Anticipation has posted this year's Hugo Award nominees. Fiction nominations apply to work originally published during the year 2008.
Update 10 August 2009: Winners announced.
Note: Novella is 17.5 to 40 thousand words, according to Hugo Award definition, with a 20% leeway at boundaries.
Disclosure: Last year's short story, novelette, & novella official winners each happened to be the first on my rankings. In 2007, novella winner was my first preference, short story winner was my second preference, & novelette winner was my last choice! So you know I'm not the official oracle:)
Incidentally, 2007 novelette winner was a story about India, a subject where I usually have preferences very different from those of Western readers - probably because of familiarity.
I include the download links for stories I know are online. Link on author, editor, or publisher name yield more works from the source. Link on story title goes to my post on the story, if I have one. My rating is in brackets.
Novella nominees (5 stories, best first, unread last).
- Robert Reed's "Truth" (A); download; Asimov's, October/November 2008: A group of time traveling Muslim terrorists from 140 years in future have entered our time with their advanced technology, & are wrecking havoc.
- [winner] Nancy Kress' "The Erdmann Nexus" (A); download; Asimov's, October/November 2008; mysticism: Next evolution in human consciousness has made some people eligible to joint some sort of cosmic uber-consciousness. Story has strong Hindu influences.
- Charles Coleman Finlay's "The Political Prisoner" (B); download; F&SF, August 2008: Description of a very violent political purge in a Jewish society.
- Benjamin Rosenbaum & Cory Doctorow's "True Names" (B); download; Lou Anders (Ed)'s "Fast Forward 2": Fight of 3 cosmic-scale computronia - a protector of all kinds of diverse life, a destroyer, & a child of protector that has turned against its own creator.
Very jargon filled, some of it requires programming background to comprehend. But readable if you can get past this.
- Ian McDonald's "The Tear" (C); Gardner Dozois (Ed)'s "Galactic Empires"; space opera: Star faring "panhumans" killing each other, destroying whole worlds, creating new universes, etc. While that's ok for space opera, what bugged me was the sheer abundance of utterly incomprehensible sentences.
- Hugo Awards 2009: novelettes, short stories, novels.
- Other awards choosing "best of 2008" fiction: Nebula Awards 2008 (US); BSFA Awards 2008 (UK); Aurealis Awards 2008 (Australia); Prix Aurora 2009 (Canada).
- My "best of 2008" picks (includes links to more "best of 2008" lists, including various anthologies that collect last year's fiction).
- Last year's Hugos: short stories, novelettes, novellas.
- Hugo award fiction (includes past winners & nominees).
- Fiction by & about Hugo Gernsback, the man after whom Hugo Awards are named.
- "Best of" lists.