Last night the Hugo Award short lists were announced, much to my amusement. I don’t quite get how people can get so worked up about what is essentially a good and kind message (what the bad guys call SJWs) in fiction that they sabotage an award. Nuts. Anyway, many more eloquent comments are available than could come from my brain, so check out HUGOPOCALYPSE II: Where Do We Go From Here? From Nerds of a Feather for example.
So the shortlist for best novel is:
- Ancillary Mercy by Ann Leckie (Orbit) – not interested after finding problems with the first one
- The Cinder Spires: The Aeronaut’s Windlass by Jim Butcher (Roc) – not read, but come on!
- The Fifth Season by NK Jemisin (Orbit) – interesting and valid nomination, on my to-read list
- Seveneves: A Novel by Neal Stephenson (William Morrow) – ditto
- Uprooted by Naomi Novik (Del Rey) – not as good as most people claim. Weird!
And so tonight, the Clarke Award shortlist was announced:
- Children of Time by Adrian Tchaikovsky
- Way Down Dark by JP Smythe – already read this one
- The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet by Becky Chambers – already read this one
- Arcadia by Iain Pears
- The Book of Phoenix by Nnedi Okorafor
- Europe at Midnight by Dave Hutchinson
This seems like a pretty good list, although I’m gobsmacked that Adam Roberts’ novel isn’t on it!
And as a reminder, the other awards I pay attention to which have been announced:
- Dave Hutchinson: Europe at Midnight
- Chris Beckett: Mother of Eden
- Aliette de Bodard: The House of Shattered Wings – read this one, which won
- Ian McDonald: Luna: New Moon
- Justina Robson: Glorious Angels
Kitschies Red Tentacle:
- The Heart Goes Last, by Margaret Atwood – read, which won
- Europe at Midnight, by Dave Hutchinson
- The Reflection, by Hugo Wilcken
- The Fifth Season, by N. K. Jemisin
- The Thing Itself, by Adam Roberts – read
Kitschies Golden Tentacle:
- The Shore, by Sara Taylor – read
- Blackass, by A. Igoni Barrett
- The Gracekeepers, by Kirsty Logan – read
- The Night Clock, by Paul Meloy – read
- Making Wolf, by Tade Thompson – read, which won
So, I still plan to read most of these that I haven’t read, and produce my own list and award!
So come the announcement of the Clarke Award winner later this year, I’ll be announcing the inaugural ForgottenGeekMetaAwardForBooks.
Watch this space.