The New York Times Sunday Book Review released their list of 100 Notable Books of 2008. Sadly, but not too surprisingly considering mainstream reviewer prejudices, the closest thing to speculative fiction listed was John Updike's The Widows of Eastwick, in which the title characters are self-professed witches. Well, I guess you could also count the new translation of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight if you wanted to. It seems like if the story is old enough, spec fic is respectable, as the reviewer had good things to say about Beowulf, too. Or maybe it has to be in verse? There were several books of poems on the list.
Maybe next year Mike Chabon will get us on the list with a new book?