written by David Steffen
Having previously listing out award-eligible works that were written or published by me, here is my list of works that I think you might want to consider for Hugo and Nebula awards that were not written or published by me.
I’m working mostly from the Hugo Award categories, but a few of these categories overlap with the Nebulas as well.
The Short Story category is the one that means the most to me, so to help suggest more reading for anyone interested, I’ve listed 10 stories instead of 5.
Note that I have skipped any categories that I didn’t think that I was sufficiently knowledgeable enough about during the year of 2016.
Also, in any given category, the ordering does not mean anything–the order is not rank-order, so the first is not any different than the last, etc.
I left out the Campbell Award for Best New Writer, because I know a lot of amazing people on that list and I don’t want to make people feel bad they got left out (but I’m still going to have to pick 5 for my actual ballot!).
FIX by Ferrett Steinmetz
United States of Japan by Peter Tieryas
“Everybody Loves Charles” by Bao Shu, translated by Ken Liu (Clarkesworld)
“Chimera” by Gu Shi, translated by S. Qiouyi Lu and Ken Liu (Clarkesworld)
“The Snow of Jinyang” by Zhang Ran, translated by Ken Liu and Carmen Yiling Yan (Clarkesworld)
“Fifty Shades of Grays” by Steven Barnes (Lightspeed)
“The Calculations of Artificials” by Chi Hui, translated by John Chu (Clarkesworld)
“The Venus Effect” by Joseph Allen Hill (Lightspeed)
Best Short Story
“Archibald Defeats the Churlish Shark-Gods” by Benjamin Blattberg (Podcastle)
“Beat Softly, My Wings of Steel” by Beth Cato (Podcastle)
“The Bee-Tamer’s Final Performance” by Aidan Doyle (Podcastle)
“The Night Bazaar For Women Becoming Reptiles” by Rachael K. Jones (Beneath Ceaseless Skies)
“The First Confirmed Case of Non-Corporeal Recursion: Patient Anita R.” by Benjamin C. Kinney (Strange Horizons)
“The Modern Ladies’ Letter-Writer” by Sandra McDonald (Nightmare)
“A Partial List of Lists I Have Lost Over Time” by Sunil Patel (Asimov’s)
“The Sweetest Skill” by Tony Pi (Beneath Ceaseless Skies)
“Thundergod in Therapy” by Effie Seiberg (originally published in Galaxy’s Edge, but the link is to free reprint in Podcastle)
“In Their Image” by Abra Staffin-Wiebe (Escape Pod)
Best Graphic Story
Gravity Falls: Journal 3 by Alex Hirsch and Rob Renzetti
Best Dramatic Presentation (Long Form)
The Secret Life of Pets
Best Editor (Short Form)
Jen Albert (Podcastle)
Neil Clarke (Clarkesworld)
Graeme Dunlop (Podcastle)
Rachael K. Jones (Podcastle)
Norm Sherman (Escape Pod)
Best Professional Artist
Beneath Ceaseless Skies
Quick Sip Reviews
Best Fan Writer
Mike Glyer (File770)
Charles Payseur (Quick Sip Reviews)