The Poppy War by R. F. Kuang

R.F. Kuang

Compton Crook Award winner, R.F. Kuang

The Baltimore Science Fiction Society is pleased to announce that the novel The Poppy War by R. F. Kuang is the winner of the 2019 Compton Crook Award. The Poppy War was published May 1, 2018 by Harper Voyager. A check for $1000.00 and a commemorative plaque will be presented to Ms. Kuang during Balticon 53 Opening Ceremonies.

The Compton Crook Award is presented by the members of the Baltimore Science Fiction Society for the best first novel in the genre published during the previous year. The Award is named in memory of Towson State College Professor of Natural Sciences Compton Crook, who wrote under the name Stephen Tall, and who died in 1981. The award has been presented since 1983 and is also known as the Compton Crook/Stephen Tall Award.

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