Monday, August 31, 2015

Tell me which 2015 SFF is knocking your socks off! - Updated 8/31/15

I've been getting a lot of interesting recommendations, so time for an updated list! I'll post more updates periodically, as I receive more good recommendations and as I finish reading things that *I* love!

What science fiction and fantasy have you read or watched, and loved, this year? I'm specifically looking for works that were first published or aired in 2015 and are eligible for nomination for the 2016 Hugo Awards. I'm especially hungry for recommendations of good shorter-than-novel-length fiction since I have a hard time finding good shorter works. I want recommendations of novels, too, though, please.

Here are the things on my "I might nominate this!" list so far (in no particular order):

Best Novel:
Best Related Work
Best Dramatic Presentation - Long Form:
Best Fan Writer:
Here are a list of things that have been recommended to me so far, or that I'm just really looking forward to reading anyway. I'm going to read through as many of them as I can!

(Disclaimer: I'm only listing things here I think I might be interested in. There are many more extensive general lists of recommendations, and many more comprehensive lists of eligible works - please link me to more of these too!)

Novels:
Dramatic Presentation - Long Form:
Best Dramatic Presentation - Short Form:
John W. Campbell Award (not a Hugo):

Tell me about the new SFF you're loving! I want to read it! Also, please tell me what you love about it, if you can without too much spoiler!

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Review: The Just City - Jo Walton

The Just City, by Jo Walton

This story is delightful. The goddess Athene decides to run an experiment - a real-life city based on Plato's The Republic. Athene brings 300+ adults, all intellectuals, from different times spanning thousands of years to help set up and run the city. 10,000+ children, including an incarnate Apollo, are brought to the city to learn and become their Best Selves. Robots. Time travel. Impending doom - the Just City is situated at the feet of the rumbling volcano on Kallisti. And of course, because humans and Greek gods are imperfect creatures, there are flaws in the experiment.

More thoughts, with spoilers, behind the cut. If you're at all interested in reading the book, I'd suggest reading it before being spoiled further!

Also, don't forget to tell me what 2015 SFF has been blowing your socks off! OK, on to The Just City spoilery thoughts:


Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Tell me about the good SFF you've read/watched in 2015!

So, now that a record number of fans have shown up to prove that the group barking "You are a tiny clique trying to block us completely out of the Hugo Awards" were, in fact, the tiny clique who themselves were trying to block everybody else out of the awards.... Let's move on to what new SFF has been coming out!

What science fiction and fantasy have you read or watched, and loved, this year? I'm specifically looking for works that were first published or aired in 2015 and are eligible for nomination for the 2016 Hugo Awards. I'm especially hungry for recommendations of good shorter-than-novel-length fiction since I have a hard time finding good shorter works. I want recommendations of novels, too, though, please.

Here are the things on my "I might nominate this!" list so far (in no particular order):

Best Novel:
Best Dramatic Presentation - Long Form:
Best Fan Writer:
Here are a list of things that have been recommended to me so far, or that I'm just really looking forward to reading anyway. I'm going to read through as many of them as I can!

(Disclaimer: I'm only listing things here I think I might be interested in. There are many more extensive general lists of recommendations, and many more comprehensive lists of eligible works - please link me to more of these too!)

Novels:
Novelettes:
Short Stories:
Dramatic Presentation - Long Form:

Tell me about the new SFF you're loving! I want to read it!

I'll posted updated lists periodically.

Saturday, August 22, 2015

My Hugo predictions

Which will probably be mostly wrong :)

Campbell: Wesley Chu

Best Fan Artist: don't know enough to guess

Best Fan Writer: don't know enough to guess

Best Fancast: Galactic Suburbia

Best Fanzine: No Award

Best Semiprozine: Lightspeed

Best Related Work: No Award

Best Graphic Story: Ms. Marvel

Best Editor - Short Form: Mike Resnick

Best Editor - Long Form: Sheila Gilbert

Best Professional Artist: don't know enough to make a guess

Best Dramatic Presentation - Short Form: Game of Thrones 

Best Dramatic Presentation - Long Form: Guardians of the Galaxy

Best Short Story: Totaled by Kary English

Best Novelette: No Award

Best Novella: No Award

Best Novel: The Three-Body Problem by Liu Cixin  

ETA: Click through here for the winners! I was partly right, but I was also partly wrong. I did not think fandom would reject the people gaming the system with slates so completely; I should have known better!
http://www.thehugoawards.org