The Incomparable Mothership #472 August 3, 2019
2019 Hugo Nominees

33 Percent Rule

Our Book Club returns with reviews of the six finalists for the Hugo Award for best science fiction/fantasy novel of the year. You’ll be thrilled by our panelists attempting to remember what happened in books they read months ago! We liked five out of the six, which is a great batting average—but oh, that sixth book. Also, we read some novellas and short stories, too! And Erika’s up for another Hugo!

Listen to this episode (1 hour, 7 minutes)

Show Notes

Our collective ratings this time:

  1. Trail of Lightning / Calculating Stars (tie, average place 2.25)
  2. Revenant Gun (2.5)
  3. Record of a Spaceborn Few (3.75)
  4. Spinning Silver (4.25)
  5. Space Opera (6)

Other stuff we mentioned:

Novellas: Artificial Condition, Beneath the Sugar Sky, Binti: The Night Masquerade,The Black God’s Drums, Gods, Monsters, and the Lucky Peach, by Kelly Robson, The Tea Master and the Detective

Short Stories: The Court Magician, The Secret Lives of the Nine Negro Teeth of George Washington, STET,The Tale of the Three Beautiful Raptor Sisters, and the Prince Who Was Made of Meat, A Witch’s Guide to Escape: A Practical Compendium of Portal Fantasies

and Dungeons & Dragons Art & Arcana: A Visual History, by Michael Witwer, Kyle Newman, Jon Peterson, Sam Witwer.

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