Monday 18 March 2019

Open Discussion — What's worth considering for the ballot in 2020?

The following list will be updated over the next few months as we read, watch, and listen to Hugo-eligible works for 2020. 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 February 28, 2020). 

The Light Brigade — Kameron Hurley
Future Of Another Timeline — Annalee Newitz
The Ruin Of Kings* — Jenn Lyons
Lent — Jo Walton*
Famous Men Who Never Lived — K Chess
Stealing Worlds — Karl Schroeder*
Magic For Liars — Sarah Gailey*

Unauthorized Bread — Cory Doctorow
Waterlines — Suzanne Palmer
At The Fall — Alec Nevala-Lee
This Is How You Lose The Time War — Amal El-Mohtar & Max Gladstone
Vigilance — Robert Jackson Bennett
The Work Of Wolves — Tegan Moore

Emergency Skin — N.K. Jemisin

Short Story
Articulated Restraint — Mary Robinette Kowal
Any Way The Wind Blows — Seanan McGuire
Miles and Miles and Miles — Andrew Romine
A Place to Stand On — Marie Vibbert
Shucked — Sam J. Miller

Wormwood Trilogy — Tade Thompson

John W. Campbell Jr.  Astounding Award For Best New Writer
Sean Grigsby

Best Related Work
Op-Eds From The Future — Susan Fowler
The Pleasant Profession Of Robert A. Heinlein — Farrah Mendelson
The Dark Fantastic — Ebony Elizabeth Thomas
Becoming Superman — J. Michael Straczynski
The Worlds of Ursula K. le Guin — Arwen Curry

Best Professional Artist

Dramatic Presentation - Long Form
Captive State — Written and directed by Rupert Wyatt
Fast Color — Written and directed by Julia Hart
Years & Years — Written by Russell T Davies, directed by Simon Cellan Jones and Lisa Mulcahy
Prospect — Written and directed by Zeek Earl and Chris Caldwell [Eligible in 2020 due to WSFS motion]
The Colour Out Of Space — Directed by Richard Stanley

Dramatic Presentation - Short Form
Counterpart Season 2, Episode 6, "Twin Cities" — Written and directed by Justin Marks
The Magicians Season 4, Episode 13, "The Seam"  
Good Omens, Season 1, Episode 3, Written by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett, directed by Douglas Mackinnon
Watchmen Season 1, Episode 1 "It's Summer and We're Running Out of Ice," Written by Damon Lindelof, directed by Nicole Kassell

Graphic Story
Invisible Kingdom — G. Willow Wilson & Christian Ward
Coda — Simon Spurrier & Matias Bergara
The Archangels of Vinea — Roger LeLoup
Wasted Space — Michael Moreci & Hayden Sherman
Outer Darkness — Afu Chan & John Layman
Beasts of Burden: The Presence Of Others — Evan Dorkin &

Black Nerd Problems
Galactic Journey

Nerds Of A Feather

Androids & Assets

Fan Artist
Richard Man
Iain J. Clark

Fan Writer


  1. Sheesh it really is the year of time travel! Biff is POTUS so it makes sense.

    I came here to suggest another one, a novella I think:

    This Is How You Lose the Time War by Amal El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone

    1. I really want to read that! It's on my pile of books to be read!

      And it's not just the year of time travel, it's the year of *feminist* time travel, which is GREAT!

  2. Since you indicated an interest in suggestions, this year's Hugo winner for short story, Alix Harrow, has her first novel coming out in September - I've read an advance copy, and for me it's a definite contender for my nomination ballot. :-) I hope one or more of your club members gives The Ten Thousand Doors of January a read when it's released.

    And thank you all for your work - on this site and on Twitter. You add a lot to my experience as a Hugo voter!

    1. You're very kind! Thank you!

      And I will DEFINITELY read The Ten Thousand Doors of January when it's released. Harrow's excellent.

  3. Emergency Skin isn't a novella, I have it as c8,500 words.

    1. Thanks. I'll update that.

      Didn't have an accurate wordcount anywhere.

    2. Emergency Skin is a novelette. it is a novelette

  4. Elizabeth Bear's "Ancestral Nights" was an amazing read, and my favorite SF/Fantasy novel so far this year. It just grabbed me and did not let go. Worth considering. Totally agree on "This Is How You Lose The Time War" and "Wormwood".

    Thanks for all the passion and hard work you bring to this. I'll be considering some of your suggestions.

    1. I still have yet to read the new Bear book, but intend to. Thank you for the suggestion & reminder.