Shiver me Timbers! The 2022 Hugo Finalists – Part One

Ahoy there me mateys!  The Hugo Finalists for 2022 have been announced.  I followed the 2019 to 2021 awards and loved it so much that I be doing it again.  Arrr!  Looking at this year’s list, I have thoughts about who I think some of the winners should be.  So I figured a) I would share; b) I would make an effort to read all the works in certain categories; and c) I will add some excitement to me year waiting for the winners to be revealed in September 2022.

I am using the list as published on Tor.com with links to me reviews (click the titles) where applicable.  Under each category I will share me thoughts thus far.  I will give periodic updates as we get closer to the reveal.  I am only going to track the categories of specific interest to me.  They be:

Best Novel

Thoughts:  Five of six.  And the only one I haven’t read is a series sequel.  I doubt I will read the two books by Martine before the awards are announced.  I keep trying to read the first one and not succeeding.  The Parker-Chan was an unpopular Abandon Ship.  I enjoyed the others quite a bit.

Hoped for WinnerThe Galaxy, and the Ground Within by Becky Chambers cause I adored it.  The Weir might take it though since it was so popular.

Best Novella

Thoughts:  Tor.com kicks butt again in this category.  I have read half of the six.  The Tchaikovsky and Harrow are on the kindle waiting to be read.  I wasn’t planning on reading the Valente as I don’t generally like her work.  Though I could give it a shot if I find a library copy.

Hoped for Winner: A Psalm for the Wild-Built by Becky Chambers.  I can’t imagine anything bumping this out of its spot.  The other two I have read were enjoyable but not award winners for me.  We shall see once I read the others.

Best Novelette

  • “Bots of the Lost Ark” by Suzanne Palmer (Clarkesworld, Jun 2021)
  • “Colors of the Immortal Palette” by Caroline M. Yoachim (Uncanny Magazine, Mar/Apr 2021)
  • L’Esprit de L’Escalier by Catherynne M. Valente (Tordotcom)
  • “O2 Arena” by Oghenechovwe Donald Ekpeki (Galaxy’s Edge, Nov 2021)
  • “That Story Isn’t the Story” by John Wiswell (Uncanny Magazine, Nov/Dec 2021)
  • “Unseelie Brothers, Ltd.” by Fran Wilde (Uncanny Magazine, May/Jun 2021)

Thoughts:  None.  None of them.  There is work to be done here.

Hoped for WinnerTo Be Determined

Best Short Story

  • “Mr. Death” by Alix E. Harrow (Apex Magazine, Feb 2021)
  • “Proof by Induction” by José Pablo Iriarte (Uncanny Magazine, May/Jun 2021)
  • “The Sin of America” by Catherynne M. Valente (Uncanny Magazine, Mar/Apr 2021)
  • “Tangles” by Seanan McGuire (Magicthegathering.com: Magic Story, Sep 2021)
  • “Unknown Number” by Blue Neustifter (Twitter, Jul 2021)
  • “Where Oaken Hearts Do Gather” by Sarah Pinsker (Uncanny Magazine, Mar/Apr 2021)

Thoughts:  None.  None of them.  There is work to be done here.

Hoped for WinnerTo Be Determined

Best Series

  • The Green Bone Saga by Fonda Lee (Orbit)
  • The Kingston Cycle by C. L. Polk (Tordotcom)
  • Merchant Princes by Charles Stross (Macmillan)
  • Terra Ignota by Ada Palmer (Tor Books)
  • Wayward Children by Seanan McGuire (Tordotcom)
  • The World of the White Rat by T. Kingfisher (Ursula Vernon) (Argyll Productions)

Thoughts:  I Abandoned Ship for the first book in the Lee series and the Terra Ignota series.  I have read the Wayward Children books.  I have never read the Stross or Polk books and don’t really feel the urge.  I have not read the White Rat series but certainly want to.  I love Kingfisher.

Hoped for Winner:  Wayward Children by Seanan McGuire but Kingfisher could over take it.  I have to read the rat books and find out!

Side note:  The next two awards are technically not Hugos but are given out on the same day.

Astounding Award for Best New Writer

  • Tracy Deonn (2nd year of eligibility)
  • Micaiah Johnson (2nd year of eligibility)
  • A.K. Larkwood (2nd year of eligibility)
  • Everina Maxwell (1st year of eligibility)
  • Shelley Parker-Chan (1st year of eligibility)
  • Xiran Jay Zhao (1st year of eligibility)

Thoughts:  I have read books by Johnson and Parker-Chan and didn’t love either though their writing was interesting.  Larkwood and Deonn are on me list to read.  I am not too interested in the Maxwell book or the Zhao based on reviews and synopsis.  So this category will be determined by if I get to reading the Larkwood or Deonn books.  Otherwise, I will have to sit this category out this year.

Hoped for Winner: To Be Determined

Lodestar Award for Best Young Adult Book

  • Chaos on CatNet by Naomi Kritzer (Tor Teen)
  • Iron Widow by Xiran Jay Zhao (Penguin Teen / Rock the Boat)
  • The Last Graduate by Naomi Novik (Del Rey Books)
  • Redemptor by Jordan Ifueko (Amulet Books / Hot Key Books)
  • A Snake Falls to Earth by Darcie Little Badger (Levine Querido)
  • Victories Greater Than Death by Charlie Jane Anders (Tor Teen / Titan)

Thoughts:  I have read two of these.  I had heard of the Ifueko.  I have not heard of the other three.  I will need to see if I feel like reading the missing four.

Hoped for Winner: The Last Graduate by Naomi Novik cause it floated me book.

So there ye have it.  Me Hugo wishes for now.  I will keep y’all posted as I continue readin’ through the nominees.  In the meantime

Always remember:

Q: What is a pirate’s favorite letter?

A: P. because it would be an R, but it’s missing a leg.

Hardy har har!

x The Captain

8 thoughts on “Shiver me Timbers! The 2022 Hugo Finalists – Part One

  1. I have a lot of reading to do!! Of the different categories, I’ve read the most in the novella list. So many great choices — I’d love to see Elder Race get some love, because I thought it was astonishing, but really, they’re all great. I need to make some plans to read more of these books!

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  2. I’m hoping to read (or attempt) all of the novelette and short story entries this year, and I’ve made a good dent in them so far. I’ve really enjoyed a few (Harrow’s “Mr. Death” and Palmer’s “Bots of the Lost Arc” in particular) though in general the short fiction finalists seem to be strong entries.

    I’m having a really hard time with the Best Series nominees. I love both the Kingfisher and the McGuire. I don’t know how I’m going to pick… and since I have been taking out Hugo voting membership for the past few years, I need to find a way to pick between the two when voting time comes. It’s going to be hard.

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  3. I didn’t like She Who Became the Sun, either. I thought Parker-Chan’s writing was clunky, and I was unconvinced by the main character’s journey (I don’t even remember her name….). I do no understand the vapors people are having over that book… I do plant to read A Desolation Called Peace, as I loved the first book. That will probably be the one I end up rooting for.

    I don’t intend to read most of the novellas, so I will root for Harrow A Spindle Splintered. I have all the novelettes bookmarked. I plan to read them all over the next couple of weeks.

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  4. Please consider reading Iron Widow by Xiran Jay Zhao, it’s an exceptional, thrilling book, nothing like it in scifi now. You just need to read a few pages and you’ll be hooked. It deserves to win.

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