Monday, August 18, 2014

Great news in science fiction

A lovely slate of Hugo winners - and I somehow managed to read ALL of the fiction winners, and I can enthusiastically recommend each one of them:

BEST NOVEL

Ancillary Justice, by Ann Leckie (Orbit US / Orbit UK)

BEST NOVELLA
"Equoid" by [mefi's own] Charles Stross (Tor.com, 09-2013)

BEST NOVELETTE
"The Lady Astronaut of Mars" by Mary Robinette Kowal (maryrobinettekowal.com /
Tor.com, 09-2013)

BEST SHORT STORY
"The Water That Falls on You from Nowhere" by John Chu (Tor.com, 02-2013)

BEST RELATED WORK
"We Have Always Fought: Challenging the Women, Cattle and Slaves Narrative" by Kameron Hurley (A Dribble of Ink)

BEST GRAPHIC STORY
"Time" by Randall Munroe (xkcd).

You can read everything but Ancillary Justice for free, and I will e-lend my e-book of Ancillary Justice to the first person to e-ask by e-mail (it's an EPUB). 

The quality and diversity of these resultsespecially the complete shutout of a pro-bigotry slate of nominationcombined with the all-female top winners of the 2013 Nebulas, are a breath of less fetid air after the last year or two of nasty events of sexism and abuse and enablingto be more accurate, after the last few centuries and millenia of sexism and bigotry and the last year or two when brave people have had more success protesting, publicizing, and starting to stop it.

Bonus nerditry: ready XKCD 1337 Part 1 through XKCD 1337 Part 5 and then click here.

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