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A couple of tie in stories this month but I think they all stand alone quite well.

"Clover" by Charlie Jane Anders This happy queer story featuring cats is set in the same world a All the Birds in the Sky and does contain minor spoilers

"To Rise No More" By Marie Brennan Ada Lovelace story set in her Onyx Court world (the secret history with fae). No spoilers.

"The most important thing" by Marissa Lingen A very short story about how people experience history.

A.C. Wise has posted her annual meta awards eligibility post featuring all the author eligibility post and 2016 short fiction rec's she can find (so the post will keep growing). This great place to look for more awesome short fiction, and check and make sure you haven't missed anything form your favorite authors.

Have you read any good short fiction recently?
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I am distraught over the results of the presidential election. As part of increasing my activism I'm going to be writing a post here once a month about the environment, urban planning and or sustainable agriculture. I want to get more of the knowledge in my head out into the world where I hope it can do some good. So let me know if there are any topics you want covered.

Today we are going to start simple with a list of environmental organizations that I like that you can donate to. Our president elect doesn't believe in anthropocentric climate change. And it is part of the Republican Party platform to sell off our national parks. So these issues are critical right now.

The Nature Conservancy This group works to buy environmentally sensitive lands and preserve them. They also have many programs that work with fishers, farmers and ranchers to make those practices more sustainable.

The Wilderness Society Advocacy group for wild lands.

Land Trust Alliance Use this group to find a land trust near you, or donate to support land trusts in general. Lands are groups that buy lands and to hold in trust for future generations. They help create trails and parks and can work to reduce urban sprawl.

Practical Farmers of Iowa (PFI) I learned about this awesome farmer group while I was living in Iowa for grad school. They are a group of farmers who help teach each other about sustainable practices. They have been force for change by doing peer-to-peer education about farm sustainability.

Califorina League of Conservation Voters Politically advocacy group in California that works to educate voters about environmental issues. Also puts out an environmental score card for California legislators.

Xerces Society Invertebrates aren't cute and fuzzy but they are a vital part of every ecosystem. The Xerces Society works to protect them and their habitats.
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Not doing an October short fiction rec post because I haven't read enough. However I am going to ramble around This month I've haven't been reading that much short fiction online. But I have been reading some short fiction in other ways.

I have an ebook version of People of Colo(u)r Destory Science Fiction and I am mostly done with the original fiction in it i just have a few flash pieces to good. So far I've liked almost everything. "A Good Home" by Karin Lowachee was especially good and is free online. I'm looking forward to reading the rest of the issue.

I also finally finished reading An Alphabet of Embers I'm not sure why I put it down for a while but it was definitely worth picking up again.

I also read Comrade Grandmother and Other Stories by Naomi Kritzer, which was good, but not quite as excellent as her more recent work.

I've realized since the Tor.com novellas are produced in hard copy I can get them form the library and have put holds on several of them. I just got and read The Dream-Quest of Vellitt Boe by Kij Johnson which was ok but felt aimed at Lovecraft fans. (I'm not sure about all the Lovecraft inspired things I'm seeing lately but I did love "The Litany of Earth" and am looking forward to read a novella about the main character.)
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Today I'm over at Lady Business talking about the worldcon YA award process and our on going servey to help decide the name of the award. Read more here.
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I've been sick and busy with family stuff this month so I haven't read much short fiction. Here are couple of things that I did like though.

"Magnifica Angelica Superable" by Rochita Loenen-Ruiz A very short story about change and freedom.

"Taste the Singularity at the Food Truck Circus" by Jeremiah Tolbert I like stories about food and eating, and this story has tons of strange science fictional food, and also a cute friendship.

Rosh Hashana starts tonight so, L'shana tovah everyone. May your new year be sweet and contain some good short fiction.
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I have few stories to share this month. It’s been a pretty good short fiction reading month. While I haven’t been reading quite a much as I’d like to I have read quite a bit quite a lot of which I enjoyed.

“How To Piss Off A Failed Super-Soldier” by John Chu I had not been paying attention to Booksmugglers’ publishing because the theme for this season is superheroes and I generally don’t like superheroes. (Too much solving systematic problems by punching people.) But apparently they are publishing a lot of the sweet family and romance focused stories I’m looking for. This is one of them.

Superior by Jessica Lack This is another really cute Booksmugglers’ Publishing story. It is an m/m romance between a superhero’s intern and a supervillain’s apprentice.

