No, this is nothing to do with religion. There is a magazine called the Believer, and it runs two awards. For the first award (the other is a reader poll) they say, “Each year the editors of the Believer generate a short list of the novels they thought were the strongest and, in their opinion, the most undervalued of the year.” And on this year’s short list is Generation Loss by Elizabeth Hand. Possibly it was lucky for Hand that her short-listing for a Shirley Jackson Award (reported earlier today) came out around the same time that the Believer was deciding her book was undervalued, but hey, two award nominations in one day, can’t be bad.
(Cheryl, who loves the book, is delighted.)
Locus Online also notes that Zeroville by Steve Erickson is on the list,which suggests it is genre-related. We haven’t read it, but doubtless someone will put us right soon.