The Universe of Xuya

The Universe of Xuya by Aliette de Bodard is one of the Best Series finalists for the 2019 Hugo Awards.  As this point, there are 28 pieces of short fiction (3 novellas, 11 novelettes, and 14 short stories).  Since the main connection between them is the setting, they can be read independently and in any order.  Take a look at the author’s webpage about the series for suggestions on where to start and background information.  Here is everything so far (in the order listed on her site) with links to online stories, publication info, and award recognition received:

  • “The Jaguar House, in Shadow”, novelette, originally published in Asimov’s, Jul 2010; podcast available at StarShipSofa, No. 200 (audio only); finalist for the Hugo and Nebula awards
  • “Fleeing Tezcatlipoca”, novelette, Space and Time, issue 111 (Summer 2010)
  • “The Lost Xuya Bride”, novelette, originally published in Interzone, issue 213 (Nov/Dec 2007); available online at the author’s website
  • “Butterfly, Falling at Dawn”, novelette, Interzone, issue 219 (Nov/Dec 2008)
  • “Starsong”, short story, Asimov’s, Aug 2012
  • “Shipbirth”, short story, Asimov’s, Feb 2011; Nebula Award finalist
  • “The Shipmaker”, short story, originally published in Interzone, issue 231 (Nov/Dec 2010); reprinted in Clarkesworld, issue 124 (Jan 2017); BSFA Award winner
  • “Ship’s Brother”, short story, originally published in Interzone, issue 241 (Jul/Aug 2012); reprinted in Clarkesworld, issue 88 (Jan 2014)
  • “Two Sisters in Exile”, short story, Solaris Rising 1.5, ed. Ian Whates (Solaris 2012)
  • “Three Cups of Grief, by Starlight”, short story, Clarkesworld, issue 100 (Jan 2015); BSFA Award winner, Locus Award finalist
  • “In Blue Lily’s Wake”, novelette, originally published in Meeting Infinity, ed. Jonathan Strahan (Solaris 2015); reprinted in Uncanny, issue 22 (May/Jun 2018)
  • “Crossing the Midday Gate”, novelette, originally published in To Shape the Dark, ed. Athena Andreadis (Candlemark & Gleam 2016); reprinted in Lightspeed, issue 89 (Oct 2017)
  • “A Salvaging of Ghosts”, short story, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, issue 195 (Mar 17, 2016); Locus Award finalist
  • “Pearl”, novelette, The Starlit Wood, eds. Dominik Parisien and Navah Wolfe (Saga 2016); Locus Award finalist
  • “The Dragon That Flew Out of the Sun”, short story, originally published in Cosmic Powers, ed. John Joseph Adams (Saga 2017); reprinted in Uncanny, issue 27 (Mar/Apr 2019)
  • The Citadel of Weeping Pearls, novella, originally published in Asimov’s, Oct/Nov 2015; reprinted as a standalone book (JABberwocky Literary Agency 2017); Locus Award finalist
  • “Scattered Along the River of Heaven”, short story, Clarkesworld, issue 64 (Jan 2012); Sturgeon Award finalist
  • “Immersion”, short story, Clarkesworld, issue 69 (Jun 2012); winner of the Nebula and Locus awards; finalist for the BSFA, Hugo, and Sturgeon awards
  • On a Red Station, Drifting, novella, originally published as a limited edition hardcover (Immersion Press 2012), now available in ebook and paperback (self-published); finalist for the Hugo, Nebula, and Locus awards
  • “The Days of the War, as Red as Blood, as Dark as Bile”, short story, Subterranean Press Magazine, Spring 2014
  • “The Weight of a Blessing”, short story, Clarkesworld, issue 78 (Mar 2013)
  • “Memorials”, novelette, originally published in Asimov’s, Jan 2014; reprinted in Apex, issue 85 (Jun 2016); Locus Award finalist
  • “The Waiting Stars”, novelette, originally published in The Other Half of the Sky, eds. Athena Andreadis and Kay Holt (Candlemark & Gleam 2013); available online at the author’s website; Nebula Award winner, finalist for the Hugo and Locus awards
  • “A Slow Unfurling of Truth”, novelette, Carbide Tipped Pens, eds. Ben Bova and Eric Choi (Tor 2014)
  • “The Frost on Jade Buds”, novelette, Solaris Rising 3, ed. Ian Whates (Solaris 2014)
  • “A Hundred and Seventy Storms”, short story, Uncanny, issue 11 (Jul/Aug 2016)
  • The Tea Master and the Detective, novella, originally published as a limited edition hardcover (Subterranean Press 2018), now available in ebook (Subterranean Press / JABberwocky Literary Agency 2018) and paperback (JABberwocky Literary Agency 2019); finalist for the Nebula and Hugo awards
  • “The Breath of War”, short story, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, issue 142 (Mar 6, 2014); Nebula Award finalist

With a little over half of the stories online, there’s a lot of available reading even without anything that might be included in the voters packet.  What have you read?  Any that you would recommend?

2019 Hugo Award Finalists

The finalists for the 2019 Hugo Awards, the Lodestar Award for Best Young Adult Book, and the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer were announced last week.  The winners will be presented on August 18th at Dublin 2019: An Irish Worldcon.

Best Novel

  • The Calculating Stars, by Mary Robinette Kowal (Tor)
  • Record of a Spaceborn Few, by Becky Chambers (Hodder & Stoughton / Harper Voyager)
  • Revenant Gun, by Yoon Ha Lee (Solaris)
  • Space Opera, by Catherynne M. Valente (Saga)
  • Spinning Silver, by Naomi Novik (Del Rey / Macmillan)
  • Trail of Lightning, by Rebecca Roanhorse (Saga)

Four of the novels are my own nominees, and I had already planned to read the books by Becky Chambers and Catherynne M. Valente.  The Calculating Stars and Trail of Lightning are first in series.  Valente recently revealed that there will be a sequel to Space Opera called Space Oddity.  Spinning Silver is in a similar vein to Naomi Novik’s previous novel Uprooted, but it isn’t actually connected in any way.

Record of a Spaceborn Few and Revenant Gun are both the third books in their respective series.  I’ve heard that all three of Chambers’ Wayfarers books can be read independently.  I know I read the second on its own without feeling lost.  Revenant Gun, on the other hand, definitely depends on reading the first two.  Although since they were previous finalists, those who have been voting in the Hugos for the past couple years have likely read them already.

Best Novella

  • Artificial Condition, by Martha Wells (Tor.com Publishing)
  • Beneath the Sugar Sky, by Seanan McGuire (Tor.com Publishing)
  • Binti: The Night Masquerade, by Nnedi Okorafor (Tor.com Publishing)
  • The Black God’s Drums, by P. Djèlí Clark (Tor.com Publishing)
  • Gods, Monsters, and the Lucky Peach, by Kelly Robson (Tor.com Publishing)
  • The Tea Master and the Detective, by Aliette de Bodard (Subterranean Press / JABberwocky Literary Agency)

My nominees included the novellas by Seanan McGuire, Kelly Robson, and Aliette de Bodard.  I only just read Artificial Condition after nominations closed.  If I had read it beforehand, I probably would have nominated it.  I definitely considered nominating The Black God’s Drums.  For now, I believe it’s the only one here that isn’t part of a series, though I wouldn’t mind reading more about this world.

All three Binti novellas have now been finalists with the first one winning the trophy.  That one stood alone, but neither Binti: Home nor this one can be read on its own.  They now seem more like a three-part serialized novel.  Artificial ConditionBeneath the Sugar Sky, and The Tea Master and the Detective are all also part of series.  I feel they could each be read on their own, but you’ll get more out of them if you’re already familiar with their settings.  Gods, Monsters, and the Lucky Peach is set in the same universe as some of Robson’s other stories but introduces us to previously unseen characters and places.  However, the abrupt ending certainly makes me hope it’s the start of a longer story.

