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 Related Work
- John Scalzi Is Not A Very Popular Author And I Myself Am Quite Popular: How SJWs Always Lie About Our Comparative Popularity Levels, by Theophilus Pratt - I can't decide yet whether I'm kidding
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!)
- The Philosopher Kings, by Jo Walton
- SevenEves, by Neal Stephenson
- The Dark Forest, by Liu Cixin
- Ancillary Mercy, by Ann Leckie
- Magic Shifts, by Ilona Andrews
- The House of Shattered Wings, by Aliette de Bodard
- Uprooted, by Naomi Novik
- The Fifth Season, by N.K. Jemisin
- The Grace of Kings, by Ken Liu
- Reflections, by Seanan McGuire (with recommendation to read the first in the series first)
- Killing Pretty, by Richard Kadrey
- Armada, by Ernest Cline
- Forgotten Suns, by Judith Tarr
- The Library at Mount Char, by Scott Hawkins
- Penric's Demon, by Lois McMaster Bujold
- "What Has Passed Shall In Kinder Light Appear" by Bao Shu (translated by Ken Liu)
- The New Mother by Eugene Fischer
- Speak Easy by Catherynne M. Valente
- "Time Bomb Time" by C.C. Finlay
- "Pocosin" by Ursula Vernon
- "And I Show You How Deep The Rabbit Hole Goes" by Scott Alexander
- "Damage" by David D. Levine
- "And to the Republic" by Rachel Kolar
- "The Ghosts" by Gwendolyn Clare
- "How the Grail Came to the Fisher King" by Sarah Avery
Dramatic Presentation - Long Form:
Best Dramatic Presentation - Short Form:
- Rick and Morty, "Total Rickall"
- Gravity Falls, "Not What He Seems"
- Steven Universe, season 1 finale or any season 2 episode
- Person of Interest, "If-Then-Else"
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!