First pass through the Hugo nominations

Okay, I finally filled out some of the blanks on the nomination form. Here’s how it stands so far:


In the Country of Ice Cream Star by Sandra Newman.

Silver on the Road by Laura Anne Gilman

Archivist Wasp by Nicole Kornher-Stace

Graphic Novels:

Sandman: Overture by Neil Gaiman. I don’t know if part or all of it might have been published before, but the deluxe edition I got was published last year and it’s amazing.

Nimona by Noelle Stevenson. After careful consideration, I think it’s ridiculous that this got nominated as a novel for the Andre Norton Award. The number of pages might make it look like a novel, but the number of words in a graphic novel is obviously way, way under what one would expect of an actual novel. On the other hand, it’s really good and I would be happy to see it on the Hugo ballot in the appropriate category.


Penric’s Demon by LMB. This isn’t just an automatic vote for Bujold, either. I really loved this novella.


A Learning Experience by (ahem) me. Enough of you are nominating this one that I feel I can, too. If you nominate this story, thanks! If you emailed to tell me so, extra thanks!

Damage by David Levine. This is an AI ship story.

Short Stories:

Things You Can Buy for a Penny by Will Koffman. This is a really good story. Thanks to Linda S for bringing it to my attention. If you haven’t read it, you should click through when you have time!

Wooden Feathers by Ursula Vernon. A wonderful story. Thanks again to Linda S for pointing it out. I may actually cry if it doesn’t make the final cut.

Cat Pictures Please by Naomi Kritzer, which I linked to the other day.


Things I’m still considering:

Ancillary Mercy by Leckie. I only hesitate because it’s the third book of the series and after all she already won with the first book.

Uprooted by Novik. I really loved it, but I’ll be shocked if it doesn’t get nominated, so honestly I feel I might as well nominate other works that might not be as well known.

Carry On by Rowell. A rather meta fan-fic of a fictional Harry-Potter-esque series, but extremely clever and fun and definitely as worthy of an award as Redshirts, which was obviously also a take-off of a really popular series.

Bone Gap by Ruby. There are some elements I just can’t quite figure out, but I did love this book and it’s pretty likely I will nominate it in the end.

“So Much Cooking” by Kritzer. I agree it isn’t really SF, but it’s the ending which makes me hesitate more.

Things I haven’t read yet:

All the things! *weeps as we run out of time before nominations close*

If you have a really strong recommendation for something, please drop it in the comments.

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2 thoughts on “First pass through the Hugo nominations”

  1. I nominated Andrea Host’s Pyramids of London in Novels. Also, Ursula Vernon (T.Kingfisher)’s Bryony and Roses is a novel! (I thought it was short enough to be a novella).

    Martha Wells has some elegibility- I think the Ile-Rien short story was my sixth favourite this year, so it fell off my noms, but I did nominate the novella The Dark Earth Below (from Stories of the Raksura 2).

    A couple of Cat Valente’s short things were very good- The Long Goodnight of Violet Wild is a novelette, The Lily and the Horn is a short story. had some good stuff this year, like Ambiguity Machines.

  2. Thank you, Jen! I completely forgot about Martha Wells’ collection Between Worlds and the Raksura stories that came out last year. I definitely will nominate some of those, especially because I’m so short in novellas so far. I really liked “Night at the Opera” and I’ll certainly join you in nominating “The Dark Earth Below.”

    I wasn’t going to read Pyramids of London this year, I hate starting a series and then having to wait for the next book — I don’t know. But I will try to read Bryony and Roses, especially since it looks like it’s got a Beauty and the Beast thing going.

    And thanks for the links!

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