Best Novelette

Out of these, Simone Heller’s novelette was my nominee.  As with Artificial Condition in novella, I didn’t read The Only Harmless Great Thing until after nominations closed, or I probably would have nominated it too.  Any of the rest would have been good choices as well.

Best Short Story

Here I nominated Alix E. Harrow’s story, and the only one I haven’t read yet is “STET” by Sarah Gailey.  The stories by T. Kingfisher and Brooke Bolander are both extremely fun, and the remaining two are also really good.

Best Series

  • The Centenal Cycle, by Malka Older (Tor.com Publishing)
  • The Laundry Files, by Charles Stross (most recently Tor.com Publishing and Tor/Orbit)
  • Machineries of Empire, by Yoon Ha Lee (Solaris)
  • The October Daye Series, by Seanan McGuire (most recently DAW)
  • The Universe of Xuya, by Aliette de Bodard (most recently Subterranean Press)
  • Wayfarers, by Becky Chambers (Hodder & Stoughton / Harper Voyager)

My own nominees included Machineries of Empire and The Universe of Xuya.  I’ve read at least one work from each of the others and have been meaning to continue with them.  I haven’t actually read everything from Aliette de Bodard’s series either. With nothing longer than a novella so far, I believe the Xuya stories can be read independently and in any order.  Published in quite a few different magazines and anthologies over the years, it would be difficult to find all of them at this point.  I look forward to seeing if any of those I’ve missed might be included in the voters packet.

Best Related Work

  • Archive of Our Own, a project of the Organization for Transformative Works
  • Astounding: John W. Campbell, Isaac Asimov, Robert A. Heinlein, L. Ron Hubbard, and the Golden Age of Science Fiction, by Alec Nevala-Lee (Dey Street Books)
  • The Hobbit Duology (documentary in three parts), written and edited by Lindsay Ellis and Angelina Meehan (YouTube: Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3)
  • An Informal History of the Hugos: A Personal Look Back at the Hugo Awards, 1953-2000, by Jo Walton (Tor)
  • www.mexicanxinitiative.com: The Mexicanx Initiative Experience at Worldcon 76 (Julia Rios, Libia Brenda, Pablo Defendini, John Picacio)
  • Ursula K. Le Guin: Conversations on Writing, by Ursula K. Le Guin with David Naimon (Tin House Books)

Here my nominees included Astounding and An Informal History of the Hugos.  I haven’t read the Ursula K. Le Guin book yet, and I hadn’t heard of the The Hobbit Duology before now.  I knew about The Mexicanx Initiative, but I’m not sure how to evaluate the whole campaign as a related work.  I was also aware that people have been trying to get the Archive of Our Own project nominated for a while now.  However, I don’t really understand how to look at the current 2019 website, the culmination of a decade of development, and consider it as a 2018 work.  Hopefully what they put together for the voters packet will help clarify things for me.

Best Graphic Story

  • Abbott, written by Saladin Ahmed, art by Sami Kivelä, colours by Jason Wordie, letters by Jim Campbell (BOOM! Studios)
  • Black Panther: Long Live the King, written by Nnedi Okorafor and Aaron Covington, art by André Lima Araújo, Mario Del Pennino and Tana Ford (Marvel)
  • Monstress, Volume 3: Haven, written by Marjorie Liu, art by Sana Takeda (Image Comics)
  • On a Sunbeam, by Tillie Walden (First Second)
  • Paper Girls, Volume 4, written by Brian K. Vaughan, art by Cliff Chiang, colours by Matt Wilson, letters by Jared K. Fletcher (Image Comics)
  • Saga, Volume 9, written by Brian K. Vaughan, art by Fiona Staples (Image Comics)

AbbottMonstressPaper Girls, and Saga were my own nominees.  I have the remaining two on hold from the library.

Best Dramatic Presentation, Long Form

  • Annihilation, directed and written for the screen by Alex Garland, based on the novel by Jeff VanderMeer (Paramount Pictures / Skydance)
  • Avengers: Infinity War, screenplay by Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, directed by Anthony Russo and Joe Russo (Marvel Studios)
  • Black Panther, written by Ryan Coogler and Joe Robert Cole, directed by Ryan Coogler (Marvel Studios)
  • A Quiet Place, screenplay by Scott Beck, John Krasinski and Bryan Woods, directed by John Krasinski (Platinum Dunes / Sunday Night)
  • Sorry to Bother You, written and directed by Boots Riley (Annapurna Pictures)
  • Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, screenplay by Phil Lord and Rodney Rothman, directed by Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey and Rodney Rothman (Sony)

Here’s where my streak of having at least one of my own nominees in each category is broken.  In fact, I haven’t even seen any of these yet!

Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form

  • The Expanse: “Abaddon’s Gate,” written by Daniel Abraham, Ty Franck and Naren Shankar, directed by Simon Cellan Jones (Penguin in a Parka / Alcon Entertainment)
  • Doctor Who: “Demons of the Punjab,” written by Vinay Patel, directed by Jamie Childs (BBC)
  • Dirty Computer, written by Janelle Monáe and Chuck Lightning, directed by Andrew Donoho and Chuck Lightning (Wondaland Arts Society / Bad Boy Records / Atlantic Records)
  • The Good Place: “Janet(s),” written by Josh Siegal & Dylan Morgan, directed by Morgan Sackett (NBC)
  • The Good Place: “Jeremy Bearimy,” written by Megan Amram, directed by Trent O’Donnell (NBC)
  • Doctor Who: “Rosa,” written by Malorie Blackman and Chris Chibnall, directed by Mark Tonderai (BBC)

In contrast to DP Long Form, I’ve seen all of these.  The Expanse episode, Dirty Computer, and “Janets(s)” from The Good Place were my own nominees.  I nominated the Thirteenth Doctor’s first episode, “The Woman Who Fell to Earth,” rather than one of these two.

Best Professional Editor, Short Form

  • Neil Clarke
  • Gardner Dozois
  • Lee Harris
  • Julia Rios
  • Lynne M. Thomas and Michael Damian Thomas
  • E. Catherine Tobler

Here my nominees included Neil Clarke and Gardner Dozois.  Julia Rios, editor of Fireside, E. Catherine Tobler, editor of Shimmer, and the Thomases, editors of Uncanny, are all also finalists for semiprozine.

Best Professional Editor, Long Form

  • Sheila E. Gilbert
  • Anne Lesley Groell
  • Beth Meacham
  • Diana Pho
  • Gillian Redfearn
  • Navah Wolfe

I usually nominate the editors of my best novel picks here.  This year I added the additional caveat of confirming that they had at least the requisite four novel-length works.  Out of all the editors of my novel and YA Book nominees, Anne Lesley Groell was the only one that I could definitely determine had cleared that bar.  She was my sole nominee in this category.

Best Professional Artist

  • Galen Dara
  • Jaime Jones
  • Victo Ngai
  • John Picacio
  • Yuko Shimizu
  • Charles Vess

For this category, I’m pleased to see first-time finalists Jaime Jones, Yuko Shimizu, and Charles Vess.  I’m especially thrilled about Charles Vess.  He was my own nominee, and he’s long overdue for Hugo recognition.

Best Semiprozine

  • Beneath Ceaseless Skies, editor-in-chief and publisher Scott H. Andrews
  • Fireside Magazine, edited by Julia Rios, managing editor Elsa Sjunneson-Henry, copyeditor Chelle Parker; social coordinator Meg Frank, special features editor Tanya DePass, founding editor Brian White, publisher and art director Pablo Defendini
  • FIYAH Magazine of Black Speculative Fiction, executive editors Troy L. Wiggins and DaVaun Sanders, editors L.D. Lewis, Brandon O’Brien, Kaleb Russell, Danny Lore, and Brent Lambert
  • Shimmer, publisher Beth Wodzinski, senior editor E. Catherine Tobler
  • Strange Horizons, edited by Jane Crowley, Kate Dollarhyde, Vanessa Rose Phin, Vajra Chandrasekera, Romie Stott, Maureen Kincaid Speller, and the Strange Horizons Staff
  • Uncanny Magazine, publishers/editors-in-chief Lynne M. Thomas and Michael Damian Thomas, managing editor Michi Trota, podcast producers Erika Ensign and Steven Schapansky, Disabled People Destroy Science Fiction Special Issue editors-in-chief Elsa Sjunneson-Henry and Dominik Parisien

Here I nominated the three semiprozines that I subscribe to and read regularly:  Beneath Ceaseless SkiesStrange Horizons, and Uncanny Magazine.

