Cover of Nettle and Bone. Image from Amazon.This week’s column will be very short!

The Hugo winners were announced Saturday, October 21, at the Chengdu WorldCon. Ursula Vernon, writing as T. Kingfisher, was awarded Best Novel for Nettle and Bone. Seanan McGuire’s Where the Drowned Girls Go took the award for best novella. Best novelette was awarded to “The Space-Time Painter” by Hai Ya, and Samantha Mills’s “Rabbit Test” won for best short story.

The Ignyte Awards were also announced. This award acknowledges “the vibrancy and diversity of the current and future landscape of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror by recognizing incredible feats in storytelling and outstanding efforts towards inclusivity within the genre.”  The Blood Trials by N. E. Davenport won Best Novel; Nghi Vo’s Into the Riverlands won Best Novella, and John Cho took home the Best Novelette award from “When You Find Yourself Speaking to God, Address God With the Informal You.”

Nerds of a Feather, a site I visit frequently, also won an Ignyte Award.

Experts are saying we’ll have an El Nino year, and this article explains what that will mean for the winter, especially the western coast.



  • Marion Deeds

    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.

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