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Hugo nominees announced

2 years ago
last modified: 2 years ago

It's that time of the year again. I've had people interesting in science fiction ask me what the latest nominees are, so I thought I'd post them here. I'm only posting the Best Novel candidates. If anyone wants the novellas, novelettes, short stories, and other related categories, you can find them at

The list:

Best Novel
1093 votes for 441 nominees, finalist range 309-132

  • Black Sun, Rebecca Roanhorse (Gallery / Saga Press / Solaris)
  • The City We Became, N.K. Jemisin (Orbit)
  • Harrow The Ninth, Tamsyn Muir (
  • Network Effect, Martha Wells (
  • Piranesi, Susanna Clarke (Bloomsbury)
  • The Relentless Moon, Mary Robinette Kowal (Tor Books / Solaris)

I loved Piranesi so much I can't imagine not voting for it, but of course I'll read the others. It's a strong field. N.K. Jemisin is a much admired writer - I admire her myself. Mary Robinette Kowal won Best Novel with an earlier book, though I myself didn't love it. I find the tone of her writing puts me off. Before she turned to SF she wrote a series of fantasy Regency novels that did not impress me, and somehow I just can't take her seriously. Martha Wells writes the clever Murderbot series which I adore. In fact I'll be voting for it as Best Series this year. Rebecca Roanhorse and Tamsyn Muir are too dark for me, but I'll give their books a shot in the interests of fairness.

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