Nicholas (nwhyte) wrote,

2013 Hugos: Best Short Story

There are only three nominees in this category. I think that is a problem, but I don't have any bright ideas about what to do about it. Anyway, I found it pretty easy to rank them:

3) "Mantis Wives" by Kij Johnson. This is an interesting idea, but it isn't actually a story.

2) "Immersion" by Aliette de Bodard. Nice style but didn't engage me.

1) "Mono no Aware" by Ken Liu. Superb stuff, updating "The Cold Equations" with a huge dollop of cultural awareness. No doubt experts will whine that the engineering in the story is unsound, but it convinces me enough for the emotional impact.

I feel much more strongly about this ranking than any of the other three fiction categories.

See also: Best Novel | Best Novella | Best Novelette | Best Dramatic Presentation (Short Form)
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