Stuff I want people to read

Well, we’re in the heart of the silly season. The Nebula (nominated and voted on by the members of SFWA) closes its nomination phase on February 15th. The Hugos (nominated by the members of, Sasquan, MidAmeriCon II, and WorldCon 75, and voted on by the members of MidAmeriCon II) closes its nomination phase on March 31st. (I guess this means that, this year, the Hugo nominations will not be announced at EasterCon.)

I’m being snarky when I call it the silly season, but I’m being sincere when I point out that the nomination process only works when lots of people nominate the work that they have read and loved. No one person has read the entire field. All of us, however, have read the entire field together in aggregate. The more people who nominate, the more likely that we will get a final ballot that represents what we love.

That said, what follows is a list of works that I’ve read that I want others to read. This list doesn’t represent anyone’s nomination ballot. My lists have always been stuff I want you to read, regardless of whether you are eligible to nominate.

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2015 has been a busy year, which is why this year’s list is shorter than my previous lists. I’m still in the middle of Karen Memory by Elizabeth Bear and The House of Shattered Wings by Aliette de Bodard, both of which I’m confident I will want to press into people’s hands, not mention a few more novels I hope to get to. I also have a pile of Asimov’s, Analog, not to mention a long Instapaper list to get through.

As for my own work, my bibliography is sorted by year of publication and always up-to-date. I will say, though, that Hold-Time Violations is probably my best work to date and I’d like to thank its editor, the always brilliant Ann VanderMeer. Her suggestions were always on point and the story would have been poorer without them.

[Edited: Mary has only recused herself from Hugo nomination. Other awards, like the Nebula, are ok. My apologies.]

[Edited: fixed grammar.]


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