The Incomparable Mothership #151 July 27, 2013
The 2013 Hugo Award Nominees.

Not Technically Incest

Put on your red shirt, renew your blogging license, and swallow some alien bacteria! It’s time for our annual read of the five Hugo Award nominees for best novel. We liked some of them, we hated some of them, but we talked about all of them! But beware: The diabolical eyes of the Centers for Disease Control are watching us all.

Listen to this episode (1 hour, 26 minutes)

Show Notes

Scott’s blog post about the Hugos

Plus, nine books that should have been nominated

#96: Space Fedora

The 2012 Hugo Award Nominees. Of all the sci-fi novels published in the last year, these are five of them! (And four aren’t actually sci-fi.) But that hasn’t stopped us from reading them and giving you our opinions. Join our book club as we talk about five books and pick our favorites. Plus: Vomit Zombies! A unique novel-sponsorship opportunity for Coca-Cola! Our near-unconditional love of author Jo Walton! And what the locusts are reading this year!

#51: Zombie Marmaduke

We read the 2011 Hugo nominees for Best Novel. Sit back and enjoy our reviews of “Blackout/All Clear,” “Cryoburn,” “The Dervish House,” “Feed,” and “The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms.” Plus, we recommend a few of the nominated short stories.

“Redshirts” by John Scalzi

“Redshirts” on Audible, read by Wil Wheaton

#101: Insular Nerdosphere

Our Book Club discusses “Redshirts” by John Scalzi. It’s a book that’s far more complex than its elevator-pitch premise would suggest, but did our panel appreciate its winking narrative-within-narrative structure? And more broadly, why are we worried about some of our favorite geek creators turning inward and pandering to the nerd audience?

“Throne of the Crescent Moon” by Saladin Ahmed

“2312” by Kim Stanley Robinson

“Blackout” by Mira Grant

“Captain Vorpatril’s Alliance” by Lois McMaster Bujold

#117: Intergalactic FedEx

We follow up on our previous episode to ask Serenity Caldwell how she uses her iPhone to read books (and discover her shocking method of scanning pages). Then there’s a discussion of Lois McMaster Bujold’s latest Vorkosigan novel, “Captain Vorpatril’s Alliance.” Finally (at 65 minutes in if you’re skipping ahead), Jason asks Scott to recommend which unread book on his Kindle he should dive into next.

“Shiva 3000” by Jan Lars Jensen

“Celestial Matters” by Richard Garfinkle

This is the book whose title Glenn couldn’t think of.

“The Killing Moon” by N.K. Jemisin

Nominated for the Nebula but not the Hugo. Jason liked it.