The necessary companion to my award eligibility post!
I’m eligible to vote for both the Hugos and Nebulas this year. I seem to vaguely recall that some awards let you nominate five things, and some let you nominate six. I’m gonna make lists of six things in no particular order (I don’t want to single out any of these amazing authors as being #6!)
I’m focusing on short work because honestly, I am shitty at reading whole books in the year they come out. This was my PhD thesis year, so I was even shittier at it than I normally am. I did adore Catherynne M. Valente’s SPACE OPERA, though, and will be nominating it for All The Things. I also loved Yoon Ha Lee’s REVENANT GUN.
Here are my six favorite short stories of 2018:
- Brooke Bolander, “The Tale of the Three Beautiful Raptor Sisters and the Prince Who Was Made of Meat”
- Andi C. Buchanan, “Girls Who Do Not Drown”
- Meg Elison, “Rapture”
- Alix E. Harrow, “A Witch’s Guide to Escape: A Practical Compendium of Portal Fantasies”
- Stefanie Elrick, “Prism”
- John Wiswell, “Buyers’ Remorse and Seven Slain Cause ‘Adorable’ Robot Dinosaur Stock to Plummet Tuesday”
I’m not eligible to vote for any poetry awards this year, but just for the principle of the thing, here are my six favorite speculative poems as well.
Yes, half of them are from Twisted Moon. I’m trash.
- Alix Bosley, “Leda’s Womb”
- Rose Lemberg, “The Fear Tree”
- Toby MacNutt, “Batholith”
- Ariadne Makridakis, “Desert Skin in the Rainforest”
- Brandon O’Brien, “The Metaphysics of a Wine, In Theory and In Practice”
- Melody Watson, “celestial objects”