Thursday, April 8, 2010

Hugo Awards 2010 - novels: Nominees

Official announcement at AussieCon4. Covers fiction originally published anywhere in English during 2009.

I haven't read any entry on the list yet, but at least 3 appear to be longer versions of original short stories; see notes with individual entries below.

Going by Sam Jordison's notes on the list at Guardian Books, I think I'll pick up only Miéville's novel. And may be look up the original short story version of Bacigalupi's book.

Nominees (6 stories, best first, unread last)

If I have a separate post on a story, link on story title goes there. For read stories, my rating (ABC: A = worth the time, C = don't bother) is in brackets. Links on author fetch more fiction from source. Download links are included where I'm aware of an online copy.
  1. Cherie Priest's "Boneshaker; Tor; steampunk: Not read.
  2. China Miéville's "The City & The City"; Del Rey, & Macmillan UK: Not read.

    This one sounds interesting, going by others descriptions, but I have an impression Miéville is into "punks", mostly steampunk - subgenre that has rarely worked for me. So not sure.
  3. Robert Charles Wilson's "Julian Comstock: A Story of 22nd-Century America"; Tor; steampunk: Not read.

    It appears to be an expanded version of author's short story "Julian: A Christmas Story" (download).
  4. Catherynne M Valente's "Palimpsest"; Bantam Spectra: Not read.
  5. Robert J Sawyer's "WWW:Wake"; Ace, Penguin, Gollancz, & Analog (serialized?): Not read.

    It's part of a trilogy of novels that appear to expand on Arthur Clarke's oft-cited short story "Dial F for Frankenstein".
  6. Paolo Bacigalupi's "The Windup Girl"; download; Night Shade: Not read.

    I have an impression it's an expansion of author's earlier short story of the same name, but am not sure.

    There are good reviews around of novel version, but with a warning that it includes graphic violence.


  1. Other fiction categories in this year's Hugo awards: [short stories], [novelettes], [novellas].
  2. Last year's Hugo awards: short stories, novelettes, novellas, novels.
  3. Competing awards that recognize "best" fiction originally published in 2009: Nebula (US) - short stories, novelettes, novellas; Aurialis (Australian authors); BSFA (fiction published in UK); Prix/Aurora (Canada); Million Writers (global, online short fiction).

    Note the scope of Nebulas is 1.5 years - later half of 2008 & all of 2009. All other awards only care about 2009.
  4. Anthologies that collect "best fiction originally published during 2009": Dozois', Hartwell/Cramer's, Horton's, Strahan's.
  5. My "best fiction originally published during 2009, 2010" lists (also list others' best of relevant year lists at bottom).
  6. "Best of" lists.
  7. Fiction originally published in 2009, during 2000-2009.
Note: I normally update list posts like this when I read a story, find new links, etc. This post was last updated 10 April 2010.


Larry said...

There's not much of interest there for me to be honest. There's far too much steampunk about-what about all the big space opera books by Iain M Banks, Alastair Reynolds, Paul McAuley or Michael Cobley? But again we look inwards instead of out into space!

Tinkoo said...

Personally, I don't mind "inwards" part, but steampunk doesn't normally work for me - too retro - & often deals with historical places & issues I'm unfamiliar with & uninterested in.