Series: 2016 Hugo Reviews

2016 Hugo Reviews: Short Stories

Having looked back on the works that contended in 2014 and 2015, I will now be casting an eye over the 2016 finalists in the four prose fiction categories. First up, we have the nominees for Best Short Story, four out of five of which arrived via Vox Day’s Rabid Puppies campaign. “Asymmetrical Warfare” by S. R. Algernon “Asymmetrical Warfare” is written from the point of view of an alien invading Earth. The aliens are implied to be a race of sapient starfish-like creatures, and believe that Earth is dominated by a similar life form—after all, Earthling spacecraft bear...

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2016 Hugo Reviews: Novelettes

Having covered the Hugo Awards’ Best Short Story finalists in my previous post, I shall now take a look at the five stories that are contending for the title of Best Novelette. And You Shall Know Her By The Trail Of Dead by Brooke Bolander Rhye, a cyborg pitfighter, is on the hunt for a genius computer hacker. Together with her partner Rack, she must explore the seedy underbelly of their futuristic hometown, even if it takes the pair of them into the heart of the criminal underworld. And You Shall Know Her By The Trail Of Dead has the...

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2016 Hugo Reviews: Novellas

With Best Short Story and Best Novelette covered, I now turn my attention to the last short fiction category at the Hugo Awards: Best Novella… Binti by Nnedi Okorafor Mankind has spread to the stars and encountered alien races, but not all of humanity is eager to explore space. The Himba of Southern Africa remain a close-knit and traditional people, one that prefers to remain on Earth. Binti, a sixteen-year-old Himba girl, is an exception: when she is granted a scholarship at a university on another planet, she eagerly hops on board a spaceship and begins the journey. Binti finds...

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2016 Hugo Reviews: Novels

I have already covered the Hugos’ short fiction categories: Best Short Story, Best Novelette, and Best Novella. Now it is time to wrap up the prose fiction nominees by looking at the contenders for Best Novel… The Aeronaut’s Windlass by Jim Butcher Having previously given us spooky goings-on against a grimy urban landscape in The Dresden Files, Jim Butcher takes us to a very different milieu with The Aeronaut’s Windlass, the first book of his new series The Cinder Spires. The novel takes place in a world in which humanity exists in gargantuan towers, each tower being a nation...

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