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Feb. 22nd, 2012

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BASFA 2012 Hugo Award Recommendations: Best Novella

As in previous years, the Bay Area Science Fiction Association held Hugo Award Recommendation Nights in January and February, and we are posting our accumulated recommendations in a series of entries here.

A key to the initials of the people making recommendations is in basfa's community journal. This post may change if we receive additional recommendations from club members.

Ants of Flanders (F&SF Jul/Aug, Robert Reed): AJF, CJG
Gravity Dreams (Stephen Baxter): BL, CJG
Hiding Place (Asimov's, Apr, Adam-Troy Castro): AJF, CJG
Ice Owl (F&SF, Carolyn Ives Gilman ): CMM
Killer Advice (Asimov’s Jan, Kristine Kathryn Rusch): AJF, CJG, DO, JOR
The Man Who Bridged the Mist (Asimov’s, Kij Johnson ): CMM
Silently and Very Fast (WSFA Press, Clarkesworld, Catherynne Valente ): CMM, JOR

Jan. 15th, 2012



The Man Who Ended History: A Documentary by Ken Liu [Best Novella 2012]

This one is almost hard to recommend, since it covers a really brutal bit of history, but after letting it rattle around my head it just got more powerful. It's about remembering history versus dwelling on the past, how truth gets tangled up in politics and agendas, and how we relate to our past as individuals and nations. The ghost of Iris Chang hangs heavy over this one.

You might want to proceed with caution in the reading of the story, and the googling of the history it addresses if you're that sort of reader, it's ugly interment camp, war-crime stuff.

The Man Who Ended History: A Documentary (PDF)

He has some other good stories from last year, one of which I will be posting separately about.

Jan. 8th, 2012

[Me] Renovation


The Magician King (by Lev Grossman) [Best Novel]

I would like to recommend The Magician King by Lev Grossman for the Best Novel award. I read it after reading the first book in last year's Hugo packet, and was quickly enthralled by the universe Grossman sets up; the way in which magic is described very much appealed to me, and I also liked the idea of a college for magicians that takes place after regular schooling (I do like the idea of magicians living in the real world rather than being completely separate from reality as in the HP books). Whilst I was a little disappointed with the ending of the first book, I really felt the second book was a cut above the first one. The structure and pacing of the book was much stronger and I liked that the reader gets a chance to see what else was taking place parallel to the events in the first novel, interweaved with the main plot. I must confess that I cannot wait for the sequel that must surely be en route.

In related news, cmdrsuzdal and I are tagging things that we see and like on Pinboard (I suspect this will mostly be short stories) with the tag 'hugo_recommend'. Click here to view Pinboard's global tag page for that, which includes an option to subscribe to an RSS feed of our recommendations. If you are also saving Hugo-eligible works on Pinboard, please do use the same tag!

Aug. 1st, 2011



2012 Novella recommendation: Countdown, by Mira Grant

Revised and reposted, August 1

Countdown, A Newsflesh Novella is now available as an e-book.

Seanan's post on the new release is here.

We now return to your original recommendation post, already in progress.

Mira Grant's Newsflesh trilogy is set twenty years after the events known as The Rising. Book One of the trilogy, Feed, is one of this year's Best Novel nominees; Book Two, Deadline, was released May 31st. COUNTDOWN is a series of vignettes set in the weeks immediately leading up to The Rising.

Links to the individual vignettes behind the cut.Collapse )

When will you Rise?
The Hugo Awards

April 2015




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