I saw yesterday that Martha Wells won the Novella category for her Murderbot novella, which (a) no surprise; and (b) yay! Martha absolutely nailed it with those novellas, and I can’t wait for the novel, which I guess is probably coming out next year.
Anyway! I wasn’t paying much attention this year, so let’s have a look at what else was nominated and what won. From tor. com:
- The Calculating Stars, by Mary Robinette Kowal (Tor)
- Record of a Spaceborn Few, by Becky Chambers (Hodder & Stoughton / Harper Voyager)
- Revenant Gun, by Yoon Ha Lee (Solaris)
- Space Opera, by Catherynne M. Valente (Saga)
- Spinning Silver, by Naomi Novik (Del Rey / Macmillan)
- Trail of Lightning, by Rebecca Roanhorse (Saga)
Okay; I haven’t read any of them, so I have no opinion. The concept sounds good —
On a cold spring night in 1952, a huge meteorite fell to earth and obliterated much of the east coast of the United States, including Washington D.C. The ensuing climate cataclysm will soon render the earth inhospitable for humanity, as the last such meteorite did for the dinosaurs. This looming threat calls for a radically accelerated effort to colonize space, and requires a much larger share of humanity to take part in the process...
That really is a neat set-up, though generally I prefer historicals set much longer ago than the 1950s. Including spinoff alternate historicals. Still, it does sound good.
I still haven’t read Ninefox Gambit, far less the sequels such as Revenant Gun. I just haven’t been reading much new-to-me fiction this year. Haven’t read Becky Chamber’s latest either, though that one is definitely something I’d like to get to, especially after the comments some of you made about it. Spinning Silver, ditto. Really, this list just shows how many books, how little time, and wow, so far behind with reading. Well, some years are like that, I guess. Moving on —
- Artificial Condition, by Martha Wells (Tor.com Publishing)
- Beneath the Sugar Sky, by Seanan McGuire (Tor.com Publishing)
- Binti: The Night Masquerade, by Nnedi Okorafor (Tor.com Publishing)
- The Black God’s Drums, by P. Djèlí Clark (Tor.com Publishing)
- Gods, Monsters, and the Lucky Peach, by Kelly Robson (Tor.com Publishing)
- The Tea Master and the Detective, by Aliette de Bodard (Subterranean Press / JABberwocky Literary Agency)
Yes, glad Murderbot won, not surprised, good for Martha, I do have a couple of the other ones on my TBR pile. I don’t read enough short fiction to know anything about those categories or the nominees, but here’s the series winner:
- Wayfarers, by Becky Chambers (Hodder & Stoughton / Harper Voyager)
- The Centenal Cycle, by Malka Older (Tor.com Publishing)
- The Laundry Files, by Charles Stross (most recently Tor.com Publishing/Orbit)
- Machineries of Empire, by Yoon Ha Lee (Solaris)
- The October Daye Series, by Seanan McGuire (most recently DAW)
- The Universe of Xuya, by Aliette de Bodard (most recently Subterranean Press)
Okay! So Becky Chambers carried home a Hugo, though not for the novel specifically. You know, that’s awkward, having both a novel and the series nominated at the same time. I notice that Yoon Ha Lee also had both a novel nominated as well as the series to which that novel belongs. And Aliette de Bodard, a novella and the series. Interesting. My first reaction is that really, that should not be allowed. My second reaction is: maybe it would be unfair to nix the novel in favor of leaving the nominated series in place, or vice versa. How would you decide which entry to leave and which to take out? Well, that’s all above my pay grade. Congrats to Becky Chambers anyway — and seriously, I do mean to read some of these nominees eventually.
Click through to tor.com to read the whole list of nominees and winners, if you’re interested in the rest of the categories.