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BSFA short fiction and Hugo nominations

Thanks to the BSFA's new two-round nomination system, we have a long list of 41 stories in the Best Short Fiction category, from we we can choose four to be aggregated into the eventual shortlist of five. This is actually quite tough, because four of the stories of the 41 are there because I nominated them, and so I am reading the others in competition with the vote I cast in the first round. Of course, these are all also eligible for the Hugos, so I also read with a view to augmenting my Hugo nominations for this year.

I was able to get almost all of the stories - not quite dedicated enough to buy back issues of Interzone or anthologies with only one entry of interest, but the rest I was able to access reasonably easily. In contrast to some of the other categories, I didn't detect much gratuitous log-rolling (compare the Best Novel contenders with zero following on Goodreads or LibraryThing). And my conclusion is that for the BSFA second round, I'm nominating: Wylding Hall is actually 43,000 words in length, but the BSFA has ruled it into the short fiction category. If that ruling should change, my backup nomination is: Of those, Wylding Hall (which is just over the Hugo novella word limit), "Wooden Feathers (a short story) and "A Short History of Migration in Five Fragments of You" (also a short story) are new to my Hugo list. However, the following also hit me sufficiently hard to be added to my expanding list of Hugo potential nominees:My list of short stories in particular is getting congested...


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Jan. 9th, 2016 03:19 pm (UTC)
I asked Pete Crowther of PS for the word count of Wylding Hall and he said it was a shade under 49,000. Where did you get your figure?

-- Mark
Jan. 9th, 2016 03:23 pm (UTC)
I converted my Kindle copy to .docx format using Calibre, and did a word count.
Jan. 9th, 2016 04:19 pm (UTC)
Ok, thanks. I've been quoting that 49k figure to various people assuming Pete knew what he was talking about!

-- Mark
Jan. 9th, 2016 04:44 pm (UTC)
The whole document is 45,005 words; shorn of front and back matter, I make the story itself 43,460.
Jan. 9th, 2016 04:33 pm (UTC)
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Jan. 11th, 2016 07:41 pm (UTC)
We have quite a lot of overlap in the stories we like but usually on opposite sides of the voting/bubbling under divide. I haven't read Wylding Hall yet but currently my votes are:

A Day In The Deep Freeze by Lisa Shapter
The Game of Smash and Recovery by Kelly Link
Manifesto of the Committee to Abolish Outer Space by Sam Kriss
Elephants and Corpses by Kameron Hurley

If I had another four, they would be:

Fabulous Beasts by Sharma Priya
Wooden Feathers by T Kingfisher
Liminal Grid by Jaymee Goh
Hungry Daughters of Starving Mothers by Alyssa Wong

I do think the novella thing is a bit odd. Sorcerer Of The Wildeeps is the same length as Wylding Hall (I think) but in the Best Novel category.
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