Author Chris Beckett has just won the 2009 Edge Hill Short Story Prize for his collection The Turing Test. The prize, sponsored by the University of the same name, is the UK's only award for short fiction. Beckett beat out several collections of mainstream literature from big houses. I love this quote from the article in Booksellers.com:
"I suspect Chris Beckett winning the Edge Hill Prize will be seen as a surprise in the world of books. In fact, though, it was also a bit of surprise to the judges, none of whom knew they were science fiction fans beforehand."