List now out. I said what I thought of the short fiction in greater detail here.
Air, by Geoff Ryman
Camouflage, by Joe Haldeman
Going Postal, by Terry Pratchett
Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell, by Susanna Clarke
Polaris, by Jack McDevitt
Orphans of Chaos, by John C. Wright
I have no intention of reading the Haldeman, McDevitt or Wright unless they win. I bought Air last week, and have read both Going Postal and Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell. No particularly strong feelings; I would quite like it if Pratchett wins in recognition of his general achievements in the genre, though this is not his absolute best book, but I will not be at all surprised if Susannah Clarke makes the double (indeed triple counting the World Fantasy Award).
As long as the dreadful Sparhawk story doesn’t win, I’m happy enough. I imagine the smart money must be on Kelly Link. (Interesting that no extra stories have been added to the list.)
“The Faery Handbag” was on the Short Story preliminary list and has been moved here. I like it best; the only one of the others I really liked was “Men Are Trouble”. Slightly surprised not to see Cory Doctorow’s story make it.
“Born-Again”, by K.D. Wentworth
“The End of the World as We Know It”, by Dale Bailey
“I Live With You”, by Carol Emshwiller
“My Mother, Dancing”, by Nancy Kress
“Singing Down My Sister” [sic, presumably “Singing My Sister Down”], by Margo Lanagan
“Still Life With Boobs”, by Anne Harris
“There’s a Hole in the City”, by Richard Bowes
I liked the Bailey, Harris and Bowes stories, and didn’t quite get the Emshwiller or Kress ones; the Wentworth story seemed pretty silly to me.