Short Story Candidates for the 2014 Hugo Award

January 18, 2014 at 10:10 am (Uncategorized)

J. C. Conway

The short story is a wonderful prose form. It is good for readers with limited time. It permits tight, creative stories. It is good for ideas and characters that do not necessarily require a novel to portray. For all of these reasons, I believe it is a particularly good form for the science-fiction genre, which is widely considered to be a genre of ideas.

So it seemed quite a shame in 2013, when there were only three, instead of the usual five, Hugo Award nominations in the category of short story—not that the nominees weren’t qualified. Those three stories were excellent. But I would have liked more.

The shame was even greater to the extent that the reason only three nominees were presented was because there were not enough nominations in the category to permit the selection of the usual five (sometimes six) nominees in the category.

Anyone that is…

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