Tuesday, June 16, 2009

The Gefen Awards

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The Geffen Awards are presented by the Israeli Society for Science Fiction and Fantasy, and are named after the late Amos Geffen, one of the first editors and translators of sci-fi in Israel.
In many ways, Amos Geffen's work shaped the field of SF&F in Israel, and his influence is still indelible. The award is presented each year at the Israeli SF&F convention, known as ICon, and is voted on by the participants of the convention.
The Geffen is usually awarded in four categories:

  1. Best translated SF book
  2. Best translated fantasy book
  3. Best original short story
  4. Best novel or short fiction collection (this category appears once every two years)
The award's rules and constitution are available (in Hebrew) here.


2008 Geffen Award Winners


Best Translated Science Fiction Book:
I Am Legend by Richard Matheson
Yanshuf Publishing, translated by Yael Inbar

Best Translated Fantasy Book:
The Wee Free Men by Terry Pratchett
Kidmat Eden Publishing, translated by Yonatan Bar

Best Translated YA or Children SF&F Book:
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J. K. Rowling
Yediot books Publishing, translated by Gili Bar-Hillel Semo

Best Original Hebrew SF&F Short Story:
Where Books are Lost by Lili Daie
Published in Don't Panic! Online Magazine

Best Original Hebrew Book:
The Water Between the Worlds by Hagar Yanai
Keter Publishing

Best Translation of a SF&F book:
Gili Bar-Hillel Semo for translating the book: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J. K. Rowling
Yediot books Publishing



2007 Geffen Award Winners


Best Translated Science Fiction Book:
Old Man's War by John Scalzi
Translated by Raz Greenberg, Yanshuf Publishing

Best Translated Fantasy Book:
Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke
Translated by Vered Tochterman, Yanshuf Publishing

Best Original Hebrew SF&F Short Story:
In the Mirror by Rotem Baruchin
The Tenth Dimension Magazine, issue 29

Best Original Hebrew Book:
The Whale of Babylon by Hagar YanaiKeter Publishing



2006 Geffen Award Winners


Best Translated Science Fiction Book:
Spin by Robert Charles Wilson
Translated by Didi Chanoch, Graff Publishing

Best Translated Fantasy Book:
Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman
Translated by Vered Tochterman, Opus Press

Best Original Hebrew SF&F Short Story:
East of Eden by Hagay Averbuch
The Israeli Society for SF&F Online Magazine



2005 Geffen Award Winners


Best Translated Science Fiction Book:
Childhood's End by Arthur C. Clarke
Translated by Didi Chanoch, Yanshuf Publishing

Best Translated Fantasy Book:
Transformation by Carol Berg
Translated by Didi Chanoch, Graff Publishing

Best Original Hebrew SF&F Short Story:
The Perfect Girl by Guy Hasson
Dreams in Aspamia magazine, Translated by Vered Tochterman

Best Original Hebrew Book:
End's World by Ofir Touche Gafla
Keter Publishing



2004 Geffen Award Winners


Best translated science fiction book:
Warchild by Karin Lowachee
Translated by Inval Sagiv; Opus Press

Best translated fantasy book:
Smoke and Mirrors by Neil Gaiman (Opus Press)
Translated by Yael Achmon; Opus Press

Best original SF/Fantasy short story:
Dragon Checkpoint by Rami Shalheveth
(The Tenth Dimension, issue 18)



2003 Geffen Award Winners


Best translated science fiction book:
Solaris by Stanislaw Lem
Translated by Aharon Hauptman; Keter publishing house

Best translated fantasy book:
American Gods by Neil Gaiman
Translated by Rechavia Berman; Opus Press

Best original SF/Fantasy short story:
All-of-Me(TM) by Guy Hasson
Published in Dreams in Aspamia SF&F Magazine

Best original SF/Fantasy book:
Sometimes It's Different by Vered Tochterman
Opus Press

Reports of the 2003 Geffen Award: The Locus Report, The SFcrowsnest Report


2002 Geffen Award Winners


Best translated science fiction book:
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
Translated by Noa Manheim; Odyssey publishing house

Best translated fantasy book:
A Storm of Swords by George R. R. Martin
Translated by David Chanoch; Opus Press

Best original SF/Fantasy short story:
Me and Grandma Go Shopping by Hamutal Levin
Published in Don't Panic! Online Magazine



2001 Geffen Award Winners


Best translated science fiction book:
Ender's Shadow by Orson Scott Card
Translated by Rechavia Berman; Opus Press

Best translated fantasy book:
The Anubis Gates by Tim Powers
Translated by Vered Tochterman; Opus Press


2000 Geffen Award Winners


Best translated science fiction book:
Dune: House Atreides by Brian Herbert, Kevin J. Anderson
Translated by Dorit Landes; Am Oved publishing house

Best translated fantasy book:
Stardust by Neil Gaiman
Translated by Ornit Shachar; Opus Press


1999 Geffen Award Winners


Best translated science fiction book:
Pastwatch by Orson Scott Card
Translated by Rechavia Berman; Opus Press

Best translated fantasy book:
Swords and Deviltry by Fritz Leiber

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