Thai author Benjanun Sriduangkaew was nominated for this year’s Campbell Award for Best New Writer, which is for authors who first got published in the last two years. As she debuted two years ago (Expanded Horizons, "Chang’e Dashes From the Moon"), she won’t be eligible next year. However, I’d be awfully surprised if she doesn’t show up in the shortlists for other categories! Here’s her novelette “Courtship in the Country of Machine-Gods”.

In the shadow of machine–gods I tell wayfarers of a time when my people were a nightmare the color of hemorrhage and glinting teeth.
There are other narratives, but this is the one they want to hear most…

This year’s Campbell Award winner was Sofia Samatar. Her debut novel A Stranger in Olondria was shortlisted for like every major award, and “Selkie Stories Are for Losers” was nominated for the Hugo Award for Best Short Story.

I hate selkie stories. They’re always about how you went up to the attic to look for a book, and you found a disgusting old coat and brought it downstairs between finger and thumb and said “What’s this?”, and you never saw your mom again.

The latest from Hugo winner John Chu is “A Cost-Benefit Analysis of the Proposed Trade-Offs for the Overhaul of the Barricade”:


  Generation after generation, engineers have maintained the barricade, a shield that protects civilization against Turbulence, this strange force that destroys both minds and machines. As Turbulence grows ever more intense and the barricade begins to fail, can Ritter live up to the demands of his father, an engineer the equal of any hero in the Five Great Classical Novels, as they struggle to prevent this civilization from falling like every civilization has before it?

The latest from Hugo winner John Chu is “A Cost-Benefit Analysis of the Proposed Trade-Offs for the Overhaul of the Barricade”:

Generation after generation, engineers have maintained the barricade, a shield that protects civilization against Turbulence, this strange force that destroys both minds and machines. As Turbulence grows ever more intense and the barricade begins to fail, can Ritter live up to the demands of his father, an engineer the equal of any hero in the Five Great Classical Novels, as they struggle to prevent this civilization from falling like every civilization has before it?

This year’s Hugo for Best Short Story went to “The Water That Falls on You from Nowhere” by John Chu.


  In the near future water falls from the sky whenever someone lies (either a mist or a torrential flood depending on the intensity of the lie). This makes life difficult for Matt as he maneuvers the marriage question with his lover and how best to “come out” to his traditional Chinese parents.

This year’s Hugo for Best Short Story went to “The Water That Falls on You from Nowhere” by John Chu.

In the near future water falls from the sky whenever someone lies (either a mist or a torrential flood depending on the intensity of the lie). This makes life difficult for Matt as he maneuvers the marriage question with his lover and how best to “come out” to his traditional Chinese parents.

This year’s Hugo for Best Professional Artist went to Julie Dillon!

The heart of “Scholars’ Tower” is the great golden celestial globe, a tidy clockwork universe beset by controlled chaos. Books are jammed onto shelves in no particular order, overflow in messy piles on the floor. The cats go everywhere they please. The scholar in blue minds her step very carefully on the way down the stairs.

This year’s Hugo for Best Professional Artist went to Julie Dillon!

The heart of “Scholars’ Tower” is the great golden celestial globe, a tidy clockwork universe beset by controlled chaos. Books are jammed onto shelves in no particular order, overflow in messy piles on the floor. The cats go everywhere they please. The scholar in blue minds her step very carefully on the way down the stairs.

lavienoire reblogged your post Excellent crop of Hugo winners this ye… and added:

eh, leaving aside GoT, marking this as reference

i don’t think you realize how big a deal this is tho :P

(some number-crunching: new!who was first eligible in 2006. so it’s been eight years. the nominees top out at 5. of all 40 finalists, 26 have been from doctor who. 27 if you count torchwood. sfwa is OUT OF CONTROL. doctor who’s not that good.

yeah i said it)

Aang in Avatar state / COME AT ME BRO

Excellent crop of Hugo winners this year! Personal take:

  • Ancillary Justice is great and you all should read it
  • nice to see Charles “always a bridesmaid” Stross winning something
  • I don’t even watch Game of Thrones but I’m just so fucking happy Best Dramatic Presentation didn’t go to another fucking Doctor Who episode as it has for the past decade
  • so many women winners. So many. Suck it, SFWA dinosaurs.

I’m queuing up a few Hugo-y things.

Winners included two writers I’ve been following here, Ken Liu (Best Short Story) and E. Lily Yu (John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer).

I aten’t dead!

I’ve just been busy being sick and doing politicky stuff and wooing a couple people and reading Twitter instead of Tumblr so I totally missed out on any Tumblr stuff and/or feminist blog things. But here’s a backlog of links: