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Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Hugo Nominees 2011 - Novelette

Here are the 2011 Hugo Nominees in the Novellete category. Again, this is my general ranking, based solely on my opinion.

“That Leviathan, Whom Thou Hast Made” by Eric James Stone (Analog, September 2010)
Oh, well done! Well done! This was first for me: Mormon’s in space, not Jesuit’s. Very interesting look at religion in space with aliens.

“The Emperor of Mars” by Allen M. Steele (Asimov’s, June 2010)
A homage to Mars speculation, literature and exploration. Nicely done.

“Plus or Minus” by James Patrick Kelly (Asimov’s, December 2010)
When lives are at stake, know your math. A bit unsettling.

“Eight Miles” by Sean McMullen (Analog, September 2010)
Steampunk. A rich man has a furry ‘human’ whom he has decided needs to be in colder places as her faculties are "stupid” upon the earth because of the air. He hires a man and his balloon, who quickly realizes the furry human is not what she seems and neither is the rich man. Really didn’t grab my fancy, but then, I don't care for steampunk.

“The Jaguar House, in Shadow” by Aliette de Bodard (Asimov’s, July 2010)
Love settings in a future Mexico. Don't like stories that shift from POV to POV every page.  Would have been a better story in a longer format in my opinon.

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