This past week has brought us news of two major awards:

The Hugo Awards, which recognize the best in Sci Fi and Fantasy, were announced on Sept. 6. China Miéville and Paolo Bacigalupi tied for best novel.

Miéville's "The City & The City is a murder mystery, old-fashioned in its way, narrated by a tough-talking police investigator and layered with all the shadow and menace of a film noir." (BookPage, June 2009)

And how's this for premonition? From the September 2009 issue of BookPage: Bacigalupi's "The Windup Girl will almost certainly be the most important SF novel of the year for its willingness to confront the most cherished notions of the genre, namely that our future is bright and we will overcome our selfish, cruel nature."

Click here to read the complete list of Hugo winners. What SF&F book would you rank at the top?

The Man Booker Prize shortlist was announced on Sept. 7. The Man Booker honors the best novel (written in English) published by a citizen of the Commonwealth of Nations, Ireland or Zimbabwe. Here's the shortlist, narrowed down from a longlist of 13:

Peter Carey for Parrot and Olivier in America

Emma Donoghue for Room

Damon Galgut for In a Strange Room

Howard Jacobson for The Finkler Question

Andrea Levy for The Long Song

Tom McCarthy for C

Each of these novels is currently available in hardcover, with the exception of The Finkler Question, which is available on a Kindle.

Got any predictions for the award? The big winner will be announced on October 12. (I'll admit that I'm rooting for Room.)

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