As promised, here is a list of all of the steampunk books nominated for 2010 book of the year (with a few exceptions noted below), the winner of which was announced last week.

# of
Noms
Title Author Year
27 Thomas Riley Nick Valentino 2009
23 Boneshaker Cherie Priest 2009
22 Dreadnought Cherie Priest 2010
13 Leviathan Scott Westerfeld 2009
9 The Morrow Stone Ren Cummins 2009
8 Behemoth Scott Westerfeld 2010
7 The Strange Affair of Spring-Heeled Jack Mark Hodder 2010
6 Avalon Revisited O. M. Grey 2010
6 The Half-Made World Felix Gilman 2010
4 Blameless Gail Carriger 2010
4 The Bookman Lavie Tidhar 2010
4 Clementine Cherie Priest 2010
4 The Greyfriar Clay Griffith & Susan Griffith 2010
4 The Iron Duke Meljean Brook 2010
3 Johannes Cabal The Detective Jonathan L. Howard 2010
3 Reaper’s Flight Ren Cummins 2010
3 Soulless Gail Carriger 2009
3 Steampunk Editors: Ann and Jeff VanderMeer 2008
2 The Affinity Bridge George Mann 2009
2 Changeless Gail Carriger 2010
2 Cold Magic Kate Elliott 2010
2 The Court of the Air Stephen Hunt 2009
2 Pax Britannia: Gods of Manhattan Al Ewing 2010
1 Wicked Gentlemen Ginn Hale 2007
1 20,000 Leagues under the Sea Jules Verne 1869
1 The Amazing Screw-On Head and Other Curious Objects Mike Mignola 2010
1 Anno Dracula Kim Newman 1992
1 Aurorarama Jean-Christophe Valtat 2010
1 The Buntline Special Mike Resnick 2010
1 Chenda and the Airship Brofman Emilie P. Bush 2009
1 The Convent of the Pure Sara M. Harvey 2009
1 The Dark Deeps: The Hunchback Assignments 2 Arthur Slade 2010
1 Ghosts of Manhattan George Mann 2010
1 The Glass Books of the Dreameaters Gordon Dahlquist 2006
1 Gods and Pawns Kage Baker 2008
1 Haywired Alex Keller 2010
1 Here There Be Monsters Meljean Brook 2010
1 Horns of Ruin Tim Akers 2010
1 The Hunchback Assignments Arthur Slade 2009
1 Infernal Devices K. W. Jeter 1987
1 The Kingdom Beyond the Waves Stephen Hunt 2008
1 Knights of the Sea: A Grim Tale of Murder, Politics, and Spoon Addiction Paul Marlowe 2010
1 The Labyrinth of the Dead Sara M. Harvey 2010
1 Lady Windermere’s Brass Fantabulous Not sure. 2010
1 Lamentation Ken Scholes 2009
1 Larklight Philip Reeve 2006
1 The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen Alan Moore 1999
1 Leviathan Rising Jonathan Green 2008
1 Merkabah Rider: Tales of a High Planes Drifter Edward M. Erdelac 2009
1 Mortal Engines Philip Reeve 2001
1 Northern Lights (aka The Golden Compass) Philip Pullman 1995
1 The Other Log of Phileas Fogg Philip Jose Farmer 1973
1 Pax Britannia: Blood Royal Jonathan Green 2010
1 Pax Britannia: Dark Side Jonathan Green 2010
1 Pax Britannia: The Ulysses Quicksilver Omnibus Jonathan Green 2010
1 The Sonambulist Jonathan Barnes 2007
1 Steampunk’d Editors: Jean Rabe & Martin H. Greenberg 2010
1 Steampunk Prime: A Vintage Steampunk Reader Editors: Mike Ashley & Paul di Filippo 2010
1 Steam Queen Jack Hessey 2010
1 The Witches of Chiswick Robert Rankin 2003

Several nominees have been omitted for various reasons.

The Windup Girl by Paolo Bacigalupi (great book!) and Towers of Midnight by Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson are not steampunk. In Bacigalupi’s case, the confusion is almost understandable for people who haven’t read the book. The title and the cover, which features zeppelins, would fit with a steampunk world. Meljean Brook’s “Here There Be Monsters” is a novella set in her “Iron Seas” steampunk world, but was only published in the collection Burning Up. A present-day political thriller was nominated as well, in what appears to be a misguided attempt at self-promotion on the author’s part.