Best Fanzine

Three of my nominees made the ballot here:  nerds of a featherQuick Sip Reviews, and Rocket Stack Rank.  For this category, Quick Sip Reviews is the only newcomer.

Best Fancast

I don’t usually listen to podcasts, and none of my BookTube nominees made the ballot.  Last year one of them did make the longlist.  Hopefully they’ll break through to the shortlist in the next year or two.

Best Fan Writer

  • Foz Meadows
  • James Davis Nicoll
  • Charles Payseur
  • Elsa Sjunneson-Henry
  • Alasdair Stuart
  • Bogi Takács

My nominees for this category included Charles Payseur.  Elsa Sjunneson-Henry and Alasdair Stuart are names we haven’t seen on the ballot before.

Best Fan Artist

  • Sara Felix
  • Grace P. Fong
  • Meg Frank
  • Ariela Housman
  • Likhain (Mia Sereno)
  • Spring Schoenhuth

Sara Felix, Meg Frank, and my own nominee, Ariela Housman, are all first-time finalists.

Best Art Book

  • The Books of Earthsea: The Complete Illustrated Edition, illustrated by Charles Vess, written by Ursula K. Le Guin (Saga Press /Gollancz)
  • Daydreamer’s Journey: The Art of Julie Dillon, by Julie Dillon (self-published)
  • Dungeons & Dragons Art & Arcana: A Visual History, by Michael Witwer, Kyle Newman, Jon Peterson, Sam Witwer (Ten Speed Press)
  • Spectrum 25: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art, ed. John Fleskes (Flesk Publications)
  • Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse – The Art of the Movie, by Ramin Zahed (Titan Books)
  • Tolkien: Maker of Middle-earth, ed. Catherine McIlwaine (Bodleian Library)

Each Worldcon is allowed to create a special Hugo category in addition to the regular ongoing categories.  This is what Dublin 2019 has chosen to do.  My nominees included The Books of Earthsea and Spectrum 25.


The following awards are determined by the same process and are presented along with the Hugos, but their winners received something other than a shiny rocket.

John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer

  • Katherine Arden
  • S.A. Chakraborty
  • R.F. Kuang
  • Jeannette Ng
  • Vina Jie-Min Prasad
  • Rivers Solomon

All but S.A. Chakraborty and R.F Kuang are returning finalists from last year, and only R.F. Kuang is in her first year of eligibility for this award.  I nominated Katherine Arden.

Lodestar Award for Best Young Adult Book

  • The Belles, by Dhonielle Clayton (Freeform / Gollancz)
  • Children of Blood and Bone, by Tomi Adeyemi (Henry Holt / Macmillan Children’s Books)
  • The Cruel Prince, by Holly Black (Little, Brown / Hot Key Books)
  • Dread Nation, by Justina Ireland (Balzer + Bray)
  • The Invasion, by Peadar O’Guilin (David Fickling Books / Scholastic)
  • Tess of the Road, by Rachel Hartman (Random House / Penguin Teen)

The first four are the first book in a series.  The Invasion is the second book in a duology, the sequel to The Call.  Tess of the Road is set in the same world as Rachel Hartman’s previous books Seraphina and Shadow Scale, but I’ve heard that you can start with this one.  I nominated The BellesChildren of Blood and Bone, and Dread Nation.

 

With at least one of my nominees in all but two categories, I’m pretty happy with the outcome of the nomination phase.  What are your thoughts on the finalists?  Did your favorites make the list?

2019 Hugo Nominations

The nomination period for the 2019 Hugo Awards, the Lodestar Award for Best Young Adult Book, and the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer closed last Friday night.  They plan to announce the finalists in early April, and the winners will be presented on August 18th at Dublin 2019: An Irish Worldcon.  Here are my selections:

Best Novel

  • Blackfish City, Sam J. Miller (Ecco)
  • The Calculating Stars, Mary Robinette Kowal (Tor)
  • Revenant Gun, Yoon Ha Lee (Solaris)
  • Spinning Silver, Naomi Novik (Del Rey)
  • Trail of Lightning, Rebecca Roanhorse (Saga)

Best Novella

  • Beneath the Sugar Sky, Seanan McGuire (Tor.com)
  • Gods, Monsters, and the Lucky Peach, Kelly Robson (Tor.com)
  • “The Persistence of Blood”, Juliette Wade (Clarkesworld 138)
  • The Tea Master and the Detective, Aliette de Bodard (Subterranean)
  • “Umbernight”, Carolyn Ives Gilman (Clarkesworld 137)

Best Novelette

Best Short Story

Best Series

  • Earthsea, Ursula K. Le Guin; “Firelight” (The Books of Earthsea, Saga)
  • Machineries of Empire, Yoon Ha Lee; Revenant Gun (Solaris)
  • Wild Cards, George R.R. Martin and others; Fitting In, Max Gladstone (Tor.com)
  • Xuya Universe, Aliette de Bodard; The Tea Master and the Detective (Subterranean)

Best Related Work

  • Astounding: John W. Campbell, Isaac Asimov, Robert A. Heinlein, L. Ron Hubbard, and the Golden Age of Science Fiction, Alec Nevala-Lee (Dey St.)
  • Daemon Voices: On Stories and Storytelling, Philip Pullman (Knopf)
  • An Informal History of the Hugos: A Personal Look Back at the Hugo Awards, 1953-2000, Jo Walton (Tor)
  • Sense of Wonder: Short Fiction Reviews (2009-2017), Gardner Dozois (ReAnimus)
  • Strange Stars: David Bowie, Pop Music, and the Decade Sci-Fi Exploded, Jason Heller (Melville House)

Best Graphic Story

  • Abbott, Saladin Ahmed and Sami Kivelä (BOOM!)
  • Monstress Vol. 3: Haven, Marjorie M. Liu and Sana Takeda (Image)
  • Paper Girls Vol. 4, Brian K. Vaughan and Cliff Chiang (Image)
  • Saga Vol. 9, Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples (Image)
  • White Sand Vol. 2, Brandon Sanderson, Rik Hoskin, Julius Gopez, and Julius Otha (Dynamite)

Best Dramatic Presentation, Long Form

  • Black Mirror: Bandersnatch (Netflix)
  • Christopher Robin (Disney)
  • The House with a Clock in Its Walls (Universal)
  • Solo: A Star Wars Story (Lucasfilm)
  • A Wrinkle in Time (Disney)

Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form

  • Dirty Computer [Emotion Picture], Janelle Monáe (Wondaland)
  • Doctor Who: The Woman Who Fell to Earth, S11 E01 (BBC)
  • The Expanse: Abaddon’s Gate, S03 E13 (Syfy)
  • The Good Place: Janet(s), S03 E09 (NBC)
  • The Magicians: All That Josh, S03 E09 (Syfy)

Best Professional Editor, Short Form

  • John Joseph Adams (Lightspeed)
  • Neil Clarke (Clarkesworld)
  • Gardner Dozois (The Book of Magic, Bantam)
  • C.C. Finlay (Fantasy & Science Fiction)
  • Jason Sizemore (Apex)

Best Professional Editor, Long Form

  • Anne Groell (Random House)

Best Professional Artist

  • Tommy Arnold, cover art for Trail of Lightning by Rebecca Roanhorse
  • Jon Foster, cover art for Gods, Monsters, and the Lucky Peach by Kelly Robson
  • Miranda Meeks, cover art for the Subterranean Press edition of The Obelisk Gate by N.K. Jemisin
  • Greg Ruth, cover art for the hardcover reprint of Binti by Nnedi Okorafor
  • Charles Vess, cover art and interior illustrations for The Books of Earthsea: The Complete Illustrated Edition by Ursula K. Le Guin

