The World Science Fiction Convention has announced the finalists for the Hugo Awards, given annually to outstanding works of science fiction and fantasy.

John Scalzi was named a finalist in the best novel category for The Kaiju Preservation Society. This is the sixth time the author has made the shortlist; he won in 2013 for Redshirts. Mary Robinette Kowal, another previous winner, made the shortlist for The Spare Man, alongside Tamsyn Muir for Nona the Ninth, Silvia Moreno-Garcia for The Daughter of Doctor Moreau, Travis Baldree for Legends & Lattes, and T. Kingfisher for Nettle & Bone.

Kingfisher was also named a finalist in the best novella category for What Moves the Dead. Also making that shortlist were C.L. Polk for Even Though I Knew the End, Nghi Vo for Into the Riverlands, Alix E. Harrow for A Mirror Mended, Adrian Tchaikovsky for Ogres, and Seanan McGuire for Where the Drowned Girls Go.

The finalists for the Lodestar Award, given to a young adult book, were Nnedi Okorafor for Akata Woman, Tracy Deonn for Bloodmarked, Charlie Jane Anders for Dreams Bigger Than Heartbreak, Naomi Novik for The Golden Enclaves, Rachel Hartman for In the Serpent’s Wake, and Catherynne M. Valente for Osmo Unknown and the Eightpenny Woods.

The winners of the awards will be revealed on Oct. 21 at the World Science Fiction Convention in Chengdu, China. A full list of finalists is available online.

Michael Schaub, a journalist and regular contributor to NPR, lives near Austin, Texas.