NESFA 2016 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 2016 and eligible for the Hugos to be presented at Worldcon 75 in Helsinki, Finland in August 2017.
  • Some items published outside the U.S. in prior years but first published in the U.S. in 2016 may also be listed, since the Worldcon Business Meeting may extend their eligibility for the Hugos.
  • The deadline for submitting Hugo nominating ballots is 2:59am EDT on March 18th, 2017.
  • For more information about the Hugos, see theHugoAwards.org.

Novel (40,000 words or more)
Title Author Publisher Nominators
All the Birds in the Sky
Charlie Jane Anders
Tor
ies
Paper and Fire
Rachel Caine
NAL
pal
The Obelisk Gate
N.K. Jemisin
Orbit
ies
Ninefox Gambit
Yoon Ha Lee
Solaris
rl
Death's End Cixin Liu Tor vjd 
The Wall of Storms
Ken Liu
Saga Press
rl
I Am Providence
Nick Mamatas
Night Shade Books
ca
The Last Days of New Paris
China Mieville
Del Rey
ca, ies
The Sudden Appearance of Hope Claire North     Redhook/Orbit vjd 
The Dark Side
Anthony O'Neill
Simon and Schuster
ca
Medusa's Web
Tim Powers
William Morrow
jh, by
Reanimatrix
Pete Rawlik
Night Shade Books
ca
Revenger     Alastair Reynolds Gollancz, Orbit
jam, daa, ca, by
The Medusa Chronicles Alastair Reynolds & Stephen Baxter Saga Press jam, arl, vjd, ca, daa, by
Lovecraft Country
Matt Ruff
Harper
ca
Everfair
Nisi Shawl
Tor
ies
Arkwright Allen Steele
Tor
ged   
Occupy Me
Tricia Sullivan
Gollancz
ies
United States of Japan
Peter Tieryas
Angry Robot
ca
At the Sign of Triumph David Weber Tor elf
The Underground Railroad
Colson Whitehead
Doubleday
ca
Last Year
Robert Charles Wilson
Tor
ca, daa
Underground Airlines
Ben H. Winters
Mulholland Books
ca, daa
Once Broken Faith  Seanan McGuire DAW by 

Novella (between 17,500 and 40,000 words)
Title Author Publisher Nominators
Waking in Winter
Deborah Biancotti
PS Publishing
ies
Cold-Forged FlameMarie BrennanTor.comies
The Further Adventures of Mr. Costello  David Gerrold F&SF Sept/Oct jam
The Dream-Quest of Vellitt Boe
Kij Johnson
Tor.com
ca, daa, vjd
The Ballad of Black Tom
Victor La Valle
Tor.com
ca, ies
Every Heart a DoorSeanan McGuireTor.comies
Lazy Dog Out
Suzanne Palmer
Asimov's 4-5/2016 ca
The Iron Tactician Alastair Reynolds Newcon Press vjd, ca
Pirate Utopia
Bruce Sterling
Tachyon
ca
The Vanishing Kind
Lavie Tidhar
F&SF 7-8/2016
ca, ies

Novelette (between 7,500 and 17,500 words)
Title Author Publisher Nominators
Rager in Space Charlie Jane Anders Bridging Infinity jam, ca
One Sister, Two Sisters, Three  James Patrick Kelly Clarkesworld 121  jam
The Visitor from Taured Ian MacLeod Asimov's, Sept jam
Everyone from Themis Sends Letters Home Genevieve Valentine  Clarkesworld 10/16 vjd, ies

Short story (fewer than 7,500 words)
Title Author Publisher Nominators
The Mutants Men Don't See  James Alan Gardner  Asimov's Aug jam, ca
The City Born Great N.K. Jemisin tor.com, 28 Sept ies
The Evaluators:  To Trade with Aliens, You Must Adapt
N.K. Jemisin
Wired, 13 Dec
ies
Afrofuturist 419 Nnedi Okorafor Clarkesworld 11/16  vjd 
Dispatches From the Cradle: The Hermit - Forty-Eight Hours in the Sea of Massachusetts
Ken Liu
Drowned Worlds
ca
Ozymandias Karin Lowachee Bridging Infinity jam
The Cthulhu Navy Wife
Sandra McDonald
The Mammoth Book of Cthulhu ca
Left Behind Cat Rambo Clarkesworld 5/16 vjd
Dome on the Prairie Robert Reed Asimov's Sept jam
Sixteen Questions for Kamala Chatterjee Alastair Reynolds Bridging Infinity vjd, ca
Night Journey of the Dragon-Horse Xia Jia Invisible Planets vjd

Series (trial category; three or more volumes, 240,000 or more words)
Title
Author(s)
Publisher(s)
Nominators
Rivers of London / P. C. Peter Grant
Ben Aaronovitch
various
ca, daa
The Expanse
James S. A. Corey
Orbit
ca, daa, jam
The Fractured Europe Sequence
Dave Hutchinson
Solaris
ca
Remembrance of Earth's Past Liu Cixin Tor  vjd 
Temeraire Naomi Novik Del Rey jam
The Laundry Files
Charles Stross
Ace
daa, ca, jam
The Alchemy Wars
Ian Tregellis
Orbit
ca
Safehold David Weber Tor elf