Best Semiprozine

Best Fanzine

Best Fancast

Best Fan Writer

Best Fan Artist

  • Ariela Housman, fan art for Mary Robinette Kowal’s Lady Astronaut series
  • Jemina Malkki, fan art for N.K. Jemisin’s Broken Earth series
  • Diana Novich, fan art for the Assassin’s Creed Odyssey video game
  • Matt Olson, thumbnails and banner art for the SFF180 BookTube channel
  • Laya Rose, fan art for the Thirteenth Doctor

Best Art Book

  • The Books of Earthsea: The Complete Illustrated Edition by Ursula K. Le Guin, illustrated by Charles Vess (Saga)
  • Fire & Blood by George R.R. Martin, illustrated by Doug Wheatley (Bantam)
  • A Middle-earth Traveler: Sketches from Bag End to Mordor, John Howe (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
  • Spectrum 25: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art, John Fleskes (Flesk)

Lodestar Award for Best Young Adult Book

  • The Belles, Dhonielle Clayton (Freeform)
  • Blanca & Roja, Anna-Marie McLemore (Feiwel and Friends)
  • Children of Blood and Bone, Tomi Adeyemi (Henry Holt)
  • Dread Nation, Justina Ireland (Balzer + Bray)
  • Mirage, Somaiya Daud (Flatiron)

John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer

 

What were your favorites from 2018?

2018 Hugo Awards: Results!

On August 19th, Worldcon 76 presented the 2018 Hugo Awards, the WSFS Award for Best Young Adult Book, and the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer.  Here are the winners, the finalists in the order they placed, and the longlist of nominees.  The number in parentheses indicates the finalist’s place at the nomination stage.

Best Novel

Finalists

  1. The Stone Sky by N.K. Jemisin (1)
  2. The Collapsing Empire by John Scalzi (5)
  3. Provenance by Ann Leckie (4)
  4. Six Wakes by Mur Lafferty (3)
  5. Raven Stratagem by Yoon Ha Lee (2)
  6. New York 2140 by Kim Stanley Robinson (6)

Longlist

  1. The Stars Are Legion by Kameron Hurley
  2. Autonomous by Annalee Newitz
  3. Seven Surrenders by Ada Palmer
  4. An Unkindness of Ghosts by Rivers Solomon
  5. Artemis by Andy Weir
  6. Winter Tide by Ruthanna Emrys
  7. Borne by Jeff VanderMeer
  8. Persepolis Rising by James S. A. Corey
  9. The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter by Theodora Goss

Best Novella

Finalists

  1. All Systems Red by Martha Wells (1)
  2. “And Then There Were (N-One)” by Sarah Pinsker (2)
  3. Down Among the Sticks and Bones by Seanan McGuire (3)
  4. Binti: Home by Nnedi Okorafor (6)
  5. The Black Tides of Heaven by JY Yang (5)
  6. River of Teeth by Sarah Gailey (4)

Longlist

  1. Passing Strange by Ellen Klages
  2. Dusk or Dark or Dawn or Day by Seanan McGuire
  3. The Furthest Station by Ben Aaronovitch
  4. The Prisoner of Limnos by Lois McMaster Bujold
  5. 17776 by Jon Bois
  6. The Red Threads of Fortune by JY Yang
  7. Mira’s Last Dance by Lois McMaster Bujold
  8. The Refrigerator Monologues by Catherynne M. Valente
  9. In Calabria by Peter S. Beagle

Best Novelette

Finalists

  1. “The Secret Life of Bots” by Suzanne Palmer (1)
  2. “Wind Will Rove” by Sarah Pinsker (5)
  3. “A Series of Steaks” by Vina Jie-Min Prasad (4)
  4. “Extracurricular Activities” by Yoon Ha Lee (3)
  5. “Children of Thorns, Children of Water” by Aliette de Bodard (6)
  6. “Small Changes Over Long Periods of Time” by K.M. Szpara (2)

Longlist

  1. “The Dark Birds” by Ursula Vernon
  2. “The Worshipful Society of Glovers” by Mary Robinette Kowal
  3. “Waiting on a Bright Moon” by JY Yang
  4. “A Human Stain” by Kelly Robson
  5. “The Hermit of Houston” by Samuel R. Delany
  6. “Uncanny Valley” by Greg Egan
  7. “Crispin’s Model” by Max Gladstone
  8. “The Fisher of Bones” by Sarah Gailey
  9. “Pan-Humanism: Hope and Pragmatics” by Jess Barber and Sara Saab
  10. “Angel of the Blockade” by Alex Wells

Best Short Story

Finalists

  1. “Welcome to Your Authentic Indian ExperienceTM” by Rebecca Roanhorse (2)
  2. “Fandom for Robots” by Vina Jie-Min Prasad (1)
  3. “The Martian Obelisk” by Linda Nagata (4)
  4. “Sun, Moon, Dust” by Ursula Vernon (5)
  5. “Carnival Nine” by Caroline M. Yoachim (3)
  6. “Clearly Lettered in a Mostly Steady Hand” by Fran Wilde (6)

Longlist

  1. “Zen and the Art of Starship Maintenance” by Tobias S. Buckell
  2. “Don’t Press Charges and I Won’t Sue” by Charlie Jane Anders
  3. “The Scholast in the Low Waters Kingdom” by Max Gladstone
  4. “Waiting Out the End of the World in Patty’s Place Cafe” by Naomi Kritzer
  5. “Utopia, LOL?” by Jamie Wahls
  6. “Sidewalks” by Maureen F. McHugh
  7. “Paradox” by Naomi Kritzer
  8. “Confessions of a Con Girl” by Nick Wolven
  9. “Dear Sarah” by Nancy Kress

Best Series

Finalists

  1. World of the Five Gods by Lois McMaster Bujold (6)
  2. InCryptid by Seanan McGuire (9)
  3. The Memoirs of Lady Trent by Marie Brennan (4)
  4. The Books of the Raksura by Martha Wells (8)
  5. The Stormlight Archive by Brandon Sanderson (10)
  6. The Divine Cities by Robert Jackson Bennett (3)

Longlist

  1. The Broken Earth by N.K. Jemisin (declined)
  2. The Expanse by James S.A. Corey (ineligible)
  3. The Craft Sequence by Max Gladstone (ineligible)
  4. October Daye by Seanan McGuire (ineligible)
  5. Foreigner by C.J. Cherryh
  6. Peter Grant/Rivers of London by Ben Aaronovitch
  7. Terra Ignota by Ada Palmer
  8. The Queen’s Thief by Megan Whalen Turner
  9. Wild Cards by George R.R. Martin et al.

