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Thursday, January 13, 2005

The Strannik Awards



As non-Russian fans of science fiction may or may not know, there are a good number of awards being given in Russian sf fandom. The Strannik Awards are one of the more prestigious ones, and are given at each Russian Congress of the Fantastic for specific achievement in the previous year. (Well, except for the lifetime achievement type awards like "Master from Afar".)

Anyway, I recently found the website for the Stranniks and its complete list of awards and winners. (And nominees, but I'm not that insane.) Since someday it may happen that a winner must be found, I've got a little list that I've transliterated and translated. Please feel free to copy it elsewhere.






1994:

Long form:
Andrei Lazarchuk
Another Sky (Inoe Nebo)

Midlength:
Andrei Stolyarov
"Message to the Corinthian" ("Poslanie k Korinfyanam")

Short form:
Andrei Stolyarov
"Little Gray Donkey" ("Malenkiy Ceriy Oslik")

Translator:
Alexander Shcherbakov,
Robert Heinlein's The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress

Criticism and Journalism:
Dr. R.S. Katz for The History of Soviet SF
(Istoriya Sovyetskoy Fantastiki)

Artist:
Sergei Shekov
Art for English SF Novels (Angliyskiy Fantaskicheskiy Roman)
and Philip K. Dick's "Svikhnuvsheyesya Time"

Editor: Yefim Shur (Fantakim-mega magazine)

Publisher: Terra Fantastica

Golden Ostap for satire and humor:
Viktor Pelevin,
novella "Omon Ra"

Little Stranniks to the founding fathers of the awards:
Arkady Strugatsky and Vladimir Mikhailov, for founding modern Russian SF;
Yevgeny Lukin, for the hit of the season, the song "The Horse System Ran"
Boris Zavgorodniy, as "the legendary man of Russian fandom"




1995:

Special Award:
Vitaliy Bugrov (posthumous)

Long form:
Mikhail Uspenskiy,
There, Where There's No Us (Tam, Gde Nas Nyet)

Midlength:
Mikhail Uspenskiy,
"Dear Comrade King" ("Dorogoi Tovarishch Korol'")

Short form:
Boris Shtern,
"Koshchei the Undying - Demon Poet" ("Koshchey Bessmertniy -- Poet Besov")

Translator:
Sergei Khrenov
James Branch Cabell's Manuel Saga

Criticism and Journalism:
Viktor Pelevin, for the essay "Zombification"

Artist:
Yana Ashmarina,
Illustrations for the Collected Works of Robert Heinlein.

Editor: Roman Solnitsev, Day and Night magazine (Den' i Noch')

Publisher: Mir

Little Stranniks:
Sergei Rogov for being a friend of the Strannik Awards
Aleksandr Sidorovich for founding Interpresscon and being a friend of the Stranniks.

In 1995 at the Strannik Awards, actual swords were given out for special achievement in subgenres of the fantastic.



The Sword in the Stone Award for fantasy:
Mikhail Uspensky, There, Where There Is No Us, 1994.

The Moon Sword for horror:
Andrey Lazarchuk. Mummy, 1993.

The Mirror Sword for alternate history:
Vyacheslav Rybakov. Starship 'Tsesarevich', 1993.

The Sword of Rumata for heroic-romantic SF&F:
Sergey Lukyanenko. The Knights of the Forty Islands, 1992.




1996:

Long form:
S. Vititskiy,
Quest for a Destination, or the Twenty-seventh Theorem of Ethics

Midlength:
Yuri Koval',
"Suer-vier"

Short form:
Andrei Stolyarov,
"Till Daylight" ("Do Svet")

Criticism and Journalism:
Sergei Pereslegin, for article collection Eye of the Typhoon

Translation:
A. Korotkov, S. Silakova, and N. Naumenko
Dan Simmons' Hyperion

Artist:
A. Karalyetyan,
illustrations to M. Uspensky's There, Where There's No Us

Editor:
G. Khublarov, editor of the 'New Russian SF' series from Lokid

Publisher: Lokid

Paladin of the Fantastic:
Vladimir Mikhailov

Little Golden Ostap:
Yevgeniy Lukin,
novella "There, behind Acheron" ("Tam, za Akheronom")

Little Stranniks:
Yuliy Burkin, for bridging fantasy and music
Aleksandr Kashirin, for bridging fantasy and readers
by founding Russia's first specialized fantasy bookstore, Stozhari.




