I've actually known this for a few weeks, but the ballot has finally been released on SFWA's website, so it's official. There are a total of 13 works in the novelette category, and there's some real competition out there. Bob and I are on the same ballot with a lot of regular mutual readers of Mabfan's Musings, and I wish us all the best of luck. For those of you who are curious, here's the list of novelettes behind the cut:
- "The Children's Crusade," by Robin Wayne Bailey (Heroes in Training, Martin H. Greenberg and Jim C. Hines, Ed., DAW, Sep07)
- "A Flight of Numbers Fantastique Strange," by Beth Bernobich (Asimov's, Jun06)
- "Things That Aren't," by Michael A. Burstein and Robert Greenberger (Analog, Apr07)
- "The Merchant and the Alchemist's Gate," by Ted Chiang (F&SF, Sep07)
- "Sister of the Hedge," by Jim C. Hines (Realms of Fantasy, Jun06)
- "The Evolution of Trickster Stories Among the Dogs Of North Park After the Change," by Kij Johnson (Coyote Road, Trickster Tales, Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling, Ed., Viking Juvenile, Jul07)
- "The Sun God at Dawn, Rising from a Lotus Blossom," by Andrea Kail (Writers of the Future Volume 23, Algis Budrys, Ed., Galaxy Press, Sep07)
- "Safeguard," by Nancy Kress (Asimov's, Jan07)
- "Alastair Baffle's Emporium of Wonders," by Mike Resnick (Asimov's, Jan08)
- "Tonino and the Incubus," by Peg Robinson (Helix: A Speculative Fiction Quarterly, WS & LWE, Ed., Oct06 (Fall06 issue -- #2))
- "Pol Pot's Beautiful Daughter," by Geoff Ryman (F&SF, Nov06)
- "The Fiddler of Bayou Teche," by Delia Sherman (Coyote Road, Trickster Tales, Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling, Ed., Viking Juvenile, Jul07)
- "Not of this Fold," by William Shunn (An Alternate History of the 21st Century, Spilt Milk Press, Sep07)
My thanks to all those who enjoyed the story and found it worthy.
If you're a member of SFWA, you can read the story at this link:"Things That Aren't" (SFWA Private Edition).
If you're not a member of SFWA, but you'd like to read the story, I might be able to accommodate you. (Especially since the story is also eligible for the Hugo and the AnLab.) Watch this space for details.