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 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: 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 ( 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!


  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.


  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.


  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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