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2020 Hugo Nominations revisited 11 April 2020

The nomination results are out.

Best Novel

  • The City in the Middle of the Night, by Charlie Jane Anders
  • Gideon the Ninth, by Tamsyn Muir
  • The Light Brigade, by Kameron Hurley
  • A Memory Called Empire, by Arkady Martine
  • Middlegame, by Seanan McGuire
  • The Ten Thousand Doors of January, by Alix E. Harrow

Really sorry to see The Future of Another Timeline not make it, but that's still two decent books (IMHO) in the list. I don't get on at all with McGuire, and I hated the one Hurley I read, but many people whose tastes I respect really like Hurley so I'll probably give it a go. I've never heard of Muir, and the only thing I've read of Harrow's is the winning short story last year.

Best Novella

  • “Anxiety Is the Dizziness of Freedom”, by Ted Chiang
  • The Deep, by Rivers Solomon, with Daveed Diggs, William Hutson & Jonathan Snipes
  • The Haunting of Tram Car 015, by P. Djèlí Clark
  • In an Absent Dream, by Seanan McGuire
  • This Is How You Lose the Time War, by Amal El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone
  • To Be Taught, If Fortunate, by Becky Chambers

I don't like Chiang as much as the rest of the world does. Time War was my only serious nomination. I'll certainly look out the Chambers; I've liked everything else of hers I've read.

None of my other short fiction nominations made it.

Best Series

  • The Expanse, by James S. A. Corey
  • InCryptid, by Seanan McGuire
  • Luna, by Ian McDonald
  • Planetfall series, by Emma Newman
  • Winternight Trilogy, by Katherine Arden
  • The Wormwood Trilogy, by Tade Thompson

I didn't nominate here, but after my experience with Abaddon's Gate I'd vote for almost anything over The Expanse. Nothing here I feel enthused to go off and read, though I do plan to catch up with the sequels to Planetfall at some point.

See also:
2020 Hugo Nominations

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