Dear Reader: May 5

Happy Cinco de Mayo! And yesterday was Star Wars Day: “May the Fourth be with you!” In honor of that, this is a sci-fi post.

At this time of year, there are many awards given out by the genre specialty groups. Last week, we had the Edgar and Agatha Christie awards for mystery. In the coming weeks, there are the Hugo, Nebula, and Locus awards for fantasy and science fiction. I mention these genres specifically because they are my favorites to read. Here is the list of nominees for Locus: Locus Award Finalists, and it seems to be a very strong field. I can highly recommend Stephen King’s 11/22/63. Even if you don’t like sci-fi, you’ll be drawn into this time travel adventure, where Jake tries to stop the assassination of JFK. I can’t say too much more, but I will say that, when I wasn’t reading this book, I was thinking about it. Will he succeed, and what would happen to the world if he does succeed? We are also big fans of Charlie Stross, China Mieville, George R.R. Martin, Terry Pratchett, and Cat Valente, who has two books nominated. All of the staff here liked The Night Circus, and The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland…, and I particularly liked Ready Player One. I’m glad I’m not on the judging committee for this award!

A lot of the same titles can be found on the Hugo Award nominee list, plus some films and tv shows: Hugo Awards. The decision should be tough in the Film category, with Game of Thrones going up against Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2, but Game of Thrones should win (sorry, Harry fans!). As for the tv episodes, it’s Doctor Who vs. Doctor Who.

Lastly, being awarded in a couple of weeks will be the Nebulas, awarded by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of American. The list of nominees is here:Nebula Award List. Again, some of the same titles can be seen (must read Embassytown, and Mechanique!), but I like that they include YA books as well. My to-be-read list grows larger each year at this time.


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