In Great Waters by Kit WhitfieldFrom Locus Online:


  • 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”, Steven 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 Waiting”, 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

The Life Achievement Awards will be released in the coming weeks in a separate announcement.

It’s nice to see some new names on the list. Particularily, I’m interested in In Great Waters by Kit Whitfield, a novel I wasn’t aware of before it’s nomination, but that sounds wonderful and which I’ll be purchasing soon. An equal standout for me is Blood of Ambrose, but for an opposite reason: I wasn’t much a fan of Enge’s novel. Best of all, I’ve got a whole slew of new short fiction to wade through, which is always something to look forward to.

Congratulations to all those nominated!

Anything in particular stand out from the list for you? If you could suggest one item, from any list among the nominations, which would it be?

  • Seth August 24, 2010 at 9:57 am

    I enjoyed BLOOD OF AMBROSE, but didn’t expect to see it nominated. Though I did really like Enge’s “The Singing Spear” in Swords and Dark Magic, so I may give his other novels a try.

  • aidan August 24, 2010 at 9:58 am

    I’ll have to give The Singing Spear a shot, it’s one of several stories I’ve yet to read in the collection, despite some very nice reviews of it.

  • Paul D August 24, 2010 at 11:03 am

    I liked the City and the City, but I don’t understand how it can be nominated for this award, given that it’s not a fantasy novel.

  • Michael August 26, 2010 at 8:24 am

    I find the novel list interesting in that only one of the books is what people traditionally think of when they think of fantasy novels. I really liked the Red Tree, but I wouldn’t think of it as fantasy, same with Finch to a certain degree.

  • Rob B August 27, 2010 at 7:55 am

    The Red Tree was a great book, ranking in my top 10 from last year. One of my colleagues at SFFWorld is a fan of Whitfield’s books, here’s his review of In Great Waters.