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10 Hugo Winning & Nominated Stories To Read Online Right Now

If you don't know the Hugo Awards, they're kind of like the Oscars for sci-fi and fantasy (literally, as the idea was based on the Academy Awards). This year's votes have been tallied and the winners were announced last Friday. Sad puppies only got sadder as all the amazing women who won rejoiced.

Amazing women like NK Jemisin, who won the Best Novel award for The Obelisk Gate, the second book in her apocalyptic fantasy trilogy that is the very essence of dope. She won this award last year too — making her the first black author to ever win it, and now she's won it two years in a row. I don't want to jinx anything for next year, but the third and final book in the trilogy, The Stone Sky, was released this week. I'm just saying.

Lots of other awesome people won lots of other awards as well. Check out the full list of winners here.

What I really love about the Hugos is how they recognize not just the novel format, but everything from fanzines to movies in the SFF genre. And, of course, short stories of all lengths. If you're like me and love a good short story, you're in luck — here are all of this year's Hugo Award winning and nominated short stories and novelettes that are online for you to read right now, totally free. You're welcome.

 

1. Seasons of Glass and Iron

by Amal El-Mohtar | Best Short Story Winner ★

 

2. That Game We Played During the War

by Carrie Vaughn | Best Short Story Nominee

 

3. A Fist of Permutations in Lightning and Wildflowers

by Alyssa Wong | Best Short Story Nominee

 

4. Our Talons Can Crush Galaxies

by Brooke Bolander | Best Short Story Nominee

 

5. The City Born Great

by N. K. Jemisin | Best Short Story Nominee

 

6. The Tomato Thief

by Ursula Vernon | Best Novelette Winner ★

 

7. Touring with the Alien

by Carolyn Ives Gilman | Best Novelette Nominee

 

8. You’ll Surely Drown Here If You Stay

by Alyssa Wong | Best Novelette Nominee

 

9. The Art of Space Travel

by Nina Allan | Best Novelette Nominee

 

10. The Jewel and Her Lapidary (Excerpt)

by Fran Wilde | Best Novelette Nominee