Locus Magazine announced the finalists for the 2011 Locus Awards and several steampunk (and steampunk-adjacent) works have made the lists.

No steampunk titles were finalists in the Best SF and Best Fantasy categories, but Mary Robinette Kowal’s Regency fantasy Shades of Milk and Honey was nominated for Best First Novel. Scott Westerfeld’s Behemoth is up for Best Young Adult Novel, but it faces stiff competition from Suzanne Collins’ Mockingjay. The Mad Scientist’s Daughter by Theodora Goss is up for Best Novelette.

Also notable are Kraken by China Miéville, which isn’t steampunk, but is awesome nonetheless and Bone and Jewel Creatures by Elizabeth Bear, who has been accused of writing both steampunk and bustlepunk.

Complete List of Finalists

Science Fiction Novel

Fantasy Novel

First Novel

Young Adult Book



  • “The Fool Jobs” by Joe Abercrombie (Swords & Dark Magic)
  • “The Truth Is a Cave in the Black Mountains” by Neil Gaiman (Stories)
  • “The Mad Scientist’s Daughter” by Theodora Goss (Strange Horizons 1/18-1/25/10)
  • “Plus or Minus” by James Patrick Kelly (Asimov’s 12/10)
  • “Marya and the Pirate” by Geoffrey A. Landis (Asimov’s 1/10)

Short Story

  • “Booth’s Ghost” by Karen Joy Fowler (What I Didn’t See and Other Stories)
  • “The Thing About Cassandra” by Neil Gaiman (Songs of Love and Death)
  • “Names for Water” by Kij Johnson (Asimov’s 10-11/10)
  • “Thirteen Ways of Looking at Space/Time” by Catherynne M. Valente (Clarkesworld 8/10)
  • “The Things” by Peter Watts (Clarkesworld 1/10)


  • Analog
  • Asimov’s
  • F&SF
  • Subterranean


  • Baen
  • Night Shade Books
  • Orbit
  • Subterranean Press
  • Tor




  • Ellen Datlow
  • Gardner Dozois
  • Gordon Van Gelder
  • David G. Hartwell
  • Jonathan Strahan


  • Bob Eggleton
  • Donato Giancola
  • John Picacio
  • Shaun Tan
  • Michael Whelan


Art Books