The Long List Anthology: More Stories from the Hugo Awards Nomination List

The Long List Anthology: More Stories from the Hugo Awards Nomination List The Hugo Award Is One Of The Most Prestigious Speculative Fiction Literary Awards Every Year, Supporting Members Of WorldCon Nominate Their Favorite Stories First Published During The Previous Year To Determine The Top Five In Each Category For The Final Hugo Award Ballot Between The Announcement Of The Ballot And The Hugo Award Ceremony At WorldCon, These Works Often Become The Center Of Much Attention And Contention Across Fandom But There Are Stories Loved By The Hugo Voters, Stories On The Longer Nomination List That WSFS Publishes After The Hugo Award Ceremony At WorldCon The Long List Anthology Collects Tales From That Nomination List, Totaling Almost Pages Of Fiction By Writers From All Corners Of The World Within These Pages You Will Find A Mix Of Science Fiction And Fantasy, The Dramatic And The Lighthearted, From Near Future Android Stories To Steampunk Heists, Too Plausible Dystopias To Contemporary Vampire Stories There Is Something Here For EveryoneNTENT The Breath Of War By Aliette De Bodard When It Ends, He Catches Her By Eugie Foster Toad Words By T Kingfisher Makeisha In Time By Rachael K Jones Covenant By Elizabeth Bear The Truth About Owls By Amal El Mohtar A Kiss With Teeth By Max Gladstone The Vaporization Enthalpy Of A Peculiar Pakistani Family By Usman T Malik This Chance Planet By Elizabeth Bear Goodnight Stars By Annie Bellet We Are The Cloud By Sam J Miller The Magician And Laplace S Demon By Tom Crosshill Spring Festival Happiness, Anger, Love, Sorrow, Joy By Xia Jia The Husband Stitch By Carmen Maria Machado The Bonedrake S Penance By Yoon Ha Lee The Devil In America By Kai Ashante Wilson The Litany Of Earth By Ruthanna Emrys A Guide To The Fruits Of Hawai I By Alaya Dawn Johnson A Year And A Day In Old Theradane By Scott Lynch The Regular By Ken Liu Grand Jet The Great Leap By Rachel Swirsky

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  • The Long List Anthology: More Stories from the Hugo Awards Nomination List
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  • 17 July 2018

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  1. says:

    All dancers knew their springtime was short A dancer s fate was to break or fade away, a short season of glory, if they were lucky And Aisa had been lucky, very lucky Until all the luck went away, for everyone this is just your typical zombie ballet mashup tale.no but srsly, it s an unexpectedly lovely and successful combination of two things that should never make sense together, like moose and seal it starts out with the haunting image of a ballerina dancing alone in a decaying theater, her costume in tatters as she bravely, singlemindedly devotes herself to the dance that once gave her life meaning, before the world fell apart The dim shadows were kinder to the theater s dilapidation A single candle to aid the dirty sheen of the moon through the rent beams of the ancient roof, easier to overlook the worn and warped floorboards, the tattered curtains, the mildew ridden walls Easier as well to overlook the dingy skirt with its hem all ragged, once purest white and fine, and her shoes, almost fallen to pieces, the toes cracked and painstakingly re wrapped with hoarded strips of linen Once, not long ago, Aisa wouldn t have given this place a first glance, would never have deigned to be seen here in this most ruinous of venues But times changed Everything changed.as she dances, she reflects on the past all the times she has danced this particular dance, all the ways the world has changed, has forgotten her, and her inability to give up this seemingly pointless ritual No matter that the world had turned to chaos, in the end, a dancer danced It was the only peace, the only sanity that remained.and then her old partner appears, applauding her from the wings but he is changed from how she remembers him, showing signs of the plague that ended everything, turning people into nothing but hunger but still, in the end, a dancer danced, and despite his condition, she finds he is still her perfect counterpart as they perform to an audience of no one, lost in their shared memories and movements.and then things turn unutterably, heartbreakingly lovely And when it ends, he catches her.read it for yourself here

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    Who knew that poignant and zombiepocalypse could go together so well When It Ends, He Catches Her, nominated for the 2014 short story Nebula, is about two ballet dancers, still loving their art and trying to maintain it when everything around them has fallen to pieces.When the last stages and theaters in the artists district had barred their doors, when all the performances had gone forever dark, Aisa had found this place, this nameless ghost of a theater So ramshackle to be beneath the Magistrate s attention, so ruinous that no one had bothered to bolt the doors, it had become her haven, the place she fled to so she could dance by herself in the darkness and the silence No matter that the world had turned to chaos, in the end, a dancer danced It was the only peace, the only sanity that remained.I felt the plight of Aisa and the joy she still takes in her talent To say much would be to spoil it But the first time I read it I was all, whoa, and the second time I got all choked up.4.5 stars Go read it It s free online here at Daily Science Fiction.

