2014 Hugo Best Short Story Longlist Discussion Thread

By JJ: We spent a lot of time over the last several months reading and discussing the 2014 Hugo Best Short Story finalists. This thread has been created to give us the opportunity to discuss the rest of the entries on the longlist.

Since some of us intend to use the long weekend to catch up on reading but others have plans for time spent with family and friends, I thought we could post this now with links for those who wish to start reading, but hold discussion until next week. So… please GodStalk this thread, if you wish to participate, and I’ll post a reminder at the beginning of next week.

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[ Fifth  Fourth in a series. See also — Hugo Best Novel Longlist Discussion Thread, Hugo Best Novella Longlist Discussion Thread, and Hugo Best Novelette Longlist Discussion Thread. ]

14 thoughts on “2014 Hugo Best Short Story Longlist Discussion Thread

  1. I’m not sure how much I’ll actually get to – I feel like I’m on a roll with reading novels right now – but I love these threads, so . . .

    . . . God Stalk/GodStalk/god-stalk! (Also, bookmark this where I’ll remember to revisit & click links over the next few days.)

  2. OK ::godstalk::

    ETA: I really was grabbed by Bear’s “Covenant”. That story raised so many issues about bioethics, crime & punishment, sociopathy…It still has me thinking.

  3. *Really* liked

    “A Kiss With Teeth” (aka “Elsa Bloodstone in the Suburbs”)
    “Jackalope Wives” (which seems like something to be read to the kiddo in a year or two)
    “This Chance Planet” (Doggie!)


    “When It Ends, He Catches Her”
    “Makeisha in Time”
    “The Vaporization Enthalpy of a Peculiar Pakistani Family”

    The last 3 started well but the ending wasn’t really there for me.
    Yet to read the Bellet and Toad Words. The rest were various degrees of meh.

  4. absolutely ‘Covenant’, yes. Magnificent work, that.

    And ‘When It Ends’ was pretty damn good, too. The timing of the publication makes it even more bittersweet (although I’d gladly sacrifice that nifty little coincidence to have her back, of course).

  5. I’ve actually read Toad Words out loud to people. Whether they wanted me to or not They seemed to enjoy it….

  6. The five I would have picked for the Hugo ballot that almost was:

    Jackalope Wives
    Toad Words
    Makeisha in Time
    This Chance Planet

    The last two might lose out to When She Falls… or A Kiss With Teeth with a slight mood change, however. All the others were well-done, but didn’t give me the Hugo tingle.

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