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:

Science Fiction Novel

* The Empress of Mars, Kage Baker (Subterranean; Tor)
* Steal Across the Sky, Nancy Kress (Tor)
* Boneshaker, Cherie Priest (Tor)
* Galileo's Dream, Kim Stanley Robinson (HarperVoyager; Ballantine Spectra)
* Julian Comstock: A Story of 22nd-Century America, Robert Charles Wilson (Tor)

Fantasy Novel

* The City & The City, China Miéville (Del Rey; Macmillan UK)
* Unseen Academicals, Terry Pratchett (Harper; Doubleday UK)
* Drood, Dan Simmons (Little, Brown)
* Palimpsest, Catherynne M. Valente (Bantam Spectra)
* Finch, Jeff VanderMeer (Underland)

First Novel

* The Windup Girl, Paolo Bacigalupi (Night Shade)
* The Manual of Detection, Jedediah Berry (Penguin)
* Soulless, Gail Carriger (Orbit US)
* Lamentation, Ken Scholes (Tor)
* Norse Code, Greg van Eekhout (Ballantine Spectra)

Young-Adult Novel

* The Hotel Under the Sand, Kage Baker (Tachyon)
* Going Bovine, Libba Bray (Delacorte)
* Catching Fire, Suzanne Collins (Scholastic; Scholastic UK)
* Liar, Justine Larbalestier (Bloomsbury; Allen & Unwin Australia)
* Leviathan, Scott Westerfeld (Simon Pulse; Simon & Schuster UK)


* The Women of Nell Gwynne's, Kage Baker (Subterranean)
* "Act One", Nancy Kress (Asimov's 3/09)
* "Vishnu at the Cat Circus", Ian McDonald (Cyberabad Days)
* Shambling Towards Hiroshima, James Morrow (Tachyon)
* "Palimpsest", Charles Stross (Wireless)


* "By Moonlight", Peter S. Beagle (We Never Talk About My Brother)
* "It Takes Two", Nicola Griffith (Eclipse Three)
* "First Flight", Mary Robinette Kowal ( 8/25/09)
* "Eros, Philia, Agape", Rachel Swirsky ( 3/3/09)
* "The Island", Peter Watts (The New Space Opera 2)

Short Story

* "The Pelican Bar", Karen Joy Fowler (Eclipse Three)
* "An Invocation of Incuriosity", Neil Gaiman (Songs of the Dying Earth)
* "Spar", Kij Johnson (Clarkesworld 10/09)
* "Going Deep", James Patrick Kelly (Asimov's 6/09)
* "Useless Things", Maureen F. McHugh (Eclipse Three)


* Analog
* Asimov's
* Clarkesworld
* F&SF


* Baen
* Night Shade
* Pyr
* Subterranean
* Tor


* Lovecraft Unbound, Ellen Datlow, ed. (Dark Horse)
* The New Space Opera 2, Gardner Dozois & Jonathan Strahan, eds. (Eos; HarperCollins Australia)
* The Year's Best Science Fiction: Twenty-Sixth Annual Collection, Gardner Dozois, ed. (St. Martin's)
* Songs of the Dying Earth: Stories in Honor of Jack Vance, George R.R. Martin & Gardner Dozois, eds. (Subterranean)
* Eclipse Three, Jonathan Strahan, ed. (Night Shade)


* We Never Talk About My Brother, Peter S. Beagle (Tachyon)
* Cyberabad Days, Ian McDonald (Pyr)
* Wireless, Charles Stross (Ace, Orbit UK)
* The Best of Gene Wolfe, Gene Wolfe (Tor); as The Very Best of Gene Wolfe (PS)
* The Collected Stories of Roger Zelazny: Volumes 1-6, Roger Zelazny (NESFA)


* Ellen Datlow
* Gardner Dozois
* David G. Hartwell
* Jonathan Strahan
* Gordon Van Gelder


* Stephan Martinière
* John Picacio
* Shaun Tan
* Charles Vess
* Michael Whelan

Non-fiction/Art Book

* Powers: Secret Histories, John Berlyne (PS)
* Spectrum 16: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art, Cathy & Arnie Fenner, eds. (Underwood)
* Cheek by Jowl, Ursula K. Le Guin (Aqueduct)
* This is Me, Jack Vance! (Or, More Properly, This is "I"), Jack Vance (Subterranean)
* Drawing Down the Moon: The Art of Charles Vess, Charles Vess (Dark Horse)