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The 2018 Hugo Nominated & Winning Stories Online

The 2018 Hugo Nominated & Winning Stories Online

Another year, another SFF awards season is well underway, as the Hugo Award finalists were announced earlier this month. Get a jump start on your award reading with all the 2018 Hugo nominated short stories and novelettes (and one lonely novella) available to read online right now.

Keep in mind that only supporting and attending members of Worldcon 76 (and members with equivalent voting rights) who join the convention before the end of final ballot voting will be eligible to vote on the final ballot. Makes sense! This year's Worldcon will be August 16-20 in San Jose, so you have until summer to get your read on and your membership happening. Hopefully having these 13 stories all in one place will help.

Now updated with the 2018 Hugo Award winners...

10 Climate Fiction Books to Read for Earth Day

10 Climate Fiction Books to Read for Earth Day

Sunday is Earth Day, that day of the year when we're reminded to take care of our planet. It's the only one we've got, after all... for now, at least.

But in the world of speculative fiction, reminders aren't really needed. Sci-fi authors have long thought up future scenarios impacted by every sort of ecological disaster imaginable, whether caused by our own careless pollution or technology gone awry, some strange alien virus, or just a pissed off Mother Nature who's had enough of our shit. It even has its own cute genre name: cli-fi, for climate fiction (see what they did there?).

Though the name is a recent invention, writers have pondered the perils of climate change as far back as Jules Vernes' 1889 adventure novel, The Purchase of the North Pole, while J.G. Ballard's dystopian novels The Drowned World (1962) and The Drought (1964) are considered early cli-fi classics. Today, with terms like "global warming" and "carbon footprint" now part of our everyday lexicon, climate change and environmental disaster are in everyone's thoughts — and climate fiction has grown right along with our awareness.

Even if climate change has never once crossed your mind (you could be a monk, I guess?), these 10 books are sure to get you thinking about the environment and our impact on it...

11 Nebula Nominated Stories You Can Read Online Right Now

11 Nebula Nominated Stories You Can Read Online Right Now

Awards are fun, aren't they? And it's not just the glitz and glamour of, say, the Oscars or Golden Globes, seeing how excited we get for awards of all kinds — or maybe that's just me? At any rate, the Nebula Award nominees were announced last month, recognizing the best in science fiction and fantasy published in the United State as selected by SFWA members.

I was especially excited for this year's finalists, since I've actually read most of them already. Less reading to do before the awards are given out on May 19th! I hadn't read any of the short stories or novelettes, however. Thankfully, most of them can be found online. Because I care, here is every nominated short story, novelette, and novella you can read right now — for free...

5 Speculative Fiction Books for International Women's Day

5 Speculative Fiction Books for International Women's Day

March 8th is International Women’s Day, a day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women around the world! The day also marks a call to action toward increased gender equality and women’s rights, something which current affairs have shown is still so necessary.

While SFF can be pretty male driven in general at times, some of the best speculative fiction examines themes relevant to women specifically. It's one of the reasons I so love speculative fiction, because it often examines social themes like: What does it mean to be a woman in an unequal world? What if gender was fluid, or non-existent?

In speculative fiction, you can imagine a world where anything is possible — from oppressive regimes that are exaggerated versions of real issues facing women today, to worlds where sexual prejudice doesn’t even exist. So in that spirit, here are five speculative fiction books for International Women’s Day...

11 Sci-Fi & Fantasy Deluxe Edition Books for Gift Giving

11 Sci-Fi & Fantasy Deluxe Edition Books for Gift Giving

Books make for great gifts, don't you think? Except . . . book lovers have probably already bought or read most of the books they want. Enter the deluxe edition: those fancy, illustrated editions designed especially for gift giving — I mean, I assume that's what they're for, with their gilded edges, pretty pictures, and fall release dates.

If you're searching for the perfect book to give your favorite sci-fi or fantasy reader, elevate your giving with just such a deluxe, anniversary, or collector's edition of a beloved book. Or a hardcover edition instead of a mass market paperback, or a series collected into one volume. Here are 11 deluxe edition books to get you started in these trying holiday shopping times...