There’s couple of weeks until the Hugo nominations deadline, and I still have a lot of reading to do, especially in the short fiction department. The number of interesting short stories and novelettes published is so great that nobody can really keep up with everything. That’s why I’ve been going through a number of different recommendations lists.
I’ll share some interesting lists in case you want to take a look at them:
- Nebula award shortlist
Nebulas are voted on by professional SFF writers who are members in SFWA. Everything on the shortlist is usually worth reading.
- Aidan Moher of A Dribble of Ink
Last year’s Hugo winner in the fanzine category catalogues his favorite novels of 2014.
- The Book Smugglers blog
Ana and Thea of the Book Smugglers give their nomination picks.
- Author Ken Liu
Ken Liu’s recommended reading list focuses on shorter fiction, which is great, because I can always use help with that.
- Author Jason Sanford
I’m going to vote for one of Sanford’s picks at least: the novella Where the Trains Turn by Pasi Ilmari Jääskeläinen.
- Critic Liz Bourke
Interesting stuff here as well.
- Critic Abigail Nussbaum (added 2/3/15)
Another interesting list with nice introductions for every suggested story.
In addition, there are some lists that are not limited to just the few picks per category:
- 2015 Hugo Sheet of Doom: a public Google document everybody can edit and supplement with their own favorites
- Locus Recommended reading list by the SF Magazine Locus
- Open recommendation thread in John Scalzi’s blog Whatever
Finally, there’s the infamous Sad Puppies campaign by a bunch of conservative-minded/right-wing/whatever authors. I’ll probably discuss the whole thing later on in more detail but here are the lists in case you’re interested:
- Sad Puppies slate by Brad Torgersen, Larry Correia et al
The reasoning behind the list is discussed quite thoroughly in Torgersen’s blog, even though most of their arguments don’t feel very convincing to me. The few works on their list that are available for free didn’t make much of an impression.
- Rabid Puppies slate by Vox Day
This is a more radical variation of the SP slate, I guess. It seems that Torgersen and Correia have made an effort to avoid the controversy caused by having someone with hateful fringe opinions on their slate (this is what happened last year). Sad and Rabid Puppies are still a coordinated thing with a lot of overlap, same graphics etc.