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This is part of a series of posts reviewing categories in this year's Hugo ballot. I'll be discussing the entries, the voter packet, and my ballot. I've nominated and voted most years since 2011, when I figured out that all I had to do was join Worldcon to get to do so. Not only that, but if you participate in one year, you still get to nominate the next year. This year, thanks to a rule change, we nominated up to 5 entries, and the final ballot included the top 6.
For me, this category is way easier to evaluate than it's Long Form equivalent. Below are this year's finalists, listed in the order they appeared on the official announcement, with my notes on each.
John Joseph Adams - Edits two solid magazines and some anthologies. He has one coming out this year that I'm interested in, but not in 2016.
Neil Clarke - Love Clarkesworld and always enjoy his blog posts.
Ellen Datlow - Edits (mostly horror) anthologies, but also edits some of the short fiction published on or by tor.com - including my favorite novella in this year's ballot. I think she has great taste in fiction.
Jonathan Strahan - Edits anthologies, but also edits some of the short fiction published on or by tor.com - including my least favorite novella. His taste and mine don't tend to overlap much.
Lynne M. Thomas & Michael Damian Thomas - Love Uncanny.
Sheila Williams - She edits a solid publication, but not one I keep up with.
So, Clarke and the Thomases will likely be at the top, followed by Datlow, Williams, and Adams, with Strahan at the bottom.