Many years ago, I set out to read “the best” science fiction novels written, but didn’t know where to start. I decided to read all of the Hugo and Nebula award winners. I quickly found that I tended to prefer the Hugo winners over the Nebula winners—I’m not sure why, but I did. I’ve read almost every Hugo Award winning novel, missing only a few of the most recent ones, and I was seldom disappointed.
So I’ve been awaiting this year’s winners list, which was announced last night at Worldcon. Congratulations to the winning authors:
Novel: Among Others by Jo Walton
Novella: “The Man Who Bridged the Mist” by Kij Johnson
Novelette: “Six Months, Three Days” by Charlie Jane Anders
Short Story: “The Paper Menagerie” by Ken Liu
With the exception of the novelette category, these same works also won the Nebula Award this year. Personally, I liked Ms. Anders novelette more than the Geoff Ryman’s Nebula-winning “What We Found.” “Six Months, Three Days” is a fun and heart-touching look at the relationship of two people who can see the future. If you haven’t read it yet, I suggest you do. It can be found here. Oh, and I can now add Jo Walton’s book to my must read stack of novels.