NESFA 2013 Hugo Recommendations

NESFA continues to maintain a list of Good Stuff to read. Any NESFA member who reads something that they would like to recommend to others to be considered for a Hugo nomination can add it to the list. We will publish it from time to time in Instant Message and on the nets. (Feel free to reproduce it provided you reproduce it intact!) It's neither definitive nor complete, but it contains the stories, novels and non-fiction works that a bunch of well-read fans feel may be worthy of a Hugo nomination.

  • These are items first published (or first published in English) in 2013 and eligible for the Hugos to be presented at London in 2014Thursday, August 14 to Monday August 18, 2014, in London, England.
  • Some items published outside the U.S. in prior years but first published in the U.S. in 2013 are also listed, since the Worldcon Business Meeting usually extends extended their eligibility for the Hugos.
  • The nominating deadline is 11.59 pm PDT Monday 31 March 2014.
  • For more information about the Hugos, see
Novel (40,000 words or more)
Title Author Publisher Nominators
Life after Life
Kate Atkinson
Little, Brown
Max Barry
The Shining Girls Lauren Beukes HarperCollins vjd, ies
Abaddon's Gate
James S. A. Corey
The Ocean at the End of the Lane Neil Gaiman William Morrow and Company vjd, dgg
Wolfhound Century
Peter Higgins
Sister Mine Nalo Hopkinson Grand Central vjd, ies
Ancillary Justice Ann Leckie  Orbit  vjd 
Cherie Priest
ca, daa
The Adjacent Christopher Priest Gollancz vjd, ies
On the Steel Breeze Alastair Reynolds Gollancz vjd, jam, ies
Red Planet Blues
Robert A. Sawyer
The Human Division John Scalzi Tor vjd, dgg
Neptune's Brood Charles Stross Ace jam, daa, dgg
Burning Paradise
Robert Charles Wilson
ca, daa
Scoundrels Timothy Zahn LucasBooks bt
Novella (between 17,500 and 40,000 words)
Title Author Appeared / Publisher Nominators
Nina Allan
TTA Press
The Other Gun Neal Asher Asimov's April/May jam, ca
Wakulla Springs Andy Duncan & Ellen Klages 2013-10  vjd
The Slaughter Man
Benjamin Kane Ethridge
Limbus, Inc.
One Job Too Many
Joseph Nassise
Limbus, Inc.
Gapping Darren Speegle
Postscripts 30/31
Charles Stross 2013-09
ca, daa
Six-Gun Snow White  
Catherynne M. Valente
Subterranean Press
Novelette (between 7,500 and 17,500 words)
Title Author Appeared Nominators
The Time Travel Club
Charlie Jane Anders
Asimov's October/November
Two Sisters in Exile Aliette de Bodard Solaris Rising 1.5  jam
The Truth of Fact, the Truth of Feeling Ted Chiang Subterranean (Fall 2013) vjd
Entangled Ian R. MacLeod Asimov's December jam
The Queen of the Night's Aria Ian McDonald Old Mars jam, ca
Grizzled Veterans of Many and Much  Robert Reed F&SF May/June jam, ca
Meet the President
Zadie Smith
New Yorker (August 12 & 19)
Written in Dust Melinda Snodgrass Old Mars jam
At Palomar
Rick Wilbur
Asimov's July
Short Story (less than 7,500 words)
Title Author Appeared Nominators
The Wildfires of Antartica
Alan DeNiro
Asimov's October/November
The Machinehouse Worker's Song
Steven J. Dines 
Interzone 246
Hard Stars
Brendan DuBois
F&SF November/December
The Pittsburgh Technology
Jeffrey Ford
The Mad Scientist's Guide to World Domination
A Brief History of the Trans-Pacific Tunnel
Ken Liu
F&SF January/February
ca, vjd, jam, ies
The Ink Readers of Doi Saket Thomas Olde Heuvelt April vjd 
Revels in the Land of Ice
Tim Pratt
Glitter & Mayhem
Rosary and Goldenstar
Geoff Ryman
F&SF September/October
The She-Wolf's Hidden Grin Michael Swanwick Shadows of the New Sun ca
The Dead Sea-Bottom Scrolls
Howard Waldrop
Old Mars

Related Book
Title Author Publisher Nominators
The Transgressive Iain Banks: Essays on a Writer Beyond Borders Martyn Colebrook & Katharine Cox McFarland vjd, ies
Spectrum 20: The Best In Contemporary Fantastic Art
Cathy & Arnie Fenner
Underwood Books
ca, ies, dgg
Super Graphics: A Visual Guide to the Comic Book Universe
Tim Leong
Chronicle Books
ca, dgg
Golden Dreams: the Art of Ruth Sanderson Ruth Sanderson Golden Wood Studio jam, ies, ged
Whoology: Doctor Who The Official Miscellany Cavan Scott and Mark Wright BBC jam

