. . . there's yet MORE good news for me! I'm up for the Sturgeon Award!
Here's the short-list:
"The Gambler", Paolo Bacigalupi (Fast Forward 2)
"The Political Prisoner", Charles Coleman Finlay (F&SF 8/08)
"True Names", Cory Doctorow & Benjamin Rosenbaum (Fast Forward 2)
"The Ray Gun: A Love Story", James Alan Gardner (Asimov's 2/08)
"Memory Dog", Kathleen Ann Goonan (Asimov's 4-5/08)
"The Tear", Ian McDonald (Galactic Empires)
"Special Economics", Maureen McHugh (The Del Rey Book of Science Fiction and Fantasy)
"His Master's Voice", Hanu Rajaniemi (Interzone #218)
"From Babel's Fall'n Glory We Fled", Michael Swanwick (Asimov's 2/08).
Kij Johnson's "26 Monkeys, Also the Abyss" (Asimov's, 7/08) was also a finalist. But because Johnson was a juror, she removed it from consideration. Which was a classy thing to do. Particularly since "26 Monkeys, Also the Abyss" is widely held to be a front-runner for the Hugo. Which it's also been nominated for.
So . . . my hat's off to the lady with ethical standards. And congratulations to all the other nominees.