Links to our previous discussions, for my ease of reference, and for anyone else who’s interested. And for members of Anticipation, you have until midnight tonight to vote; so go vote.
- “The Erdmann Nexus” by Nancy Kress
- “The Political Prisoner” by Charles Coleman Finlay
- “The Tear” by Ian McDonald
- “True Names” by Cory Doctorow and Benjamin Rosenbaum
- “Truth” by Robert Reed
- “Alastair Baffle’s Emporium of Wonders” by Mike Resnick
- “The Gambler” by Paolo Bacigalupi
- “Pride and Prometheus” by John Kessel
- “The Ray-Gun: A Love Story” by James Alan Gardner
- “Shoggoths in Bloom” by Elizabeth Bear
Best Short Story
- “26 Monkeys, Also The Abyss” by Kij Johnson
- “Article of Faith” by Mike Resnick
- “Evil Robot Monkey” by Mary Robinette Kowal
- “Exhalation” by Ted Chiang
- “From Babel’s Fall’n Glory We Fled” by Michael Swanwick
Concluding thoughts? Not many; I think I’ve said pretty much everything I could say at some point along the line. I’ve used No Award on all three of the above ballots, but there’s a potentially excellent set of winners in there, and I don’t even think it’s a terrible slate, all told, just a middling one; and I’m feeling quite trenchant tonight about what I do and don’t want to win, so No Award gets used. The novella category is probably the most interesting to me, the short story category the least; and as ever, it will be interesting to see what didn’t make the ballot.
All that aside, though, I’ve rather enjoyed the discussion process — not that there was much discussion in all cases, but when it did happen it was good! So I’m tempted to keep on reading short stories and rounding up discussion of them here, possibly on a bi-weekly basis, probably focusing on new, online stories (after all, there are next year’s Hugo nominations to think about). Good idea? Bad idea? And if the former, does anyone have suggestions for stories they’d like to put on the slate? I’ve been mulling posting something about Rachel Swirsky’s “Eros, Philia, Agape” since I read it, for instance, and I keep meaning to read more of Futurismic‘s fiction. Thoughts?