”The Art of Space Travel” by Nina Allan It’s 2047 and Emily works at hotel near Heathrow were two astronauts will soon be staying before they launch for Mars. I just adored this story about family and memory. I read it and thought “well that is going on my Hugo ballot for sure.” One of the best things I’ve read this year.

What short fiction have you enjoyed this month?
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So the World Science Fiction Society is the governing body of WorldCons and thus also the Hugo Awards. They have one town hall style legislative session every year, known as the Business Meeting which takes place at worldcon every year. The agenda for this years meeting can be found here (warning long pdf). I'm not going to worldcon this year so I can't attend the business meeting and vote on any changes, but I have lot of thoughts and feelings so you'll have to bare with me.

YA award: Yay! I served on the YA committee this last year and I'm happy to say that we were able to get a proposal for an award together. It is for a Campbell-like "not a Hugo" award. I don't think this solution is prefect but I think it has good chance of being a comprise that everyone can accept. I'd really like to see WSFS honor more YA so I hope that this passes. If you have questions or feedback about this proposal please let me know.

Nomination Rights Grab The motions "B.2.2 Short Title: December is Good Enough" and "B.2.3 Short Title: Two Years are Good Enough" would reduced the number of people who are eligible to nominate work for the Hugo awards. Currently all members of this year's, last year's, and next year's worldcon before Jan 31 can be Hugo nominators. One of these measures would put the deadline to register back to December 31, and the other measure would restrict nomination to members of last year's and this years (or if amended just this year's) con. The reasons stated for this are the administrative burden of dealing with large numbers of nominators and coordinating between cons. I have some sympathy for the administrators here, but really feel that this an unwelcoming move. For years Hugo admins have been trying to get more people to nominate, and WSFS has been making it so more people could, and now that more people have, some admins seem to be saying that having lots nominators is just too much trouble. It feels like going backwards to me.

Best Series Hugo I don't really care whether or not this award passes but I'm very amused by the committee report which features, not one, not two but three minority reports.

Nominating Systems So there are a lot of potential changes to how the finalist are selected which are supposed to reduced the impact of slate voting. I'm kind of skeptical of all them. I fell down the rabbit hole and read a lot about EPH and EPH+ including skimming the academic paper about it, and still don't understand the difference between the two. Three stage voting which allows people to vote yes or no on the long list seems kind of mean spirited, plus it seems like people might reject less traditional work, or works but marginalized authors. Additional Finalist, which would let admins add works to the ballot seems very heavy handed. So I want the slate voters to stop winning but I'm not very convinced that any of the solutions proposed are good ideas. Basically democracy is very hard to protect from trolls.

Non-transferability of Voting Rights I don't understand the point of this one either. It is the only proposal without any commentary, and I think it could really use some. Anyone understand this?

That's all for now. If you are going to WorldCon consider going to the business meeting and having your vote count in these issues.
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Hello, I hope all of you have been having a easier July then I have been. I've been dealing with family medical stuff for the last week, and have had to do some extra care taking for my mother in law. She is great and doing very well, but wow is it a lot of work. Anyways I did read some short fiction before all this happened and I even have some cheerful fiction to recommend for once!

Kid Dark Against The Machine by Tansy Rayner Roberts This is a lose sequel to "Cookiecutter Superhero" in that it takes place in the same world and has a few character overlaps. However it stands on its own. This the cheerful short fiction I've been looking for, it is upbeat and warm, and just lovely.

I've started reading An Alphabet of Embers ed Rose Lemberg which is an anthology of very short pieces. So far I really like it. Many of the pieces are optimistic, the writing is consistently lyrical, and the illustrations are amazing. (Seriously I have paper copy so sometimes I just flip one open and stare for a bit.)

A Hundred and Seventy Storms by Aliette de Bodard Ok so this one isn't cheerful, but is is amazing so I wanted to include it too. Another Xuya story about people living around a very unpleasant planet. About family and sacrifice.

Have you read any good short fiction lately?
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Here are a few pieces of short fiction I read recently that I want to rec.

The Sound of Salt and Sea by Kat Howard A pretty and slightly creepy story. I liked the main characters attention to detail.

Whale-Oil By Sylvia V. Linsteadt I enjoyed this ecological themed story set in my home region of the San Fransisco bay area.

Mortal Eyes by Ann Chatham I had to stop reading this story in the middle to tweet about how the author got coppicing right, because I was very impressed. It is also a very good story, with a pregnant protagonist and fairies.

