Over the last several months, I have spent far too much time reading about the drama surrounding the 2015 Hugo Awards. I’m hoping that next year’s awards will get back to the basics and see nominations based solely upon reader opinions.Â Because of this year’s mess, butÂ also because I’ve become increasingly interested in participating in the greater SFF community, I’m motivated to nominate and vote forÂ the 2016 Hugo Awards.
I’ve been compiling a list of novels that have caught my interest since the beginning of the year and I plan to workÂ my way through it (as much as possible) so that I have a nice libraryÂ to pull from when it comes time for nominations…well, that, and these novels sound fantastic and I’m really excited to read them.
So here’s the list that I’m working with as it currently stands.
- A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab
- Karen Memory by Elizabeth Bear
- The Grace of Kings by Ken Liu
- The Mechanical by Ian Tregillis
- The Water Knife by Paolo Bacigalupi
- Seveneves by Neal Stephenson
- Superposition by David Walton
- Apex by Ramez Naam
- Uprooted by Naomi Novik
- Time Salvager by Wes Chu
- Wylding Hall by Elizabeth Hand
- Armada by Ernest Cline
- The Fold by Peter Clines
- Beasts of Tabat by Cat Rambo
- Chasing the Phoenix by Michael Swanwick
- The Traitor Baru Cormorant by Seth Dickinson
- The House of Shattered Wings by Aliette de Bodard
- The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemison
- Zer0es by Chuck Wendig
- Shadows of Self by Brandon Sanderson
- Court of Fives by Kate Elliot
- The Aeronaut’s Windlass by Jim Butcher
- Luna by Ian McDonald
- Sorcerer for the Crown by Zen Cho
- Aurora by Kim Stanley Robinson
- Updraft by Fran Wilde
I highly doubt that I’ll read all of them–I just don’t read that quickly, butÂ I suspectÂ it includes some great works and I’m excited to find out which I like the best.Â I’ll report back as I make progress.