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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

Updated Hugo Ballot: What You Can Read For Free Right Now

I've compiled links to the freely available nominees on this year's ballot. This is an update to a previous post. After the voter packet was released, I noticed a few blog posts pointing to additional freely available stuff.


Best Novella

   The Butcher of Khardov, Dan Wells (Privateer Press) (excerpt only, not full text)
   “Equoid”, Charles Stross (Tor.com, 09-2013)
   “Wakulla Springs”, Andy Duncan and Ellen Klages (Tor.com, 10-2013)

Best Novelette

   “The Lady Astronaut of Mars”, Mary Robinette Kowal (maryrobinettekowal.com/Tor.com, 09-2013)
   “The Truth of Fact, the Truth of Feeling”, Ted Chiang (Subterranean, Fall 2013)
   “The Waiting Stars”, Aliette de Bodard (The Other Half of the Sky, Candlemark & Gleam)

Best Short Story 

   “If You Were a Dinosaur, My Love”, Rachel Swirsky (Apex Magazine, Mar-2013)
   “The Ink Readers of Doi Saket”, Thomas Olde Heuvelt (Tor.com, 04-2013)
   “Selkie Stories Are for Losers”, Sofia Samatar (Strange Horizons, Jan-2013)
   “The Water That Falls on You from Nowhere”, John Chu (Tor.com, 02-2013)


Best Related Work

   “We Have Always Fought: Challenging the Women, Cattle and Slaves Narrative”, Kameron Hurley (A Dribble of Ink)
   Writing Excuses Season 8, Brandon Sanderson, Dan Wells, Mary Robinette Kowal, Howard Tayler, and Jordan Sanderson


Best Graphic Story

   Time (XKCD)


Best Fanzine*

   A Dribble of Ink 



Best Fancast**


If I find more, I'll edit to include them and reshare. 


The complete ballot is here. For anyone interested in voting or getting to read a larger slice of the ballot, supporting memberships were $40 last time I checked.  Note: Orbit elected not to include the 3 nominated novels they published.  The authors have expressed their opinion of this already. My opinion is that this is an incredibly short sited decision which has resulted in generating bad press for these works and authors instead of creating potential buyers for their sequels. 


*These nominees included their Voter Packet content on their websites. As far as I can tell, Book Smugglers, Elitist Book Reviews, and Journey Planet have not made posts linking to their submitted content. If you have seen such links, please let me know.


**The Voter Packet included links to these specific pages. SF Signal provided a document with a set of links, but, as far as I can tell, haven't placed that aggregation of content on their sites as something I can link to a single page for. As above, let me know if you find such links.