Annal: 1992 Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Adult Literature

Results of the Mythopoeic Fantasy Award in the year 1992.

Book:A Woman of the Iron People

A Woman of the Iron People

Eleanor Arnason

Lixia and the members of her human crew are determined not to disturb the life on the planet circling the Star Sigma Draconis which they have begun exploring. But the factions on the mother ship hovering above the planet may create an unintended chaos for both the life on the planet and the humans exploring it. As the anger increases on the ship, the ground crew becomes more and more affected by the conflict and begins to rely on their instincts to keep the project moving forward. Unexpected danger plagues the mission as Lixia is determined to expand her knowledge.

Book:Beauty (Sheri S. Tepper)


Sheri S. Tepper

Drawing on the wellspring of tales such as “Sleeping Beauty,” Beauty is a moving novel of love and loss, hope and despair, magic and nature. Set against a backdrop both enchanted and frightening, the story begins with a wicked aunt’s curse that will afflict a young woman named Beauty on her sixteenth birthday. Though Beauty is able to sidestep tragedy, she soon finds herself embarked on an adventure of vast consequences. For it becomes clear that the enchanted places of this fantastic world—a place not unlike our own—are in danger and must be saved before it is too late.



Greer Ilene Gilman

Book:The Sorceress and the Cygnet

The Sorceress and the Cygnet

Patricia A. McKillip

With hair the color of the moon, Corleu was different from the other Wayfolk.  He alone tried to free his wandering tribe from the unearthly swamp that ensnared them—and he alone dared to cross the forbidden threshold.  There he found a strange dark house, a place of legends and gods, forseen in the stars.  And there, to save his people, began Corleu’s search for the heart of the Cygnet—an impossible treasure…

But if legends are real, nothing is impossible.

Book:Tam Lin

Tam Lin

Pamela Dean

Once upon a time fairy tales were written for young and old alike. It is only in the last century that they have been deemed fit only for children and stripped of much of their original complexity, sensuality, and power to frighten and delight.

“I forbid ye maidens all that wear gold in your hair to travel to Carterhaugh, for Young Tam Lin is there…” So begins the ancient Scottish folk song Tam Lin, and the fairy tale of the same name, a tale of seduction and mortal sacrifice about the headstrong young woman who defies this warning, and then must battle the Queen of Faery herself for possession of Tam Lin’s body and soul. Pamela Dean has wrought a modern enchantment on this magical coming-of-age tale, setting it among the outlandish theater majors at a small Midwestern college.

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