Hugo Award voting is open and will continue through the November 19, 2021 (The voting period is extra long this year due to COVID delaying the convention till December). For those of you new to the Science Fiction/Fantasy genre, the Hugo Award is one of the most prominent awards for works in the genre, with the Award being given based upon voting by those who have paid for at least a Supporting Membership in this year's WorldCon. As I did the last fouryears, I'm going to be posting reviews/my-picks for the award in the various categories I feel qualified in, but feel free to chime in with your own thoughts in the comments.
This is the first part of this series. You can find all the parts of this series, going over each category of the Hugo Awards HERE.
In this post, we're going to start covering the nominees in the Short Fiction categories - specifically, the nominees for Best Short Story. These are works of no more than 7500 words, and can often be particularly short, such as only a 1-3 pages long. This length requirement does not mean that these stories cannot make a big impact - indeed past and present nominees often come with a punch so strong to make one feel it for a while. Which isn't to say that all of the nominees for this category have to be serious or impactful - fun, wistful, and heartwarming stories get nominated all the time.
Last year we basically had a bunch of serious stories, some of which carried significant punch, but no fun and/or silly ones. This year, we actually have several fun, lighter stories, in addition to a few serious bittersweet ones. In a change however, we really don't have any stories with significant punch or historical weight this year, and honestly, there aren't any stories that really make me think of them as "must reads" this time around. None of the stories are bad, and a few of them are pretty good, but there have been some past stories that have just stood out to me as "Clear Hugo Winning Material", and I don't really see that here this time. But all are good enough to be better than No Award, so I'll make the effort to rank them.....after the jump.
As usual, all of this year's nominees are available online, and as such I have provided links to them for you to read below. I encourage you to do so.