The second category on the Hugo ballot is Best Novella:
A science fiction or fantasy story between 17,500 and 40,000 words that appeared for the first time in 2017.
If the committee formed at last year’s WSFS Business Meeting proposes any changes to this category, I imagine it might be to raise the upper word count limit to correspond with any suggested changes to the Best Novel category.
So far I have two choices penciled into my ballot:
- “And Then There Were (N-One)” by Sarah Pinsker
- “The Dragon of Dread Peak” by Jeremiah Tolbert (part 1, part 2)
And here are some others I’d like to get to before nominations close on March 16:
- The Furthest Station by Ben Aaronovitch
- In Calabria by Peter S. Beagle [added to my ballot 2/22/18]
- Buffalo Soldier by Maurice Broaddus
- The Twilight Pariah by Jeffrey Ford
- River of Teeth by Sarah Gailey
- The Ghost Line by Andrew Neil Gray and J. S. Herbison
- Acadie by Dave Hutchinson
- Mapping the Interior by Stephen Graham Jones
- Passing Strange by Ellen Klages
- The Lamb Will Slaughter the Lion by Margaret Killjoy
- Down Among the Sticks and Bones by Seanan McGuire [added to my ballot 2/19/18]
- Dusk or Dark or Dawn or Day by Seanan McGuire
- Brother’s Ruin by Emma Newman
- Binti: Home by Nnedi Okorafor [read 2/21/18]
- Snapshot by Brandon Sanderson
- The Murders of Molly Southbourne by Tade Thompson
- All Systems Red by Martha Wells [added to my ballot 2/18/18]
- Killing Gravity by Corey J. White
- The Black Tides of Heaven by J. Y. Yang
- Mandelbrot the Magnificent by Liz Ziemska
Any of those I should make sure to read? Anything else I should look for?
In addition to the general recommendation sites I mentioned at the bottom of yesterday’s post, there’s JJ’s 2017 Novellapalooza post over at File 770.