In addition to selecting the winner, each jury chooses an Honor List (previously called a “Short List”). The Honor List is a strong part of the award’s identity and is used by many professors as a guide to creating syllabi and by many readers as a recommended reading list.

Honor List

The 2010 jury chose 8 works for the Honor List

The Bone Palace, The Necromancer Chronicles Book 2, by Amanda Downum (Orbit, 2010)

Noted for a deliciously complicated plot that challenges 21st century Earth attitudes toward transfolk. One juror noted that this book came closest among the honor list to meeting her Tiptree ideal by including a character that not only embodies a challenge to prescribed roles, but also creates a crack in or addition to the structure that carries forward to future generations.

Work Information

Title: The Bone PalaceAuthor:
Series:
Series Title: The Necromancer ChroniclesSeries Number: 2
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Publisher Name: OrbitYear: 2010
Work Type: NovelOriginal Language: English

The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms, Book One of the Inheritance Trilogy, by N.K. Jemisin (Orbit, 2010)

Set in a matriarchal society where the privilege and expectations between the sexes are reversed, while the gender roles are different but recognizable (and believable).

Work Information

Title: The Hundred Thousand KingdomsAuthor:
Series:
Series Title: The Inheritance TrilogySeries Number: 1
Publisher:
Publisher Name: OrbitYear: 2010
Work Type: NovelOriginal Language: English

Diana Comet and the Disappearing Lover by Sandra McDonald (Strange Horizons, 2009)

A (true) love story, in which the author does something simple but radical with the identity issues at play.

Work Information

Title: Diana Comet and the Disappearing LoverAuthor:
Alternate Title:
Title: Diana CometPublisher: strangehorizons.comCountry: USAYear: 2009
Collection:
Title: Strange Horizons 2-9 March 2009Editor: Susan Marie Groppi
Publisher:
Publisher Name: Strange HorizonsYear: 2009
Work Type: Short FictionOriginal Language: English

Drag Queen Astronaut by Sandra McDonald (Crossed Genres, 2010)

A wonderful exploration (and ultimately an affirmation) of a gender presentation that tends to be ignored or ridiculed.

Work Information

Title: Drag Queen AstronautAuthor:
Collection:
Title: Crossed Genres Issue 24, November 2010Editors: Bart R. Leib, K. T. Holt
Publisher:
Publisher Name: Crossed GenresYear: 2010
Work Type: Short FictionOriginal Language: English

The Secret Feminist Cabal: A Cultural History of Science Fiction Feminisms by Helen Merrick (Aqueduct Press, 2009)

An academic look at the history of early feminism in science fiction, science fiction criticism, and fandom that provides a valuable documentation of our beginnings

Work Information

Title: The Secret Feminist Cabal: A Cultural History of Science Fiction FeminismsAuthor:
Publisher:
Publisher Name: Aqueduct PressYear: 2009
Work Type: NovelOriginal Language: English

Who Fears Death by Nnedi Okorafor (DAW Books, 2010)

A strong female lead character breaks out of restrictive gender roles to change her life, perhaps changing history as a result. A well-written perspective on prejudice and discrimination and the lessons needed to overcome their bonds on our identities and imaginations.

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Title: Who Fears DeathAuthor:
Publisher:
Publisher Name: DAW BooksYear: 2010
Work Type: NovelOriginal Language: English

Living with Ghosts by Kari Sperring (DAW Books, 2009)

An unusual perspective in a main character —a feminized man who makes much of his living as an escort/high-class sex worker who sees ghosts when he is not expecting — or expected — to be able to do so. An excellent read.

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Title: Living with GhostsAuthor:
Publisher:
Publisher Name: DAW BooksYear: 2009
Work Type: NovelOriginal Language: English

The Colony by Jillian Weise (Soft Skull Press, 2010)

Takes on the idea that pervades our culture that women have to be perfect in order to have sex with men. One juror notes: “I’ve never read a book that made a woman with one leg so sexually normal.” Smart and well written with subtle gender politics.

Work Information

Title: The ColonyAuthor:
Publisher:
Publisher Name: Soft Skull PressYear: 2010
Work Type: NovelOriginal Language: English