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So, the deadline for Hugo Awards Nominations is in 2 days, so I thought I'd put up my list. I looked at the list of nominees for the Nebula Award, and mostly agreed with their choices for the various short fiction pieces and honestly don't read that much short fiction. However, my choice for best novel differs drastically from the Nebula Nominees, and with one exception (noted below) I think all of my choices are superior to those

Best Novel
  • The Raven and the Reindeer, by T. Kingfisher; Red Wombat Tea Co.
    Her best work to date. I quite like Vernon's books written at T. Kingfisher, but this one goes from good and fun to truly wonderful
  • Memories of Ash, by Intisar Khanani; Purple Monkey Press
    Excellent fantasy, this and the previous (and first) novel in the series Sunbolt are rich and wonderful
  • Four Roads Cross, by Max Gladstone; Tor Books
    My favorite of his novels so far, I particularly enjoyed seeing how things have progressed in Alt Coulumb and how that interacts with the rest of the setting so far. Fantasy is not typically a genre with lots of political and social commentary, but these books do an excellent job of it.
  • Occupy Me, by Tricia Sullivan; Gollancz
    Strange, wonderful, and unexpected. I read it last month and revised my entry after I read it, it's up there with The Raven and the Reindeer and my two favorites of the five here.
  • False Hearts, by Laura Lam; Tor Books
    Excellent and powerful near future SF
If there was space for a sixth nomination, I'd definitely put Ninefox Gambit byYoon Ha Lee on this list, and honestly it's as good as any of the books on this list, and I only didn't list it because it's up for a Nebula Award and the others on my list aren't.

Best Novella
  • The Dream-Quest of Vellitt Boe, by Kij Johnson (Tor.com Publishing)
  • Every Heart a Doorway, by Seanan McGuire (Tor.com Publishing)
    Both of these are both brilliant and wonderful.
I haven't read any of the other Nebula Award nominated novellas, but these two are quite excellent.

Best Dramatic Long Form
Arrival, Paramount Pictures
Definitely the best SF film of the year, and Rogue One (which was very good) doesn't need more votes, so I'm just voting for Arrival.

Best Dramatic Short Form
  • "The Adventures of Supergirl", from Supergirl, on The CW
    This season, I enjoy this show notably more than before, but the first two episodes are by far the best, with both Calista Flockhart doing a wonderful job as Cat Grant, and Tyler Hoechlin playing the absolute best and most perfect Superman I've ever seen in any film or TV show.
  • "Vertical Mobility", from Incorporated, on SyFy
    An excellent and disturbing modern cyberpunk show sadly perfect for the state of the modern US.
  • "First Contact", from Cleverman, on Sundance TV (US)
    Even more disturbing, just as relevant, and really good.


Best Series
  • The Craft Sequence; Max Gladstone; eligible novel: Four Roads Cross; Tor
    This series is here for the same reason that I nominated Four Roads Cross, excellent world-building, wonderful characters, and wonderfully done social and political commentary
  • The Commonweal; Graydon Saunders, eligible novel Safely You Deliver; Tall Woods Books
  • The Lady Trent Memoirs, by Marie Brennan, eligible novel In the Labyrinth of Drakes; Tor
    Pseudo Victorian natural history with dragons, it's fun, well written, and wonderful
All three series are wonderful and well worth reading.
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