1997:

Long form:
Viktor Pelevin,
Chapayev and Void (Chapayev i pustota)
published in English as The Clay Machine Gun and Buddha's Little Finger

Midlength:
Lev Vershinin,
"First Year of the Republic" ("Perviy god respubliki")

Short form:
Yevgeniy Lukin,
"The Philologists" ("Slovesvniki")

Translation:
Alexandra Petrova,
Michael Swanwick's The Iron Dragon's Daughter

Criticism and Journalism:
Eduard Gevorkin, for the essay "Soldiers of the Terracotta Guard"

Publisher: AST

Artist:
Yana Ashmarina,
illustrations and design, Zelazny's Chronicles of Amber;
illustrations, anthology Time of the Apprentice

Paladin of the Fantastic:
Robert Sheckley

Little Golden Ostap:
Robert Sheckley

(Robert Sheckley was the guest that year, and as he is wildly popular in Russia, it's not surprising he won several awards.)

Little Stranniks:
Charles Brown for founding and editing Locus magazine
Bruce Sterling for helping found the cyberpunk movement

Once again, swords for excellence in subgenres were awarded.

The Sword of Rumata for heroic-romantic SF&F:
Sergey Lukyanenko, Emperor of Illusions duology.

The Mirror Sword for alternate history:
Lev Vershinin, "The First Year of the Republic".

The Sword in the Stone Award for fantasy:
Marina and Sergei Dyachenko, The Scar.

The Moon Sword for horror:
Henry Lion Oldie, "Stepchildren of the Eighth Commandment".
("Oldie" is the pseudonym used by Dimitriy Gromov and Oleg Ladyzhenskiy)




1998:

Long form:
Boris Shtern,
Ethiop

Midlength:
Yevgeniy Lukin,
"Sledgehammer Genius" ("Geniy kuvaldi")

Short form:
Vladimir Pokrovskiy,
"Dream People" ("Lyudi sna")

Translation:
Kirill Korolyev,
Glenn Cook's Petty Pewter Gods

Criticism and Journalism:
Kirill Korolyev, for The Encyclopedia of Supernatural Beings

Editor:
Alexandr Shalganov, If magazine (Esli), Moscow.

Publisher: AST

Artist:
Anatoliy Dubovik

Paladin of the Fantastic:
Boris Shtern

Little Golden Ostap:
Andrei Lazarchuk and Mikhail Uspensky,
story "The Mordovian Komsomol Member's Yellow Submarine"




1999:

Long form:
Sergei Luk'yanenko,
Night Watch (Nochnoy Dozor)

Midlength:
Alexandr Yetoyev
"The Flight into Egypt" ("Begstvo v Yegipet")

Short form:
Andrei Salomatov,
"Holiday"

Translation:
Andrei Laktionov,
L Shepard, Saga of the Dragon

Criticism and Journalism:
Igor' Khalimbadzha (posthumous) for the article "SF Samizdat"

Publisher: Eksmo
Editor, compiler:
Aleksandr Roife (Moscow), section head, Book Review weekly gazette

Artist:
Yana Ashmarina

Paladin of the Fantastic:
Vadim Shefner

Little Golden Ostap:
Aleksandr Yetoyev for "The Flight to Egypt"

Little Stranniks:
Robert Sheckley for making people fall in love with fantasy;
Oono Norihiro for representing Russian fantasy in Japan

Special Convention Prize (Fifth Sword):
Nikolai Perumov

Master from Afar:
Poul Anderson

And once again, the swords were awarded for excellence in subgenres:

The Sword of Rumata for heroic-romantic SF&F:
Yuri Bryder and Nikolai Chadovich, Between the Headsman's Block and the Axe

The Mirror Sword for alternate history:
Andrei Lazarchuk and Mikhail Uspenskiy, Look in the Monsters' Eyes.

The Sword in the Stone Award for fantasy:
Yevgeniy Lukin, We Rolled Your Sun.

The Moon Sword for horror:
Marina and Sergey Dyachenko, The Cave.




2000:

Long form:
Marina and Sergei Dyachenko,
Execution (Kazn')

Midlength:
Vladimir Mikhailov,
"Nayugir's Way" ("Put' Naiyugiri")

Short form:
Yevgeniy Lukin,
"In the Land of the Setting Sun" ("B Stranye Zakhodyashchevo Solntsa")

Translation:
Pavel Vyanikov,
Frank Herbert's Dune

Criticism, History of Literature, Journalism, Essay:
Dmitriy Volodikhin, for a cycle of articles in Book Review gazette

Publisher: Azbuka

Editor, Compiler:
Dmitriy Vatolin,
website "Russkaya Fantastika v Ceti"

Artist:
Igor' Tarachkov,
cover designs for If (Esli) magazine #6-12, 1999.

