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The 2018 Hugo Award Nominees

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This past weekend the nominees for this year's Hugo Awards were announced. The Hugo Awards are among science fiction's most prestigious awards, offered by the World Science Fiction Society and presented each year at Worldcon, the World Science Fiction Convention. This year, the awards will be presented on August 19.

I thought I'd include in this post the main written categories and their respective nominees. You can find the full list of nominees here on the Hugo Awards site.

Best Novel

  • The Collapsing Empire by John Scalzi (Tor)
  • New York 2140 by Kim Stanley Robinson (Orbit)
  • Provenance by Ann Leckie (Orbit)
  • Raven Stratagem by Yoon Ha Lee (Solaris)
  • Six Wakes by Mur Lafferty (Orbit)
  • The Stone Sky by N.K. Jemisin (Orbit)

Best Novella

  • All Systems Red by Martha Wells ( Publishing)
  • “And Then There Were (N-One)” by Sarah Pinsker (Uncanny, March/April 2017)
  • Binti: Home by Nnedi Okorafor ( Publishing)
  • The Black Tides of Heaven by JY Yang ( Publishing)
  • Down Among the Sticks and Bones by Seanan McGuire (Tor.Com Publishing)
  • River of Teeth by Sarah Gailey ( Publishing)

Best Novelette

  • “Children of Thorns, Children of Water” by Aliette de Bodard (Uncanny, July-August 2017)
  • “Extracurricular Activities” by Yoon Ha Lee (, February 15, 2017)
  • “The Secret Life of Bots” by Suzanne Palmer (Clarkesworld, September 2017)
  • “A Series of Steaks” by Vina Jie-Min Prasad (Clarkesworld, January 2017)
  • “Small Changes Over Long Periods of Time” by K.M. Szpara (Uncanny, May/June 2017)
  • “Wind Will Rove” by Sarah Pinsker (Asimov’s, September/October 2017)

Best Short Story

  • “Carnival Nine” by Caroline M. Yoachim (Beneath Ceaseless Skies, May 2017)
  • “Clearly Lettered in a Mostly Steady Hand” by Fran Wilde (Uncanny, September 2017)
  • “Fandom for Robots” by Vina Jie-Min Prasad (Uncanny, September/October 2017)
  • “The Martian Obelisk” by Linda Nagata (, July 19, 2017)
  • “Sun, Moon, Dust” by Ursula Vernon, (Uncanny, May/June 2017)
  • “Welcome to your Authentic Indian Experience™” by Rebecca Roanhorse (Apex, August 2017)

I'm going to do my best to read some of these stories. Perhaps I can get my hands on at least the short stories and make time for a few of the novels as well. Since I'm reading my list in chronological order, I'm very much stuck in the past of science fiction and don't really know what's going on in the present, in terms of written works. But this list seems like a good place to start.

Enjoy! :)

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