Saturday, July 28, 2007

Hugo Awards 2007: novelette winner & nominees

Following are the five stories nominated for Hugo Awards 2007 in novelette category, in order of my preference. My rating is after the story title, in brackets. "*" marks the official winner.

Hugo award process defines novelette as something between a short story & novella in size - 7.5 to 17.5 thousand words in length, with a margin of 20% at borders.

I tag them as short stories here.

  1. Mike Resnick's "All the Things You Are" (A); Jim Baen's Universe Oct 2006: A very lovable alien species are acting as Galactic Red Cross. With unintended & unfortunate effects on beneficiaries.
  2. Geoff Ryman's "Pol Pot's Beautiful Daughter" (B); F&SF, Oct 2006: A love story, in the backdrop of a political story - a girl comes to terms with the ghosts of her dictator dad's victims
  3. Paolo Bacigalupi's "Yellow Card Man" (B); Asimov's December 2006: Man becomes beast. A refugee story, & of a loser. But by & large, quite realistic. Zero sf content.
  4. Michael F Flynn's "Down, Sunset and the Colours of the Earth" (B); Asimov's Oct/Nov 2006: A Bermuda Triangle type story of a mysteriously lost ship, but mostly from human interest side of the bereaved families.
  5. * Ian McDonald's "The Djinn's Wife" (C); Asimov's July 2006: A marriage between a woman & a robot gone sour.
Related: All Hugo Awards 2007 nominees in novel, novella, novelette, & short story categories