2015 Hugo Best Novella Ballot

The novella nominees aren’t strong, as a whole, but then the short fiction market for speculative fiction isn’t what it used to be.

 

  1. Flow by Arlan Andrews

Review here.

Analog Cover

Flow suffers in comparison to the other novellas because it isn’t a self-contained story. It’s not going to overcome that handicap when, with one exception, it’s otherwise weaker than the other stories.

 

  1. One Bright Star to Guide Them by John C. Wright

Review here.

One Bright Star to Guide Them Cover

That exception is One Bright Star to Guide Them. It’s a story that I would like to have enjoyed, being a great fan of the Chronicles of Narnia, and it’s a good concept to revisit such a story decades later. But it doesn’t grapple with the most interesting implications of that and has a pretty unbelievable ratio of tell to show.

 

  1. The Plural of Helen of Troy by John C. Wright

Review here.

City Beyond Time Cover

The Plural of Helen of Troy probably could have been Hugo-worthy. The main section is very strong, but Wright throws most of that away with incoherent later sections.

 

  1. Big Boys Don’t Cry by Tom Kratman

Review here.

Big Boys Don't Cry

Kratman has a good concept, there are several good battle scenes, and the book wrestles with important issues intelligently and insightfully. Something is lacking in the execution, though.

 

  1. Pale Realms of Shade by John C. Wright

Review here.

The Book of Feasts and Seasons Cover

Wright’s noir ghost story is beautifully (if unevenly) written and deeply concerned with questions of love, forgiveness, and faith.

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