Pre-Hugo Reading List

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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. Because of this year’s mess, but also because I’ve become increasingly interested in participating in the greater SFF community, I’m motivated to nominate and vote for 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 work my way through it (as much as possible) so that I have a nice library 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.

  1. A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab
  2. Karen Memory by Elizabeth Bear
  3. The Grace of Kings by Ken Liu
  4. The Mechanical by Ian Tregillis
  5. The Water Knife by Paolo Bacigalupi
  6. Seveneves by Neal Stephenson
  7. Superposition by David Walton
  8. Apex by Ramez Naam
  9. Uprooted by Naomi Novik
  10. Time Salvager by Wes Chu
  11. Wylding Hall by Elizabeth Hand
  12. Armada by Ernest Cline
  13. The Fold by Peter Clines
  14. Beasts of Tabat by Cat Rambo
  15. Chasing the Phoenix by Michael Swanwick
  16. The Traitor Baru Cormorant by Seth Dickinson
  17. The House of Shattered Wings by Aliette de Bodard
  18. The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemison
  19. Zer0es by Chuck Wendig
  20. Shadows of Self by Brandon Sanderson
  21. Court of Fives by Kate Elliot
  22. The Aeronaut’s Windlass by Jim Butcher
  23. Luna by Ian McDonald
  24. Sorcerer for the Crown by Zen Cho
  25. Aurora by Kim Stanley Robinson
  26. Updraft by Fran Wilde

I highly doubt that I’ll read all of them–I just don’t read that quickly, but I suspect it includes some great works and I’m excited to find out which I like the best. I’ll report back as I make progress.