Oh well. It doesn't much resemble the shortlist I predicted in this post - I guessed The Quiet War and Anathem, but not the others. The shortlist goes like this:
The Quiet War, Paul J McAuley
Anathem, Neal Stephenson
Song of Time, Ian R MacLeod
House of Suns, Alastair Reynolds
The Margarets, Sherri S Tepper
Martin Martin's on the Other Side, Mark Wernham
It's not a list that makes me want to dash out and read the books. I've already read - and enjoyed - House of Suns, but I didn't think it was good enough for the shortlist. (But then, I predicted Nick Harkaway's The Gone-away World would be on the shortlist, but I'm currently reading it and not enjoying it at all....) I've only read MacLeod's short fiction. Perhaps I should rectify that. I've read a few of Tepper's novels, and they were all very much of a muchness - solid mid-list fare with a slight undercurrent of umbrage.
I'm not going to try and predict the winner. I think most expect Anathem to take the prize. I've yet to read it - I probably never will, since I disliked Stephenson's Baroque Cycle so much.