It seems both forever ago and only yesterday we were announcing this year’s Subjective Chaos nominees. Well, after seven months of reading the longlists, the panel have voted for our finalists!
BEST FANTASY FINALISTS
THE ONCE AND FUTURE WITCHES by Alix E. Harrow & THE MIDNIGHT BARGAIN by C. L. Polk
BEST SCIENCE FICTION FINALISTS
GOLDILOCKS by Laura Lam & THE SPACE BETWEEN WORLDS by Micaiah Johnson
BEST BLURRED BOUNDARIES FINALISTS
THE BONE SHARD DAUGHTER by Andrea Stewart, INTERIOR CHINATOWN by Charles Yu & MEXICAN GOTHIC by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
BEST DEBUT FINALISTS
LEGENDBORN by Tracy Deonn, CEMETERY BOYS by Aiden Thomas & THE YEAR OF THE WITCHING by Alexis Henderson
BEST SERIES FINALISTS
DOMINION OF THE FALLEN by Aliette de Bodard & THE POPPY WAR by R. F. Kuang
BEST NOVELLA FINALISTS
THE EMPRESS OF SALT AND FORTUNE by Nghi Vo & RING SHOUT by P. Djèlí Clark
BEST SHORT STORY FINALISTS
YOU PERFECT, BROKEN THING by C. L. Clark & YELLOW AND THE PERCEPTION OF REALITY by Maureen F. McHugh
Next step, the panel read any books for categories they weren’t judging for round one, then begins the punishing process of deciding the winners. Not gonna lie, there’s gonna be some gruelling decisions ahead. Luckily for me, I get to share my pain with the rest of this years panel:
Adri (@adrijjy) is a semi-aquatic mammal who divides her spare time between reading, interacting with dogs, and resolving to do more baking. She is a co-editor at Hugo-nominated fanzine Nerds of a Feather, Flock Together.
Anna (@imyril) is the panel’s spreadsheet dragon attempting to create order out of chaos, for which I have endless appreciation. She’s also the co-host of Wyrd and Wonder and SciFi Month, two of my fave blogging events of the year. You can find her reviews and bookish posts over at There’s Always Room For One More
Arina (@voyagerarina) is a curious reader long fascinated by speculative fiction, and an advocate for indie, self-published, and inclusive lit. She blogs at The Bookwyrm’s Guide to the Galaxy and at Queen’s Asylum, as well as contributing to The Nerd Daily and The Lesbrary.
Kris (@hammard_1987) blogs at Cloaked Creators and other venues including Geek Syndicate and Galactic Journey. They spend far too much time reading genre fiction and insist on telling people about them. They love trying everything, the weirder the better.
Aaaaand that’s it. What do you think of the finalists? Who do you think should win?
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