2021 Compton Crook Award

The Space Between Worlds by Micaiah Johnson

The Baltimore Science Fiction Society (BSFS) is pleased to announce that The Space Between Worlds by Micaiah Johnson has won the 2021 Compton Crook Award for best first novel in the science fiction, fantasy, and horror genres.  The author will receive a framed award document, a check for $1,000, and an invitation to be the Compton Crook Guest of Honor at Balticon for the next two years. The author will also participate in the 2021 virtual Balticon.

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.

See the BSFS web site for more information about the Compton Crook Award.

Micaiah Johnson was raised in California’s Mojave Desert surrounded by trees named Joshua and women who told stories.

She received her bachelor of arts in creative writing from the University of California, Riverside, and her master of fine arts in fiction from Rutgers University–Camden. She now studies American literature at Vanderbilt University, where she focuses on critical race theory and automatons.

Micaiah Johnson photo