As the white rabbit says, I’m late. The Deutsche Phantastik Preis (DPP, or German Fantastic Prize in English) was awarded in October at the Buchmesse Convent. It is one of three major SFF prizes in Germany (the others being the Deutscher Science-Fiction-Preis and the Kurd-Laßwitz-Preis). Anyone with an email address can vote for the award: the top five nominations get through to the final round, and the whole thing is organized by the website Phantastik-News.de. With the obvious exception of the Best International Novel category, all nominated works in the prize’s nine categories must have been written in German and have been published during the previous year.
And the 2014 winners are…
Best German-language novel: Phoenix–Tochter der Asche (Papierverzierer) by Ann-Kathrin Karschnick
Best German-language debut novel: Eldorin – Das verborgene Land (Vier Raben) by Gaby Wohlrab
Best international novel: Dunkle Halunken by Terry Prachett (Dodger, in the original)
Best German-language short story: “Claire” by Miriam Schäfer (from Weltentor 2013 Mystery published by Noel)
Best original anthology/short story collection: Eis und Dampf (Feder & Schwert)
Best series: DSA – Das schwarze Auge (Ulisses Spiele)
Best artist: Mia Steingräber
Best secondary work: Geek! (Panini Comics)
Best website: www.phantastik-couch.de
Having yet to read any of the winners, I cannot yet offer any commentary on the fall of the vote (though I am relieved to see so many women among the winners). Here’s to changing my familiarty with these titles asap, and here’s to getting a few of these translated into English so the non-German-speaking world can enjoy them as well.