2010 Hugo Award Finalists Announced: Exclusive Interview with Nominee Catherynne M. Valente

The finalists for the prestigious Hugo Award for best SF/fantasy have just been announced at Eastercon in the UK, and the novel ballot reads as follows:

Boneshaker by Cherie Priest (Tor)
The City & The City by China Miéville (Del Rey; Macmillan UK)
Julian Comstock: A Story of 22nd-Century America by Robert Charles Wilson (Tor)
Palimpsest by Catherynne M. Valente (Bantam Spectra)
Wake by Robert J. Sawyer (Ace; Penguin; Gollancz, Analog)
The Windup Girl by Paolo Bacigalupi (Night Shade)

For a full ballot (my wife Ann is up again for Weird Tales), click here, here, or, possibly, here. Congratulations to all of the nominees!

Given that Catherynne M. Valente's Palimpsest also made Amazon's top 10 list for SF/Fantasy last year, I thought I'd take the opportunity to interview her about the novel and about the experience of being a Hugo finalist.


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Must be a generational thing but, every book here, save one, is, from Amazon editorial reviews,crap as SciFi/Fantasy!
I started reading SciFi in 1953, age 11, Fantasy in '65 (Lord of the Rings)and the only one of these nominees worthy of being a nominee is "WAKE"!
Of course, "WAKE" is also the only one I felt worth spending my extremely hard earned money on.
Want to harague me for my bigotry, feel free.
Wanna know what Sci/Fi-Fantasy I like better than non-"Wake" nominees? I can do that on request!

Posted by: MikeD | Tuesday April 13, 2010 at 9:02 PM

Awesome interview. And I'm glad to see Cat get this kind of recognition, it's overdue.

Posted by: Mike Allen | Monday April 5, 2010 at 10:12 AM

See? I *knew* this was one of the best books of 2009. Nice to have my good taste vindicated.

I'm so happy for Catherynne Valente, who I think is an underrated author -- at least, up until now.

Okay, everyone, this is your cue: buy and read Palimpsest NOW!

Posted by: Terry Weyna | Sunday April 4, 2010 at 3:36 PM

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