Best Related Work

Finalists

  1. No Time to Spare by Ursula K. Le Guin (3)
  2. Crash Override by Zoë Quinn (1)
  3. Luminescent Threads edited by Alexandra Pierce and Mimi Mondal (4)
  4. Iain M. Banks by Paul Kincaid (2)
  5. Sleeping with Monsters by Liz Bourke (6)
  6. A Lit Fuse by Nat Segaloff (5)

Longlist

  1. Archive of Our Own by the Organization for Transformative Works
  2. “The 2016 #BlackSpecFic Report” by Cecily Kane
  3. Invisible 3 edited by Jim C. Hines and Mary Anne Mohanraj
  4. Worldcon 75 Restaurant Guide edited by J. Robert Tupasela
  5. “Freshly Remember’d: Kirk Drift” by Erin Horáková
  6. “An Unexpected Honor” by Ursula Vernon
  7. Don’t Live For Your Obituary by John Scalzi
  8. Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman
  9. Star-Begotten by James Gunn

Best Graphic Story

Finalists

  1. Monstress, Vol. 2 by Marjorie M. Liu and Sana Takeda (1)
  2. Saga, Vol. 7 by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples (2)
  3. Bitch Planet, Vol. 2 by Kelly Sue DeConnick, Valentine De Landro, and Taki Soma (4)
  4. Black Bolt, Vol. 1 by Saladin Ahmed and Christian Ward (3)
  5. Paper Girls, Vol. 3 by Brian K. Vaughan and Cliff Chiang (5)
  6. My Favorite Thing is Monsters, Vol. 1 by Emil Ferris (6)

Longlist

  1. Ms. Marvel, Vol. 7 by G. Willow Wilson, Mirka Andolfo, Takeshi Miyazawa, and Francesco Gaston
  2. Ladycastle by Delilah Dawson, Becca Farrow, and Ashley A. Woods
  3. The Wicked + The Divine, Vol. 5 by Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie
  4. Ms. Marvel, Vol. 8 by G. Willow Wilson, Marco Failla, and Diego Olortegui
  5. 17776 by Jon Bois
  6. Saga, Vol. 8 by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples
  7. Octavia E. Butler’s Kindred by Damian Duffy and John Jennings
  8. Unbeatable Squirrel Girl, Vol. 6 by Ryan North and Erica Henderson
  9. Above the Timberline by Gregory Manchess

Best Dramatic Presentation, Long Form

Finalists

  1. Wonder Woman (1)
  2. Get Out (5)
  3. Thor: Ragnarok (4)
  4. Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2)
  5. The Shape of Water (3)
  6. Blade Runner 2049 (6)

Longlist

  1. Logan
  2. Coco
  3. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
  4. The Good Place, Season 1
  5. The Handmaid’s Tale, Season 1
  6. The Expanse, Season 2
  7. your name.
  8. Stranger Things, Season 2
  9. Spider-Man: Homecoming

Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form

Finalists

  1. The Good Place, “The Trolley Problem” (3)
  2. Black Mirror, “USS Callister” (2)
  3. The Good Place, “Michael’s Gambit” (1)
  4. Doctor Who, “Twice Upon a Time” (4)
  5. Star Trek: Discovery, “Magic to Make the Sanest Man Go Mad” (6)
  6. “The Deep” by clipping. (5)

Longlist

  1. The Expanse, “Caliban’s War”
  2. The Expanse, “Home”
  3. Doctor Who, “World Enough and Time”
  4. Star Trek Continues, “What Ships Are For”
  5. The Good Place, “Dance Dance Resolution”
  6. Orphan Black, “To Right the Wrongs of Many”
  7. Doctor Who, “Thin Ice”
  8. Game of Thrones, “The Dragon and the Wolf”
  9. Game of Thrones, “The Spoils of War”

Best Editor, Long Form

Finalists

  1. Sheila E. Gilbert (2)
  2. Navah Wolfe (1)
  3. Diana M. Pho (6)
  4. Devi Pillai (7)
  5. Miriam Weinberg (3)
  6. Joe Monti (5)

Longlist

  1. Liz Gorinsky (declined)
  2. Will Hinton
  3. Lee Harris
  4. Toni Weisskopf
  5. Patrick Nielsen Hayden
  6. Beth Meacham
  7. Betsy Wollheim
  8. Carl Engle-Laird
  9. Gillian Redfearn

Best Editor, Short Form

Finalists

  1. Lynne M. Thomas and Michael Damian Thomas (1)
  2. Sheila Williams (6)
  3. Neil Clarke (4)
  4. John Joseph Adams (5)
  5. Jonathan Strahan (3)
  6. Lee Harris (2)

Longlist

  1. C.C. Finlay
  2. Ellen Datlow
  3. Julia Rios
  4. Ann Vandermeer
  5. Scott H. Andrews
  6. Gardner Dozois
  7. Michi Trota
  8. Marguerite Kenner
  9. Trevor Quachri

Best Professional Artist

Finalists

  1. Sana Takeda (5)
  2. John Picacio (3)
  3. Galen Dara (2)
  4. Victo Ngai (1)
  5. Kathleen Jennings (6)
  6. Bastien Lecouffe Deharme (7)

Longlist

  1. Julie Dillon (declined)
  2. Yuko Shimizu
  3. Gregory Manchess
  4. Richard Anderson
  5. Tran Nguyen
  6. Jaime Jones
  7. Maurizio Manzieri
  8. Likhain
  9. Dan dos Santos

Best Semiprozine

Finalists

  1. Uncanny Magazine edited by Lynne M. Thomas and Michael Damian Thomas (1)
  2. Strange Horizons edited by Jane Crowley, Kate Dollarhyde, and Niall Harrison (2)
  3. Beneath Ceaseless Skies edited by Scott H. Andrews (3)
  4. Escape Pod edited by Mur Lafferty, S.B. Divya, and Norm Sherman (6)
  5. Fireside Magazine edited by Brian White and Julia Rios (4)
  6.  The Book Smugglers edited by Ana Grilo and Thea James (5)

Longlist

  1. FIYAH Literary Magazine edited by Justina Ireland and Troy L. Wiggins
  2. GigaNotoSaurus edited by Rashida J. Smith
  3. Clarkesworld Magazine edited by Neil Clarke
  4. Interzone edited by Andy Cox
  5. PodCastle edited by Khaalidah Muhammad-Ali and Jen R. Albert
  6. Shimmer Magazine edited by Beth Wodzinski
  7. Tähtivaeltaja edited by Toni Jerrman
  8. Lightspeed Magazine edited by John Joseph Adams
  9. Cast of Wonders edited by Marguerite Kenner

Best Fanzine

Finalists

  1. File 770 edited by Mike Glyer (1)
  2. SF Bluestocking edited by Bridget McKinney (3)
  3. nerds of a feather, flock together edited by The G, Vance Kotrla, and Joe Sherry (4)
  4. Journey Planet edited by Team Journey Planet (2)
  5. Galactic Journey edited by Gideon Marcus (6)
  6. Rocket Stack Rank edited by Greg Hullender and Eric Wong (5)

Longlist

  1. Black Gate edited by John O’Neill
  2. The Rec Center edited by Elizabeth Minkel and Gavia Baker-Whitelaw
  3. Lady Business edited by Clare, Ira, Jodie, KJ, Renay, and Susan
  4. Women Write About Comics edited by Megan Purdy
  5. Banana Wings edited by Claire Brialey and Mark Plummer
  6. Camestros Felapton edited by Camestros Felapton
  7. Quick Sip Reviews edited by Charles Payseur
  8. Ansible edited by David Langford
  9. SF Commentary edited by Bruce Gillespie

Best Fancast

Finalists

  1. Ditch Diggers hosted by Mur Lafferty and Matt Wallace (1)
  2. Fangirl Happy Hour hosted by Ana Grilo and Renay Williams (4)
  3. The Coode Street Podcast hosted by Jonathan Strahan and Gary K. Wolfe (2)
  4. Galactic Suburbia hosted by Alisa Krasnostein, Alexandra Pierce, and Tansy Rayner Roberts (3)
  5. Sword and Laser hosted by Veronica Belmont and Tom Merritt (7)
  6. Verity! hosted by Deborah Stanish, Erika Ensign, Katrina Griffiths, L.M. Myles, Lynne M. Thomas, and Tansy Rayner Roberts (6)

Longlist

  1. Tea and Jeopardy hosted by Emma Newman and Peter Newman (declined)
  2. The Skiffy and Fanty Show hosted by by Shaun Duke, Julia Rios, Paul Weimer, Mike Underwood, David Annandale, Alex Acks, Trish Matson, and Jen Zink
  3. Storyological hosted by E.G. Cosh and Chris Kammerud
  4. Jay & Miles X-Plain the X-Men hosted by Jay Rachel Edidin and Miles Stokes
  5. Breaking the Glass Slipper hosted by Lucy Hounsom, Charlotte Bond, and Megan Leigh
  6. Kalanadi hosted by Rachel
  7. Fast Forward hosted by Tom Schaad and Mike Zipser
  8. Get to Work Hurley! hosted by Kameron Hurley
  9. Eating the Fantastic hosted by Scott Edelman

