamentation, was based on a previous short story entitled "Of Metal Men and Scarlet Thread and Dancing with the Sunrise", and is the first of five in the Psalms of Isaak saga.

Kristine Kathryn Rusch

Kristine Kathryn Rusch (born June 4, 1960) is an American writer and editor. She writes under various pseudonyms in multiple genres, including science fiction, fantasy, mystery, romance, and mainstream.

Rusch won the Hugo Award for Best Novelette in 2001 for her story "Millennium Babies" and the 2003 Endeavour Award for The Disappeared 2002. Her story "Recovering Apollo 8" won the Sidewise Award for Alternate History (short form) in 2008. Her novel The Enemy Within won the Sidewise (long form) in 2015. She is married to fellow writer Dean Wesley Smith; they have collaborated on several works.

She edited The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction for six years, from mid-1991 through mid-1997, winning one Hugo Award as Best Professional Editor. Rusch and Smith operated Pulphouse Publishing for many years and edited the original (hardback) incarnation of Pulphouse Magazine; they won a World Fantasy Award in 1989.

Kurt R. A. Giambastiani

Kurt Robert Achilles Giambastiani (born December 4, 1958) is a novelist whose works blend elements of science fiction, fantasy, adventure, and romance. Giambastiani's work is also usually imbued with a strong historical context, resulting in many of his novels being classified as alternate history, historical fantasy, or historical fiction.

Lion's Blood

Lion's Blood is a 2002 alternate history novel by Steven Barnes. The book won the 2003 Endeavour Award. It is followed by the sequel Zulu Heart.

The novel presents an alternate world where an Islamic Africa is the center of technological progress and learning while Europe remains largely tribal and backward. Throughout the novel, both the Gregorian calendar and the Islamic Hijri calendar are used.

The title draws its name from Abu Ali’s sacred knife, which is called Lion’s Blood (or "Nasab Asad" in Arabic), which was carried into battle by members of Abu Ali’s family for ten generations. It is made of “razor-sharp steel and bone…Its hilt was crafted of black rhino horn, bolted to the tang with six heavy steel rivets. Legend held that the steel blade was smelted from a fallen meteorite by Benin smiths, its white-hot length quenched in the living blood of a lion.”

Louise Marley

Louise Marley' is an award winning author of science fiction and fantasy. Her fiction often features strong female characters, and explores themes of hope, humanity, and faith in the distant future. Prior to her career as a writer, Marley was an opera singer with the Seattle Opera, and several of her books feature musical themes.

Marley also writes under the pseudonyms Cate Campbell, Toby Bishop, and most recently, Louisa Morgan.


Orycon is Portland, Oregon's annual science fiction/fantasy convention, held in November since 1979.

Patricia Briggs

Patricia Briggs (born 1965) is an American writer of fantasy since 1993, and author of the Mercy Thompson urban fantasy series.

Red Thunder (novel)

Red Thunder is a 2003 science fiction novel written by John Varley. The novel is an homage to the juvenile science fiction novels written by Robert A. Heinlein.

In 2004, Red Thunder won the Endeavour Award and was nominated for the Campbell Award.Varley has written three sequels, Red Lightning (2006), Rolling Thunder (2008) and Dark Lightning (2014). The events of the books in the series are set approximately twenty years apart. In an interview on the Republibot website in 2009 he mentioned that "Dark Lightning" would be the final book in the series.

Solitaire (novel)

Solitaire is a novel written by Kelley Eskridge, published by EOS/Harper Collins in 2002 and 2004 and republished by Small Beer Press in 2011.The novel served as the basis for the 2017 feature film OtherLife co-written by Eskridge, directed by Ben C. Lucas, and starring Jessica De Gouw.

Steven Barnes

Steven Barnes (born March 1, 1952) is an American science fiction writer, lecturer, creative consultant, and human performance technician.

Tales from Earthsea

Tales from Earthsea is a collection of fantasy stories and essays by American author Ursula K. Le Guin, published by Harcourt in 2001. It accompanies five novels (1968 to 2001) set in the fictional archipelago Earthsea.Tales from Earthsea won the annual Endeavour Award, for the best book by a writer from the Pacific Northwest, and Locus Award, Best Collection, for speculative fiction collections.

Two of the five collected stories were previously published, "Darkrose and Diamond" (1999) and "Dragonfly" (1998), and both had been nominated for annual awards.

The Silver Ship and the Sea

The Silver Ship and the Sea is a young-adult science-fiction novel by Brenda Cooper, published in 2007. In 2008, it won the

Endeavour Award,

and was also one of Booklist's Adult Books for Young Adults Winners.The Silver Ship and the Sea is the first book in a series. The other two books are Reading the Wind

and Wings of Creation. Critical response to The Silver Ship and the Sea was generally positive. Writing in Analog, Richard Foss criticized the pacing of the next book, "Reading the Wind".The book is about six genetically altered children who have been left on the planet Fremont after a war.

They were often mistreated because they descended from the altered who fought against the humans. These altered were stronger and faster, with better reflexes and sharper senses than the normal humans of Fremont.

The Telling

The Telling is a 2000 science fiction novel by Ursula K. Le Guin set in her fictional universe of Hainish Cycle. The Telling is Le Guin's first follow-up novel set in the Hainish Cycle since her 1974 novel The Dispossessed. It tells the story of Sutty, a Terran sent to be an Ekumen observer, on the planet Aka, and her experiences of political and religious conflicts between a corporatist government and the indigenous resistance, which is centered on the traditions of storytelling, locally referred to as "the Telling" (for which the book is named).

Ursula K. Le Guin

Ursula Kroeber Le Guin (; October 21, 1929 – January 22, 2018) was an American novelist. She worked mainly in the genres of fantasy and science fiction, and authored children's books, short stories, poetry, and essays. Her writing was first published in the 1960s and often depicted futuristic or imaginary alternative worlds in politics, the natural environment, gender, religion, sexuality, and ethnography. In 2016, The New York Times described her as "America's greatest living science fiction writer", although she said that she would prefer to be known as an "American novelist".She influenced Booker Prize winners and other writers, such as Salman Rushdie and David Mitchell, and science fiction and fantasy writers including Neil Gaiman and Iain Banks. She won the Hugo Award, Nebula Award, Locus Award, and World Fantasy Award, each more than once. In 2014, she was awarded the National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. In 2003, she was made a Grandmaster of Science Fiction, one of a few women writers to take the top honor in the genre.

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