Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Thoughts on the Nebula Award Nominees: Novellas

‘‘Wakulla Springs," by Andy Duncan & Ellen Klages ( 10/2/13)
‘‘The Weight of the Sunrise,’’ Vylar Kaftan (Asimov’s 2/13)
‘‘Annabel Lee,” Nancy Kress (New Under the Sun)
‘‘Burning Girls,’’ Veronica Schanoes ( 6/19/13)
‘‘Trial of the Century,’’ Lawrence M. Schoen (, 8/13; World Jumping)
Six-Gun Snow White, Catherynne M. Valente (Subterranean)

This is going to be somewhat of a disappointing post, but given that I have had to pre-schedule my Nebula wrap up posts due to the vacation that I am currently on (picture me on an island, on a beach, with a delicious drink in my hand), I also very much ran out of time to do much with my reading of the Nebula nominated novellas. 

By "do much", I mean "read anything other than Cat Valente's novella".   I have downloaded the available stories; so I have everything except for the Nancy Kress, which is also not available through my library system or through interlibrary loan. 

Six-Gun Snow White (my review): On my ballot of one, Valente wins?

Having only read one of the nominated stories, I don't have much of an emotional stake in this.  "Wakulla Springs" has also been nominated for a Hugo Award, and I will read it as part of my coverage of that award (I promise).  I have seen unfailingly positive comments directed towards it as well, but I have also seen folks talking up "Burning Girls", so I don't know.

On the other hand, if I'm only aware of a fraction of who is speaking online, anything could surprise me.  I would expect the award to go to either Duncan / Klages, Schanoes, or Valente. 

I would like to say that I will absolutely get to all of the nominated stories after the awards are given out this weekend, but since I will begin my Hugo reading as early as possible, I suspect that I will miss out on most of these stories. The exception to this is that I will try to read whatever story wins the award, assuming that it is not Catherynne Valente's story. 

Tomorrow: Novels!

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