Best Fan Writer

Finalists

  1. Sarah Gailey (2)
  2. Foz Meadows (5)
  3. Mike Glyer (4)
  4. Bogi Takács (6)
  5. Camestros Felapton (3)
  6. Charles Payseur (1)

Longlist

  1. Natalie Luhrs
  2. Alasdair Stuart
  3. Liz Bourke
  4. Erin Horáková
  5. O. Westin
  6. Michi Trota
  7. Elsa Sjunneson-Henry
  8. James Nicoll
  9. Chuck Tingle

Best Fan Artist

Finalists

  1. Geneva Benton (2)
  2. Likhain (1)
  3. Grace P. Fong (3)
  4. Maya Hahto (6)
  5. Spring Schoenhuth (5)
  6. Steve Stiles (4)

Longlist

  1. Stephanie Law
  2. Ariela Housman
  3. Meg Frank
  4. Leon Tukker
  5. Brad W. Foster
  6. Richard Man
  7. Kirbi Fagan
  8. Liv Rainey-Smith
  9. Laya Rose

WSFS Award for Best Young Adult Book

Finalists

  1. Akata Warrior by Nnedi Okorafor (1)
  2. Summer in Orcus by T. Kingfisher, illustrated by Lauren Henderson (5)
  3. In Other Lands by Sarah Rees Brennan (2)
  4. A Skinful of Shadows by Frances Hardinge (6)
  5. The Art of Starving by Sam J. Miller (4)
  6. The Book of Dust: La Belle Sauvage by Philip Pullman (3)

Longlist

  1. Buried Heart by Kate Elliott
  2. Weave a Circle Round by Kari Maaren
  3. Exo by Fonda Lee
  4. Jane, Unlimited by Kristin Cashore
  5. Dreadnought by April Daniels
  6. Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor
  7. Thick as Thieves by Megan Whalen Turner
  8. Want by Cindy Pon
  9. Tool of War by Paolo Bacigalupi

John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer

Finalists

  1. Rebecca Roanhorse (5)
  2. Vina Jie-Min Prasad (1)
  3. Jeannette Ng (4)
  4. Rivers Solomon (2)
  5. Katherine Arden (3)
  6. Sarah Kuhn (2)

Longlist

  1. S.A. Chakraborty
  2. Sylvain Neuvel
  3. G.V. Anderson
  4. Brandon O’Brien
  5. K.B. Wagers
  6. Benjamin C. Kinney
  7. April Daniels
  8. Annalee Newitz
  9. Erin Roberts

You can find more details in the 2018 Hugo & Related Award Statistics (pdf).  Nicholas Whyte, a former Hugo Administrator, and Camestros Felapton, one of the Best Fan Writer Finalists, both made some observations about the results.

Six of my first choices and four of my second took home the trophy — just over half the ballot!  Several of my nominees turned up on the longlist as well.  I was especially happy for BookTuber Rachel (Kalanadi) in Best Fancast.  What are your thoughts on the outcome?

2018 Hugo Awards: My Final Ballot

The Hugo Awards Ceremony will take place tonight at 8 pm PDT (UTC−7).  Live streaming will be available at Worldcon 76’s YouTube channel.  Live text-based coverage will be available at the Hugo Awards website.  In the meantime, here’s how I ranked the finalists on my ballot.  Links go to posts on the individual categories.

Best Novel

  1. The Stone Sky by N.K. Jemisin
  2. Raven Stratagem by Yoon Ha Lee
  3. Six Wakes by Mur Lafferty
  4. Provenance by Ann Leckie
  5. The Collapsing Empire by John Scalzi
  6. New York 2140 by Kim Stanley Robinson

Best Novella

  1. Down Among the Sticks and Bones by Seanan McGuire
  2. The Black Tides of Heaven by JY Yang
  3. All Systems Red by Martha Wells
  4. “And Then There Were (N-One)” by Sarah Pinsker
  5. River of Teeth by Sarah Gailey
  6. Binti: Home by Nnedi Okorafor

Best Novelette

  1. “Wind Will Rove” by Sarah Pinsker
  2. “The Secret Life of Bots” by Suzanne Palmer
  3. “A Series of Steaks” by Vina Jie-Min Prasad
  4. “Children of Thorns, Children of Water” by Aliette de Bodard
  5. “Extracurricular Activities” by Yoon Ha Lee
  6. “Small Changes Over Long Periods of Time” by K.M. Szpara

Best Short Story

  1. “Sun, Moon, Dust” by Ursula Vernon
  2. “Fandom for Robots” by Vina Jie-Min Prasad
  3. “Carnival Nine” by Caroline M. Yoachim
  4. “The Martian Obelisk” by Linda Nagata
  5. “Welcome to Your Authentic Indian ExperienceTM” by Rebecca Roanhorse
  6. “Clearly Lettered in a Mostly Steady Hand” by Fran Wilde

Best Series

  1. World of the Five Gods by Lois McMaster Bujold
  2. The Divine Cities by Robert Jackson Bennett
  3. The Memoirs of Lady Trent by Marie Brennan
  4. InCryptid by Seanan McGuire
  5. The Books of the Raksura by Martha Wells
  6. The Stormlight Archive by Brandon Sanderson

Best Related Work

  1. Sleeping with Monsters by Liz Bourke
  2. No Time to Spare by Ursula K. Le Guin
  3. Iain M. Banks by Paul Kincaid
  4. Luminescent Threads edited by Alexandra Pierce and Mimi Mondal
  5. Crash Override by Zoë Quinn
  6. A Lit Fuse by Nat Segaloff

Best Graphic Story

  1. Monstress, Vol. 2 by Marjorie M. Liu and Sana Takeda
  2. My Favorite Thing is Monsters, Vol. 1 by Emil Ferris
  3. Saga, Vol. 7 by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples
  4. Paper Girls, Vol. 3 by Brian K. Vaughan and Cliff Chiang
  5. Bitch Planet, Vol. 2 by Kelly Sue DeConnick, Valentine De Landro, and Taki Soma
  6. Black Bolt, Vol. 1 by Saladin Ahmed and Christian Ward

Best Dramatic Presentation, Long Form

  1. The Shape of Water
  2. Get Out
  3. Blade Runner 2049
  4. Wonder Woman
  5. Star Wars: The Last Jedi
  6. Thor: Ragnarok

Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form

  1. Doctor Who, “Twice Upon a Time”
  2. Star Trek: Discovery, “Magic to Make the Sanest Man Go Mad”
  3. Black Mirror, “USS Callister”
  4. The Good Place, “Michael’s Gambit”
  5. The Good Place, “The Trolley Problem”
  6. “The Deep” by clipping.

