- Bitter Angels, C. L. Anderson (Ballantine Books/Spectra)
- The Prisoner, Carlos J. Cortes (Ballantine Books/Spectra)
- The Repossession Mambo, Eric Garcia (Harper)
- The Devil’s Alphabet, Daryl Gregory (Del Rey)
- Cyberabad Days, Ian McDonald (Pyr)
- Centuries Ago and Very Fast, Rebecca Ore (Aqueduct Press)
- Prophets, S. Andrew Swann (DAW Books)
Later update : The 2009 judges are Daniel Abraham (chair), Eileen Gunn, Karen Hellekson, Elaine Isaak, and Marc Laidlaw.