This month, on Twitter, Facebook, on the podcast, and even at the official website of the Ministry, weâ€™ve been talking up the recent accolade from the book readersâ€™ social network, Goodreads. The first round was comprised of selections from Goodreads, based on activity and reviews. The second round included write-in nominations. Both were voted on by members of the Goodreads network.
Goodreads and its community of readers have spoken and here is (by author, in alphabetical order) their Top Ten Best Science Fiction of 2011:
- Ann Aguirre, Aftermath
- Ilona Andrews, Silver Shark
- Pip Ballantine & Tee Morris, Phoenix Rising
- Earnest Cline, Ready Player One
- James S.A. Corey, Leviathan Wakes
- Hillary Jordan, When She Woke
- Stephen King, 11/22/63
- China MiÃ©ville, Embassytown
- Rob Thurman, Basilisk
- Daniel H. Wilson, Robopocalypse
Not only are we thrilled beyond reason that Phoenix Rising made it into the Top Ten of Goodreadsâ€™ Choice Awards, we are honored and a bit humbled that we are the only steampunk remaining for this award.
As it has been since the first round, weâ€™re in the running alongside New York Times bestsellers, Hugo winners, and Nebula winners (oh yeah, and some guy named â€œKingâ€ whom, I understand, has written a few books in his day). Pip and I wanted to keep Phoenix Rising in the running, and you all made that happen. In our minds, this turkey has been cooked to perfection for Thanksgiving and we are so grateful for those of you showing support for us and for the title. Anything else, from this point, is gravy.
Did I ever mention how much I love gravy?
Between November 21 and November 30, the opportunity is there for the Ministry. If you havenâ€™t voted yet and you have an account with Goodreads, please vote. We got to the Top Ten. Weâ€™ve won, as far as we are concerned.
Could we win the title of Best Science Fiction of 2011? Cast a vote and letâ€™s find out.