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 2011 jury chose 9 works for the Honor List

Beauty Queens by Libba Bray (Scholastic Press, 2011)

In this atypically comedic Tiptree candidate, a cast of iconic characters trapped on a hostile island (populated by the capitalist analog of Doctor No) illuminates the limited palette of roles for women and offers the hope of more rewarding and rounded lives.

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Publisher Name: Scholastic PressYear: 2011
Work Type: NovelOriginal Language: English

The Nones of Quintilis, Somewhere on the Southwest Slope of Monte Albano by L. Timmel Duchamp (Aqueduct Press, 2011)

This standout story addresses the relationships between mothers and daughters and how the world looks different when you become (or intend to become) pregnant.

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Title: The Nones of Quintilis, Somewhere on the Southwest Slope of Monte AlbanoAuthor:
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Title: Never at Home
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Publisher Name: Aqueduct PressYear: 2011
Work Type: CollectionOriginal Language: English

God's War, Bel Dame Apocrypha Volume 1, by Kameron Hurley (Night Shade Books, 2011)

Set on a marginally habitable world divided by a common religion with diverse interpretations, this engaging work explores a militaristic matriarchal society.

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Series Title: Bel Dame ApocryphaSeries Number: 1
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Publisher Name: Night Shade BooksYear: 2011
Work Type: NovelOriginal Language: English

The Universe of Things by Gwyneth Jones (Aqueduct Press, 2011)

Running through these gorgeous stories is a fierce awareness of how gender roles and other social power imbalances are always factors in how we think, how we approach one another, how we see the world. The author questions the status quo, and then questions the questioning, so what emerges is a mature, honest, thoughtful complexity.

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Publisher Name: Aqueduct PressYear: 2011
Work Type: CollectionOriginal Language: English

The Other Graces by Alice Sola Kim (Dell Magazines, 2010)

This elegantly written short story revisits the role of mirroring in self-actualization and casts that path in a new and skiffy light as its heroine, Grace, is mentored by her older alternate selves. It also depicts racial/cultural intersections with gender roles.

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Title: Asimov’s Science Fiction July 2010Editor: Sheila Williams
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Publisher Name: Dell MagazinesYear: 2010
Work Type: Short FictionOriginal Language: English

Seven Sexy Cowboy Robots by Sandra McDonald (Strange Horizons, 2010)

A surreal and subversive take on human-AI relations. An older female character exploring her sexuality is a rare thing in science fiction, and it is refreshing to see it handled here with such a deft hand.

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Title: Seven Sexy Cowboy RobotsAuthor:
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Title: Strange Horizons 04 October 2010Editor: Susan Marie Groppi
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Publisher Name: Strange HorizonsYear: 2010
Work Type: Short FictionOriginal Language: English

After the Apocalypse by Maureen F. McHugh (Small Beer Press, 2011)

This title story of an impressive collection brings to the foreground gender expectations concerning the practice of motherhood in extreme situations and then completely and matter-of-factly upends them.

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Title: After the Apocalypse: Stories
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Publisher Name: Small Beer PressYear: 2011
Work Type: CollectionOriginal Language: English

The Freedom Maze by Delia Sherman (Big Mouth House, 2011)

A clear-hearted, magically immersive time travel story that explores powerful ideas. Thrown back through time to an antebellum plantation, a thirteen-year-old comes to understand how women’s experience is shaped by cultural expectations as they interweave with social, economic, and racial truths.

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Publisher Name: Big Mouth HouseYear: 2011
Work Type: NovelOriginal Language: English

The Courier's New Bicycle by Kim Westwood (Harper Voyager Australia, 2011)

This compelling novel depicts a variety of sexually transgressive characters and looks at themes of fertility and alternate family structures through a dystopic lens.

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Title: The Courier's New BicycleAuthor:
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Publisher Name: Harper Voyager AustraliaYear: 2011
Work Type: NovelOriginal Language: English