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    The dim shadows were kinder to the theater s dilapidation A single candle to aid the dirty sheen of the moon through the rent beams of the ancient roof, easier to overlook the worn and warped floorboards, the tattered curtains, the mildew ridden walls Easier as well to overlook the dingy skirt with its hem all ragged, once purest white and fine, and her shoes, almost fallen to pieces, the toes cracked and painstakingly re wrapped with hoarded strips of linen Once, not long ago, Aisa wouldn t have given this place a first glance, would never have deigned to be seen here in this most ruinous of venues But times changed Everything changed What is it What s the matter I came to dance with you, Aisa Of course you did But I m not the same as I once was Was he afraid his technique had declined, that she would spurn him for missteps, mistakes in tempo or timing We are neither of us as we once were, she said Scrabbling with an old man for a crust of bread in the gutter, the brittle crunch of a cockroach between her teeth But there was never a better partner for me than you, Balege Aisa lifted her arm in the formal language of dance, her fingers held out to say, simply, Dance with me.She twirled in his arms and skipped away, springing like a gazelle back again He steadied and braced her, always there, the inverted complement of her movements They danced, and she reveled in the strength of his arms around her, the metered cadence of his legs, the matched beat of two bodies moving in seamless fluidity

  4. says:

    I listened to one novellette 4 stories I either disliked or wasn t impressed by any of them The best was Makeisha in Time by Rachael K Jones that was just OK The Breath of War took way too long to make its point I could never get my suspension of disbelief going When it Ends, He Catches Her was short, at least Ditto for Toad Mouth Covenant by Bear never grabbed me either None of them did The points were obvious just not presented to my taste.It s pretty obvious that the editor or those nominating the stories I have different tastes in what comprises a good story That s a shame I have this book in 3 types of media since I contributed to the Kick Starter campaign thought it was a great idea I also nominated it for a group read here I ll go through the paper book see if any of the stories grab me at a later date.

  5. says:

    A short story I found through a night owly friend here As with comics, I m also new to short stories and only started because of Neil Gaiman Then I found Mary Robinette Kowal and was equally impressed However, when being spoilt by all the good stories, I get very suspicious whenever the next is being recommended I m always afraid something will ruin the experience for me.Aaaaanyway This story is about ballet It s also about the zombie apocalypse That is a very peculiar mix So yeah, I was very suspicious too I mean, I like the ballet every now and again and think it s a beautiful yet cruel artform but I m not that much into it And the combination is odd indeed.However, the author did a splendid job in interweaving the creepyness of the end of the world with the passion of a young woman This story is deeply psychological but very poetic at the same time One can almost feel the joy throughout the dancing while being unable to shake that very bad feeling This is not a loud story There are no explosions There are no battles This story is quieter but still has profound impact I think ballet gave the perfect setting for this.

