BOOKS: 2009 Locus Award Finalists Announced

Courtesy of Locus SF/F News:

Science Fiction Novel- Matter, Iain M. Banks (Orbit UK); City at the End of Time, Greg Bear (Gollancz, Del Rey); Marsbound, Joe Haldeman (Ace); Anathem, Neal Stephenson (Atlantic UK, Morrow); Saturn's Children, Charles Stross (Orbit, Ace).

Fantasy Novel- The Shadow Year, Jeffrey Ford (Morrow); Lavinia, Ursula K. Le Guin (Harcourt); The Bell at Sealey Head, Patricia A. McKillip (Ace); The Dragons of Babel, Michael Swanwick (Tor); An Evil Guest, Gene Wolfe (Tor).

First Novel- Thunderer, Felix Gilman (Bantam Spectra); Black Ships, Jo Graham (Orbit US); Pandemonium, Daryl Gregory (Ballantine Del Rey); The Gone-Away World, Nick Harkaway (William Heinemann, Knopf); Singularity's Ring, Paul Melko (Tor).

Young-Adult Novel- Little Brother, Cory Doctorow (Tor); The Graveyard Book, Neil Gaiman (HarperCollins, Bloomsbury); Tender Morsels, Margo Lanagan (Knopf); Nation, Terry Pratchett (Doubleday UK, HarperCollins); Zoe's Tale, John Scalzi (Tor).

Novella- "The Erdmann Nexus", Nancy Kress (Asimov’s 10-11/08); "Pretty Monsters", Kelly Link (Pretty Monsters); "The Tear", Ian McDonald (Galactic Empires); Once Upon a Time in the North, Philip Pullman (Knopf); "True Names", Benjamin Rosenbaum & Cory Doctorow (Fast Forward 2).

Novelette- "Pump Six", Paolo Bacigalupi (Pump Six and Other Stories); "The Ice War", Stephen Baxter (Asimov’s 9/08); "Shoggoths in Bloom", Elizabeth Bear (Asimov’s 3/08); "The Things that Make Me Weak and Strange Get Engineered Away", Cory Doctorow (Tor.com 8/08); "Pride and Prometheus", John Kessel (F&SF 1/08).

Short Story- "King Pelles the Sure", Peter S. Beagle (Strange Roads); "Boojum", Elizabeth Bear & Sarah Monette (Fast Ships, Black Sails); "Exhalation", Ted Chiang (Eclipse Two); "The Kindness of Strangers", Nancy Kress (Fast Forward 2); "After the Coup", John Scalzi (Tor.com 7/08).

Magazine- Analog; Asimov's, F&SF; Realms of Fantasy; Subterranean.

Publisher- Ace; Baen; Night Shade Books; Subterranean Press; Tor.

Anthology- The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror 2008: 21st Annual Collection, Ellen Datlow, Kelly Link & Gavin Grant, eds. (St. Martin's Griffin); Galactic Empires, Gardner Dozois, ed. (SFBC); The Year's Best Science Fiction: Twenty-Fifth Annual Collection, Gardner Dozois, ed. (St. Martin's); Eclipse Two, Jonathan Strahan, ed. (Night Shade Books); The Starry Rift, Jonathan Strahan, ed. (Viking).

Collection- Pump Six and Other Stories, Paolo Bacigalupi (Night Shade Books); The Drowned Life, Jeffrey Ford (HarperPerennial); Pretty Monsters, Kelly Link (Viking); The Best of Lucius Shepard, Lucius Shepard (Subterranean Press); The Best of Michael Swanwick, Michael Swanwick (Subterranean Press).

Editor- Ellen Datlow; Gardner Dozois; David G. Hartwell; Jonathan Strahan; Gordon Van Gelder.

Artist- Bob Eggleton; John Picacio; Shaun Tan; Charles Vess; Michael Whelan.

Non-Fiction/Art Book- Spectrum 15: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art, Cathy Fenner & Arnie Fenner, eds. (Underwood Books); What It Is We Do When We Read Science Fiction, Paul Kincaid (Beccon); Rhetorics of Fantasy, Farah Mendlesohn (Wesleyan University Press); P. Craig Russell, Coraline: The Graphic Novel, Neil Gaiman, adapted and illustrated by P. Craig Russell (HarperCollins); Shaun Tan, Tales From Outer Suburbia (Allen & Unwin; Scholastic '09).

For more information on the June awards ceremony, check out the official site.

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