The Nebula award nominees have been released
(It’s interesting to note that four of the nominated novellas are also in the Hugo short list)
- Fire Ant by Jonathan P. Brazee (Semper Fi)
- The Black God’s Drums by P. Djèlí Clark (Tor.com Publishing)
- The Tea Master and the Detective by Aliette de Bodard (Subterranean)
- Alice Payne Arrives by Kate Heartfield (Tor.com Publishing)
- Gods, Monsters, and the Lucky Peach by Kelly Robson (Tor.com Publishing)
- Artificial Condition by Martha Wells (Tor.com Publishing)
- The Calculating Stars by Mary Robinette Kowal (Tor)
- The Poppy War by R.F. Kuang (Harper Voyager US; Harper Voyager UK)
- Blackfish City by Sam J. Miller (Ecco; Orbit UK)
- Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik (Del Rey; Macmillan)
- Witchmark by C.L. Polk (Tor.com Publishing)
- Trail of Lightning by Rebecca Roanhorse (Saga)
The full list is available on file770.com
We thought we’d look at the Hugo nominees for Best Novella over the next few meetings.
Here are the suggested readings:
Binti: The Night Masquerade, by Nnedi Okorafor (Tor.com Publishing)
The Black God’s Drums, by P. Djèlí Clark (Tor.com Publishing)
Bonus: *Proof of Concept of Gwyneth Jones
Note: the Binti novella is the third of the series; you might wish to read the first two to get the full story.
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)
Bonus: *Time Was by Ian McDonald
Note that the bonus novellas (*) are three of five featured in Tor Editorial Spotlight #5, edited by Australia’s own Jonathan Strahan. The collection also includesThe Dream-Quest of Vellitt Boe by Kij Johnson and Agents of Dreamland by Caitlin R. Kiernan. 705pp for 5 novellas, around $15 as an ebook. More details at tor.com publishing
The “bonus” novella is just if you want to read some more, recent novellas.
Note: if you are a member of the Dublin worldcon, the hugo voter’s packet contains the full text of most of the nominees (see file770 ).
[ Supporting membership is 40 euros, which is approximately $AUS 65. Pretty good value for the packet contents.]
This year, we thought we’d challenge ourselves to pick the winner of the 2019 Hugo for best short story. So to prepare for the discussion, please read the following stories in time for the meeting, and be prepared to debate which one is “best”!
Best Short Story
- “The Court Magician,” by Sarah Pinsker (Lightspeed, January 2018)
- “The Rose MacGregor Drinking and Admiration Society,” by T. Kingfisher (Uncanny Magazine 25, November-December 2018)
- “The Secret Lives of the Nine Negro Teeth of George Washington,” by P. Djèlí Clark (Fireside Magazine, February 2018)
- “STET,” by Sarah Gailey (Fireside Magazine, October 2018)
- “The Tale of the Three Beautiful Raptor Sisters, and the Prince Who Was Made of Meat,” by Brooke Bolander (Uncanny Magazine 23, July-August 2018)
- “A Witch’s Guide to Escape: A Practical Compendium of Portal Fantasies,” by Alix E. Harrow (Apex Magazine, February 2018)
[If we’re choosing by title alone, my money’s on the Raptors — Roman]
As usual, 6:45 May 1st for a 7pm start at kappys, 22 Compton St, Adelaide