It’s true that Worlds Without End mainly covers award winning SF/F/H novels, but, as we all know, novelists write in all kinds of formats. With the recent announcement of the 2012 Hugo Award nominees, we though you might be interested in reading all of the stories that were nominated, including novellas, novelettes and short stories. Our crack team of researchers (okay, just me) has been feverishly working to find where you can find all of the stories that Worldcon members have chosen to put before us fans. Here is what I found.
First, I highly recommend Chicon7 (hence Worldcon 2012) membership. If you can’t afford an attending membership of $215 (as of this writing, installment plan available) or can’t make it out to Chicago, the supporting membership is only $50, and it includes digital copies of all five novels, six novellas, five novelettes, and five short stories for your perusing. The novels alone would cost more than $50 to buy. Chicon7 has told us that the reading packets will be out by May.
Of course, we know that you don’t want to wait until May to read some of these outstanding stories, so here are some more fruits of our research labors. All five nominated short stories can be read for free online right now (except one…but it’s coming it’s here). I also included the original publication dates, in case you just want to go out and buy a back issue:
- Shadow War of the Night Dragons: Book One: The Dead City: Prologue has long been online, since it was published by John Scalzi as an April Fools joke that has clearly gone rogue.
- The Paper Menagerie by Ken Liu was originally published in The Magazine of Fantasy and Fiction (March/April 2011). That link is actually to a PDF format, so this story may be transferred to your e-reader of choice. Also, there is a short interview with Ken Liu here.
- Movement by Nancy Fulda was published Asimov’s (March 2011), but you audio book readers can catch a podcast version here.
- The Homecoming by Mike Resnick has not yet been published online, but Mr. Resnick has said that Asimov’s will be making it available soon. is also in PDF format (now). Find it in dead tree format by obtaining the April/May 2011 edition of Asimov’s. We will update this post updated this post when a digital copy becomes became available.
- The Cartographer Wasps and the Anarchist Bees by Lily Yu was published by Clarkesworld (April 2011).
We hope that this keeps you satisfied for a little while, while we wait for our Worldcon readers packets. I know my personal goal is to read every nominated story, so that I can actually fill out a whole Hugo ballot.
Next up: Novelettes!