Sunday, September 5, 2010

World Fantasy Award

Locus News Online has announced the nominees for the 2009 World Fantasy Awards which will be presented in Columbus OH in October.

Among the nominees (and in our collection) are:


The Red Tree by Caitlín R. Kiernan.

"Sarah Crowe left Atlanta, and the remnants of a tumultuous relationship, to live alone in an old house in rural Rhode Island. Within its walls she discovers an unfinished manuscript written by the house's former tenant - a parapsychologist obsessed with the ancient oak growing on a desolute corner of the property..." - publisher

The City & The City by China Miéville.

"When a murdered woman is found in the city of Beszel, somewhere at the edge of Europe, it looks to be a routine case for Inspector Tyador Borlú of the Extreme Crime Squad. But as he investigates, the evidence points to conspiracies far stranger and more deadly than anything he could have imagined.... Casting shades of Kafka and Philip K. Dick, Raymond Chandler and 1984, The City & the City is a murder mystery taken to dazzling metaphysical and artistic heights." - publisher

In Great Waters by Kit Whitfield.

"Casting humans as the aliens is an old trick in science fiction but it is one Kit Whitfield has carried off particularly well with In Great Waters. The novel opens with its protagonist, Whistle, coming to realise his runtish position in his underwater tribe. He is small and weak and his tail is curiously bifurcated. Before long he is abandoned by his mother and forced up, out of the sea and into a new, terrifying world. It is an alien place; saltless and baffling, characterised by blinding colours, meat stink and impossibly thin air.

In Great Waters is a delight to read, an elegant and contained work
. People frequently profess to like clean, unadorned prose when often what they mean is prose that is charmlessly functional, prose that gets you from A to B without needing you to really to engage. Whitfield is the real deal, her prose is clear like a mountain lake; cool, beautiful, bracing, affording glimpses of great depths. I am extremely eager to see what she will do next. " - Martin Lewis,


The Women of Nell Gwynne’s by Kage Baker.

"This steampunk novella, set in 1844 London, follows the exploits of the harlots of the exclusive establishment known as Nell Gwynne's, where they gather intelligence for the shadowy Gentlemen's Speculative Society, a predecessor to the Company featured in several of Baker's novels (most recently 2006's The Machine's Child). Lord Basmond hires the ostensibly blind madam, Mrs. Corvey, and some of her girls to entertain his wealthy foreign guests at an odd party, where it quickly becomes clear that Basmond is selling a mysterious item to the highest bidder. Things heat up when someone goes missing and two people end up dead. The beautifully drawn Victorian era is neatly spiced up with futuristic technology such as mechanical eye implants. Baker's fans will delight in this slight, bawdy and funny confection." - Publisher's Weekly

Short Story:

“The Pelican Bar” by Karen Joy Fowler in Eclipse Three: new science fiction and fantasy.

“Singing on a Star” by Ellen Klages in Firebirds Soaring: an anthology of original speculative fiction.


Poe: 19 new tales of suspense, dark fantasy, and horror inspired by Edgar Allan Poe Ellen Datlow, ed.

Eclipse Three: new science fiction and fantasy Jonathan Strahan, ed.


We Never Talk About My Brother by Peter S. Beagle

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