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    This is a breathtakingly good anthology, full of powerful stories that were definitely award worthy The Breath of War by Aliette de Bodard is at the same time universal the protagonist s concerns include family and personal risk and particular It raises the question of how our creations embody our own conflicts When It Ends, He Catches Her by Eugie Foster is that astonishing thing, a zombie story that I don t dislike, and it does something truly powerful and moving Toad Words by T Kingfisher takes a fairytale trope and places it in a realistic context, to good effect Makeisha in Time by Rachael K Jones addresses the suppression of women s stories via a girl who finds herself time travelling to other lives at random moments Despite the detached present tense narration and very little dialog, it manages to be moving Covenant by Elizabeth Bear is one of the best stories in an excellent volume, for me, with a serial killer who s had his brain repaired and his body changed to a female one confronting another serial killer, this time as the victim The Truth About Owls by Amal El Mohtar is in a form I don t love, in which snippets of scientific fact are used to introduce each scene and have some tenuous connection to the fiction parts It s otherwise well done A Kiss With Teeth by Max Gladstone I read in another anthology The Best From Tor.com , and it was so good I read it again in this one Even knowing how it turns out, the suspense and creeping horror are powerful The Vaporization Enthalpy of A Peculiar Pakistani Family by Usman T Malik didn t completely work for me somehow It s another science fact intro snippet story, and the fiction part was a bit of a miss for me A couple of homonym errors steppes for steps and leeched for leached didn t help This Chance Planet by Elizabeth Bear is another excellent story damn, that woman can write Completely different from the other Bear story in this collection, but with the same emotional depth and insight into toxic relationships Goodnight Stars by Annie Bellet is post apocalyptic or maybe peri apocalyptic , a genre which is not to my taste, but the author does a good job with it, making the story personal rather than epic We Are The Cloud by Sam J Miller has the kind of broken down hopeless existence setting that I usually avoid, but is well depicted and well imagined The premise is that the rich are using the poor as nodes in a living server farm I didn t feel the ending was as well prepared for as it could have been The Magician and Laplace s Demon combines SF and fantasy seamlessly, in a deadly fight between magicians and an AI Spring Festival by Xia Jia is a series of small vignettes drawing on Chinese cultural practices Because it wasn t a single coherent story, it lost some impact for me, but it was interesting The translator, Ken Liu, made a few copy editing errors along the way, including a comma splice The Husband Stitch by Carmen Maria Machado is a magical realist story that, like many such stories, ultimately didn t make a lot of sense to me, though it s well written The Bonedrake s Penance by Yoon Ha Lee is a tale of motherhood, independence, redemption and how difficult it is to create peace The Devil in America by Kai Ashante Wilson was another I d read before in the Tor.com collection This one I didn t reread, because I found it too harrowing the first time It s very good I just didn t want to repeat the intensity of the experience The Litany of Earth by Ruthanna Emrys is another from Tor.com, and this one I read again It s always refreshing to see the Cthulhu Mythos treated in a way that doesn t require overwrought prose, and really this story uses the Mythos as a background to explore themes of oppression and collaboration A Guide to the Fruits of Hawai i by Alaya Dawn Johnson is also about oppression and collaboration, but this time it s the vampire apocalypse Pulls off the difficult feat of creating a sympathetic character who never actually does the right thing A Year and a Day in Old Theradane by Scott Lynch is his usual delightful combination of fantastical sword and sorcery with a clever heist The setting is wonderfully strange The Regular by Ken Liu is a mystery story with spec fic elements, the central one of which is highly unlikely if you think about it much for reasons of data storage capacity However, if you don t think too hard about that, the story is a good one Grand Jete The Great Leap by Rachel Swirsky is a beautifully rendered story of a dying young girl being translated into an android body, and all the conflicts that surround such a process, with an extra layer of immigrant Jewish culture for flavour Like several of the other stories, it uses an art form in this case dance as a way to intensify the emotion of the narrative Overall, an encouraging collection, showing that SFF is far from finished exploring strange new worlds in innovative ways while telling powerful human stories.