Related Work
Title Author Publisher Nominators
The Kaiju Film
Jason Barr
McFarland
ca
Spectrum 23
John Fleskes
Flesk Publications
ca, elf, daa
Then Rob Hansen
Ansible Editions
ies, vjd
Words Are My Matter
Ursula K. Le Guin
Small Beer Press
ies
Children's Fantasy Literature: An Introduction Michael M. Levy & Farah Mendlesohn  Cambridge University Press vjd
...Flying Saucers Are Real! Jack Womack Anthology Editions ca

Graphic Story
Title Author Artist Publisher Nominators
The Fuse (volume 3): Perihelion
Antony Johnston
Justin Greenwood
Image
ca, daa
Mockingbird: I Can Explain Chelsea Cain Kate Niemczyk Marvel jam
Nameless
Grant Morrison
Chris Burnham
Image
ca
Paper Girls (volume 2)
Brian K. Vaughan Cliff Chaing
Image
daa
Phonogram:  The Immaterial Girl
Kieron Gillen
Wilson Cowles
Image
ies
The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl Vol. 3: Squirrel, You Really Got Me Now Ryan North Erica Henderson Marvel jam, daa, ca
We Stand On Guard
Brian K. Vaughan
Steve Skrace
Image
ca, daa
The Wicked + The Divine:  Rising Action
Kieron Gillen
Wilson Cowles
Image
ies


Dramatic Presentation Long Form (over 90 minutes)
Title Series / Studio Length Nominators
10 Cloverfield Lane
Paramount / Bad Robot
104 min
ca, daa
April and the Extraordinary World
StudioCanal
105 min
ca, daa
Arrival         Paramount     116 min jam, vjd, ged, sls
The Boy and the Beast
Chukyo TV
119 min
ca, daa
Captain America: Civil War
Marvel
147 min
ged, elf
Deadpool 20th Century Fox  108 min jam, mjk, daa, ca
Doctor Strange
Marvel
115 min
ca, daa, jam, ged, by
The Expanse (season 1)
SyFy
427 min
ca, daa, vjd
Kubo and the Two Strings Laika 102 min jam, ged, daa
The Living and the Dead
BBC
360 min ca
The Lobster
Film4
119 min
ca, daa
Midnight Special
Warner Bros. 112 min
ca, daa
A Monster Calls Apaches Entertainment 108 min jam
Orphan Black (season 4)
BBC
437 min
ca, daa
Passengers Columbia 116 min elf
Rogue One    Disney/LucasFilm 134 min
jam, elf
Shin Godzilla
Toho
120 min
ca, daa
Star Trek Beyond
Paramount
122 min
ged, ca
Train to Busan
Next Entertainment World
118 min
ca, daa

Dramatic Presentation Short Form (less than 90 minutes)
Title Series / Studio Length Nominators
The Metaphysical Engine, or What Quill Did Class / BBC   vjd
The Return of Doctor Mysterio  Doctor Who / BBC   jam, elf, vjd
Spacetime
Marvel's Agents of S.H.E.I.L.D.

ca, daa
A Blade of Grass
Penny Dreadful

ca, daa, vjd
The Red Turtle
Prima Linea Productions 80 min
ca, daa
For the Girl Who Has Everything  Supergirl   jam, elf

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
The Invisible Library
Genevieve Cogman Roc pal

Other Good Reads

Novel (40,000 words or more)
Title Author Publisher Nominators
Ghost Talkers
Mary Robinette Kowal
Tor
ca, daa, ged, elf
The Road to Hell David Weber & Joelle Presby Baen by





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
       


Series (trial category; three or more volumes, 240,000 or more words)
Title
Author(s)
Publisher(s)
Nominators
       

Related Book
Title Author Publisher Nominators





Graphic Story
Title Author Artist Publisher Nominators
Wayward (vol 3) Out From the Shadows
Jim Zub
Steven Cummings
Image
daa

Dramatic Presentation Long Form (over 90 minutes)
Title Studio Length Nominators
Arrival
Paramount
116 min
daa
Rogue One
Disney/LucasFilm
134 min
daa
Star Trek: Beyond
Paramount
122 min
daa

Dramatic Presentation Short Form (90 minutes or less)
Title Series / Studio Length Nominators





Key to Nominators:
arl: Tony Lewis, by: Ben Yalow, ca: Claire Anderson, daa: Dave Anderson, df: Dale Farmer, dgg: David G. Grubbs, elf: Edward Finneran, EMU: Erin Underwood, ged: Gay Ellen Dennett, ies: Ian Stockdale, jh: John Hertz, jam: Jim Mann, ks: Kate Savage, lc: Lis Carey, ldtm: Laurie Mann, mjk: Mike Kerpan, pal: Paula Lieberman(?), rl: Robert Luoma, sls: Sharon Sbarsky, vjd: Vincent Docherty

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