Category Archives: Hugo nomination

Metal Like Blood in the Dark • 2020 • SF Fairy Tale short story by T. Kingfisher (Ursula Vernon)

First sentence: Once upon a time there was a man who built two enormous machines, and he loved them very much. Synopsis: The man names those two sentient machines Brother and Sister and sends them out to enjoy the ruins of … Continue reading

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The Mermaid Astronaut • 2020 • SF Fairy Tale short story by Yoon Ha Lee

First sentence: On a wide and wondering world in a wide and wondering galaxy, there lived a mermaid. Synopsis: Essarala, meaning “seeks the stars” is a mermaid longing to be an astronaut visiting the stars. Traders arrived with their space … Continue reading

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Ife-Iyoku, the Tale of Imadeyunuagbon • 2020 • Science Fantasy novella by  Oghenechovwe Donald Ekpeki

Synopsis:  In a post-apocalyptic Africa, the city Ife-Iyoku is protected by a shield against the nuclear fall out. People developed psi mutations, mostly depending on their gender. There are seers, feelers, light weavers etc. who all have to be useful, … Continue reading

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Little Free Library • 2020 • Magical Realism short story by Naomi Kritzer

Synopsis: Meigan operates a “Little Free Libary” which is a sheltered box outside where you can put in books that others might want and others can put in theirs – a kind of community exchange in one’s neighborhood.  She initially … Continue reading

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