He probably deserves it
do you know which other books were nominated?
You probably already have the info, excuse my tardiness, I just got back from vacation, here is the list of nominess however:
Ian McDonald, River of Gods.
China Miéville, Iron Council.
David Mitchell, Cloud Atlas.
Richard Morgan, Market Forces.
Audrey Niffenegger, The Time Traveler's Wife.
Neal Stephenson, The System of the World: Volume Three of the Baroque Cycle.