Wait, it’s tonight? Already? How the hell is it September? And how do I suddenly have so many deadlines looming?
Anyway, I’ve got some picks for the Hugos, though to be honest they don’t diverge very much from my picks for the Nebulas, some of which I got but most of which I didn’t.
Novel : I’m still a huge fan of Jo Walton’s Among Others, and it wasn’t a tough choice for me this time. I haven’t read A Dance With Dragons, but I’ve read the rest, and as far as I’m concerned, China Miéville is her only competition. That said, other people liked Deadline a lot more than I did.
Novella : Of the nominees, I’ve read all but “The Ice Owl”, and Catherynne M. Valente’s “Silently and Very Fast” is still my favourite. I love that story. It didn’t win the Nebula, but I’m crossing my fingers for the Hugo.
Novelette : I was able to read so few of these I can’t say I legitimately have a preference. That said, I haven’t read it but I’m a huge fan of Geoff Ryman.
Short Story : And once again, none of the nominees have been able to surpass E. Lily Yu’s “The Cartographer Wasps and the Anarchist Bees” in my heart. Though I wouldn’t be disappointed if Nancy Fulda or Ken Liu took it either.