Graphic Story
Title Author Artist Publisher Nominators
The Unwritten (vol 7): The Wound
Mike Carey
Peter Gross
ca, daa, jam
The Girl Who Loved Doctor Who Paul Cornell Jimmy Broxton IDW jam
Godzilla: The Half-Century War
James Stokoe
James Stokoe
Saga (vol 2)
Brian K. Vaughan
Fiona Staples
ca, ies
Dramatic Presentation Long Form (over 90 minutes)
Title Series / Studio Length Nominators
An Adventure in Space and Time BBC 90 minutes [IMDB]
* Listed as 83 mins on BBC website and wikipedia (vjd)
jam, ldtm, vjd
Defiance (season 1) SyFy   bt
Elysium Sony 109 minutes [IMDB] jam, dgg
Ender's Game Summit 114 minutes [IMDB]
jam, ldtm, dgg
Europa Report Magnet/Magnolia 90/97 minutes [IMDB] vjd, jam, ldtm, ca, daa
The Four
Well Go USA
118 minutes [IMDB]
Gravity Warner 91 minutes [IMDB]
jam, ldtm, vjd, ca, daa, dgg
In the Flesh (Season 1) BBC3 3 episodes of c.60 mins each vjd, ca, daa
124 minutes [IMDB]
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug New Line, MGM, Wingnut  161 minutes vjd
The Returned (Season 1) Canal+ (Fr:2012), Sundance (US:2013) 8 Episodes of c.50 mins each vjd
Warm Bodies
Summit Inc/Lionsgate
98 minutes [IMDB]
ca, daa, vjd
World War Z
116 min [IMDB] ca, daa
The World's End Working Title 109 minutes [IMDB]
jam, ldtm, dgg
Dramatic Presentation Short Form (90 minutes or less)
Title Series / Studio Length Nominators
The Last Broadcast Being Human (UK)
Time Will Tell
  ca, daa
The Day of the Doctor Doctor Who   jam, ldtm, vjd, dgg
Hide Doctor Who   jam
The Name of the Doctor Doctor Who   jam, ldtm, vjd, dgg
The Rings of Akhenaten Doctor Who   jam
The Red Wedding Game of Thrones   bt, dgg

Length: The complete running time excluding previews, promotional trailers, commercials, public service announcements, or other extraneous material, based on the first general release of the item. According to some recent Hugo Administrators, nominations made in Long Form of items running 90 minutes or less, or in Short Form of items running over 90 minutes, will be ignored unless they can be moved to the other category without increasing the number of nominations there beyond five. Most recent Hugo administrators, however, have said that they do not do this and will honor the nominators wishes for works that are within the 20% overlap boundary (that is, less than 108 minutes). 

IMDB: The running time is from the Internet Movie Database.

Noteworthy Works by Potential Campbell Nominees

(We do not make recommendations on these pages for the Hugo awards which are given to people (such as Best Editor or Best Artist), but for the Campbell Award for Best New Writer we do note recommended stories by people we believe to be eligible.)

Title Author Appeared / Publisher Nominators 

Other Good Reads

Novel (40,000 words or more)
Title Author Publisher  Nominators
Zombie Baseball Beatdown
Paolo Bacigalupi
Little, Brown
ca, daa
The Wells Bequest
Polly Shulman
The Golem and the Jinni Helene Wecker Harper vjd
 The Wheel of Ice (Doctor Who) Stephen Baxter    Ace jam


Novella (between 17,500 and 40,000 words)
Title Author Appeared  Nominators
Novelette (between 7,500 and 17,500 words)
Title Author Appeared  Nominators
Short Story (less than 7,500 words)
Title Author Appeared  Nominators

Related Book
Title Author Publisher  
Graphic Story
Title Author Artist Publisher  
Dramatic Presentation Long Form (over 90 minutes)
Title Studio Length  Nominators
Oblivion     Sony
Dramatic Presentation Short Form (90 minutes or less)
Title Series / Studio Length  


Key to nominators: ansl: Alice Lewis, arl: Tony Lewis, bsa: Brad Ackerman, bt: Bill Todd, by: Ben Yalow, ca: Claire Anderson, cjh: Chip Hitchcock, daa: Dave Anderson, dak: Debbie King, dea: Deb Atwood, dgg: David G. Grubbs, dmg: Deborah M. Geisler, ebh: Lisa Hertel, ec: Elisabeth Carey, esa: Ted Atwood, fo: Frank Olynyk; gdm: Gary McGath, ged: Gay Ellen Dennett, ies: Ian Stockdale, jac: JoAnn Cox, jam: Jim Mann, js: Joe Siclari, jks: Joyce Scrivner, kp: Kelly Persons, ldtm: Laurie Mann, mdb: M. David Blake, mdh: Mark Hertel, mlo: Mark Olson, pal: Paula Lieberman, pf: Pam Fremon, po: Priscilla Olson, rk: Rick Katze, sl: Suford Lewis, shs: Steven Silver, sls: Sharon Sbarsky, sp: Sheila Perry, tps: Tim Szczesuil, vjd: Vincent J. Docherty