Other notes. George Mann’s Ghosts of Manhattan is more Dieselpunk than steampunk, but I left it here anyway. One participant nominated Scott Westerfeld’s Leviathan series as a whole, which I treated as nominations for each of the books in the series.

Publication Years

Some people have raised concerns about whether having no defined time range will lead to too many older books gumming up the works. As you can see from this breakdown, people favor recent works strongly, which the last three years accounting for 79% of the books nominated and over 94% of the nominations. On the other hand, we did have some much older works get nods, including Verne’s seminal work from 1869. Overall, however, I would say the system works, since more recent works are more salient to most readers.

Year % of
Noms
# of
Noms
% of
Books
# of
Books
2010 48.74% 97 52.54% 31
2009 42.21% 84 20.34% 12
2008 3.02% 6 6.78% 4
2007 1.01% 2 3.39% 2
2006 1.01% 2 3.39% 2
2003 0.50% 1 1.69% 1
2001 0.50% 1 1.69% 1
1999 0.50% 1 1.69% 1
1995 0.50% 1 1.69% 1
1992 0.50% 1 1.69% 1
1987 0.50% 1 1.69% 1
1973 0.50% 1 1.69% 1
1869 0.50% 1 1.69% 1

Author Breakdown

There were several dozen authors and editors represented, but the usual Zipf curve applied here as well. The top four authors &emdash; those whose books made the final ballot &emdash; together garnered more than half the nominations, about the same as the bottom half of the authors combined.

Author % of
Noms
# of
Noms
% of
Books
# of
Books
Cherie Priest 24.62% 49 5.08% 3
Nick Valentino 13.57% 27 1.69% 1
Scott Westerfeld 10.55% 21 3.39% 2
Ren Cummins 6.03% 12 3.39% 2
Gail Carriger 4.52% 9 5.08% 3
Mark Hodder 3.52% 7 1.69% 1
Felix Gilman 3.02% 6 1.69% 1
O. M. Grey 3.02% 6 1.69% 1
Meljean Brook 2.01% 4 1.69% 1
Jonathan Green 2.01% 4 6.78% 4
Clay Griffith & Susan Griffith 2.01% 4 1.69% 1
Lavie Tidhar 2.01% 4 1.69% 1
Jonathan L. Howard 1.51% 3 1.69% 1
Stephen Hunt 1.51% 3 3.39% 2
George Mann 1.51% 3 3.39% 2
Editors: Ann and Jeff VanderMeer 1.51% 3 1.69% 1
Kate Elliott 1.01% 2 1.69% 1
Al Ewing 1.01% 2 1.69% 1
Sara M. Harvey 1.01% 2 3.39% 2
Philip Reeve 1.01% 2 3.39% 2
Arthur Slade 1.01% 2 3.39% 2
Tim Akers 0.50% 1 1.69% 1
Editors: Mike Ashley & Paul di Filippo 0.50% 1 1.69% 1
Kage Baker 0.50% 1 1.69% 1
Jonathan Barnes 0.50% 1 1.69% 1
Emilie P. Bush 0.50% 1 1.69% 1
Gordon Dahlquist 0.50% 1 1.69% 1
Edward M. Erdelac 0.50% 1 1.69% 1
Philip Jose Farmer 0.50% 1 1.69% 1
Ginn Hale 0.50% 1 1.69% 1
Jack Hessey 0.50% 1 1.69% 1
K. W. Jeter 0.50% 1 1.69% 1
Alex Keller 0.50% 1 1.69% 1
Paul Marlowe 0.50% 1 1.69% 1
Mike Mignola 0.50% 1 1.69% 1
Alan Moore 0.50% 1 1.69% 1
Kim Newman 0.50% 1 1.69% 1
Philip Pullman 0.50% 1 1.69% 1
Editors: Jean Rabe & Martin H. Greenberg 0.50% 1 1.69% 1
Robert Rankin 0.50% 1 1.69% 1
Mike Resnick 0.50% 1 1.69% 1
Ken Scholes 0.50% 1 1.69% 1
Jean-Christophe Valtat 0.50% 1 1.69% 1
Jules Verne 0.50% 1 1.69% 1
Not sure. 0.50% 1 1.69% 1