Saturday, June 25, 2011

2011 Locus Award finalists announced

The top five finalists in each category for the 2011 Locus Awards have been announced. Below are the novel categories. The winners will be named in Seattle WA, June 24-26, 2011.

Science Fiction Novel
Surface Detail by Iain M. Banks (Orbit UK; Orbit US)
Cryoburn by Lois McMaster Bujold (Baen)
Zero History by William Gibson (Putnam; Viking UK)
The Dervish House by Ian McDonald (Pyr; Gollancz)
Blackout/All Clear by Connie Willis (Spectra)

Fantasy Novel
Under Heaven by Guy Gavriel Kay (Penguin Canada; Roc)
Kraken by China Miéville (Macmillan UK; Del Rey)
Who Fears Death by Nnedi Okorafor (DAW)
The Fuller Memorandum by Charles Stross (Ace; Orbit UK)
The Sorcerer’s House by Gene Wolfe (Tor)

First Novel
The Loving Dead by Amelia Beamer (Night Shade)
The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms by N.K. Jemisin (Orbit UK; Orbit US)
Shades of Milk and Honey by Mary Robinette Kowal (Tor)
The Quantum Thief by Hannu Rajaniemi (Gollancz; Tor)
How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe by Charles Yu (Pantheon)

Young Adult Book
Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi (Little, Brown)
Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins (Scholastic)
Enchanted Glass by Diana Wynne Jones (HarperCollins UK; Greenwillow)
I Shall Wear Midnight by Terry Pratchett (Gollancz; HarperCollins)
Behemoth by Scott Westerfeld (Simon Pulse; Simon & Schuster UK)

A good looking list. I've read eight of the 20 novels listed and all of the ones I've read have been strong entries.

Related link:
Complete list of the finalists for the 2011 Locus Awards

Edited to add:
I changed a "label" search term to make this blog post easier to find, anticipating the upcoming Locus Awards announcements. Blogspot decided to change the date to the present day, instead of leaving it back in May or whenever it was. Live and learn.

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