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 http://www.thehugoawards.org/hugo-history/2021-hugo-awards/.
1093 votes for 441 nominees, finalist range 309-132
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.