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    The Long List Anthology edited by David Steffen 3.75 5 The stories in this anthology were very different in content, genre, and in how much I enjoyed them I think the stories in this anthology were all well chosen though as I think everybody will find stories in this one as they re so different The Breath of War by Aliette de Bodard 4 5 The setting in this story is really good It has kind of a fantastic vibe but this story is a science fiction story The main character is also really likeable and she has an amazing personality the ending was also really good But I think the story is a bit too long in some parts When it Ends, He Catches Her by Eugie Foster 5 5 Oh my god, this one is one of my favourite stories in this anthology and I had all my friends read it because I was that amazed It is atmospheric, the style is amazing and this plot twist endingwoah This story is everything I love about short stories Toad Words by T Kingfisher 3.5 5 This story is really short but I think this is good because it is an idea based story and they tend to get boring when they are too long Makeisha In Time by Rachael K Jones 4.5 5 The idea behind this story is amazing and I am guilty to wish to have this kind of time travelling ability The writing style is also amazing and the story had exact the right lenght The conflicts in this story are also understandable but to me the end was kind of meh Covenant by Elizabeth Bear 3 5 I have to say I did not get the point of this story and that makes me a bit sad But the story is well crafted and it wass a thrilling read I don t know if the flashbacks are necessary but I think they kind of belonged to the story I am not a big fan of flashbacks in short stories The Truth about Owls by Amal El Mohtar 2 5 Another story I missed the point of.It is cute and the writing style is beautiful but I cannot say much of the story A Kiss with Teeth by Max Gladstone 5 5 I already knew and loved this story and I happily read it again I love this kind of vampire story and sometimes it is serious, sometimes it is hilarious I dig this kind of stories and this twist on Vlad Dracula makes the character so much likeable And I love his wife and son too The Vaporization Enthalpy of a Peculiar Pakistani Family by Usman T Malik 4.5 5 The only problem I have with this story is that I had to google a lot of words I was not familiar with This is not really the fault of the author but it diminished my love of the story a bit The story is gripping and I shivered a lot I like the relevance of the story and how it gives you hope for everything will be better some day This Chance Planet by Elizabeth Bear 3.5 5 This one has a strong message and I would say this is worth a read if you like the story itself or not Most of the time I am not a fan of message heavy stories but this one is executed quite well I also love the setting in this one but this is much on the magical realism end on the speculative fiction spectrum Goodnight Stars by Annie Bellet 5 5 This story was taken from an anthology about apocalypse and I really enjoyed its idea how the apocalypse comes upon earth But everything is good in this story the main character, the realistic actions of the characters, and how there is both white and black in a world like that but the point I love most about this story is how it shows family We are the Cloud by Sam J Miller 4 5 The characters in this one are really interesting one of them has also a well implented linguistic disorder The POV was chosen well by the author and you get really invested in theme of this story The Magician and Laplace s Demon by Tom Crosshill 4 5 This story is really weird I have expected something entirely different but this is a good story The POV is different from your typical POV and I think most authors would have picked the magician as the POV but I really like this choice of the A.I Spring Festival Happiness, Anger, Love, Sorrow, Joy by Xia Jia 4 5 The characters in this story are all unique and offer interesting inside in their life s perspective It also allowed insight in a different culture And it is wonderfully atmospheric The Husband Stitch by Carmen Maria MachadoI don t want to say anything to this as I don t think Goodreads is a platform to discuss political views The Bonedrake s Penance by Yoon Ha Lee 4 5 Another story that is different than I expected But it is also very atmospheric and i love the family theme in this But it takes a bit of time for the story to really begin The Devil in America by Kai Ashante Wilson 4 5 The storytelling in this is amazing The writing style of the author grabs you and does not allow you to not finish this story The turning points of this story are really interesting and the characters have multiple layers The writing is atmospheric and all.It is sometimes a bit confusing but what I really do not like about the story is that you need to know french to understand every part of the dialogue and I don t know any french exept bonjour The Litany of Earth by Ruthanna Emrys 4.5 5 I love Lovecraft s Cuthulhu mythology so when I realised this is a lovecraftian story I was very happy this is kind of the prequel story to Emrys s lovecraftian novel and after loving this story you better be sure I will pick up the book This story is interesting and atmospheric and I love all the references to Lovecraft s work A Guide to the Fruits of Hawaii by Alaya Dawn Johnson 3 5 The setting is quite interesting This is the second vampire centric story in this anthology but it is quite different from Gladstone s A Kiss with Teeth In Johnson s stories the humans are not longer the dominant species but the vampires are The characters are well crafted and the amount of worldbuilding in this story is amazing.But I do not like the development of Key s character and the female character called rachel was annoying me to no end A Year and a Day in Old Theradane by Scott Lynch 5 5 This is a story you expect from the man who writes the Gentlemen Basterds series A con and amazing characters and a detailed world building The Regular by Ken Liu 4 5 The amount of character background is fantastic for the investiagtor and it blends really well with the story The setting is a bit cyber punky i guess and I like how it feels like near future scincefiction I like there are two POVs in this story The pacing is a bit slow but that is okay Grand Jet The Great Leap by Rachel Swirsky 2 5 I think I understand why people might like this story but I am not the right audience for this story I appreciate the characterisation and the well crafted story but I am not the type of reader who likes to read about illnesses that exist in the real world and I couldn t connect with the religious themes in this story.

  8. says:

    This is a short story which I read as part of

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