Daily Archives: June 15, 2009

Hugo and Nebula nominated short stories

“Book” #11 – Hugo and Nebula nominated short stories

Hugo Nominees:
Read, in order of preference:
26 Monkeys, Also the Abyss” by Kij Johnson (Asimov’s Jul 2008)
Article of Faith” by Mike Resnick (Baen’s Universe Oct 2008)
Evil Robot Monkey” by Mary Robinette Kowal (The Solaris Book of New Science Fiction, Volume Two)
From Babel’s Fall’n Glory We Fled” by Michael Swanwick (Asimov’s Feb 2008)

Have not read:
“Exhalation” by Ted Chiang (Eclipse Two, also: audio version)

Nebula Nominees:
Read, in order of preference:
26 Monkeys, Also the Abyss” by Kij Johnson (Asimov’s, Jul08)
“Mars: A Traveler’s Guide” by Ruth Nestvold (F&SF, Jan08)
The Button Bin” by Mike Allen (Helix: A Speculative Fiction Quarterly, Oct07)
The Tomb Wife” by Gwyneth Jones (F&SF, Aug07)
Trophy Wives” by Nina Kiriki Hoffman (Fellowship Fantastic, ed. Greenberg and Hughes, DAW Books Jan08) [Winner]
Don’t Stop” by James Patrick Kelly (Asimov’s, Jun07)

Have not read:
“The Dreaming Wind” by Jeffrey Ford (The Coyote Road: Trickster Tales, ed. Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling, Viking, Jul07)

Links via SF Signal – A Science Fiction Blog


By far, my favorite story of both sets was “26 Monkeys, Also the Abyss.” It’s a lovely fairy tale full of bitter-sweetness. Overall, I’d say the Hugo nominees are stronger stories, though probably the weaker in terms of science fiction content (“From Babel’s Fall’n Glory We Fled” being the exception).  Aside from “26 Monkeys” and “Mars: A Traveler’s Guide,” I wasn’t much a fan of the Nebula nominees.  “Articles of Faith” and “Evil Robot Monkey” for me hit interesting story areas, but aren’t very hard in their SF. For me, a short story doesn’t give much room for the world-building aspect, so the story’s the thing.

Friday night I went out to dinner with my transgendered brother and her girlfriend. I find I still have to write sentences like that simply to convey the surreal strangeness that is this situation. On one hand, I was the least girly person in the car, occasionally being the level-head amid two giggly girls. On the other, twenty-five years of Tessa being my brother, who just happens to now wears make-up and cuter tops than I do. Cognitive dissonance will get you every time. We had dinner at a Chinese place in the Old Market and shopped a little. A generally nice evening though we had no plan and I was a little chilly.

Saturday, Tania came up to visit. We had an epic search for baklava. Katie’s Greek Restaurant was closed, so we ended up at Romeo’s. With Mexican food and pizza, Romeo’s is seemingly the default when you can’t decide where to eat. We shopped a bit, encountering an incredibly talented salesman at one of the kioks at Westroads, and then sought out Feta’s for dinner.

Sunday, Eric and I had dinner at Chad & Michelle’s in honor of nephew Aidan’s first birthday. Usually somewhat wary of strangers, Aidan immediately wanted to be held by me. We figure it’s probably because I look a little like Michelle. We both have curly hair with a high part and wear glasses. Still, it was rather befuddling to my to have a burgeoning toddler come to *me*.

On the work end, I rewrote a scene Friday while spending some alone time on my parent’s deck (which is where I am now), and “rebranded” Obscure Music Monday as Obscure Media Monday. It will probably still be mostly music, but I’m a novelty seeker. I need the flexibility to do something else. Wrote a new entry this morning:
Obscure Media Monday: Nouvelle Vague

Need to do more Hugo reading and/or go through some markets for Joanne.

UA biologist discovers new moth, names for wife
Being only part-way through my coffee this morning, my slow brain wanted to know what new names he’d discovered for his wife. Also, moth news! Always fun.