- Tau Ceti by Kevin J. Anderson and Steve Savile (Arc Manor, 2011).
- Bowl of Heaven. Gregory Benford and Larry Niven (Tor, 2012).
- “Twenty Lights to `The Land of Snow’” by Michael Bishop from the anthology Going Intertsellar, (Baen, 2012).
- “A Country for Old Men” by Ben Bova from the anthology Going Intertsellar, (Baen, 2012).
- “Lucy” by Jack McDevitt from the anthology Going Interstellar, (Baen, 2012).
- Blue Remembered Earth by Alastair Reynolds (Ace, 2012).
- “The First Day of Eternity” by Santos, Domingo (translated by Stanley Schmidt) (Analog, January-February 2011).
The “Lifeboat to the Stars” award honors the best work of science fiction of any length published in 2011 or 2012 contributing to an understanding of the benefits, means, and difficulties of interstellar travel.
Robert J. Sawyer is the award’s coordinating judge, Greg Bear is the consulting judge, and other judges are Catherine Asaro, Jason Batt, Sherry E. Bell, Kevin M. Berry, Don V. Black, Stephan Vladimir Bugaj, Brenda Cooper, David Gerrold, Niklas Järvstråt, Jim Karkanias, Rouslan Krechetnikov, Wes Kretzschmar, Eva-Jane Lark, Mike E. McCulloch, George Perry, Allen M. Steele, Jr, John K. Strickland Jr, and Allen G. Taylor.
From more than 50 items recommended by editors and readers the judging panel settled on seven finalists. Judges will vote to determine the winner.
The Lifeboat Foundation describes itself as –
A nonprofit nongovernmental organization dedicated to encouraging scientific advancements while helping humanity survive existential risks and possible misuse of increasingly powerful technologies, including genetic engineering, nanotechnology, and robotics/AI, as we move towards the Singularity.
Lifeboat Foundation is pursuing a variety of options, including helping to accelerate the development of technologies to defend humanity, including new methods to combat viruses (such as RNA interference and new vaccine methods), effective nanotechnological defensive strategies, and even self-sustaining space colonies in case the other defensive strategies fail.
[Thanks to Laura Haywood-Cory of Baen and SF Scope for the story.]