A blog by the staff of the Thomas Ford Memorial Library
Since 1955 the Hugo Awards have honored the very best writing in science fiction and fantasy. In September, this year’s winners will be announced right here in Chicago at Chicon 7. Here’s a list of the five novels nominated for this year’s big award.
Among Others by Jo Walton (SF Walton)
Startling, unusual, and irresistibly readable, Among Others is at once the compelling story of a young woman struggling to escape a troubled childhood, a brilliant diary of first encounters with the great novels of modern fantasy and science fiction, and a spellbinding tale of escape from ancient enchantment.
A Dance with Dragons by George R. R. Martin (SF Martin)
New threats emerge to endanger the future of the Seven Kingdoms, as Daenerys Targaryen, ruling in the East, fights off a multitude of enemies, while Jon Snow, Lord Commander of the Night’s Watch, faces his foes both in the Watch and beyond the great Wall of ice and stone.
Deadline by Mira Grant (PB Grant)
Shaun Mason is a man without a mission. Not even running the news organization he built with his sister has the same urgency as it used to. But when a CDC researcher fakes her own death and appears on his doorstep with a ravenous pack of zombies in tow, Shaun has a newfound interest in life.
Embassytown by China Miéville (SF Mieville)
Avice Benner Cho, a human colonist on a distant planet populated by the Ariekei, sentient beings famed for their unique language, returns to Embassytown after many years of deep space exploration to find she has become a living simile in the Ariekei language even though she cannot speak it, and she is torn by competing loyalties when hostilities erupt between humans and aliens.
Leviathan Wakes by James S. A. Corey (SF Corey)
When Captain Jim Holden’s ice miner stumbles across a derelict, abandoned ship, he uncovers a secret that threatens to throw the entire system into war. Attacked by a stealth ship belonging to the Mars fleet, Holden must find a way to uncover the motives behind the attack, stop a war and find the truth behind a vast conspiracy that threatens the entire human race.