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    The 2013 Nebulas and Where You Can Find Them

    BEST NOVEL (40,000+ words) • We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Jay Fowler (Excerpt) • The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman (Excerpt) • Fire with Fire by Charles E. Gannon (Amazon Excerpt) • Hild by Nicola Griffith (Amazon Excerpt) • Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie (Excerpt) WINNER! • The Red: First Light by Linda Nagata (Excerpt) • A Stranger in Olondria by Sofia Samatar (Excerpt) • The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker (Excerpt) BEST NOVELLA (17,500 – 40,000 words) • “Wakulla Springs” by Andy Duncan & Ellen Klages (Full) • “The Weight of the Sunrise” by Vylar Kaftan (Full) WINNER! •…

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    The 2013 Hugos and Where You Can Find Them

    BEST NOVEL (40,000+ words) • 2312 by Kim Stanley Robinson (Amazon Excerpt) Skip it • Blackout by Mira Grant (Excerpt) Thumbs Up! • Captain Vorpatril’s Alliance by Lois McMaster Bujold (Excerpt) Either way • Redshirts: A Novel with Three Codas by John Scalzi (Excerpt) Thumbs Up! WINNER! • Throne of the Crescent Moon by Saladin Ahmed (Excerpt) Either way BEST NOVELLA (17,500 – 40,000 words) • “After the Fall, Before the Fall, During the Fall” by Nancy Kress (Amazon Excerpt) Either way • “The Emperor’s Soul” by Brandon Sanderson (Excerpt) Either way WINNER! • “On a Red Station, Drifting” by Aliette de Bodard (Excerpt) Skip it • “San Diego 2014:…

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    My Nebula Ratings

    Each year, I read through the nominations for the Hugos and Nebulas that I can (the ones available in some form, excerpt or full). I give them my “Thumbs Up“, “Skip It” or “Either way” vote. Now these are completely arbitrary ratings, based on my opinion. The opinion of a citizen, a man with a college degree, but not a masters. A man with no real literary background or experience. A lowercase-A author. My main concern is the ones I rate “Skip it”. They’re usually stories that are too complicated or sequels to something. Like this year I gave a “Skip it” to Mary Robinette Kowal’s “Glamour and Glass”. Miss…

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    The 2012 Nebulas And Where To Find Them

    BEST NOVEL (40,000+ words) • Throne of the Crescent Moon by Saladin Ahmed (Excerpt) Either way • Ironskin by Tina Connolly (Excerpt) [Book Trailer] Thumbs Up! • The Killing Moon by N. K. Jemisin (Excerpt) Skip it • The Drowning Girl by Caitlín R. Kiernan (Amazon Excerpt) [Book Trailer] Thumbs Up! • Glamour in Glass by Mary Robinette Kowal (Excerpt) Skip it • 2312 by Kim Stanley Robinson (Amazon Excerpt) Skip it WINNER! BEST NOVELLA (17,500 – 40,000 words) • “On a Red Station, Drifting” by Aliette de Bodard (Excerpt) Skip it • “After the Fall, Before the Fall, During the Fall” by Nancy Kress (Amazon Excerpt) Either way WINNER!…

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    The 2012 Hugos and Where You Can Find Them

    And of course, as soon as I’m done reading the Nebulas, the Hugos get announced. Lots of crossovers this year though. Remember — the Hugos are a popular vote, voted on by anyone who pays money to Worldcon to become a member. BEST NOVEL (40,000+ words)• Among Others by Jo Walton (Excerpt) (Google Books Preview) (Amazon Excerpt) Thumbs Up!WINNER!• A Dance with Dragons by George R. R. Martin (Excerpt) (Google Books Preview) (Amazon Excerpt) Thumbs Up!• Deadline by Mira Grant (Excerpt) (Amazon Excerpt) Thumbs Up!• Embassytown by China Miéville (Excerpt) (Amazon Excerpt) Skip it• Leviathan Wakes by James S. A. Corey (Excerpt) (Google Books Preview) (Amazon Excerpt) Thumbs Up! BEST NOVELLA (17,500 –…

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    The 2011 Nebulas and Where To Find Them

    It’s award time already? Damn, felt like I just made this list. It’s only February people. The year just woke up. Like I do every year, in my attempt to make myself seem like a legitimate writer (see previous post), I list what got nominated and where you can read ’em to judge for yourself. Personal judgement and winners to come. Remember — the Nebulas are not a popular vote, they’re voted on by SFWA members and lean towards stories with more literary merit than popularity. BEST NOVEL (40,000+ words) • Among Others by Jo Walton (Excerpt) (Google Books Preview) (Amazon Excerpt) Thumbs Up! WINNER! • Embassytown by China Miéville (Excerpt)…

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    The 2011 Hugos and Where You Can Find Them

    BEST NOVEL·Blackout/All Clear by Connie Willis (Amazon Excerpt) WINNER!·Cryoburn by Lois McMaster Bujold (Excerpt)·The Dervish House by Ian McDonald (Amazon Excerpt)·Feed by Mira Grant (Excerpt) Either way·The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms by N.K. Jemisin (Excerpt) BEST NOVELLA·The Lady Who Plucked Red Flowers beneath the Queen’s Window by Rachel Swirsky (Full) Thumbs Up!·The Lifecycle of Software Objects by Ted Chiang (Full) Thumbs Up! WINNER!·The Maiden Flight of McCauley’s Bellerophon by Elizabeth Hand·The Sultan of the Clouds by Geoffrey A. Landis (Full) Thumbs Up!·Troika by Alastair Reynolds BEST NOVELETTE·Eight Miles by Sean McMullen·The Emperor of Mars by Allen M. Steele (Full) (Audio) WINNER!·The Jaguar House, in Shadow by Aliette de Bodard (Full) Skip…

  • The 2010 Nebulas and Where You Can Find Them

    Well, I did this for the Hugos last year, so why not for the Nebulas this year? Here’s where you can find all the stuff nominated for this year’s Nebulas if it’s available online along with my own personal review. I’m going to read them anyway, so why not you? Enjoy! SHORT STORY ·“Arvies” by Adam-Troy Castro (Full) Thumbs Up! ·“How Interesting: A Tiny Man” by Harlan Ellison (Full) Thumbs Up! WINNER! (tie) ·“Ponies” by Kij Johnson (Full) Thumbs Up! WINNER! (tie) ·“I’m Alive, I Love You, I’ll See You in Reno” by Vylar Kaftan (EscapePod Audio Edition) (Full) Skip it ·“The Green Book” by Amal El-Mohtar (Full) Either way…

  • The 2010 Hugos and Where You Can Find Them

    So every year the Hugos and Nebulas come out and I try and read them all. Of course, it’s hard to read the novels, but they do have excerpts. So at least you can get an idea for what the book is about when they talk about it in the blogs. This year, I thought I’d let you all in on what I find too. Share the wealth, that’s what I say. So here are all the links I found to this year’s Hugo nominations online. Some are full and some are excerpts. I usually didn’t include Amazon if I didn’t have to, but that’s another resource you can use.…

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    The Books I Read: January – March 2009

    While I’m wool-gathering brain-storming researching develop the background for Mermaid Story, let’s take a look at the books I read this past quarter. Coraline by Neil Gaiman I discovered this online for free shortly before the movie came out, although that’s not really relevant since I haven’t seen it yet. It’s a good book, good children’s story. Like Alice in Wonderland if it was directed by Tobe Hooper. There’s something about the “Person falls into Magic World” that’s still appealing, and Gaiman’s done it thrice now (Coraline for the kids, Mirrormask for the teens, and Neverwhere for the adults). He does a good job of starting out as mundane, moving…