Monday, April 19, 2010

2010 Locus Awards Short List

The top five vote-getters in each category of the 2010 Locus Awards have been announced. Unlike the Hugos there is no second round of voting. Winners will be presented during the Science Fiction Awards Weekend in Seattle WA, June 25-27, 2010.

Science Fiction Novel
The Empress of Mars by Kage Baker (Subterranean; Tor)
Steal Across the Sky by Nancy Kress (Tor)
Boneshaker by Cherie Priest (Tor)
Galileo's Dream by Kim Stanley Robinson (HarperVoyager; Ballantine Spectra)
Julian Comstock: A Story of 22nd-Century America by Robert Charles Wilson (Tor)

Fantasy Novel
The City & The City by China Miéville (Del Rey; Macmillan UK)
Unseen Academicals by Terry Pratchett (Harper; Doubleday UK)
Drood by Dan Simmons (Little, Brown)
Palimpsest by Catherynne M. Valente (Bantam Spectra)
Finch by Jeff VanderMeer (Underland)

First Novel
The Windup Girl by Paolo Bacigalupi (Night Shade)
The Manual of Detection by Jedediah Berry (Penguin)
Soulless by Gail Carriger (Orbit US)
Lamentation by Ken Scholes (Tor)
Norse Code by Greg van Eekhout (Ballantine Spectra)

Judging from the few that I have read (so far) these are fairly strong lists. The SF Strangelove Locus Awards ballot included The Windup Girl on both First Novel and Science Fiction Novel categories. Five out of six Hugo Awards Best Novel Finalists appear on the Locus Awards short list. Only the Hugo Finalist Wake by Robert J. Sawyer does not appear above.
Full Locus Awards short list.

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