The 2017 Hugo Awards Nominations are closing soon, so you should hurry and nominate your favorite fantasy and science-fiction works from last year. I did not read a lot of fiction in this category (for a reason or another I end up reading a lot of short stories and novelettes instead), but these were my favorite. Take a look, and let us know what you think, and what I missed!
A Taste of Honey by Kai Ashante Wilson
An interesting version of a classic coming out story, set in the beautiful and fascinating world that Kai Ashante Wilson introduced us to in The Sorcerer of the Wildeeps. I will not say much to avoid any spoiler, but I loved reading this story (even if I was a little disappointed by the ending).
Long after the Towers left the world but before the dragons came to Daluça, the emperor brought his delegation of gods and diplomats to Olorum. As the royalty negotiates over trade routes and public services, the divinity seeks arcane assistance among the local gods. Aqib bgm Sadiqi, fourth-cousin to the royal family and son of the Master of Beasts, has more mortal and pressing concerns. His heart has been captured for the first time by a handsome Daluçan soldier named Lucrio. in defiance of Saintly Canon, gossiping servants, and the furious disapproval of his father and brother, Aqib finds himself swept up in a whirlwind romance. But neither Aqib nor Lucrio know whether their love can survive all the hardships the world has to throw at them.
The Dispatcher by John Scalzi
I never listen to an audio book before, but this was free, it was from an author I like (John Scalzi), and it was not available in print at the time (now it is), so I decided to give it a try. I REALLY liked it. I usually hate detective stories, even in sci-fi settings. This is why I was not crazy about Scalzi’s Locked Nn or Asimov’s robots series. Despite that, I really enjoyed this audio book. The first chapter is intriguing, and some moments toward the end very moving and touching.
The audiobook premise is the following: one day, not long from now, it becomes almost impossible to murder anyone – 999 times out of a thousand, anyone who is intentionally killed comes back. How? We don’t know. But it changes everything: war, crime, daily life.
- Rocker Stack Rank: our favorite novellas [link]
- Hugo Nominees 2017 wikia: novellas [link]
- Tor Short Fiction [link]
- Hugo Awards Official Site [link]
- What did you nominate for the 2017 Hugos? [file 770]
- So Glad You (Didn’t) Ask: A Column of Unsolicited Opinions (includes Best Novella recommendation) [file 770]
- 2017 Recommended SF/F List [file770]