This year’s Booker Long List was released yesterday (see The Guardian for the nominees). While this year’s list isn’t entirely “about post-colonial guilt, Irish poverty or English middle-class Islingtonians having Terribly Important Thoughts about their boring love lives” — it does include the autobiography of a chimp, and a book by Tiptree winner Sarah Hall — it is certainly light on the speculative fiction. So the fine chaps at the Guardian Book Blog have decided to launch their own rival contest. We, the people, get a chance to nominate books we think ought to have been on the long list, and then we get to vote on them. Current nominees include China Mieville and Gwyneth Jones, and the current hot favorite appears to be the excellent John the Revelator. Feel free to add your own suggestions (and please check the eligibility criteria). Let’s encourage people to read some interesting books.