Best Editor, Long Form

  1. Navah Wolfe
  2. Miriam Weinberg
  3. Sheila E. Gilbert
  4. Diana M. Pho
  5. Joe Monti
  6. Devi Pillai

Best Editor, Short Form

  1. Lee Harris
  2. Sheila Williams
  3. Lynne M. Thomas and Michael Damian Thomas
  4. John Joseph Adams
  5. Jonathan Strahan
  6. Neil Clarke

Best Professional Artist

  1. Sana Takeda
  2. Victo Ngai
  3. Galen Dara
  4. Kathleen Jennings
  5. Bastien Lecouffe Deharme
  6. John Picacio

Best Semiprozine

  1. Uncanny Magazine edited by Lynne M. Thomas and Michael Damian Thomas
  2. Beneath Ceaseless Skies edited by Scott H. Andrews
  3. Strange Horizons edited by Jane Crowley, Kate Dollarhyde, and Niall Harrison
  4. Escape Pod edited by Mur Lafferty, S.B. Divya, and Norm Sherman
  5. Fireside Magazine edited by Brian White and Julia Rios
  6.  The Book Smugglers edited by Ana Grilo and Thea James

Best Fanzine

  1. File 770 edited by Mike Glyer
  2. Rocket Stack Rank edited by Greg Hullender and Eric Wong
  3. nerds of a feather, flock together edited by The G, Vance Kotrla, and Joe Sherry
  4. SF Bluestocking edited by Bridget McKinney
  5. Galactic Journey edited by Gideon Marcus
  6. Journey Planet edited by Team Journey Planet

Best Fancast

  1. Fangirl Happy Hour hosted by Ana Grilo and Renay Williams
  2. Galactic Suburbia hosted by Alisa Krasnostein, Alexandra Pierce, and Tansy Rayner Roberts
  3. The Coode Street Podcast hosted by Jonathan Strahan and Gary K. Wolfe
  4. Sword and Laser hosted by Veronica Belmont and Tom Merritt
  5. Verity! hosted by Deborah Stanish, Erika Ensign, Katrina Griffiths, L.M. Myles, Lynne M. Thomas, and Tansy Rayner Roberts
  6. Ditch Diggers hosted by Mur Lafferty and Matt Wallace

Best Fan Writer

  1. Camestros Felapton
  2. Charles Payseur
  3. Foz Meadows
  4. Mike Glyer
  5. Sarah Gailey
  6. Bogi Takács

Best Fan Artist

  1. Grace P. Fong
  2. Geneva Benton
  3. Maya Hahto
  4. Likhain (M. Sereno)
  5. Spring Schoenhuth
  6. Steve Stiles

WSFS Award for Best Young Adult Book

  1. Summer in Orcus by T. Kingfisher, illustrated by Lauren Henderson
  2. Akata Warrior by Nnedi Okorafor
  3. The Book of Dust: La Belle Sauvage by Philip Pullman
  4. In Other Lands by Sarah Rees Brennan
  5. The Art of Starving by Sam J. Miller
  6. A Skinful of Shadows by Frances Hardinge

John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer

  1. Katherine Arden
  2. Jeannette Ng
  3. Vina Jie-Min Prasad
  4. Rivers Solomon
  5. Sarah Kuhn
  6. Rebecca Roanhorse

There were so many great finalists this year.  I had a hard time ranking a lot of them.  For some, the award could go to anyone and it wouldn’t surprise or disappoint me.  Who are you rooting for?

2018 Hugo Finalists: Best Short Story

Worldcon 76 announced the winners of the 1943 Retro Hugo Awards on August 16th.  I continue to look at the 2018 finalists.  Next up, Best Short Story.

“The Martian Obelisk” by Linda Nagata was also a finalist for the Sturgeon Award and won the Locus Award.  This is Nagata’s first Hugo nomination.

“Fandom for Robots” by Vina Jie-Min Prasad was also a nominee for the Nebula, Sturgeon, and Locus awards.  Prasad’s “A Series of Steaks” is a finalist for Best Novelette.  She is one of this year’s nominees for the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer.

“Welcome to Your Authentic Indian ExperienceTM by Rebecca Roanhorse was the winner of the Nebula Award.  It was also a finalist for the World Fantasy, Sturgeon, and Locus awards.  She is one of this year’s nominees for the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer.

“Sun, Moon, Dust” by Ursula Vernon is the author’s third Hugo nomination.  She’s won a Hugo for Best Graphic Story and another for Best Novelette.  She is also a finalist under her pseudonym T. Kingfisher for the WSFS Award for Best Young Adult Book.

“Clearly Lettered in a Mostly Steady Hand” by Fran Wilde was also a finalist for the Nebula and World Fantasy awards.  Wilde has one previous Hugo nomination for Best Novelette.

“Carnival Nine” by Caroline M. Yoachim was also a finalist for the Nebula, World Fantasy, and Locus awards.  This is Yoachim’s first Hugo nomination.

I had read all these before the announcement of the finalists, but none of them were my own nominees.  They were still impressive, making this one of the hardest categories to rank.

“The Martian Obelisk” and “Carnival Nine” were very touching, but didn’t move me as much as I expected.  Both Roanhorse and Wilde’s stories were intense, tough, and important reads.  Prasad’s “Fandom for Robots” was an absolute blast!  Vernon continues to be a favorite who makes ordinary people fascinating and inspiring.

We have two previous finalists, two first-time finalists, and two Campbell Award nominees.  Here’s how I ranked them on my final ballot:

  1. “Sun, Moon, Dust” by Ursula Vernon
  2. “Fandom for Robots” by Vina Jie-Min Prasad
  3. “Carnival Nine” by Caroline M. Yoachim
  4. “The Martian Obelisk” by Linda Nagata
  5. “Welcome to Your Authentic Indian ExperienceTM” by Rebecca Roanhorse
  6. “Clearly Lettered in a Mostly Steady Hand” by Fran Wilde

Like the Best Novelette finalists, these are all online.  Go read them, if you haven’t, and tell me what you think!

2018 Hugo Finalists: Best Novelette

Today I’m looking at the Best Novelette finalists.  All six of them were also nominees for at least one other award this year.

“Children of Thorns, Children of Water” by Aliette de Bodard is part of The Domain of the Fallen series.  It was also a nominee for the Locus Award.  De Bodard has four previous Hugo nominations for short fiction.  She was a 2009 finalist for the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer.

“Extracurricular Activities” by Yoon Ha Lee is a prequel to The Machineries of Empire books.  Lee’s Raven Stratagem is also a finalist for Best Novel this year.  Both were nominees for the Locus Awards as well.  The first novel in the series was a Hugo finalist last year.

“The Secret Life of Bots” by Suzanne Palmer was also a finalist for the Sturgeon Award.  This is Palmer’s first Hugo nomination.

“Wind Will Rove” by Sarah Pinsker was also a nominee for the Nebula and the Locus Award.  Pinsker’s “And Then There Were (N-One)” is a finalist for Best Novella.

“A Series of Steaks” by Vina Jie-Min Prasad was also a nominee for the Nebula and the Sturgeon Award.  Prasad’s “Fandom for Robots” is a finalist for Best Short Story.  She is one of this year’s nominees for the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer.

“Small Changes Over Long Periods of Time” by K.M. Szpara was also a finalist for the Nebula Award.  This is Szpara’s first Hugo nomination.

I had read all these before the announcement of the finalists.  Pinsker and Palmer’s stories were my own nominees.  “Wind Will Rove” is a lovely story about stories and music.  “The Secret Life of Bots” was a cute and clever story about an outdated but innovative bot.

Although de Bodard and Lee’s stories are part of their respective series, they both stand on their own.  “Children of Thorns, Children of Water” makes me want to explore more of that world.  I was happy to see a familiar character in “Extracurricular Activities.”

I didn’t nominate “A Series of Steaks,” but it impressed me enough to nominate Prasad for the Campbell.  Szpara’s “Small Changes Over Long Periods of Time” was original and funny, but too dark and explicit for me.

We have one previous Best Novelette finalist, two first-time nominees, and three who made the ballot more than once.  Here’s how I ranked them on my final ballot:

  1. “Wind Will Rove” by Sarah Pinsker
  2. “The Secret Life of Bots” by Suzanne Palmer
  3. “A Series of Steaks” by Vina Jie-Min Prasad
  4. “Children of Thorns, Children of Water” by Aliette de Bodard
  5. “Extracurricular Activities” by Yoon Ha Lee
  6. “Small Changes Over Long Periods of Time” by K.M. Szpara

These are all available online.  So go read them if you haven’t!  Then tell me your thoughts.

2018 Hugo Finalists: Best Novella

Today I’m looking at the Best Novella finalists.  All six of them were also nominees for the Locus Award, and three of them were Nebula Award finalists.

River of Teeth by Sarah Gailey was one of the Nebula Award nominees.  Gailey is a Best Fan Writer finalist this year as well.  Last year they were a finalist for Best Related Work and the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer.

