Well, this should help me remember books that were published in 2009: The Locus Awards were just announced. As seen on SF Awards Watch, the winners are:
Science Fiction Novel: Boneshaker, Cherie Priest (Tor)
Fantasy Novel: The City & The City, China Miéville (Del Rey; Macmillan UK)
First Novel: The Windup Girl, Paolo Bacigalupi (Night Shade)
Young Adult Novel: Leviathan, Scott Westerfeld (Simon Pulse; Simon & Schuster UK)
Novella: The Women of Nell Gwynne’s, Kage Baker (Subterranean)
Novelette: “By Moonlight”, Peter S. Beagle (We Never Talk About My Brother)
Short Story: “An Invocation of Incuriosity”, Neil Gaiman (Songs of the Dying Earth)
Anthology: The New Space Opera 2, Gardner Dozois & Jonathan Strahan, eds. (Eos; HarperCollins Australia)
Collection: The Best of Gene Wolfe, Gene Wolfe (Tor); as The Very Best of Gene Wolfe (PS)
Editor: Ellen Datlow
Artist: Michael Whelan
Non-Fiction/Art Book: Cheek by Jowl, Ursula K. Le Guin (Aqueduct)
(For a full list of nominees, see Tor.com.)
There are two surprises for me on this list:
1) I don’t think I’ve ever heard of the Le Guin book.
2) Boneshaker, which is full of zombies, is “science fiction”. How often is steampunk seen as a subgenre of SF rather than F? Is it because it’s alternate history of a sort, and that’s traditionally considered SF even though there’s no science to it whatsoever? Very puzzling. I mean, it’s awesome that Boneshaker won, and it is certainly better than the other finalists (in my opinion), but it’s not an award I would have expected it to even be nominated for.
Finally, because I’m curious, an informal poll: Which of the big awards–Hugo, Nebula, Locus, and WFA–are most likely to influence your to-read list? And which do you think carries the most cachet for an author?