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Friday, November 07, 2014

Hugo Awards Recommendations: Which shorts / novelettes / novellas have I missed?

It's almost that time again:  time to nominate stuff for the Hugos. I usually miss a lot of stuff throughout the year, so I like to reach out to readers to see what they'd recommend so I can create a reading list for myself.  Last time, you folks recommended so much that I ended up with a 1,200-page ebook!  I want to give myself a little more time for the next nominating season.

So...which short stories, novelettes, and novellas should I be reading?  Let me know in the comments below!

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  1. I highly recommend 'The End of the World in Five Dates' by (full disclosure) my friend Claire Humphrey, published at Apex:

  2. I have LOTS OF FEELS about the novelette category already (I'll be getting back to ya on the others, but I'm still working through a lot of shorts and a few novellas). There are two for which no force of gods or nature can come between me and my Hugo ballot:

    Veronica Schanoes' "Among the Thorns" ( is a retelling of an anti-Semitic fairy tale by the Brothers Grimm from the perspective of the Jewish "villain's" daughter. It's a revenge tale wrapped in a coming-of-age story and the fantasy elements are derived from Jewish mysticism.

    Alex Dally MacFarlane's "Written on the Hides of Foxes" (Beneath Ceaseless Skies) is a story about reclaiming women's stories and the tools to tell them. It's probably the most straightforward of MacFarlane's I've ever read; she's been really on this year and may claim several spots on my ballot.

    Coming in a very close third -- I can't really see not nominating this one, though it's theoretically possible -- is Yoon Ha Lee's "The Bonedrake's Penance" (Beneath Ceaseless Skies), mythic fiction in a far future. Lovely space fantasy and so imaginative.

    All three of these stories drove me to actual tears. (Shut up. :P)