Via File 770, a short list I can really get behind: The Endeavor Award — a Pacific NW regional award — finalists are —
Price of Valor by Django Wexler
Tracker by CJC
Silver on the Road by Laura Anne Gilman
Edge of Dark by Brenda Cooper
Irona 700 by Dave Duncan
I am substantially more likely to look at the last two because of the upper three. It says in the post, “All entries are read and scored by seven readers randomly selected from a panel of preliminary readers.” So, good for those readers! Excellent taste! The judges, selected from professional writers outside the Pacific Northwest, are, this year, Jack McDevitt, Michaela Roessner, and Gordon Van Gelder.
Good luck to the finalists and I’m stumped thinking which of those upper three I’d pick — and like I said, I’m now inclined to look at the others, too.