Not a short story or even SFF but I want to rec [personal profile] the_comfortable_courtesan, which is the (fictional) memoirs of a Victorian courtesan. It is just lovey. It updates everyday and I always look forward to finding out what the characters are up to. If you need some sex positive domestic cheerfulness if your life The Comfortable Courtesan is for you.
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Things have been busy and I haven't read as much short fiction this month as I would have liked to. (Some of you may be sensing a theme with these introductions). Anyways here are few things that I did read and like.

"The Cedar Grid" by Sara Saab (content note:violent death) Grief, family and morning are important themes in this beautiful story.

"Foxfire, Foxfire" by Yoon Ha Lee (content note: quite a bit of violent death here too.) I'm quite found of shape changing foxes

I think this may just not be a year for cheerful stories. What short fiction have you been reading recently?
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So it is almost the end of the month, which means it is time for short fiction recs. However right now I'm feeling a bit discouraged about this project. The Hugo finalist were announced last week, and the bigoted slaters were able to control most of the nominations. This year more than 4000 people nominated, and I had hoped that would make difference. I'm angry for the people who nominated for the 1st time this year, that they had such cruddy experience, and I hope they won't all be discouraged from nominating again.

Really though, I'm so sad for the stories I loved last year. It was such great year for short fiction and I really hoped to see some of my favorites be recognized. Or if my favorites couldn't be on the short list, I wanted the stories that beat them out to have done so because people loved them. And it feels self aggrandizing to admit it but part of the purpose of this project is to help people find fiction they love to nominate for the Hugos, and I was hoping to have some impact on the final ballot. Which is silly because only an handful of people read my recs.

Anyways I do have some recs, because this project is also about sharing things I love with my friends. I wish this set was a bit more cheerful, but I hope you enjoy them.

"Dragon Brides" by Nghi Vo A slightly creepy story about what happens a princess after she is rescued form a dragon.

"This Is a Letter to My Son" by KJ Kabza (content note: cancer death) A sweet domestic story in the near future, featuring a trans girl and her dead mother.

"A Salvaging of Ghosts" by Aliette de Bodard (Content note: death of an adult child) This story is so beautiful and sad, and lovey. You should read it especially if you liked The Citadel of Weeping Pearls.

"From the Editorial Page of the Falchester Weekly Review" by Marie Brennan I adore The Memoirs of Lady Trent, this story takes place between volumes 3 and 4 and stands on its own though it does contain spoilers. It is in the form of exchange of letters in scientific journal.

Have you read any good short fiction lately? Recs for something cheerful would be especially appreciated just now.
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Hugo nominations end this Thursday so a lot of people I know are trying to read a lot 2015 short fiction. If that your goal this post won't help you. I did most of my 2015 story cramming in January and this month I've actuality been reading short fiction at reasonable pace. I've been feeling relaxed about it so as well as reading some current stuff I've been reading some of the slightly older stuff that I was meaning to get around but always drop in favor of new things. So here are a few recs.

Seven Cups of Coffee by A.C. Wise (content note: queer tragedy.) This story made me sit up and say wow! So lovely and sad, with an interesting time travel twist.

Between Dragons and Their Wrath by An Owomoyela and Rachel Swirsky This is another hard to read story about children living in area devastated by war, but it is hauntingly beautiful.

And one the older stories I read: The Nalendar by Ann Leckie This a fantasy story with some really interesting gods, and a great main character. This one isn't depressing.
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Leap day means on more day to get my February short fiction rec post up and I need it because I haven't been reading that much short fiction this month. After doing a ton of short fiction reading for my favorates of 2015 post I decided to take a break form short fiction reading which ended up stretching well into February. But I've gotten back into reading things in the last week or so. Here are a few that I liked.

"The Desert Glassmaker and the Jeweler of Berevyar" by Rose Lemberg Another birdverse story, told in letters between craftspeople. I really liked the descriptions of the crafts and of the environments the characters live in.

"The Tomato Thief" by Ursula Vernon This story made me really want a tomato, and there won't be good ones here for months. Also I loved the bits about trains and the logistics of foodstuff. Anyways this story is sequel to "Jackalope Wives" but would read fine on its own. Grandma Harken is a lot of fun to read about.

