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The 2013 Hugo Countdown Begins

Are you looking for a great list of books to read for the summer?  Are you a fan of entertaining, well crafted and thought provoking fiction? 

A great place to start is the list of Hugo nominees for Best Novel of the year.  The Hugo is one of the oldest and most prestigious awards given out for writing and filmmaking in the Science Fiction/Fantasy genre.  This year brings us five wonderful novels worth reading before the ceremony on September 2nd. 

I will be counting down the various categories throughout the summer!  Stay tuned!

--Don

2312

2312 by Kim Stanley Robinson

Nebula Winner!!* The year is 2312. Scientific and technological advances have opened gateways to an extraordinary future. Earth is no longer humanity's only home; new habitats have been created throughout the solar system on moons, planets, and in between. But in this year, 2312, a sequence of events will force humanity to confront its past, its present, and its future. The first event takes place on Mercury, on the city of Terminator, itself a miracle of engineering on an unprecedented scale. It is an unexpected death, but one that might have been foreseen. For Swan Er Hong, it is an event that will change her life. Swan was once a woman who designed worlds. Now she will be led into a plot to destroy them.

Blackout

Blackout by Mira Grant

In 2041, Georgia Mason, held hostage by a team of CDC researchers, must find her way back to Shaun Mason, who is dealing with his own problems, such as zombie bears, mad scientists and rogue government agencies, before things get worse in her post-zombie, post-resurrection America. Blackout is the third book in Grant's trilogy which began with Feed and continued in Deadline

Captain Vorpatril's Alliance

Captain Vorpatril's Alliance by Lois McMaster Bujold

Captain Ivan Vorpatril is happy with his relatively uneventful bachelor's life of a staff officer to a Barrayaran Admiral. Ivan, cousin to Imperial troubleshooter Miles Vorkosigan, is not far down the hereditary list for the emperorship. Thankfully, new heirs have directed that headache elsewhere leaving Ivan to enjoy like on Komarr. But when and old friend in Barrayaran intelligence asks Ivan to protect an attractive young woman Tej Arqua his chivalrous nature takes over and danger finds him once again. Tej and her half-sister Rish are fleeing the violent overthrow of their clan but it seems Tej may possess a hidden secret that could corrupt the heart of a highly regarded Barrayarn family. But none of Tej's formidable adversaries have counted on Ivan Vorpatril. Behind his facade of wry and self effacing humor lies a true and cunning protector who will never leave a distressed lady in the lurch.

Redshirts

Redshirts by John Scalzi

Enjoying his assignment with the xenobiology lab on board the prestigious Intrepid, ensign Andrew Dahl worries about casualties suffered by low-ranking officers during away missions before making a shocking discovery about the starship's actual purpose.

Throne of the Crescent Moon

Throne of the Crescent Moon by Saladin Ahmed

Three superheroes in the Crescent Moon Kingdoms bound together by a series of magical murders must work together in a race against time to prevent a sorcerer's plot from destroying the world.

* In addition to Kim Stanley Robinson's 2312 other Nebula winners you can check out at SCCLD are:

 

After the Fall, before the Fall, during the Fall

After the Fall, before the Fall, during the Fall

Best Novella

In the year 2035, all that is left of humanity lives in the Shell. After ecological disasters have nearly destroyed the Earth, twenty-six survivors are imprisoned in a sterile enclosure built by an alien race. Fifteen-year-old Pete is one of the six children who were born in the Shell. Though he possesses birth defects common to the Six, including sterility, Pete is resolved to lead humanity to a new beginning. However, as one by one the adults of the Shell grow mysteriously sick and die, Pete struggles to control his dangerous anger at the aliens. Though the Earth appears to be slowly healing itself, the survivors may not live long enough to repopulate it. Their only hope lies within randomly brief time-portals into the recent past, where Pete and the Six are abducting children to increase their gene pool.

Fair Coin

Fair Coin

Young Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy Novel

When evil versions of himself and best friend Nate appear one day, teenaged Ephraim embarks on a dangerous odyssey through parallel worlds to make things right.

Beasts of the Southern Wild