Dave Duncan's novel Ill Met in the Arena (Ace) is among three novels and two collections of short stories written by Pacific Northwest writers that are finalists for the 11th Endeavour Award and the $1,000 honorarium that accompanies it.
Besides Duncan, the other finalists are Anathem by Neal Stephenson, Long Walks, Last Flights and Other Stories by Ken Scholes, Space Magic by David Levine, and A World Too Near by Kay Kenyon.
The Endeavour Award honors a distinguished science fiction or fantasy book, either a novel or a single-author collection of stories, created by a writer living in the Pacific Northwest. Entries are read by seven readers randomly selected from a panel of local fans and readers. The five highest scoring books then go to three judges, who are all professional writers or editors.
The winner will be announced November 27 at OryCon, Oregon’s annual science fiction convention.