I've also been reading A.M. Dellamonica's stories set in the same world as Child of a Hidden Sea. There are three so far, all prequels to the novel. I love getting to learn more about the world and the characters. The stories are in chronological order "Among the Silvering Herd", "The Ugly Woman of Castello di Putti" and "The Glass Galago"

How has your short fiction reading been going lately?
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Hugo Nominations are now open, and PINs are going out via email! I wrote a bit about why you might want (or not-want) to nominate for the Hugo awards here. If nominating for the Hugos is something you want to do remember you need to buy your membership by January 31, which is coming right up.

Anyways if you are nominating it can be confusing to figure out what is eligible and in what category, so I’ve put together a list of links that I hope will help people.

I know this is lot, but remember you don’t have to know everything about a category to nominate in it. If you read or watched one work in a category and you think it is award worthy you should nominate it!

General

The official site has a list of categories here

A. C. Wise’s collection of eligibility posts and recommendation posts

Cat Rambo’s eligibility post with links to many other eligibility posts

Renay’s Hugo spread sheet with rec’s for all categories Renay has been organizing this resource for several years. I find it very useful.

Hugo Eligbity Wiki A similar project that is new this year. Looks like it should be helpful.

Other Awards
These are resources to help people nominate for other related awards. Note categories don't always overlap perfectly.

British Science Fiction Association (BSFA)Awards Long list

Ditmar Eligibility List The Ditmar is an award for Australian SFF, the site list things that were published in Australia in 2015.

Reading list for the Nebula Awards

Eligibility Lists for Specific Categories

Lady Business quarterly short fiction recs (Q1, Q2, Q3) The editors over at Lady Business have been running a quarterly poll on the best SFF short fiction. The 1st three quarters are up.

Semiprozine directory A list of things that qualify as semiprozines

John W. Campbell Award for best new writer eligibility page

Hugo Eligible Art 2015 tumblr for the both pro and fan art categories, includes eligible work.

Magazines' Lists of What They Published in 2015
Most of these either include word count or list the stories by Hugo Category

Apex

Beneath Ceaseless Skies

Book Smugglers Publishing

Clarkesworld

Escape Artists (Note podcast of stories are eligible as stories (for the writing) and as dramatic presentations (for the performance.))

Giganotosurus

Strange Horizons

Tor.com

Uncanny

Technical Stuff
These won’t help you nominate but if you want really geek out about the Hugos here are a couple of super detailed links.

Chaos Horizon A blog that uses stats and data to try and predict the novel category of the Hugos and Nebulas.

[livejournal.com profile] kevin_standlee A former (and possibly future) Hugo admin who posts about technical aspects of the awards along with stuff about his daily life.

The WSFS Page at MidAmericon II WSFS, the World Science Fiction Society is the umbrella organization of worldcons. The WSFS constitution contains the governing rules for the Hugo Awards. This has links to constitutional changes from last year that if ratified will become the rules for next year. (Under “business passed on”) This is also were proposals for new constitutional changes will appear as they are submitted.

Know of other resources that should be here? Let me know and I will add them.
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I read tons of short fiction in 2015, even more than in previous years. This has been a pretty great year for short fiction with great stories form authors I already loved and new to me authors. It has also been good to see many more people talking about short fiction on the internet this year. I hope to see even more of that in 2016.

This year I’ve tried to post few recommendations for stories every month, but now that the year is done I’m posting a list of my very favorites. For your convenience I’ve listed the stories by Hugo category, form shortest to longest.

Short Stories:

“Cat Pictures Please” by Naomi Kritzer
What if the internet was sentient and wanted to help people? This very cute story describes one way it could go.

“The Shape of my Name” by Nino Cipri
Time travel, family and figuring out ones identity all play a role in this beautiful story that I’ve been thinking about all year.

“Monkey King, Faerie Queen” by Zen Cho
The story of what happens when the Money King meets the Faerie Queen. Told in Cho’s wonderful voice with a lot of faithfulness to both sets of mythology.

“It Brought Us All Together” by Marissa K. Lingen
A story about dealing with grief and high school in a plague ridden world. Lingen continues to nail the complexes of relationships. Surprisingly not depressing given its subject matter.

“Pockets” by Amal El-Mohtar
This story is great because of the female friendships and also because when weird shit happens the characters try to understand what is going on using science.

“Even the Mountains Are Not Forever” by Laurie Tom
A wonderful story about history and different ways of preserving it, really struck a chord with my inner historian.

“Let's Have a Talk” by Xia Jia
This Xia Jia’s first story written in English and love that it deals with linguistics. It is also extremely cute.

“Forestspirit, Forestspirit” by Bogi Takács
I loved this story for its atmospheric description of a forest, interesting future tech, and awesome post-human neutrally gendered view point character.

