The finalists for the 2011 Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award for short fiction have been announced:
“Mammoths of the Great Plains” by Eleanor Arnason (Mammoths of the Great Plains)
“Under the Moons of Venus” by Damien Broderick (Subterranean Spring ’10)
“The Maiden Flight of McAuley’s Bellerophon“ by Elizabeth Hand (Stories)
“The Sultan of the Clouds” by Geoffrey A. Landis (Asimov’s 9/10)
“Flower, Mercy, Needle, Chain” by Yoon Ha Lee (Lightspeed 9/10)
“Ghosts Doing the Orange Dance” by Paul Park (F&SF 1-2/10)
“Dead Man’s Run” by Robert Reed (F&SF 11-12/10)
“Troika” by Alastair Reynolds (Godlike Machines)
“A Letter from the Emperor” by Steve Rasnic Tem (Asimov’s 1/10)
“The Night Train” by Lavie Tidhar (Strange Horizons 6/14/10)
“The Things” by Peter Watts (Clarkesworld 1/10)
And, the finalists for the 2011 John W. Campbell Memorial Award for science fiction novel have been announced:
Yarn by Jon Armstrong (Night Shade)
Hull Zero Three by Greg Bear (Orbit)
Zero History by William Gibson, (Putnam)
C by Tom McCarthy (Knopf)
The Dervish House by Ian McDonald (Gollancz/Pyr)
New Model Army by Adam Roberts (Gollancz)
The Quantum Thief by Hannu Rajaniemi (Gollancz/Tor)
Veteran by Gavin Smith (Gollancz)
The Waters Rising by Sheri S. Tepper (Eos)
Aurorarama by Jean-Christophe Valtat (Melville House)
Anthill by E. O. Wilson (Norton)
Blackout/All Clear by Connie Willis (Spectra)
How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe by Charles Yu (Pantheon)
Both awards will be presented during the 2011 Campbell Conference Awards Banquet, to be held July 7-10 at the University of Kansas in Lawrence, Kansas.
These are jury-chosen awards. The jury consists of Gregory Benford, Paul Di Filippo, Sheila Finch, James Gunn, Elizabeth Anne Hull, Paul Kincaid, Christopher McKitterick, Pamela Sargent, and T.A. Shippey.
Having read eight of the 11 short fiction nominees it looks like a strong list. The stories I've read were good to excellent, which makes it a more consistent list than, say, the Nebula Awards.
I've only read four of the 13 novels on the Campbell shortlist. Three of those were solid and one (Blackout/All Clear, see review) was a clunker. The novel list is particularly interesting, since it includes some authors and titles that I don't know.