Sunday, 5 August 2018

Open Discussion — What's worth considering for the ballot in 2019?

The following list will be updated over the next few months as we read, watch, and listen to Hugo-eligible works for 2019. These are not necessarily what we plan to nominate, but rather works that at least one member of the Edmonton Hugo Book Club has enjoyed and believes to be worth consideration. We appreciate any additional suggestions in the comments.

Items that are controversial amongst our club are marked with an asterisk (*)

(List last updated on October 4, 2018). 

The Quantum Magician — Derek Künsken
Embers of War — Gareth Powell
The Calculating Stars — Mary Robinette Kowal
Record of a Spaceborn Few — Becky Chambers
Blackfish City — Sam J. Miller

The Million — Karl Shroeder
Gods, Monsters & The Lucky Peach — Kelly Robson*

The Only Harmless Great Thing — Brooke Bolander
A Study In Oils — Kelly Robson (Full text of story is HERE)

Short Story
Tierra y libertad — Madeline Ashby (Full text of story is HERE)
Noon In the Antilibrary — Karl Schroeder (Full text of story is HERE)
Contingency Plans For The Apocalypse — S.B. Divya

Best Series
Centennial Cycle — Malka Older

Related Work

Best Professional Artist

The Endless

Dramatic Presentation - Short Form
Westworld Season 2, Episode 8 "Kiksuya" — Written by Carly Wray & Dan Dietz
Preacher Season 3, Episode 8 — Written by Carla Ching, directed by Michael Morris
Expanse Season 3, Episode 10 "Abaddon's Gate" — Written by Daniel Abraham & Ty Franck and Naren Shankar
Counterpart Season 1, Episode 6, "Act Like You've Been Here Before" — Written by Jennifer Getzinger, directed by Justin Britt-Gibson
The Terror, Episode 1 "Go For Broke" — Written by David Kajganich, directed by Edward Berger

Graphic Story
Paradiso, Vol. 1: Essential Singularity — Ram V and Dev Pramanik
Days of Hate, Act One — Aleš Kot, Danijel Žeželj, Jordie Bellaire, and Tom Muller
The Black Monday Murders —  Jonathan Hickman, Tomm Coker, Michael Garland, and Rus Wooten
Eternity Girl — Magdalene Visaggio and Sonny Liew
The Wild Storm — Warren Ellis and Jon Davis-Hunt

Fan Writer
Alasdair Stewart

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  1. So far I've found six novellas I gave five stars and seven novellas I gave four stars. I notice that most of these are parts of larger series, which might mitigate against nominating them for a Hugo.

    I also liked the Bolander story, but at just 16,825 words, it's a novelette, not a novella.

    1. Thank you for pointing out the length of OHGT, I've edited the above post. It's probably top of my list for this year in any category.

      Read Artificial Condition & Beneath Sugar Sky are both great ... but I have a bias against sequels. Gods, Monsters and the Lucky Peach was good (and gets points for being set in my home town), but isn't quite what I look for on my nominating ballot.

      Will definitely read most of the other ones you have recommended.