Paladin of the Fantastic:
Arkady and Boris Strugatskiy

Legend of Russian SF Cinematography:
Aleksandr Sokurov,
Eclipse Days

Master from Afar:
Lois McMaster Bujold; Robert Jordan




2001:

Long form:
Yuliy Burkin,
Flowers on Our Ashes (Tsveti na nashem peple)

Midlength:
Aleksandr Gromov
"Calculator" ("Vichiclitel'")

Short form:
Sergei Luk'yanenko
"An Evening Chat with Mr. Special Ambassador")

Translation:
Irina Gurova,
Stephen King's Hearts in Atlantis

Criticism:
Anatoliy Britikov, for the book Domestic Science Fiction Literature:
Some Problems of Genre History and Theory


Publisher: Eksmo-Press

Editor:
Nikolai Naumenko
book lines: Starry Labyrinth, The Coordinates of Wonder, Age of the Dragon;
anthology: Fantastika-2000

Artist:
Anton Lomayev,
illustrations for Heirs of Tolkien line;
illustrations for novels by Kh. van Zaichik

Paladin of the Fantastic:
Olga Larionova

Legend of Russian SF Cinematography:
Aleksandr Abdulov, lead actor in
_Ordinary Miracle_ and _To Kill a Dragon_

Legend of Russian SF Theater:
Mikhail Boyarskiy, actor who played Sam Pant in the Leningrad TV production An Extra Day in June, adapted from Priestley's novel 31 June.

Master from Afar:
Sir Arthur C. Clarke

Little Stranniks:
Dmitriy Ivashintsov, Russian Culture's correspondent at the Congress.
Aleksandr Sidorovich (repeat award), for helping shape the Russian fantasy field.

Withered Strannik:
Yefim Ostrovskiy, for the first year he's not runner-up for a Strannik.

Swords for excellence in subgenres:

The Sword of Rumata for heroic-romantic SF&F:
Andrei Lazarchuk, Sturmvogel.

The Mirror Sword for alternate history:
Holm van Zaitchik, No Bad People series (aka "The Eurasian Symphony").

The Sword in the Stone Award for fantasy:
Kirill Yes'kov, Last Ringwearer.

The Moon Sword for horror:
Andrei Stolyarov, "Comes the Mesozoic".




2002:

Long form:
Oleg Divov
Saboteur (Sabotazhnik)

Midlength:
Andrei Salomatov,
"Next Year, I'll Be Better Off" ("V budushchem godu ya stanu luchshe"

Short form:
Alan Kubatiev,
"You Fly, If You Like!"

Criticism:
Kirill Yes'kov, for the article "Our Reply to Fukuyama"

Translation:
Dmitriy Kovalenin
Haruki Murakami's Dance, Dance, Dance....

Artist:
Aleksandr Kudryavtsev
design of book lines for AST publisher

Editor:
Aleksandr Shalganov, If magazine (Esli)

Publisher: AST

Legend of Russian SF Cinematography:
Georgiy Daneliya, art film "Kin-dza-dza"

Master from Afar:
Luis Royo




2003:

Paladin of the Fantastic:
Kir Bulychev

Master from Afar:
Robert Sheckley

Long form:
Svyatoslav Loginov,
Light in the Window (Svet v Okoshkye)

Midlength:
Yelena Khayetskaya,
"Dust" ("Prakh")

Short form:
Leonid Kaganov
"Epos of the Predator"

Criticism:
Gennadiy Prashkevich,
article "Little NF Baedeker"

Translation:
Andrei Lazarchuk,
Robert Heinlein's I Will Fear No Evil

Artist:
Vladimir Bondar',
covers for books by Lukyanenko, A. Valentinova, and GL Oldi

Editor:
Svetlana Bondarenko,
collected works of the Strugatsky Brothers

Publisher: AST

Swords for excellence in subgenres:

The Sword of Rumata for heroic-romantic SF&F:
Yelena Khayetskaya, Bertran from Languedoc.

The Moon Sword for horror:
Marina and Sergei Dyachenko, Valley of Conscience

The Sword in the Stone Award for fantasy:
Olga Yeliseeva, Falcon on Wrist.

The Mirror Sword for alternate history:
Yuri Bryder and Nikolai Chadovich, Nail on the Head.

Sword of Going Next:
Roman Zlotnikov

Starry Sword/Legend of Russian Fantastic Theater:
Valeriy Gergiev




You may also be interested in learning about other Russian sf/f awards such as the Bronze Snail, the Interpresscon Awards, and the Aelita.

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