I order the stories below according to my preference - better stories near the top. My rating follows the story title (in brackets).
- Robert Reed's "Eight Episodes" (A); download; Asimov's, June 2006: An alien sentinel, planted long back in earth's vicinity, in the tradition of Arthur Clarke's "2001 A Space Odyssey".
- [official winner] Tim Pratt's "Impossible Dreams" (B); download; Asimov's, July 2006: A fairy tale romance for grown ups.
- Neil Gaiman's "How to talk to girls at parties" (B); download text or MP3: A couple of adolescent boys gatecrash an all-girls party, & figure they are more welcome than they would like!
- Bruce McAllister's "Kin" (B); download; Asimov's, February 2006: A loner finds a family.
- Benjamin Rosenbaum's "The house beyond your sky" (C); download; Strange Horizons, 4 September 2006: A second rate religious story. If you are devout, you will probably find it merely tedious; else it is likely to read as garbage.
Update 12 November 2008: Added download & many other links. For many other Hugo lists, a story's post must be opened for download link.