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The Hugo awards are considered the most prestigious sci-fi awards, and the finalists have been recently announced. It is an awesome set of finalist, very diverse (from military sci-fi, to fantasy pieces that investigate the psychological impact of oppression, from space operas, to post apocalyptic fiction), and very strong. It is going to be hard to pick a winner this year among so many strong options! Here are my reviews for the finalists in the Short Story category.

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The 2017 Hugo Awards Nominations are now closed. I read more than 30 eligible novelettes in this past year, and these were my picks in the Novelettes category. What do you think? What did I miss?
Link: https://goo.gl/MQmRoL

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The 2017 Hugo Awards Nominations are now closed. I read more than 60 eligible short story in this past year, and these were my picks in the Short Stories category. What do you think? What did I miss?
Link: https://goo.gl/mNzWkD

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The 2017 Hugo Awards Nominations are now closed. These were my picks in the Novellas category. What do you think? What did I miss?
Link: https://goo.gl/lm8TH3

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The Cwmlech Manor is a series of steam punks short stories by Cordelia Caroline Sherman. The stories are set in Cwmlech Manor, Wales, and feature a clever young woman with a knack for engineering, a clever young nobleman, that loves science and clockworks, and a strong-willed ghost of his ancestor.

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We continue our review of the Hugo Awards finalist, this time we focus on the "novella" category. While this category was almost entirely dominated by the slate, the finalists are all decent, and at least one is definitely Hugo worthy. It is sad that many more worthy stories did not make it because of the slate though.

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Dragonlance is a D&D fantasy setting created by Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman. In 1984 TSR published the first Dragonlance novel, and the rest is history: dragonlance is one of the most famous and loved fantasy world of all time. As of today, more than 200 dragonlance novels have been published, and it may be hard to decide which book to read, and in what order. This post does not concentrate on the core novels, but on one of less famous, but highly recommended “side” series: the minotaur series. The books of the series are not collected in a single official Dragonlance trilogy, they are spread across many, but they feature the same characters and a quite intriguing plot line that increases in complexity and scope over the years. The series is independent from the other dragonlance books, i.e. it could be read as a stand-alone series. Still, reading the main “dragonlance chronicles” trilogy may provide some useful background. This post identifies the books of the dragonlance minotaurs series and the recommended reading order.

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We continue our review of the Hugo Awards finalist, this time we focus on the "short story" category. This is one of the weakest categories for this year: there is nothing that really stands out as a worthy winner. This is quite sad, because many incredible and Hugo worthy short stories were published last year.

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The Hugo awards are consider the most prestigious sci-fi awards, but it has been marred by controversy for the past two years. Two regressive groups exploited the weaknesses of the voting system to dominate the majority of the nominees despite commanding less then 15% of the total votes (you can read more on George R.R. Martin blogpost [here]). This year only the most extreme of the two groups used slating, but their nominations still dominated the finalist list, and their picks include their favorite stories, as well as stories added to vilify the award (including erotic stories and my little pony TV episodes). They also added a couple of already popular stories that would have made it anyway, so that they could claim they made it only because they were included in their slate. As a result of the controversy some authors declined their nomination and new one were added in their place. This post is intended to help you navigate this mess.

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The finalist for the 2016 Hugo Awards are going to be announced in a week! Here are our recommendations for the best novels category.
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