Now that the awards have been made, here are my reactions.
(Also, hurrah, Helsinki in 2017!)
This is my final ballot for this year's Hugos, with some thoughts on
the categories for which I haven't written full reviews.
2013 SF, by the only non-slate nominee for the Campbell this year.
Unaging aliens and their human hosts struggle across the Earth.
Four nominees in this category that conform to my criteria. I'm not
much of a comics reader as a rule, but there's a pleasing diversity of
For this year's Hugo awards there are three semiprozines in contention
that satisfy my voting criteria. One didn't bother to provide a sample
in the Hugo packet. This is one of the other two.
There's only one non-slate novelette on the ballot this year, so
that's what I'm reviewing here: The Day The World Turned Upside
Down, by Thomas Olde Heuvelt.
2014 translation of 2006 SF from China. In the long shadow of the
Cultural Revolution, various people try to work out why scientists are
As has been widely discussed, a group of science fiction fans and
hangers-on managed to populate the 2015 Hugo Award nominees with many
works from their preferred list. What is a reasonable response to this?
2014 fantasy. Maia is the fourth son of the emperor of Elfland, exiled
to a rural estate and forgotten about. But now the emperor is dead
along with his other sons, and Maia becomes the new emperor, thrown
headlong into court politics for which he is unprepared.
Sequel to Ancillary Justice. Breq, now a Fleet Captain, travels to a
backwater world to help assure its survival in the civil war.