Series: 2017 Hugo Reviews

2017 Hugo Reviews: Short Stories

It’s that time of the year again: the latest Hugo finalists have been unveiled, and enthusiasts across the net are picking their favourites and not-so-favourites. I shall begin my own four-part take with the Best Short Story category. “Seasons of Glass and Iron” by Amal El-Mohtar “Seasons of Glass and Iron” is a revisionist fairy tale about two heroines, named Tabitha and Amira. Tabitha travels the land, but Amira stays in the same place. When the two of them meet, it is time for them to share their stories. Amira’s backstory is framed as a fairy tale within a...

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2017 Hugo Reviews: Novelettes

With my previous post having covered the Best Short Story finalists, it is time to move on to the category for stories between 7,500 and 17,500 words: Best Novelette. “Touring with the Alien” by Carolyn Ives Gilman Aliens land on Earth and announce their desire to spend some time on the planet, secluded from the native population. Much of humanity mistrusts them, but the owner of one shipping company feels it worth his while to take a contract from the newcomers. He assigns an employee, Avery, the task of transporting one of the aliens. The entire job is shrouded...

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2017 Hugo Reviews: Novellas

Welcome to the third part of my 2017 Hugo Awards reviews. With the Best Short Story and Best Novelette categories covered, it is time to move further up the wordcount bracket. Whether you view them as long short stories or as short novels, here are the finalists for Best Novella. The Ballad of Black Tom by Victor LaValle Charles Thomas Tester, known as Tommy to his friends, is a wheeler-dealer from 1920s Harlem who lives with his ailing father, Otis. Tommy makes money by masquerading as a jazz musician. While he has no talent, he is still able to...

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2017 Hugo Reviews: Novels

Short stories, novelettes, and novellas have been dealt with. That leaves just one more major prose fiction category at the Hugo Awards: Best Novel. Here are this year’s finalists for the title… A Closed and Common Orbit by Becky Chambers This sequel to 2014’s The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet continues the story of Lovelace, the on-board AI from the previous novel. Lovelace has rebooted herself, losing all memories in the process, and has been transferred into the body of an android. Adopting the name Sidra, she must learn to pass as a human while keeping her...

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2017 Hugo Awards Presented Amid Puppy In-Fighting

The eyes of many a science fiction and fantasy enthusiast were turned on Helsinki today, as the annual Hugo Awards were handed out at the 75th Worldcon. For their 2017 iteration, the Hugos introduced a few changes. Starting this year, each category will now typically contain six, rather than five, finalists. Authors can no longer have more than two works each in the same category; this also applies to TV series, meaning that the Best Dramatic Presentation (Short Form) category will never again be flooded with Doctor Who. Topping things off, the Hugos are trialing a whole new category: Best Series....

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