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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.


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2 thoughts on “Hugo and Nebula nominated short stories

  1. Thank you thank you. I loved ’26 Monkeys, Also the Abyss.’ It made me cry for happy.

    In general I’m not a fan of short stories. Because this was your favorite of the bunch and I respect your word when it comes to writing, I clicked the link and read. The monkeys – and their people – will be with me all day.

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