Monday, 3 July 2017

Open Discussion — What's worth considering for the ballot in 2018?

The following list will be updated over the next few months as we read, watch, and listen to Hugo-eligible works for 2018. 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 (*) 

(Most recently Updated - March, 2018)

Autonomous — Annalee Newitz
The Collapsing Empire* — John Scalzi
The Stars Are Legion — Kameron Hurley
The Space Between The Stars* — Anne Corlett
New York 2140 — Kim Stanley Robinson
The Berlin Project* — Gregory Benford
American War — Omar El Akkad
Six Wakes* — Mur Lafferty
Luna: Wolf Moon* — Ian McDonald

All Systems Red — Martha Wells
The Ghost Line — Andrew Gray & J.S. Herbison
Gravity Of The Game* — Jon Del Arroz
Killing Gravity — Corey J. White
River Of Teeth* — Sarah Gailey

Short Story

A Passing Sickness — Paolo Bacigalupi
Sanctuary — Allen Steele
Paradox — Naiomi Kritzer
The Secret Life Of Bots — Suzanne Palmer

Merchant Princes / Empire Games — Charles Stross (Stross has asked that this not be nominated)
Shades of Magic / A Conjuring of Light — V.E. Schwab
The Hot War — Harry Turtledove

Graphic Story
Extremity — Writer Daniel Warren Johnson, Artist Mike Spicer
Doom Patrol — Writer Gerard Way, Artist Nick Derington
Shattered Warrior — Writer Sharon Shinn, Artist Molly Knox Ostertag
Shade The Changing Girl — Writer Cecli Castellucci, Artist Marley Zircon
My Favourite Thing Is Monsters — Writer/Artist Emil Ferris
Colossi — Writer Ricardo Mo, Artist Alberto Muriel

Best Related Work
The Spectacular Sisterhood of Superwomen: Awesome Female Characters from Comic Book History by Hope Nicholson
Geography of Middle Earth blog posts by Alex Acks
(Tolkien’s Map and The Messed Up Mountains of Middle-earth  & Tolkien’s Map and the Perplexing River Systems of Middle-earth)
Dramatic Presentation: Long Form
Blade Runner 2049
Star Trek: Discovery (Season 1)
War for the Planet of the Apes
Get Out
The Shape Of Water

Dramatic Presentation: Short Form

The Good Place, Season 1, Episode 13 "Michael's Gambit"
Handmaid's Tale, Season 1, Episode 8 "Jezebels"
Expanse, Season 2, Episode 10 "Cascade"
12 Monkeys, Season 3, Episode 10, "Witness"
Game Of Thrones, Season 7, Episode 1, "Dragonstone"
Preacher, Season 2, Episode 6, "Sokosha" (Must-see if just for "Happy Soul Go Go.")

Please don't nominate Orville. It will make us very sad to see that on the ballot.


  1. Thanks! I've got a running to-read list going on my own blog, with very little on my "might nominate" list so far. I've bookmarked this page and will keep checking back! You've already given me quite a few things to add to my to-read list.

    I especially appreciate the KSR mention - for some reason I thought New York 2140 was last year! I still need to read it!

    1. Did you end up getting a chance to read NY2140? I'm still very pleased to have it on my nominations.

  2. In Calabria By Peter S. Beagle was a lovely moving read. It is marked as a novel at the library but it is short.

  3. I love The space between the stars. I am also enjoying the Walking Land by Callie Bates but I am only part way in. I will let you know if it should be on the list after I am done :)

    1. It is waking land not walking... and I liked it but not sure it adds much to the genre and so not sure it should be on the list.
      Also - IMO The Berlin project does not fit the genre. It is supposedly an alternative history but the first two thirds are pretty much straight history and then, I am told but I gave up on it, the last third is thriller.

  4. In Graphic Story, Stand Still Stay Silent is continuing and would be eligible.