I feel like I read and watched and listened a lot last year. In retrospect, a lot of that was older, but them’s the breaks when you uncouple yourself from things like broadcast listing and publishing schedules and the mad crush of getting a steel rocketship as validation of one’s career choices.

(Granted, I think it would be cool to win one of those rocketships one day, but I think it would be much, much cooler if many tens of thousands of people bought my books. That way, I could buy a lot of tacos and pretend they’re rocketships on a one-way trip to the gaping maw of my open, hungry mouth. I am Rakunas, Devourer of Worlds. I mean, Tacos.)

Something else: since I get to read a lot of friends’ work before it’s published, seeing the actual objets d’art is a pleasant surprise, like finding twenty bucks in your pocket after doing the laundry. “Oh, that book I really liked? It’s out? And it’s eligible for stuff? Well, that’s cool!”

So, here’s what I consumed and put on my ballot.


Best Novel
Afterparty by Daryl Gregory, Tor
California Bones by Greg Van Eekhout, Tor
The Mirror Empire by Kameron Hurley, Angry Robot
City of Stairs by Robert Jackson Bennet, Broadway Books

(A brief note about City of Stairs: this has been on my to-read pile because a) it sounds awesome and b) Robert Jackson Bennet said on Twitter that he’ll eat an entire pint of mayonnaise if his book is nominated. I don’t know Mr. Bennet, but I’m always down to witness foolhardy stunts involving food. I’m sure this is exactly what our nerd forebears had in mind when the Hugos were founded.)

Best Novella
We Are All Completely Fine by Daryl Gregory, Tachyon
Grand Jeté by Rachel Swirsky, Subterranean Press

Best Novelette
The End of the End of Everything by Dale Bailey, Tor.com
The Devil in America by Kai Ashante Wilson, Tor.com

Best Short Story
Videoville by Christopher East, Asimov’s
When It Ends, He Catches Her by Eugie Foster, Daily Science Fiction
A Kiss With Teeth by Max Gladstone, Tor.com
The Vaporization Enthalpy of a Peculiar Pakistani Family by Usman Malik, Qualia Nous
The Fisher Queen by Alyssa Wong, F&SF

Best Graphic Story
Ms. Marvel, Vol. 1: No Normal by G. Willow Wilson/Adrian Alphona, Marvel
Rat Queens, Vol. 1: Sass & Sorcery by Kurtis J. Wiebe/Roc Upchurch, Image
Lazarus: Lift by Greg Rucka/Michael Lark, Image
Sex Criminals, Vol. 1: One Weird Trick by Matt Fraction/ Chip Zdarsky, Image
Nimona by Noelle Stevenson

Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form
Jesus Christ, anything but Doctor Who