The shortlists for the annual Locus Awards were announced on Friday, with Margaret Atwood, Jeff VanderMeer, Stephen King, and Leigh Bardugo among the finalists.
The prizes, which are voted on by readers of the magazine Locus, honor books in the science fiction, fantasy, and horror genres.
Atwood’s Booker Prize-winning novel The Testaments was named a finalist in the science fiction novel category, along with Charlie Jane Anders’ The City in the Middle of the Night, Chuck Wendig’s Wanderers, Elizabeth Bear’s Ancestral Night, and six other books.
The winners of the Locus Awards are traditionally announced at a ceremony in Seattle, but this year, the ceremony is going virtual due to the COVID-19 pandemic. As she has in years past, author Connie Willis will emcee the event, scheduled for June 27.
Michael Schaub is a Texas-based journalist and regular contributor to NPR.