Strange cities and weird ordeals in 2010's World Fantasy Award nominees

If you're looking for some awesome tales of the fantastic to check out in the last days of summer, then the 2010 World Fantasy Award's shortlist has arrived just in time. There are stories of bizarre cities and harrowing adventures. Here's the complete list, via Locus:


* Blood of Ambrose, James Enge (Pyr)
* The Red Tree, Caitlín R. Kiernan (Roc)
* The City & The City, China Miéville (Macmillan UK/ Del Rey)
* Finch, Jeff VanderMeer (Underland)
* In Great Waters, Kit Whitfield (Jonathan Cape UK/Del Rey)



* The Women of Nell Gwynne's, Kage Baker (Subterranean)
* "The Lion's Den", Steve Duffy (Nemonymous Nine: Cern Zoo)
* The Night Cache, Andy Duncan (PS)
* "Sea-Hearts", Margo Lanagan (X6 )
* "Everland", Paul Witcover (Everland and Other Stories)

Short Story

* "I Needs Must Part, the Policeman Said", Richard Bowes (F&SF 12/09)
* "The Pelican Bar", Karen Joy Fowler (Eclipse Three)
* "A Journal of Certain Events of Scientific Interest from the First Survey Voyage of the Southern Waters by HMS Ocelot, As Observed by Professor Thaddeus Boswell, DPhil, MSc, or, A Lullaby", Helen Keeble (Strange Horizons 6/09)
* "Singing on a Star", Ellen Klages (Firebirds Soaring)
* "The Persistence of Memory, or This Space for Sale", Paul Park (Postscripts 20/21: Edison's Frankenstein )
* "In Hiding", R.B. Russell (Putting the Pieces in Place)
* "Light on the Water", Genevieve Valentine (Fantasy 10/09)


* Poe, Ellen Datlow, ed. (Solaris)
* Songs of The Dying Earth: Stories in Honor of Jack Vance, George R.R. Martin & Gardner Dozois, eds. (Subterranean/Voyager)
* Exotic Gothic 3: Strange Visitations, Danel Olson, ed. (Ash-Tree)
* Eclipse Three, Jonathan Strahan, ed. (Night Shade)
* American Fantastic Tales: Terror and the Uncanny: From Poe to the Pulps/From the 1940s to Now, Peter Straub, ed. (Library of America)
* The Very Best of Fantasy & Science Fiction: Sixtieth Anniversary Anthology, Gordon Van Gelder, ed. (Tachyon)



* We Never Talk About My Brother, Peter S. Beagle (Tachyon)
* Fugue State, Brian Evenson (Coffee House)
* There Once Lived a Woman Who Tried To Kill Her Neighbor's Baby: Scary Fairy Tales, Ludmilla Petrushevskaya (Penguin)
* Northwest Passages, Barbara Roden (Prime)
* Everland and Other Stories, Paul Witcover (PS)
* The Very Best of Gene Wolfe/The Best of Gene Wolfe, Gene Wolfe (PS /Tor)



* John Jude Palencar
* John Picacio
* Charles Vess
* Jason Zerrillo
* Sam Weber

Special Award – Professional

* Peter & Nicky Crowther for PS Publishing
* Ellen Datlow for editing anthologies
* Hayao Miyazaki for Ponyo
* Barbara & Christopher Roden for Ash-Tree Press
* Jonathan Strahan for editing anthologies
* Jacob & Rina Weisman for Tachyon Publications


Special Award – Non-Professional

* John Berlyne for Powers: Secret Histories
* Neil Clarke, Cheryl Morgan, & Sean Wallace for Clarkesworld
* Susan Marie Groppi for Strange Horizons
* John Klima for Electric Velocipede
* Bob Colby, B. Diane Martin, David Shaw, and Eric M. Van for Readercon
* Ray Russell & Rosalie Parker for Tartarus Press




It's great to see both China Miéville and Jeff Vandermeer on the novel list. I always talk about how much I loved The City and The City, but Vandermeer's Finch was amazing as well. Definitely something I'd recommend picking up.

Any other Vandermeer fans here? His latest short story collection The Third Bear was just published and is absolutely mind-blowing surrealist fiction, the literary equivalent of a salvia trip: short, intense and guaranteed to alter your reality.