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Saturdays in Books

Reviews of speculative fiction, YA, middle grade, and graphic novels, along with stray thoughts, links, and pictures.

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The SFWA European Hall of Fame: Sixteen Contemporary Masterpieces of Science Fiction from the Continent
Kathryn Morrow, James K. Morrow

2018 Hugo Ballot: Best Short Story

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.


All of these are available online, so I've included links.


  • Carnival Nine,” by Caroline M. Yoachim (Beneath Ceaseless Skies, May 2017) - A well written story with a different take on the spoons metaphor, I liked this quite a bit. It's both cute and sharp.



  • Fandom for Robots,” by Vina Jie-Min Prasad (Uncanny, September/October 2017) - Adorable tale about robots and fan fiction. So cute! Probably my favorite on this list.


  • The Martian Obelisk,” by Linda Nagata (Tor.com, July 19, 2017) - Well written, but feels out of date. Like it was written in the early 90's or something.


  • Sun, Moon, Dust by Ursula Vernon, (Uncanny, May/June 2017) - Good, but not even in Vernon's top 10.



For me, Fandom for Robots is top of the ballot. The story just fires on all cylinders. Roanhorse's story is second, followed closely by Yoachim and Vernon. I'm not sure I'll list the remaining 2 on my ballot. I just didn't feel strongly about either one.