Hugo Awards Recommendations: Which shorts / novelettes / novellas have I missed?


It’s almost that time again:  time to nominate stuff for the Hugos. I usually miss a lot of stuff throughout the year, so I like to reach out to readers to see what they’d recommend so I can create a reading list for myself.  Last time, you folks recommended so much that I ended up with a 1,200-page ebook!  I want to give myself a little more time for the next nominating season.

So…which short stories, novelettes, and novellas should I be reading?  Let me know in the comments below!

About the Author:

Shaun Duke is an aspiring writer, a reviewer, and an academic. He is currently an Assistant Professor of Digital Rhetoric and Writing at Bemidji State University. He received his PhD in English from the University of Florida and studies science fiction, postcolonialism, digital fan cultures, and digital rhetoric.

3 thoughts on “Hugo Awards Recommendations: Which shorts / novelettes / novellas have I missed?

  1. I have LOTS OF FEELS about the novelette category already (I'll be getting back to ya on the others, but I'm still working through a lot of shorts and a few novellas). There are two for which no force of gods or nature can come between me and my Hugo ballot:

    Veronica Schanoes' "Among the Thorns" ( is a retelling of an anti-Semitic fairy tale by the Brothers Grimm from the perspective of the Jewish "villain's" daughter. It's a revenge tale wrapped in a coming-of-age story and the fantasy elements are derived from Jewish mysticism.

    Alex Dally MacFarlane's "Written on the Hides of Foxes" (Beneath Ceaseless Skies) is a story about reclaiming women's stories and the tools to tell them. It's probably the most straightforward of MacFarlane's I've ever read; she's been really on this year and may claim several spots on my ballot.

    Coming in a very close third — I can't really see not nominating this one, though it's theoretically possible — is Yoon Ha Lee's "The Bonedrake's Penance" (Beneath Ceaseless Skies), mythic fiction in a far future. Lovely space fantasy and so imaginative.

    All three of these stories drove me to actual tears. (Shut up. :P)

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