Down Among the Sticks and Bones by Seanan McGuire is the prequel to the 2017 Best Novella, Every Heart a Doorway.  McGuire’s InCryptid series is also a finalist this year.  She has a previous nomination for Best Series, two for Best Novelette, and one in Best Related Work.  She’s won two Best Fancast Hugos and was the 2010 winner of the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer.  Under her Mira Grant pseudonym, she has four nominations for Best Novel and two more for Best Novella.

Binti: Home by Nnedi Okorafor is the sequel to the 2016 Best Novella, Binti.  Okorafor’s Akata Warrior is a finalist for the WSFS Award for Best Young Adult Book.

“And Then There Were (N-One)” by Sarah Pinsker was also a nominee for the Nebula and the Sturgeon Award.  Pinsker’s “Wind Will Rove” is a finalist for Best Novelette.

All Systems Red by Martha Wells was the winner of the Locus and Nebula awards and a nominee for the Philip K. Dick Award.  Wells’ The Books of the Raskura series is a Hugo finalist this year too.

The Black Tides of Heaven by JY Yang was a finalist for the Nebula and the World Fantasy Award. It also made the James Tiptree, Jr. Award Honor List.

I nominated the novellas from McGuire, Pinsker, and Wells myself.  I read Binti: Home as well, but it didn’t feel complete enough on its own to nominate.  I enjoyed Down Among the Sticks and Bones even more than its Hugo-winning predecessor.  “And Then There Were (N-One)” was clever and fun.  All Systems Red had excellent characterization and a very exciting plot.

The novellas from Gailey and Yang were both on my TBR list.  River of Teeth had a fun concept but didn’t live up to my expectations.  Yet The Black Tides of Heaven surprised me by exceeded them.

We have two past Best Novella winners, three first-time finalists, and one new to this category.  Here’s how I ranked them on my final ballot:

  1. Down Among the Sticks and Bones by Seanan McGuire
  2. The Black Tides of Heaven by JY Yang
  3. All Systems Red by Martha Wells
  4. “And Then There Were (N-One)” by Sarah Pinsker
  5. River of Teeth by Sarah Gailey
  6. Binti: Home by Nnedi Okorafor

How many of these have you read?  How would you rank them?

2018 Hugo Finalists: Best Novel

Hugo voting closed on July 31st, and we’ll find out the winners at the Hugo Award Ceremony on August 19.  Today let’s look at the finalists for Best Novel.

The Stone Sky by N.K. Jemisin is the third book in The Broken Earth trilogy.  It has already won the Nebula Award for Best Novel and the Locus Award for Best Fantasy Novel.  Each of the previous books won Best Novel over the past two years.  Jemisin has received four total nominations in Best Novel and two for Best Short Story.  I’ll be curious to see if the trilogy appears on the Best Series longlist.  Jemisin asked people not to nominate the series, but they may have done so regardless.  Of course, she might have declined a nomination for that category.

Six Wakes by Mur Lafferty is the author’s first nomination for Best Novel.  It was also a finalist for the Nebula and the Philip K. Dick Award.  Lafferty is a finalist in Best Semiprozine for Escape Pod and in Best Fancast for Ditch Diggers as well.  She won the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer in 2013.

Provenance by Ann Leckie takes place in the same universe as her Imperial Radch trilogy.  It was also a finalist for the BSFA Award and the Locus Award for Best SF Novel.  All three books in the related trilogy were Best Novel finalists with the first winning in 2014.  An appearance on the Best Series longlist wouldn’t surprise me here either.

Raven Stratagem by Yoon Ha Lee is the sequel to last year’s Best Novel finalist, Ninefox Gambit.  Lee’s “Extracurricular Activities” is also one of this year’s Best Novelette finalists.  Both were finalists for the Locus Awards as well.  The Machineries of Empire trilogy could be a contender for Best Series next year.

New York 2140 by Kim Stanley Robinson is the author’s sixth nomination for Best Novel.  It was also a finalist for the Campbell Memorial Award and the Locus Award for Best SF Novel.  Robinson has won two Best Novel Hugos out of fifteen total Hugo nominations.

The Collapsing Empire by John Scalzi is the first book in The Interdependency series.  It has already won the Locus Award for Best SF Novel.  This is Scalzi’s fifth nomination for Best Novel which he won in 2013.  He’s had one nomination for Best Novella and another for Best Short Story as well.  He won the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer in 2006.  Writing from his blog has also earned him Hugos for Best Related Work and Best Fan Writer.

The first three above were my own nominees.  The Stone Sky brought a stellar trilogy to an incredible close.  Six Wakes combined thrilling murder mystery with space opera.  Provenance took a fresh view from a more relatable protagonist on a familiar setting.

The later three were already on my TBR list.  Raven Stratagem exceeded expectations without the steep learning curve of the first book.  The interesting premise of New York 2140 got me past its underdeveloped characters.  The Collapsing Empire sets up a fun series, but the humor started to grate on me.

We have four past Best Novel Hugo winners, a previous finalist, and one new to this category.  Here’s how I ranked them for my final ballot:

  1. The Stone Sky by N.K. Jemisin
  2. Raven Stratagem by Yoon Ha Lee
  3. Six Wakes by Mur Lafferty
  4. Provenance by Ann Leckie
  5. The Collapsing Empire by John Scalzi
  6. New York 2140 by Kim Stanley Robinson

How many of these have you read?  How would you rank them?

2018 Hugo Finalists: Best Fancast

Today I’m looking at the six finalists for Best Fancast in the 2018 Hugo Awards.  Below I’ve linked the podcast’s website (noting which episodes aired in 2017), the hosts’ websites, and the episodes which were featured in their Hugo Voter Packet submissions.

 

The Coode Street Podcast (episodes 295-319) is hosted by Jonathan Strahan and Gary K. Wolfe.  They are five-time finalists in this category.

  • Episode #305: Kim Stanley Robinson and the Drowning of New York
  • Episode #308: Paul Kincaid, Ken Macleod, and the works of Iain (M) Banks
  • Episode #316: Nnedi Okorafor, Akata Warrior, Binti, and Beyond

 

Ditch Diggers (episodes 35-51) is hosted by Mur Lafferty and Matt Wallace.  They are two-time finalists in this category.

  • Episode #36: Cassandra Khaw and Lack of Self Preservation
  • Episode #38: Tobias Buckell and The Power of No
  • Episode #39: Lexi Alexander and Punching Hollywood. Metaphorically.

 

Fangirl Happy Hour (episodes 68-105) is hosted by Ana Grilo and Renay Williams.  They are two-time finalists in this category.

 

Galactic Suburbia (episodes 159-179) is hosted by Alisa KrasnosteinAlexandra Pierce, and Tansy Rayner Roberts (who is a co-host for fellow finalist Verity! as well).  They are six-time finalists in this category (which has only been around for seven years), and they won in 2015.

  • Episode #167: In which we launch new projects and Discover a new/old love for Star Trek.
  • Episode #168: In which we Continuum all the Continuum!

 

Sword and Laser (episodes 277-313) is hosted by Veronica Belmont and Tom Merritt.  They are first-time finalists in this category.

 

Verity! (episodes 127-154, plus frequent Extra! mini-episodes) is hosted by Deborah StanishErika Ensign, Katrina Griffiths, L.M. Myles, Lynne M. Thomas, and Tansy Rayner Roberts (who is also a co-host for fellow finalist Galactic Suburbia).  They are two-time finalists in this category.

 

We have five returning finalists with four repeats from last year and one first-time finalist.  Fangirl Happy Hour was my favorite last year.  (I love that they have transcripts because I have a hard time keeping focused when listening to audio only.)  I enjoyed Galactic Suburbia and Coode Street too.  Ditch Diggers is funny, but I find it a little too writer-centric for me.  I haven’t listened to either Sword and Laser or Verity! before.  Since I’m not normally a podcast listener (my three nominees were all YouTube channels) and I still need to listen to some of this year’s eligible content, I haven’t made any final ballot decisions here yet.  What are your thoughts on these finalists?