As you may know, Hugo nominees were announced this past weekend. Passover/Easter weekend seems like an odd and rather inconvenient choice, and I believe there was a certain amount of pushback about that. Certainly I’d think a new tradition of announcing the nominees on, say, the first Monday of April seems like it would be better.
Anyway, finally got a chance to look up the nominees this morning. I’m not going to WorldCon this year and I don’t expect to buy a voting membership, but I’m still somewhat interested and you may be too, so here are the categories that interest me:
The Collapsing Empire, by John Scalzi
New York 2140, by Kim Stanley Robinson
Provenance, by Ann Leckie
Raven Stratagem, by Yoon Ha Lee
Six Wakes, by Mur Lafferty
The Stone Sky, by N.K. Jemisin
All Systems Red, by Martha Wells
“And Then There Were (N-One),” by Sarah Pinsker
Binti: Home, by Nnedi Okorafor
The Black Tides of Heaven, by JY Yang
Down Among the Sticks and Bones, by Seanan McGuire
River of Teeth, by Sarah Gailey
“Children of Thorns, Children of Water,” by Aliette de Bodard
“Extracurricular Activities,” by Yoon Ha Lee
“The Secret Life of Bots,” by Suzanne Palmer
“A Series of Steaks,” by Vina Jie-Min Prasad
“Small Changes Over Long Periods of Time,” by K.M. Szpara
“Wind Will Rove,” by Sarah Pinsker
Best Short Story
“Carnival Nine,” by Caroline M. Yoachim
“Clearly Lettered in a Mostly Steady Hand,” by Fran Wilde
“Fandom for Robots,” by Vina Jie-Min Prasad
“The Martian Obelisk,” by Linda Nagata
“Sun, Moon, Dust” by Ursula Vernon
“Welcome to your Authentic Indian Experience™,” by Rebecca Roanhorse
The Books of the Raksura, by Martha Wells
The Divine Cities, by Robert Jackson Bennett
InCryptid, by Seanan McGuire
The Memoirs of Lady Trent, by Marie Brennan
The Stormlight Archive, by Brandon Sanderson
World of the Five Gods, by Lois McMaster Bujold
UPDATE: I didn’t scan down far enough to see the YA nominees. Here they are:
The World Science Fiction Society (WSFS) Award for Best Young Adult Book
Akata Warrior, by Nnedi Okorafor
The Art of Starving, by Sam J. Miller
The Book of Dust: La Belle Sauvage, by Philip Pullman
In Other Lands, by Sarah Rees Brennan
A Skinful of Shadows, by Frances Hardinge
Summer in Orcus, written by T. Kingfisher (Ursula Vernon), illustrated by Lauren Henderson
STILL PART OF THE UPDATE: I’ve loved Frances Hardinge and T. Kingfisher’s work, so those and Sarah Rees Brennan’s books are all on my TBR list. But I haven’t read any book on this list yet.
Overwhelmingly a Usual Suspects kind of list. Basically all the same names as the last few years. Not completely, obviously, but I’m must admit that I’m not super-keen that so many of the same authors always get nominated over and over. I expect people just pick up Scalzi’s latest with the expectation that of course they will nominate it; same with McGuire; same with some of the others. Yep, not really likely to buy a voting membership this year.
Except! I might, just to vote for Martha Wells in both her categories, especially the novella category. Not that I’ve read the other nominees, and “And Then There Were N-One” is such a great title I would hope to love that story.
For Series, it would be hard to choose between the Raksura series, the Lady Trent series, and the Five Gods series. Tough choices there! Though I believe I would go for the former on the grounds that I’ve always read each Raksura novel the same week it was released and I’ve loved all of them, whereas I’m two years behind now with the Lady Trent series and did not really love the third Five Gods book.
Of course if I do buy a voting membership, I would have to read the nominees in all these categories so I could actually vote knowledgeably. Quite a commitment.
If you’re interested, here is a complete list of all the nominees in all the categories.