Thoughtful Thursday: 2018 Hugo Awards: Novelettes & Short Stories

The 2018 Hugo Awards will be presented at Worldcon 76 in San Jose, California, on August 19. The Hugo Award finalists are chosen by readers who are voting members of Worldcon. This week we’ll talk about the shortest works, novelettes and short stories. We’ll discuss other categories in future columns.

Click the title links below to read our reviews and on the author links to visit our page for the author. We liked all of these stories and loved most of them. It’s not surprising that we saw many of these in the Locus and Nebula finalist lists.




How many of these finalists have you read? Who do you think will win the Hugo Award in these categories? Answer below for a chance to win a book from our stacks.

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MARION DEEDS, with us since March 2011, is retired from a 35-year career with county government, where she met enough interesting characters and heard enough zany stories to inspire at least two trilogies’ worth of fantasy fiction. Currently she spends part of her time working at a local used bookstore. She is an aspiring writer herself and, in the 1990s, had short fiction published in small magazines like Night Terrors, Aberrations, and in the cross-genre anthology The Magic Within. On her blog Deeds & Words, she reviews many types of books and follows developments in food policy and other topics.

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  1. Bobby Berry /

    Sorry but I haven’t read any of these. I am sure the authors did a great job.

  2. Fee Roberts /

    I haven’t read any of these either.

  3. Margo /

    I’ve read most of these stories, and also loved most of what I read. I have favorites but have no idea how the votes will go. Most are easy to find/read for free, and I’d recommend that anyone reading this post go do exactly that.

    • I always think novelette/short story is the wide-open category where almost anyone could win. I may just think that because I don’t read as many of them, though.

  4. I think I’ve only read one, but this is why I love our site so much; I can check out the reviews and decide which ones go on my TBR list. Basically, novellas and novels are more my speed.

  5. Noneofyourbusiness /

    Fran Wilde’s work is amusing and thought-provoking not unlike Oscar Wilde.

  6. John Smith /

    “Clearly Lettered in a Mostly Steady Hand” sounds quite eerie and sinister! Quite intriguing!

  7. Lady Morar /

    “Welcome to Your Authentic Indian Experience TM” sheds a light on cultural appropriation in the tourist industry in a way that not many stories have before.

  8. April /

    I tend to avoid short stories – not because they aren’t good because many are wonderful – because they are too short for my tastes. This is also the reason I never got into comics, I love the art but it takes me a few minutes to read one and it is over. It is like getting a bite of chocolate mousse when what you want is an entire bowl.

  9. The Distinguished Professor /

    The uniqueness of Yoon Ha Lee’s writing excites me, and I’m also excited for the response to Aliette de Bodard and Caroline M. Yoachim’s latest.

  10. I’ve read all of these novelettes and short stories – and reviewed most of them for FanLit, hah, since I’m the editor of the Short Fiction Monday (SFM) column. I’m very happy to say that I think they’re pretty much all worthy nominees. I happen to love good short fiction, but even if you’re not really a fan of the genre, I’d recommend checking these stories out.

    “The Secret Life of Bots”, “A Series of Steaks”, “Sun, Moon, Dust” and “Fandom for Robots” are great if you want a fun, enjoyable story that still has some meat to it. For something deeper and darker, try “Welcome to Your Authentic Indian Experience” or “The Martian Obelisk”.

  11. Sethia /

    I’m not a big short story person, I don’t even like my novels less then 500 pages. If it part of a 13 book series even better!

  12. Fee Roberts, if you live in the USA, you win a book of your choice from our stacks.
    Please contact me (Marion) with your choice and a US address. Happy reading!

    • Fee Roberts /

      Thanks Marion! How do I contact you, and how long do I get to choose? I’m going through the list now. Some I’m not familiar with, so I was getting a bit of info on them. Thanks again :)

      • The Distinguished Professor /

        Click the link in Marion’s comment where it says “contact me (Marion)”.

        • Fee Roberts /

          The only information I see about giveaways states to contact Marion, but doesn’t let me know how.

          • The Distinguished Professor /

            It says, “You can contact individual reviewers by email by using [email protected] (replace “firstname” with the reviewer’s first name).”

          • Fee Roberts /

            Thank you, The Distinguished Professor :)

          • The Distinguished Professor /

            No problem! Thought I could take care of your question quickly before Marion would have to.

        • Thanks, Professor!

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