My Thoughts on the 2014 Hugo Noms: Novelettes

Voting closed on Thursday for the 2014 Hugo Awards and 1939 Retro Hugo Awards. I managed to read for some of the categories, and here are my thoughts.

BEST NOVELETTE

My ranking order (best to worst):

Ted Chiang’s story about life-logging and personal stories nails what short SF should do: it’s a little bit mind-bendy and a little bit prophetic. I loved it. I teared up with Kowal’s strong story about the choices women make between family and career. I see de Bodard’s name all over the place, but “The Waiting Stars” was an average space operetta. Torgersen presents an average military space romp. I’m still trying to figure out the point of “Opera Vita Aeterna,” other than to co-opt Middle Earth and remove the interesting conflicts and characters. Even the author seems bored with his own story.

Seriously, if there was one Hugo award for all of the fiction categories, Chiang should get it. “The Truth of Fact, the Truth of Feeling,” blows away all other competitors. READ IT!

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3 thoughts on “My Thoughts on the 2014 Hugo Noms: Novelettes

  1. Joachim Boaz says:

    I’m reading a rather powerful novel about the choices women make in the future, career and family etc — Naomi Mitchison’s Memoirs of a Spacewoman (1962) — it’s a series of episodes, contact with aliens, ruminations on family, discussions of the effects of “black out” there time is dilated and everyone you know back homes dies, ages much faster than you, etc….

    Worthwhile.

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