I wasn’t supposed to start something new until I’d finished all my Hugo reading and I have the most recent Expanse book sitting right there on my Kindle like an avatar of temptation. But, I needed an audio book because I was doing garden stuff and my finger just pressed the ‘buy’ button.
Anyway, so far the book starts in a similar way to Children of Time. Human terraformers, far from an Earth that is descending into political chaos, some inadvisable experiments in cognitive uplift on animals (and what an interesting choice of animal it is…) and some quirky characters. The spiders from the previous book are set to re-appear in the next section.
Meanwhile, in non-auditory mediums I am reading novelettes. Making use of JJ’s “Where to Find the Hugo Finalists…” post, the links to them are
- “If at First You Don’t Succeed, Try, Try Again” by Zen Cho (B&N Sci-Fi and Fantasy Blog, 29 November 2018) – Status: I haven’t read this.
- “The Last Banquet of Temporal Confections” by Tina Connolly (Tor.com, 11 July 2018) – Status: Read and reviewed.
- “Nine Last Days on Planet Earth” by Daryl Gregory (Tor.com, 19 September 2018) – Status: Read but not reviewed
- “The Only Harmless Great Thing” by Brooke Bolander (Tor.com publishing) (excerpt) – Status: read and reviewed.
- “The Thing About Ghost Stories” by Naomi Kritzer (Uncanny Magazine 25, November-December 2018) Status: Read but not reviewed
- “When We Were Starless” by Simone Heller (Clarkesworld 145, October 2018) – Status: I haven’t read this.
Just on what I’ve read so far, this is a strong field and a tricky one to rank. There are some really interesting stories here in very diverse styles. Brooke Bolander’s radioactive elephants would be what I would bet on but there’s lots to be said about Tina Connolly’s story and Naomi Kritzer’s is quite strong also.