“Points of Origin” by Marissa K. Lingen
So this year I became a parent, and I really wanted to read fiction about parenting but there is not much out there. This story is about people in their 80’s who unexpectedly must take care of children. There are a lot of details about the daily stuff. So even though the story is about people who are really different than me it was just what I wanted to be reading.

“The Crane Wife” by A. C. Wise
Beautifully written examination of the mythical animal bride story

“When we die on Mars” by Cassandra Khaw
A lovely story about sacrifice and found family.

Novettes:

“The Animal Women” by Alix E. Harrow
(content note: race in American, violence, attempted sexual assault.) I got really sucked into this story set in the US south about how women’s voices are repressed. It is pretty dark in places but had and ending I found hopeful.

“Grandmother-nai-Leylit’s Cloth of Wind” by Rose Lemberg
This story is set in Lemberg’s Birdverse which I’ve so far only read a few stories, but have really enjoyed those and plan to seek out more. Really enjoyed the complex culture and the family dynamics.

“Ballroom Blitz” by Veronica Schanoes A gender swapped punk retelling of the twelve dancing princesses, but what I really loved about this was how it portrayed characters’ mental health problems.

Geometries of Belonging By Rose Lemberg
Another Birdverse story, but set in a different country than “Grandmother-nai-Leylit’s Cloth of Wind.” This one takes place on the edge of politics but also focuses on found family and healing. There is a character struggling with their gender identity.

“Sacred Cows: Death and Squalor on the Rio Grande” by A.S. Diev
The opening image of this grabbed me and then I was sucked in by the “New Gonzo journalism” voice.

“Fabulous Beasts” by Priya Sharma
(content note: domestic violence, rape, incest) I put off reading this story, even though multiple people recommended it to me because I thought it would be dark, and I was right, but this story was worth it.

Novellas:

Binti by Nnedi Okorafor
This hit a lot of my worldbuidling favorites like strange bio-tech and descriptions of food. It was also just a really fun story that went in directions I didn't expect. I quite liked that the resolution focused on diplomacy not use of force. (But be warned that there is some horrific violence which the author is very effective at getting across how it makes our main character feel.)

Quarter Days by Iona Sharma A fun story set in post WWI magical London. While this London is similar to our own, the magic also makes some things really different. I liked how there were multiple magic systems in the same setting. I also liked the characters and how they interacted with each other.

The Citadel of Weeping Pearls by Aliette de Bodard. (Asimov's Science Fiction Oct/Nov*) Set in De Bodard’s Xuya universe this story features a variety of complex characters trying to understand the disappearance of the Citadel of Weeping Pearls 30 years ago. I love de Bodard’s worldbuilding, especially the food details. I also enjoyed see the characters through eachother’s eyes. (This is very loosely a sequel to On a Red Station, Drifting but could be read on its own and doesn’t really spoil anything.)

*Back issues of Asimov's are unreasonably hard to get a hold of even if you are willing to pay money. However check and see if your library has this issue, or if you are eligible to nominate for awards you can contact the author for a copy.
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In 2015 I wrote several pieces about SFF stories and culture, what is sometimes called fanwriting. I wrote a few things I’m proud of and I hope contributed to my little corner of fandom. So I thought I’d do a roundup of my fanwriting in 2015.

Short Fiction

I read fair amount of short fiction, but I know many people have hard time getting started with the form or finding works to their taste. Too often short fiction recs show up only at the end of the year as best of lists, which can be overwhelming. So I’ve been working on providing recs in less overwhelming format and have tried to post 2-5 rec about once a month. You can find all those posts at my short fiction tag

I also wrote a couple of pieces about short fiction culture and my reaction to it. These are “My History with Short Fiction” and “Continuity and SFF Short Fiction”

I was very pleased to be asked to write about my favorite short fiction of 2014 for Lady Business. You can find that here

Fanish Culture

“The Hugo Awards, Inclusion, and Me” is my reaction to last year’s Hugo issues

“The Canon” was my response to Renay’s essay about the SFF canon and pressure to read books by white men I talked about my personal history with the SFF canon and why I don’t think you need to read it.

In “On Reviews” I wrote about how I use book reviews a why I rarely read long reviews.

