February 15th, 2016

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Hugo-eligible short fiction Oct-Dec 2015: my first take

As previously noted (here, here and here), I've been populating my potential shortlists of Hugo nominees by reading the output of Tor.com, Clarkesworld, Asimov's, Subterranean Press and Strange Horizons for the calendar year of 2015. I've now finished that process and also read a few other bits and pieces, including most of the stories nominated for the BSFA Award. I'm aware that my list varies quite a lot from other people's, but I'm also encouraged by recent reports suggesting that the best outcome for the awards is simply for lots of people to nominate lots of good stuff. So I'm not going to worry too much about nominating tactically; I'm just going to make sure that I have five good nominations in each category.

From the last quarter of the year, my favourite stories from my chosen venues were Collapse )

So my current set of long lists is Collapse )

There are rather too many short stories, always an over-populated category, and I have a new understanding for why it has been so difficult to winnow down that particular corner of the field in recent years. Now I look forward to browsing other people's recommendations - looking particularly at the Rocket Stack Rank and Ladybusiness aggregations of ratings - and also seeing what the Nebula shortlist looks like before I finalise my choices.