The 2016 Hugo Awards Nominations are open, so you should hurry and nominate your favorite fantasy and science-fiction works from last year. You can vote [here]. And if you have the time to squeeze in some last minute reading, this page contains my favorite eligible novelette. Take a look, and let us know what you think!
At the End of Babel
by Michael Livingston
A dystopian (yet many would say historically accurate) short story centered on the suppression of minorities cultural heritages through (forced) assimilation. The main character is an Acoma Pueblo American, probably the last one able to speak the ancestral language, taking a last desperate stand to reclaim her heritage through soon to be lost forever words.
I enjoyed the novel, and I recommend it. I also recommend the “story behind the story” blog post by this story author (here: [author blog post] ) and a visit to the pueblo that inspired it (I saw it few years ago, and it is breathtaking. See: http://www.puebloofacoma.org/).
by Priya Sharma
This intriguing short supernatural / horror novelette is the story of a strange woman living in luxury with her lover, but irrevocably tied to her childhood of deprivation and dark secrets in northwest England. The woman recalls the unraveling of the family upon her uncle’s release from prison. The author explores the difficulties of growing up in a poor family, with an abusive uncle and a psychologically dependent mother. One of the best stories of the year.