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September 2, 2013

Hugo Award winners 2013

Hugo Award winner Redshirts by John Scalzi
The 2013 Hugo Award winners were announced at the World Science Fiction Convention yesterday.

The nominees for best novel included a couple of books I read and enjoyed last year: Redshirts by John Scalzi (the eventual winner) and Captain Vorpatril’s Alliance by Lois McMaster Bujold.

I couldn’t not like Captain Vorpatril’s Alliance, given how much I love the rest of the Vorkosigan Saga, but I think the best of the series remain Memory, Mirror Dance, Barrayar, and Shards of Honor. I suspect that my enjoyment of the books since Memory has a lot to do with the soap opera pleasure of knowing everyone’s backstory and wanting to watch what happens next. The fun in Captain Vorpatril’s Alliance is in seeing a supporting character, Ivan Vorpatril, outside the shadow (and critical gaze) of his overachieving cousin Miles. As a bonus, we get to know Byerly Vorrutyer (also viewed with suspicion by straight-arrow Miles) much better.

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