Here’s the part of my faves list that IS all award-eligible (as far as I know; I may have messed something up somewhere).
Hugo and Nebula nominations aren’t open yet, and by the time they are, I’ll have read even more stuff from 2017 thanks to other people’s rec lists and whatever else happens across my desk. But if I was nominating for all the awards tonight, here’s what I’d choose:
- Elaine Atwell, “Finity”
- Jess Barber and Sara Saab, “Pan-Humanism: Hope and Pragmatics”
- Delia Sherman, “At Cooney’s”
- Carlie St. George, “Three May Keep a Secret”
- JY Yang, “Waiting on a Bright Moon”
- Amal El-Mohtar, “Anabasis”
- S. Qiouyi Lu, “A Complex Filament of Light”
- Vina Jie-Min Prasad, “Fandom for Robots”
- A. Merc Rustad, “The House at the End of the Lane is Dreaming”
- Bogi Takács, “A Superordinate Set of Principles”
- Kat Howard, “Seven Salt Tears”
- Marissa Lingen, “Out of the Woods”
- Caroline M. Yoachim, “Carnival Nine”
- Melissa Moorer, “end at the skin”
- Holly Lyn Walrath, “Pine Song, Robin Song, Star Song”
- Karolina Fedyk & Elzbieta Glowacka, “Of Iliaster”
- Karen Bovenmyer, “Syncing Minefields”
- Gillian Daniels, “Persephone Kidnaps Him”
- Gabriel Noel, “If I Told You”
I don’t feel like I watch enough movies to vote for a Best Dramatic Presentation, but I adored The Last Jedi, and I thought Wonder Woman and Thor: Ragnarok were pretty frickin’ awesome, too. I’ve heard really good things about quite a few of 2017’s other movies. It’s going to be a tough category this year.
I’ll be tempted to nominate Charles Payseur for Best Fan Writer. I do not know how that guy eats or sleeps with the number of thoughtful and enthusiastic short fiction reviews he puts out. Bogi Takács is another tireless and intelligent reviewer who’s eligible in this category.
Uncanny and Strange Horizons have both put out huge amounts of really solid work this year, and I hope to see them both on the Best Semiprozine ballot.