Hugo finalists announced

Rosefolly

The Hugo award conference was set to take place in New Zealand this year, but due to the pandemic will be digital only. I had not planned to attend, but had signed up for a voting membership again this year. I know that there are some SF readers on this forum so I am listing the books nominated for best novel.

  • The City in the Middle of the Night, by Charlie Jane Anders (Tor; Titan)
  • Gideon the Ninth, by Tamsyn Muir (Tor.com Publishing)
  • The Light Brigade, by Kameron Hurley (Saga; Angry Robot UK)
  • A Memory Called Empire, by Arkady Martine (Tor; Tor UK)
  • Middlegame, by Seanan McGuire (Tor.com Publishing)
  • The Ten Thousand Doors of January, by Alix E. Harrow (Redhook; Orbit UK)


I have previously read The Ten Thousand Doors, and am just now starting Middlegame.

There are a number of other categories, some fan fiction based. I don't read of vote on those. I do like to read and vote for short story, novella, and novelette; sometimes the YA award and sometimes the new author award. If anyone is interested in these categories, they can be found at https://www.tor.com/2020/04/07/announcing-the-2020-hugo-award-finalists/

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colleenoz

Thanks for this! I love science fiction, but seeing this makes me realise what a rut I have got into as I recognise none of the names. Living in a country town for over 30 years away from SF bookshops hasn't helped.

Now I have a fresh lot of authors to look for for my Kindle :-)


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vee_new

I'm not 'into' SF but, in the past have read and enjoyed a few by John Wyndham, although I suppose he is considered very 'old hat' these days.

BTW a librarian friend attended a w/end conference where JW was one of the speakers. She couldn't remember the talk he gave but said he was a wonderful dancer and swung her round the dance-floor!

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roxanna7

I loved The Ten Thousand Doors of January.

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skibby (zone 4 Vermont)

Rosefolly - when is the decision announced? If it's on the link you sent, my computer is possessed and I can't open it. Sorry.

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Rosefolly

It's not on the link, Skibby. The conference is 29 July - 2 August, and the results are announced then.

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skibby (zone 4 Vermont)

Have you made any choices?

DH wants to know if this award was named for Victor Hugo?

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sheri_z6

Thanks for posting this, Rosefolly! I have The Ten Thousand Doors of January in my TBR pile, and I enjoyed All The Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders, so I will definitely look for The City in the Middle of the Night.

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Rosefolly

Hi Skibby, I am far from making my choices, just beginning to read. I work in the garden during the day and have been not reading as much as I usually do. I'll have to re-prioritize.

As for the origin of the name, the award is in honor of Hugo Gernsback, the publisher of Amazing Stories, the first science fiction magazine. It was founded back in 1926. He did a lot of other things, but that is why the award was named for him.

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skibby (zone 4 Vermont)

How embarrassing, although I thought he made a good guess. Please post your thoughts about the SF books you read. I don't read much of that genre but I'm trying not to rule out anything. Open mind and all that.

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Rosefolly

Well, I liked 1000 Doors, but have put down Middlegame only a couple chapters in. I'll give it another try later, but so far I don't like it - not sure why. It feels like it's going to be a depressing book, and this is not a point in life when I am willing to read a depressing book. I think I'll try A Memory Called Empire next.

I don't have the packet with all the shorter fiction yet. I buy or borrow the novels from the library, but as the shorter fiction can be difficult to track down, they give you links to e-versions.

And don't be embarrassed about Hugo. I'll bet any number of people have guessed Victor Hugo. He's certainly the most famous Hugo around.

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Rosefolly

It is entirely possible that I will skip voting for the Hugos this year. So far I cannot get into any of the books I've tried. Or I may just vote for 10,000 Doors. I thought it was an okay book, readable but not really award worthy - but it is the only one I have been able to complete.

Or it may not be the Hugos' fault. I have not been able to read my book club books either.

Coronavirus blahs, I guess. Well, certainly far better to have the blahs than to have someone near and dear to me fall sick!

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