Paolo Bacigalupi continues his incredible awards sweep: His young-adult novel Ship Breaker was nominated for a National Book Award for young people's literature. Also nominated, for fiction: magical realism/science fiction maven Karen Tei Yamashita, for I Hotel. [L.A. Times]
Locus Magazine announced the finalists for its reader-selected Locus Awards — and the five best science fiction novels of 2009 include three female authors. The winners will be announced during the Science Fiction Awards Weekend in Seattle WA, June 25-27, and tickets are still available. Here are the finalists:
The mighty James Tiptree Jr. Awards have surveyed another year of science fiction and fantasy relating to gender. This year's best gender-related SF books: Greer Gilman's trippy folk tales and, for the first time, a Manga series.
With his first novel, David J. Schwartz attempts to imagine ordinary people, in a realistic setting, who gain Superpowers. It's one of the finalists for the Nebula Award.