Best Novel (in order from #6 to #1)
6. New York 2140 by Kim Stanley Robinson - Kim is leaving me cold, writing novels that (to me) are too long and too slow.
5. The Stone Sky by N.K. Jemisin - not a fantasy reader, and this is part of a series that I also bounced off of.
4. Raven Stratagem by Yoon Ha Lee - I enjoyed this book, although I found it dense. Yoon tosses you into the world's deep end and says "swim or die."
3. Provenance by Ann Leckie - another solid effort from Ann Leckie, and I find her worldbuilding very interesting
2. The Collapsing Empire by John Scalzi - a rollicking good time.
1. Six Wakes by Mur Lafferty - I really, really liked the concept behind this one.
Best Novella (in order from #6 to #1)
Others have said this and I have to agree - the hot competition in this year's ballot is in novellas.
6. Down Among the Sticks and Bones by Seanan McGuire - again, I really liked the concept behind this story. In a year with less competition, it would have rated higher for me.
5. The Black Tides of Heaven by JY Yang - I'm not a strong fan of fantasy.
4. Binti: Home by Nnedi Okorafor - again, this was a strong story, but given that it's a muddle-in-the-middle of the series, not quite strong enough.
3. River of Teeth by Sarah Gailey - this was a really weird and original story.
2, And Then There Were (N-One) by Sarah Pinsker - a great twist on that old standby, the locked-room mystery.
1. All Systems Red by Martha Wells - murderbots. Need I say more?
6. Children of Thorns by Aliette de Bodard - I've personally met Aliette, and she's good people, but this was the weakest of a strong bunch. I much prefer her Vietnamese ins space stories.
5. Small Changes Over Long Periods by K.M. Szpara - neat modern vampire story.
4. Extracurricular Activities by Yoon Ha Lee
3. Wind Will Rove by Sarah Pinsker - a neat twist on the old generation-ship concept.
2. A Series of Steaks by Vina Jie-Min Prasad - very clever concept and execution
1. The Secret Life of Bots by Suzanne Palmer - just a cute and entertaining story
Best Short Story
6. Clearly Lettered in a Mostly Steady Hand by Fran Wilde - catchy title, a bit too weird for me.
5. Carnival Nine by Caroline M. Yoachim - a touching little tale of mechanical beings.
4. Welcome to your Authentic Indian Experience™ by Rebecca Roanhorse - I enjoyed it. I suspect that, given my tastes aren't always that of the average Hugo voter, this is the story to beat in this category.
3. Fandom for Robots by Vina Jie-Min Prasad - a strong entry, and given that the author has two stories in Hugo contention, I put her as #1 on my Campbell list.
2. Sun, Moon, and Dust by Ursula Vernon - a neat twist on the old "find a hero in a haystack" story.
1. The Martian Obelisk by Linda Nagata - a somber and downbeat tale, but I like it.
Best Fan Writer
I only went to 4 on this, voting only for those I read.
4. Sarah Gailey
3. Mike Glyer
2. Foz Meadows
1. Camestros Felapton
The (as-yet nameless) Award for Best Young Adult Book (not a Hugo)
I also only went down to 4 on this.
4. The Art of Starving by Sam J. Miller - a bit too much teen angst for me to handle.
3. In Other Lands by Sarah Rees Brennan - somewhat bog-standard quest
2. Akata Warrior by Nnedi Okorafor - I'm liking more non-bog-standard magic systems
1. Summer in Orcus by written by T. Kingfisher (Ursula Vernon) - this I just adored, especially how the main character triumphed.
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