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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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fishlifter
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
nwhyte
Jan. 9th, 2016 03:23 pm (UTC)
I converted my Kindle copy to .docx format using Calibre, and did a word count.
fishlifter
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
nwhyte
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.

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