The third category on the Hugo ballot is Best Novelette:
A science fiction or fantasy story between 7,500 and 17,500 words that appeared for the first time in 2017.
A few years ago, there was some discussion of consolidating this category into the other short fiction categories, but the idea was pretty quickly rejected. So I don’t see any changes being proposed here.
I’ve done a fair amount of reading at this length, so I’ve tentatively filled four of five slots on my ballot:
- “I Am Not I” by G. V. Anderson (Fantasy & Science Fiction, Jul/Aug 2017)
- “Pan-Humanism: Hope and Pragmatics” by Jess Barber and Sara Saab (Clarkesworld Magazine, Issue 132)
- “The Secret Life of Bots” by Suzanne Palmer (Clarkesworld Magazine, Issue 132)
- “Untilted” by K. A. Teryna, translated from Russian by Alex Shvartsman (Apex Magazine, Issue 102)
- [Update 2/23/18: added “Wind Will Rove” by Sarah Pinsker (Asimov’s, Sep/Oct 2017).]
To find a contender for that final slot, I plan to take a look at some of the novelettes in the following sources:
- Cosmic Powers edited by John Joseph Adams
- The Book of Swords edited by Gardner Dozois
- Infinity Wars edited by Jonathan Strahan
- Asimov’s stories on the Locus Recommended Reading List
Any other suggestions?
One resource I use to find short fiction is Rocket Stack Rank. Not only do they give their own reviews, but they highlight stories recommended by other sources and provide a lot of related information.
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I can’t think of anything else to suggest but Infinity Wars and Asimov’s should get you plenty of good stuff. In Infinity Wars, “Weather Girl,” “Command and Control,” and “ZeroS” are all novelettes and all good to me. (The “big editors” only liked “ZeroS” but “Weather Girl” was probably my favorite of those.) I don’t know if you’ll like them or not but there are about three other novelettes in there. As far as Asimov’s, the only novelette I’ve read so far is “The Discrete Charm of the Turing Machine.” I liked “Uncanny Valley” more but both are great.