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My 2015 Award-Eligible Stories and Recommendations

I have only a few stories eligible for awards for 2015 (or, you know, for 2016, but published in 2015…), all in the Short Story category.

The one I'm singling out is "The Plausibility of Dragons", Lightspeed Magazine #66 (November 2015). There are a number of reasons that I'm foregrounding this particular story, but mostly it's because I think it does something  a little new, so that it may be slightly more deserving of attention than my other work for the year.

Other stories of mine that are eligible this year:

As always, I'm also pointing out works by others that I think are particularly worthy of attention.  Right now my mind is on the Nebulas, and so I'm only mentioning things that are eligible in Nebula categories (although obviously some of these are also eligible for Hugos, WFAs, etc.).

Please keep in mind that I don't read nearly as much as I should, and so this list (long as it is) should be taken with a grain of salt, because I know I've probably missed lots and lots of wonderful stuff.  Also, you'll notice that both of my YA (Norton Award) picks are also on my list of novels, because I've never understood why you'd exclude a YA work from the other categories.  Finally, you see that there are no novellas.  That's because, um, I haven't actually read any novellas from 2015 (hides).

Short stories:

"And Every Pebble a Soldier" by Sarah Smith (Decopunk: The Spirit of the Age)
"Bent the Wing, Dark the Cloud" by Fran Wilde (Beneath Ceaseless Skies)
"Bosphorus Dreams" by Shauna Roberts (A Quiet Shelter There)
"Bundle of Joy" by Tiffani Angus (
"Cassandra" by Ken Liu (Clarkesworld)
"Cat Pictures Please" by Naomi Kritzer (Clarkesworld Magazine)
"Ghosts of Home" by Sam J. Miller (Lightspeed Magazine)
"Given the Advantage of the Blade" by Genevieve Valentine (Lightspeed Magazine)
"In Loco Parentis" by Andrea Phillips (Escape Pod)
"Let's Tell Stories of the Deaths of Children" by Margaret Ronald (Strange Horizons)
"Midnight Hour" by Mary Robinette Kowal (Uncanny Magazine)
"Mrs. Griffin Prepares to Commit Suicide Tonight" by A Que (Clarkesworld)
"Of Blood and Brine" by Megan E. O’Keefe (Shimmer)
"Planet Lion" by Catherynne M. Valente (Uncanny Magazine)
"So You've Decided to Adopt a Zeptonian Baby!" by David Steffen (Podcastle)
"Tea TIme" by Rachel Swirsky (Lightspeed Magazine)
"The Apartment Dweller's Bestiary" by Kij Johnson (Clarkesworld)
"The Final Voyage of the World's Oldest Time Traveler" by Tiffani Angus (Athena's Daughters vol. 2)
"When the Circus Lights Down" by Sarah Pinsker (Uncanny Magazine)
"Wooden Feathers" by Ursula Vernon (Uncanny Magazine)


"And You Shall Know Her By The Trail Of Dead" by Brooke Bolander (Lightspeed)
"The Discommodious Wedding" by Cristopher Kastensmidt
"The Long Goodnight of Violet Wild" by Catherynne Valente (Clarkesworld Magazine)


Archivist Wasp by Nicole Kornher-Stace (Small Beer Press)
Corsair by James L. Cambias (Tor Books)
Elisha Rex by E. C. Ambrose (DAW)
Emergent Behavior by Nicole M. Taylor (Epic Press)
Ice Magic Fire Magic by Shauna Roberts (Hadley Rille Books)
King Of Shards by Mathew Kressel (Arche Press)
The Grace of Kings by Ken Liu (Saga Press)
The Water Knife by Paolo Bacigalupi (Knopf)
Updraft by Fran Wilde (Tor Books)

Dramatic Presentations (Bradbury Award):

Ex Machina, dir. Alex Garland (DNA Films)
I Remember the Future, dir. Klayton Stainer (KAS Creations)
Predestination, dir. Michael Spierig & Peter Spierig,  Screen Australia (Sony Pictures)
Sense8 Episode 12: "I Can't Leave Her", dir. The Wachowskis and J. Michael Straczynski (Netflix)
The Martian, dir. Drew Goddard

Young Adult Fiction (Norton Award):

Archivist Wasp by Nicole Kornher-Stace (Small Beer Press)
Updraft by Fran Wilde (Tor Books)

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