Books

The closest thing I wrote to a book review was “Thoughts on Nature in Uprooted by Naomi Novik” were I discus how the book uses tropes about nature. (NB: spoilers)

Not writing but I also appeared on an episode of the podcast Cabbages and Kings were we talked about world building and immersion. You can find the episode here.
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This month I've gotten more organized and found some time to read short fiction again. So here are a few rec based on what I've read recently.

"20/20" By Arie Coleman A story about doctors who travel back in time to fix medical mistakes. I loved the main characters dedication to saving lives.

"Points of Origin" by Marissa K. Lingen This story about older people who find themselves caring for children unexpectedly really resonated with me.

"When We Die on Mars" by Cassandra Khaw A lovely story about sacrifice and found family.

"The Animal Women" by Alix E. Harrow (content note: race in American, violence, attempted sexual assault.) A powerful story about a girl finding her voice.

I'm now working on finishing up the 2015 short fiction in on my to-read list. Is there anything you think I should be sure not to miss?
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It is the time of year when I remind you that can nominate and vote for the Hugo Awards if you buy a supporting membership for MidAmeriCon II the 2016 WorldCon. This year supporting memberships are a bit more expensive at $50 each. (Last year it was $40). You will need to have supporting membership by January 31 to nominate. If you had a voting membership last year you can nominate this year. Also if you buy a supporting membership to Worldcon 75, the 2017 WorldCon in Helsinki you can nominate this year, and nominate and vote on the finalists in 2017.

Last year I wrote about why you might like to nominate and vote for these awards. Most of what I wrote then is still true especially the last point about representing diverse groups and tastes. However last year I found the online conversations about the Hugos to be not at all fun. Two interrelated groups of socially conservative fans know as the Sad and Rabid Puppies used bloc voting tactics to control the nominations process. This lead to an explosion of acrimonious online debate, with a lot of name calling, and personal attacks. There are currently rules changes in the works that make bloc voting nominations much harder, but these will not go into effect this year. So I expect that the online conversation about the Hugos will remain unpleasant.

All this means that I can’t whole heartedly ask you to buy membership. On one hand I would really like you to, because it something I’ve enjoyed doing that I think you might enjoy too. Also it would be good for the awards and make bloc voting harder if more people participated. On the other hand I can see how buying a supporting membership might feel like spending $50 to join a flame war. So I hope that you’ll consider voting but I understand why you might not.

My plan for the Hugos this year is to focus on the parts I find fun and avoid the arguments as much as I can. Nominating has always been my favorite part of the Hugo process. Some people worry that they shouldn’t nominate if they haven’t read or watched all the things (which is imposable these days.) Instead I see nominating as a way of sharing great stuff. So if you’ve read or watch only one thing in category but you think that thing is award worthy you should totally nominate it.

I love reading lots of new work, and sharing the good things with my friends. I’m not going to let the Puppies ruin this joy. So I plan to tell you about all my favorite SFF things. I’m going to write about my favorite short fiction published in 2015, and post recs for several other Hugo categories. I hope that whether or not you take part in the Hugos you’ll check some of my recommendations out, and find something you like. And whatever you decide about the Hugos I hope you’ll share some works you liked with me and other people. Hopefully we can all find new to us wonderful things, and focus on the squee.
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I'm still not reading short fiction at the rate I was pre-baby, but I am reading some, and I have a few recs to share.

First up "The many media hypothesis" by Marissa Lingen What if you's form alternative universes showed up on your social media feeds? As alway Lingen is great at complex family relationships even in this short space. (Content Note: domestic violence.)

I'd also like to mention a novella Binti by Nnedi Okorafor, which hit a lot of my worldbuidling favorites like strange bio-tech and descriptions of food. It was also just a really fun story that went in directions I didn't expect.


Also this month I finished reading CYBERPUNK: MALAYSIA ed. Zen Cho. I love Cho's work so when I heard she was editing an anthology I decided to check it out even though I generally dislike cyberpunk. Anyways, this book made me realize that I have no idea what cyberpunk is. Like I couldn't point any one story and say "not cyberpunk" but on the other hand I wouldn't have called most of these stories cyberpunk if I came across them in another context. Some of these stories felt like as non-Malaysian I didn't have the background to fully understand the worldbuilding, but I just kind of went with it. There were some good stories here and some not to my taste.
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So I've been trying to post some short fiction rec every month, but I had a baby on Oct 14 and have not been in the right mindset to read any short fiction all month. I'm slowly getting a bit more brain for non-baby things so I hope to have recs again next month.

In the meantime please tell me about any short fiction you are excited about in the comments. (So I can add to my ever growing to-read list.)

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