Nominations for the 2019 Hugo Awards have just closed. Below are the works on my ballot, in no particular order. Some of the stories are free to read online; where that’s the case, I’ve included links.
The Kingdom of Copper, by S.A. Chakraborty. A stellar continuation of her Daevabad Trilogy.
The Last Astronaut, by David Wellington. A great sci-fi novel with some thriller aspects.
The Forbidden Stars, by Tim Pratt. The conclusion of his Axiom Trilogy. I only heard about this trilogy this year, blitzed through the first two books, and read this as soon as it came out.
The Winter of the Witch, by Katherine Arden. A wonderful end to Vasya’s journey, filled with beings from Eastern European folklore.
The Outside, by Ada Hoffman. A fascinating blend of far-future sci-fi and cosmic horror.
In the Shadow of Spindrift House, by Mira Grant (pen name of Seanan McGuire). A chilling story of a young woman caught between the biological family she never knew and the “found family” she’s built in their absence.
In An Absent Dream, by Seanan McGuire. The latest installment in her Wayward Children series. Although it’s of a very different genre and tone to Spindrift House, there are some similar themes.
Summer Frost, by Blake Crouch. A thought-provoking story about AI.
Desdemona and the Deep, by C.S.E. Cooney. A fun story about friendship, finding oneself, and fighting for justice.
“Waterlines” by Suzanne Palmer, in the July/August issue of Asimov’s. An engaging mystery set in an interesting world where humans have very limited interaction with an inscrutable species of aliens.
“The Thirty-Eight Hundred Bone Coat” by R.K. Duncan, in Beneath Ceaseless Skies
“A Handful of Sky” by Elly Bangs, in Beneath Ceaseless Skies
“Contagion’s Eve at the House Noctambulus” by Rich Larson, in the March/April issue of Fantasy and Science Fiction
“The Disappeared” by Leah Cypress, in the July/August issue of Asimov’s
“The Ocean Between the Leaves” by Ray Nayler, in the July/August issue of Asimov’s
Best Short Story
“Elegy of a Lanthornist” by M.E. Bronstein, in Beneath Ceaseless Skies
“The Moss Kings” by David Gullan, in the May/June issue of Fantasy and Science Fiction
“Boiled Bones and Black Eggs” by Nghi Vo, in Beneath Ceaseless Skies
“The Boy Who Loved Drowning” by R.K. Duncan, in Beneath Ceaseless Skies
“The Garden’s First Rule” by Sheldon Costa, in Strange Horizons
Wayward Children by Seanan McGuire
The Winternight Trilogy by Katherine Arden
The Axiom Trilogy by Tim Pratt
The Song of the Shattered Sands by Bradley P. Beaulieu
The Memoirs of Lady Trent by Marie Brennan
Best Graphic Story
The Dreaming, Vol. 1: Pathways and Emanations, by Neil Gaiman
House of Whispers, Vol. 1: The Power Divided, by Neil Gaiman and Nalo Hopkinson
House of Whispers, Vol.2: Ananse, by Nalo Hopkinson
The Order of the Stick: Utterly Dwarfed, by Rich Burlew
All Night Laundry, by Zachary Hall
Dramatic Presentation, Short Form
Good Omens Episode 5: “The Doomsday Option”
American Gods S2E6: “Donar the Great”
American Gods S2E7: “Treasure of the Sun”
Game of Thrones S8E2: “A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms”
Best Dramatic Presentation, Long Form
Astounding Award for Best New Writer