2015 Hugo Nominee: The Three-Body Problem by Liu Cixin

China’s Cultural Revolution is in full swing. Intellectuals and scientists are denounced by their students for teachings contrary to the communist orthodoxy. The country is in turmoil. No one can be trusted as friends turn on each other, children on their parents, mentors on their students… Against this backdrop, Ye Wenjie, a young refugee from […]

2015 Hugo Nominee: Championship B’tok by Edward M. Lerner

It’s an intriguing and dangerous universe Edward M. Lerner’s Championship B’tok attempts to create. The Hugo nominated novelette opens on a universe that is shrunken and more interconnected than ours, complete with hostile alien races and interstellar computing networks connecting the disparate planets and races. The Snakes are a race that has been conquered after […]

2015 Hugo Nominee: The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison

When the Emperor and all of his sons die in a tragic accident, Maia becomes the unexpected heir to the throne Katherine Addison’s The Goblin Emperor. The son of a political marriage, Maia is half goblin, half elf, but more his mother’s son than fathers, and so is more goblin than elf. After years living […]

2015 Hugo Nominee: Ancillary Sword by Ann Leckie

Ancillary Sword is the second in Ann Leckie’s Imperial Radch series and the sequel to Ancillary Justice (my review here). Picking up chronologically almost immediately after the events of that book, it follows Breq, the once ship, but now the last remaining ancillary of her ship, as she is given command of a ship and […]

2015 Hugo Nominee: The Triple Sun: A Golden Age Tale by Rajnar Vajra

Every time I let my subscription to Analog expire, like I did in the middle of last year, a story from the periodical gets nominated for an award and I end up kicking myself. Rajnar Vajra’s The Triple Sun: A Golden Age Tale is one such story. Nominated for the 2015 Hugo in the novelette […]

2015 Hugo Nominee: Flow by Arlan Andrews, Sr.

Arlan Andrews’ “Flow” was nominated for the Hugo Award for Best Novella (a story with a word count between 17,500 words and 40,000 words).  “Flow” was originally published in the November issue of Analog and has since been posted on Analog’s site (here). This review is part of my effort to read and evaluate the 2015 Hugo […]

2015 Hugo Nominee | Totaled by Kary English

The Hugo nominees were announced last Saturday, and Totaled by Kary English was among the nominees for Best Short Story. I try to read and review as many of the nominees as possible, and since a quick Google search led me to English’s short story on Wattpad, Totaled became my first post-nominee announcement read (I’ve already […]