Official Anticipation announcement. My congratulations to all the winners.
Update 11 August 2009: Final ballot numbers are also available now.
Links below on category fetches all nominees in category, ranked on my preference. I got only ss right, though novella nominee was my second. And novelette winner happened to be my last preference! Among the novels, I'd read only one & that's not the winner.
Link on author's, editor's, or publisher's name fetches more fiction from source. Link on story goes to my post on it, if there is one. Download links fetch the actual story.
- short story: Ted Chiang's "Exhalation" (A); download text/MP3; Jonathan Strahan (Ed)'s "Eclipse Two: New Science Fiction and Fantasy"; entropy: A "man"'s quest for knowledge in an unusual universe reveals something unexpected & alarming. Included in my best of the year 2008 list.
- Novelette: Elizabeth Bear's "Shoggoths in Bloom" (B); download text or audio; Asimov's, March 2008: In 1938, a US man has stumbled upon a still-living sea-based bioslave artificially engineered by a lost civilization dating from pre-dinosaur age!! He's going to use it against Germans in the coming war.
Story has parts dealing with black man, white man issues that readers outside US may not find interesting. They also happen to be irrelevant to the story.
- Novella: Nancy Kress' "The Erdmann Nexus" (A); download; Asimov's, October/November 2008; mysticism: Next evolution in human consciousness has made some people eligible to joint some sort of cosmic uber-consciousness. Story has strong Hindu influences.
- Novel: Neil Gaiman's "The Graveyard Book"; video of author's reading of the book; HarperCollins, Bloomsbury UK: Not read.