Here are a few amazing books, stories, etc. I feel are really deserving of Hugo nods this year:

Novels:

Shaman, by Kim Stanley Robinson

Hild, Nicola Griffith

We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves, Karen Joy Fowler

Short stories:

“Selected Program Notes From the Retrospective Exhibition of Theresa Rosenberg Latimer,” by Kenneth Schneyer, Clockwork Phoenix 4

“If You Were a Dinosaur, My Love,” Rachel Swirsky, Apex

“Word and Flesh” by Dennis Y. Ginoza, Shimmer #16
“The Beasts of the Earth, The Madness of Men” Brooke Bolander, Nightmare
“Sheila” Rebecca Adams Wright, Day One (Amazon)
“The Entomologist’s Three Ballgowns” Brooke Wonders, Electric Velocipede
“Somebody Else’s Problem,” Annie Bellet, Hex in the City: Fiction River Anthology #5
“Disaster Movies” Chris Stabback, Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet (Also “The Sheep King”, Aurealis)

Novelette:

“The Truth of Fact, the Truth of Feeling,” Ted Chiang

Novella:

“Wakulla Springs,” Andy Duncan and Ellen Klages

*Also, for those who are looking for worthy Novella candidates for the 2013 Hugo recommendations, my piece “Wormwood Is Also A Star” which appeared in the May/June 2013 issue of  The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction is indeed eligible.

 

Please feel free to make other suggestions.

-A