Sleeps With Monsters: Awards Season (or, Some Things I’m Nominating for the Hugos in the Fiction Categories)

It’s the time of year when thoughts turn to the Hugo Awards. Those of us able to nominate stare at several categories with the terrifying certainty that we haven’t read widely enough (or watched widely enough) to begin to have an informed opinion.*

So I thought I’d share with you some of the things I intend to nominate in the fiction categories, just in case anyone feels like they want to discuss literary merits vs. popularity in non-juried awards. I’m not going to share more than two or three things in a category: these are as much ideas for discussion as they are recommendations. There’s so much out there that’s good that even a much longer list will exclude some amazing work.

For the Best Short Story category, I think my favourite short story from last year was Max Gladstone’s “The Scholast in the Low Waters Kingdom,” ...