Announcing the Subjective Chaos Kind of Awards Finalists 2021!


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



THE PANEL

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.

Fabienne (@flschwizer) is an aspiring editor and a girl who reads too much for her own good, who reviews at Libri Draconis and Grimdark Magazine.

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.

L.A. (@mistyaquavenatus) is an avid reader and a writer of many WIPs, who blogs at Aquavenatus and contributes to Fantasy Faction.

Lisa (@deargeekplace) is a dragon in a human suit who enthuses about books at Dear Geek Place. Co-host of Wyrd and Wonder and SciFiMonth.

Matt aka Womble (@runalongwomble) is a book tempter – ahem, blogger – at Runalongtheshelves. The sweet voice on your shoulder telling you that it’s ok to get a new book.

Noria (@noriathereader) discusses books on BookTube at Chronicles of Noria and is the founder and host of The Fuckathon.

Sean (@DowieSean) is Assistant Editor at Augur Magazine. He writes about SFF at Nerds of a Feather, Flock Together and occasionally FIYAH.

Sun (@suncani1) is a genre fan who can be found getting overly excited about a bunch of things on Twitter and occasionally pausing to pass longer comment on Dreamwidth.


Aaaaand that’s it. What do you think of the finalists? Who do you think should win?

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