Hugo Nominees Announced

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I’ll paste in the Novels and the Short Stories below, since those are the categories that usually get the most interest:

Michael F. Flynn, Eifelheim (Tor)
Naomi Novik, His Majesty’s Dragon (Del Rey; also, Voyager, 1/06, as Temeraire)
Charles Stross, Glasshouse (Ace)
Vernor Vinge, Rainbows End (Tor)
Peter Watts, Blindsight (Tor)

Short Story
“How to Talk to Girls at Parties” by Neil Gaiman (Fragile Things, William Morrow)
“Kin” by Bruce McAllister (Asimov’s, February 2006)
“Impossible Dreams” by Timothy Pratt (Asimov’s, July 2006)
“Eight Episodes” by Robert Reed (Asimov’s, June 2006)
“The House Beyond Your Sky” by Benjamin Rosenbaum (Strange Horizons, September 2006)

The full list is here. I miss the days when these nominations would come out and I’d read a decent chunk of them. I’ll only add that Naomi Novik’s Temeraire books are pretty great. And I really have to take a look at that Charles Stross guy. And in the relatively unsexy “Related Books” category, Julie Phillips’ James Tiptree, Jr.: The Double Life of Alice B. Sheldon is pretty amazing. It’s the biography of a woman who had, essentially, a secret identity as a pioneering male SF writer — writing about aliens through a pseudonym became her way of dealing with her sense of her own strangeness. Who wouldn’t want to know more about that?