2009 Hugo Ballot

I find myself excited about speculative fiction awards this year. I’ve been helping enter awards on LibraryThing (Hugo Nominees). When the Hugo Ballot was announced, I noticed that I had 2 of the 5 novels and had really enjoyed one of the novellas, so I went ahead and picked up the other 3 novels, and tracked down most of what’s listed below so that I can have my own opinion this year. I’m going to update this post with links to my reviews, and as many places as I can find the stories. 9/20 Over half Most of the items I listed below are available for free online in one form or another.

Best Novel
(639 Ballots / Bulletins)

  • Anathem by Neal Stephenson (Morrow; Atlantic UK)
  • The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman (HarperCollins; Bloomsbury UK) – videos of Gaiman reading the entire book over the course of a book tour.
  • Little Brother by Cory Doctorow (Tor Teen; HarperVoyager UK) Free DownloadMentatJack Review
  • Saturn’s Children by Charles Stross (Ace; Orbit UK)
  • Zoe’s Tale by John Scalzi (Tor)

Best Novella
(337 Ballots / Bulletins)

  • “The Erdmann Nexus” by Nancy Kress (Asimov’s Oct/Nov 2008) — read online
  • “The Political Prisoner” by Charles Coleman Finlay (F&SF Aug 2008) – Read Online
  • “The Tear” by Ian McDonald ( Galactic Empires)
  • “True Names” by Benjamin Rosenbaum & Cory Doctorow ( Fast Forward 2) — Read Free, Listen Free, MentatJack Review
  • “Truth” by Robert Reed (Asimov’s Oct/Nov 2008) – read online

Best Novelette
(373 Ballots / Bulletins)

  • “Alastair Baffle’s Emporium of Wonders” by Mike Resnick (Asimov’s Jan 2008) — Read Online
  • “The Gambler” by Paolo Bacigalupi ( Fast Forward 2) — Read Online
  • “Pride and Prometheus” by John Kessel (F&SF Jan 2008) — Read Online
  • “The Ray-Gun: A Love Story” by James Alan Gardner (Asimov’s Feb 2008) — Read Online
  • “Shoggoths in Bloom” by Elizabeth Bear (Asimov’s Mar 2008) — Read Online

Best Short Story
(448 Ballots / Bulletins)

  • “26 Monkeys, Also the Abyss” by Kij Johnson (Asimov’s Jul 2008) — Read Online
  • “Article of Faith” by Mike Resnick (Baen’s Universe Oct 2008) – Read Onlinelisten on EscapePod
  • “Evil Robot Monkey” by Mary Robinette Kowal ( The Solaris Book of New Science Fiction, Volume Two) Read Online
  • “Exhalation” by Ted Chiang ( Eclipse Two) Read Onlinelisten on EscapePod
  • “From Babel’s Fall’n Glory We Fled” by Michael Swanwick (Asimov’s Feb 2008) – read online

[edit 2009-03-23] I found the Pride and Prometheus link via Joe Sherry’s Blog
[edit 2009-03-24]Thanks to John Ottinger over at Grasping for the Wind for links to some of the short stories.
[edit 2009-04-14]Thanks to Realms of Speculative Fiction for a few more novella links and the last short story I was missing. Also thanks to Joe Sherry for the Graveyard Book link.

~ by mentatjack on March 22, 2009.

2 Responses to “2009 Hugo Ballot”

  1. […] little while ago, I griped about the Short Story nominees for this year’s Hugo Awards. I’ve now finished the nominees in the Novella and Novelette categories, so I thought […]

  2. […] the Hugo awards this year. I entered all the nominees on LibraryThing. I tracked down links to where stuff was available to read for free online. I read or listened to all the short stories and some of the books […]

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