2021 Hugo Award Finalists

Today is 13.04.2021, and the Hugo Awards finalists have just been announced. The winners will be presented quite late at this year’s DisCon III 15.-19.12.2021. (Well, that gives us room to read through the nominations, right?)

My plan is to read and review at least the short works, and I’ll be updating this list accordingly. As an additional service, I try to find the online available versions and link them in the list. Please note, that I’ve left out categories which are less interesting to me.

Finalists Reviews

All the nominees from short to long (links in the title lead to online available versions):

Nominees for Best Short Story

This year’s finalists are mostly SF settings, two of them fairy-tale retellings. I liked Wiswell’s “Open House on Haunted Hill” most, a heartwarming ghost story twitching an old trope. But I’m not really sure if any of the stories were award-worthy. 

Nominees for Best Novelette

Nominees for Best Novella

  • ★★★★★ • Ring Shout • 2020 • Historical horror novella by P. Djèlí Clark • review
  • ★★★+☆☆ • Riot Baby • 2020 • Superhero novella by Tochi Onyebuchi • review
  • ☆ • Finna • 2020 Horror SF novella by Nino Cipri • no review (horror)
  • Come Tumbling Down (Wayward Children #5) by Seanan McGuire
  • The Empress of Salt and Fortune by Nghi Vo 
  • Upright Women Wanted by Sarah Gailey


  • ★★★★★ • Black Sun • 2020 • High Fantasy novel by Rebecca Roanhorse • review
  • ★★★☆☆ • Piranesi • 2020 • Speculative fiction novel by Susanna Clarke • review
  • The City We Became, N.K. Jemisin (Orbit)
  • Network Effect, Martha Wells (Tordotcom Publishing)
  • Harrow the Ninth, Tamsyn Muir (Tor.com)
  • The Relentless Moon, Mary Robinette Kowal (Tor Books)

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6 Responses to 2021 Hugo Award Finalists

  1. I’ve only read Piranesi and that one was quite good

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  2. I’m the middle of Black Sun right now and I would certainly vote for that as best novel! 🙂

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