Literary award season is back, praise be! The 2019 Nebula Award nominees were named last week, and so we begin our review of those works in the short story category. (You can see the whole list of nominees at The Verge.)
Short Story Nominees
- Interview for the End of the World by Rhett C. Bruno (Bridge Across the Stars)
- The Secret Lives of the Nine Negro Teeth of George Washington by Phenderson Djèlí Clark (Fireside 2/18)
- Going Dark by Richard Fox (Backblast Area Clear)
- And Yet by A.T. Greenblatt (Uncanny 3-4/18)
- A Witch’s Guide to Escape: A Practical Compendium of Portal Fantasies by Alix E. Harrow (Apex 2/6/18)
- The Court Magician by Sarah Pinsker (Lightspeed 1/18)
If you’ve been following my reviews in the past, you’ll know that I like to focus on three main story elements: strength of character, cohesiveness of plot and choice of scaffolding for the story’s world. Short stories have to accomplish a lot in few words with no opportunity to slow roast, but they can surprise us at times. I love surprises. Let me amend that a little to say I love surprises that don’t leave me incredulous.
Several new names in this roster, which I shall take as a good sign that the nominators are reading more widely and working a bit harder, but I could be completely wrong about that. Let’s read and find out. Check back soon and we’ll kick this list off with Sarah Pinsker’s story.