Thoughtful Thursday: The 2018 Locus Awards: Short fiction

The Nebula Awards are in our rearview, and next up are the Locus Awards, leading us into Hugo Season!

The Locus Weekend will be held in Seattle, Washington, on June 22-24, 2018.

The Locus Awards have lots of categories, so I am focused on the short fiction this week and in a couple of weeks we’ll discuss the novels.

Click the title links below to read our reviews and on the author links to visit our page for the author. I’ve included the cover art for some of our favorites.

Who do you think will win the Locus Award in these categories? Answer below for a chance to win a book from our stacks.







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Marion Deeds, with us since March, 2011, is the author of the fantasy novella ALUMINUM LEAVES. Her short fiction has appeared in the anthologies BEYOND THE STARS, THE WAND THAT ROCKS THE CRADLE, STRANGE CALIFORNIA, and in Podcastle, The Noyo River Review, Daily Science Fiction and Flash Fiction Online. She’s retired from 35 years in county government, and spends some of her free time volunteering at a second-hand bookstore in her home town. You can read her blog at, and follow her on Twitter: @mariond_d.

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  1. mary henaghen /

    Down among the Sticks and Sones. I love this series, and the is a worthy sequel to Every Heart a Doorway, which deservered every award it won! I am limited to audiobooks because of vision loss, so short fiction is tough to keep up with, so I am not familiar with the rest of the list…

  2. I will also go with Down Among the Sticks and Bones.

  3. I’m still an unabashed fan of the BINTI trilogy.

  4. Going with _Binti_ as well.

  5. Honestly, there are so many good selections among the nominations this year, it’s hard for to me to pick who I’d like to see take home awards!

  6. I haven’t had success with predicting winners, but this is what I voted for:

    Novella: Binti, Home

    Noveletter: Wind Will Rove

    Short Story: Don’t Press Charges and I Won’t Sue

  7. I haven’t had a chance to read enough of them to know what should win, but I’m going to read the winners and the ones that the FanLit reviewers liked best.

  8. I really liked Tobias Buckell’s “Zen and the Art of Starship Maintenance.” Smart and funny!

  9. I’ve read over half of the novelettes and short stories, which is a pretty decent sampling. I’m with Terry on the “Zen” story, it’s fantastic. I also loved Prasad’s “Fandom for Robots.” In the novelette category, I’m rooting for Pinsker’s Wind Will Rove, with honorable mentions to the ones by de Bodard and Goss.

    Down Among the Sticks and Bones is my favorite of the three novellas I’ve read, but I really enjoyed the other two as well (All Systems Red and And Then There Were (N-One)).

  10. John Smith /

    With the great art, I had to look up “Waiting For a Bright Moon”! –It’s funny that the title comes from a Hong Kong pop song!

    • Taya Okerlund /

      Actually, the whole song is quoted right there in the text–it’s a Song Dynasty poem–but they’re singing it to each other, so the tune is definitely the pop song. It’s so well known in Hong Kong, it would be like including Celine Dion’s Titanic theme song in its entirety in your story.

  11. Noneofyourbusiness /

    “In Calabria”, because anything by Peter Beagle.

    “Waiting on a Bright Moon” and ““Welcome to Your Authentic Indian Experience TM” looked good to me.

  12. The Distinguished Professor /

    I’ve heard nothing but good about The Red Threads of Fortune and the Black Tides of Heaven!

  13. Lady Morar /

    Passing Strange is a needful book. Soft spot for “Zen and the Art of Starship Maintenance”.

  14. I should read the Peter Beagle novella, I’ve always enjoyed his work. “Zen and the Art of Starship Maintenance” is a good one (I’m not sure the title fits the story at all, but it’s a good story), and “Then There Were (N-One)” is very clever. I’m always down for corvids, too.

  15. Sethia /

    I have wanted to read The Black Tides of Heaven by J.Y. Yang, and The Red Threads of Fortune by J.Y. Yang. But I think BINTI will win!

  16. Kim Lloyd, if you live in the USA, you win a book of your choice from our stacks.
    Please contact me (Marion) with your choice and a US address. Happy reading!

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