Best Novella, 1941 & 2016

And here are the Best Novella finalists!

Next week, we will slow it back down and have a thread for each of the Best Novel finalists (a 1941 and a 2016 pick) each day.

Until then, let’s discuss the short fiction finalists (and semiprozine) in the various threads that just appeared!


  • “Coventry” by Robert A. Heinlein
  • “If This Goes On…” by Robert A. Heinlein
  • “Magic, Inc.” by Robert A. Heinlein
  • “The Mathematics of Magic” by L. Sprague de Camp and Fletcher Pratt
  • “The Roaring Trumpet” by L. Sprague de Camp and Fletcher Pratt


  • Binti by Nnedi Okorafor
  • The Builders by Daniel Polansky
  • Penric’s Demon by Lois McMaster Bujold
  • Perfect State by Brandon Sanderson
  • Slow Bullets by Alastair Reynolds

So, who is at the top of your list and why?

As always, keep in mind the Comment Rules, and let’s discuss the Hugo finalists!

Best Novella and Novelette

Still here and thank you for the offers to help. Might take one of you up on that as we approach the end. Today here are a Best Novelette and several Best Novella recommendations. A few came through without links, so I will see if I can check out what is up with those. But are included below for recommendation.

Tomorrow I will post Best Short Story recommendations. For the rest of this week, how about sending in recommendations for any category we haven’t covered. You can see the schedule here.


“We’re So Very Sorry for your Recent Tragic Loss” by Nick Wolven from F & SF Sept 2015 – In a completely personalized world, a computer glitch makes everything think that the main character has suffered a loss. She starts to wonder. Nice tone, interesting story.


Binti – A young woman from an insular community is the first of her people to travel into space – and promptly runs into trouble.

Binti by Nnedi Okorafor – A little masterpiece, with an unusual, distinctive voice, that sets it apart.

The Bone Swans of Amandale – C.S.E. Cooney does a new take on two traditional tales, “The Pied Piper” and “The Juniper Tree”. Features a talented rat called Maurice, which is always good news.

“The Lord of Ragnarok” by Albert E Cowdrey – Peasant becomes knight becomes vassal of a lord who has a particular relationship with a dragon. Our hero sees wonders, fights bravely, makes sacrifices.

“The Nalender” by Ann Leckie From Uncanny Magazine 2 – A smart, capable woman in a low-technology world with lots of gods all over the place is traveling down the river, avoiding an annoying suitor. He gets the best of her briefly. Wonderful mood, great world building, and a clever ending.

The Pauper Prince and the Eucalyptus Jinn by Usman T. Malik – The story of an American immigrant looking back to its family and cultural roots.

Penric’s Demon – Lois McMaster Bujold’s tale of a good deed, which, like most, does not go unpunished.

The Sorcerer of the Wildeeps – Kai Ashante Wilson’s tale of Demane, a caravan guard on a journey through a treacherous and magical land.

The Witches of Lychford – The forces of good and evil clash over planning permission in rural Gloucestershire, in Paul Cornell’s story of modern people dealing with ancient magic.

X’s for Eyes – Laird Barron’s story of a 1950s space probe that goes off course – way off course, to encounter the primal nuclear chaos that froths and seethes at the centre of creation. (Lovecraft’s kind of creation, that is.)

All Other Fiction

Life has been even more difficult and time consuming lately and time is running out. So how about we take recs for all other prose fiction categories – short story through novella this week. Was hoping to keep things spread out, but I’d rather not miss anything.

So send in your recs (someone already did, which prompted this – thank you!, I will start posting them somewhere in Monday to Wednesday depending on my schedule and how many come in. Then I will figure out how to lump together the other remaining categories, but we might just be getting to a free-for-all any and all categories soon. 🙂

Thank you all!