The 2010 Locus Awards winners were announced this past weekend in Seattle, Washington. Voted on by subscribers to Locus Magazine and non-subscribers who read SF and Fantasy, the awards are a kind of "People's Choice" award for genre fiction.
Winners in the novel categories included Cherie Priest, China Mieville, and Paolo Bacigalupi for, respectively a steampunk western/zombie novel, a breach of fantasy and noir fiction, and a dystopic view of a future that could be deemed anti-steampunk. Priest will soon have a sequel out, while Mieville has moved on to dealing with the complex issue of squid cults and Bacigalupi's ShipbreakerYA novel is receiving wide-spread acclaim (look for an interview here soon).
Voters took a moment to remember Kage Baker, who passed on recently, in the Best Novella category. Baker was among the field's most talented writers, and had a true knack for humor, as well. Neil Gaiman, who has produced much fine work, won best short story for a minor piece in a Jack Vance appreciation anthology. Meanwhile, Seattle's own Aqueduct Press won in the nonfiction book category.
Click here for the complete list of winners.