Tuesday, 23 March 2021

Open Discussion — What's worth considering for the ballot in 2022?

The following list will be updated over the next few months as we read, watch, and listen to Hugo-eligible works for 2022. 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.

Updated on March 11, 2022 

Items marked with a “*” are ones for which there was significant disagreement within the book club. 

Machinehood — S.B. Divya
Chaos on Catnet — Naomi Kritzer
Shards of Earth — Adrian Tchaikovsky
Desolation Called Peace — Arkady Martine ** (At least one member of the club intends to nominate this, but at least one other had a strong aversion to it.) 
Civilations — Laurent Binet (translated by Sam Taylor) 

Remote Control — Nnedi Okorafor
These Lifeless Things — Premee Mohamed
The Annual Migration of Clouds — Premee Mohamed
Light Chaser — Peter F. Hamilton & Gareth Powell
Elder Race — Adrian Tchaikovsky

O2 Arena — Oghenechovwe Ekpeki
Self Care — Annalee Newitz
You Are Born Exploding — Rich Larson 

Short Story
Tyrannosaurus Hex — Sam J. Miller
The Trolley Solution — Shiv Ramdas
Crazy Beautiful — Cat Rambo
Orumai's Choice — Gautam Bhatia
Yesterday's Wolf — Ray Nayler

Best Series
Merchant Princes — Charles Stross
Chorus of Dragons — Jenn Lyons
Jade War trilogy — Fonda Lee

Related Work
True Believer — Abraham Riesman
Unstuck In Time — Robert B. Weide

Graphic Story
Strange Adventures — Written by Tom King, art by Mitch Gerads & Evan Shaner
Wasted Space — Written by Michael Moreci
Beasts of Burden: Occupied Territory — Written by Evan Dorkin & Sarah Dyer
Frontiersman — Written by Patrick Kindlon
Universe — Written and illustrated by Albert Monteys

Professional Artist
Will Staehle

Astounding Award for Best New Writer
Neil Sharpson (When The Sparrow Falls)
Gautam Bhatia (The Wall & The Horizon) 

Dramatic Presentation (Short Form) 
Expanse S05E10 — Nemesis Games
Shadow & Bone S01E01 — A Searing Burst Of Light
For All Mankind S02E01 — The Grey *** (While at least two members of the book club intend to include this on their ballots, several others within the book club have expressed a strong dislike for this work)
Schmigadoon — S01E01
Lower Decks S02E09 — Wej Duj 

Dramatic Presentation (Long Form) 
I'm Your Man (directed by Maria Schrader)
The Green Knight
In The Earth

Fan Writer
Cora Buhlert

Fan Artist
Iain Clark


  1. For Novel: Arkady Martine's A Desolation Called Peace. A most worthy sequel to A Memory Called Empire.

  2. My novel picks:
    Sorrowland - Rivers Solomon
    The Galaxy, and the Ground Within - Becky Chambers
    Machinehood - S. B. Divya
    Light From Uncommon Stars - Ryka Aoki
    Destroyer of Light - Jennifer Marie Brissett
    PS: I just started Far From the Light of Heaven, so it's a possibility as an addition, but I wouldn't be eliminating one of the others.

    The Necessity of Stars - E. Catherine Tobler
    A Psalm for the Wild-Built - Becky Chambers
    Fugitive Telemetry - Martha Wells
    The Annual Migration of Clouds - Premee Mohamed
    Nothing But Blackened Teeth - Cassandra Khaw

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  3. Is the Green Knight actually any good? The trailer made it look like a farrago of CGI nonsense.

    1. Five people in the book club saw it. Two hated it intensely. Three of us loved it.

      It's a movie for cinemaphiles, for film students, and for pretentious navel-gazers. And I say that without casting aspersions at any of those groups. Personally, I liked it a lot, but understand why some people really don't.

  4. I would recommend The Plague Birds, by Jason Sanford, to be considered for Best Novel.

    1. That's one I keep meaning to read, and had yet to get around to. I'm going to try and read it before the weekend. Thank you for the recommendation!