2020 Hugo Finalists: Novels, Novellas, Novelettes, Short Stories

The 2020 Hugo Award Nominees have been announced (a couple of days ago on 8.4.2020)! Winners will be announced 29.7.2020 at ConZealand

I extract only a few categories which are interesting for me. Here are all the nominees from short to long story (links in the title lead to freely available online publications):

Best Short Story

Though I didn’t find a 5 star story in this category, my favorite is “Do Not Look Back, My Lion” by Alix E. Harrow shortly followed by “Blood is Another Word for Hunger” by Rivers Solomon.

Best Novelette

My favorite is Chiang’s story “Omphalos” which is just a notch better than the cute cat story “For he can creep”. Most of the other stories were nice reads, but I don’t consider them as award worthy.

  • ★★★★☆ • Omphalos • 2019 Speculative fiction novelette by Ted Chiang • review
  • ★★★★☆ • For He Can Creep • 2019 Fairy tale by Siobhan Carroll also Nebula finalist review
  • ★★★+☆☆ • Away With the Wolves • 2019 Fantasy novelette by Sarah Gailey • review
  • ★★★☆☆ • Emergency Skin 2019 Transhuman SF novelette by N.K. Jemisin • review
  • ★★★☆☆ • The Archronology of Love 2019 SF novelette by Caroline M. Yoachim also Nebula finalist review
  • ★★☆☆☆ • The Blur in the Corner of Your Eye 2019 Weird fiction novelette by Sarah Pinsker also Hugo finalist review

Best Novella

It will be hard to beat Ted Chiang’s “Anxiety Is the Dizziness of Freedom” from his great collection “Exhalation“, but bets are open yet. I was especially disappointed by “This Is How You Lose the Time War” which I had to DNF.

  • ★★★★★ • The Haunting of Tram Car 015 • 2019 Urban Fantasy novella by P. Djèlí Clark • also Hugo finalist review
  • ★★★★★ • Anxiety Is the Dizziness of Freedom • 2019 • Near Future SF novella by Ted Chiang • review, also Nebula
  • ★★★★★ • The Deep • 2019 • Fantasy novella by Rivers Solomon • also Nebula finalist review
  • ★★+☆☆☆ • To Be Taught, If Fortunate 2019 • SF novella by Becky Chambers • also Locus finalist  review
  • In an Absent Dream, by Seanan McGuire (Tor.com Publishing)
  • ☆☆☆☆☆ (DNF at around 50%) • This Is How You Lose the Time War • 2019 Time travel novella by Amal El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone • also Nebula finalist  review

Best Novel

  • The City in the Middle of the Night, by Charlie Jane Anders (Tor; Titan)
  • Gideon the Ninth, by Tamsyn Muir (Tor.com Publishing), also Nebula
  • The Light Brigade, by Kameron Hurley (Saga; Angry Robot UK)
  • A Memory Called Empire, by Arkady Martine (Tor; Tor UK), also Nebula
  • Middlegame, by Seanan McGuire (Tor.com Publishing)
  • The Ten Thousand Doors of January, by Alix E. Harrow (Redhook; Orbit UK), also Nebula
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