Hey! Old news! The Nebula shortlist came out Friday!
Two of my picks on my shifting, fleeting, oft-reshuffled 2014 best novel shortlist were nominated. My reading overlap ratio isn’t nearly as uncanny as it was with the BSFA shortlist, but I didn’t expect to see much overlap between the two awards. I think I’m most relieved to see a few just-not-special-enough absences from this award shortlist.
The inclusion of Annihilation is probably a surprise to no one. I got more of that weird feeling from Nina Allan’s The Race, but VanderMeer’s eerie tale of environmental sentience and fungal graffiti has grown on me more since reading it. Ew, get it off!
It’s also not surprising to see Cixin Liu’s The Three Body Problem on this list, simply because of Ken Liu’s popularity. I liked the tale, and I enjoyed the non-Western perspective, which, oddly, happens to feel a whole lot like American/British Golden Age sci-fi. Heavy in science and stilt. I dig! But, unlike Annihilation, its presence in my mind has diminished quite a lot since reading it. I suspect there is better Chinese SF out there.
It’s funny how time changes our impressions about books.
The rest of shortlist remains on my unread list. And thanks to my December book binge, I am overdosed on recent releases, so I will not be reading this shortlist. Gannon, no. McDevitt, no.
The Nebula winners won’t be announced until June. I might overcome my 2014 gag reflex in time to check out Addison’s The Goblin Emperor and some of the short fiction. Still on the fence about reading Ancillary Sword.
The full list with links to free fiction is here.
I’ll post my review of The Algebraist Wednesday night. More 2000’s fiction. Eeesh.