SF/F: Hugo & Dragon Awards 2018

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If science fiction and fantasy are your preferred genres, look no further. Here are the nominees for both the Hugo Awards and the newly created Dragon Awards. (New to the genres? This would be a great place to start!)


John Krasinski, Michael Bay, Andrew Form, Brad Fuller, Bryan Woods
Description: A powerful and evil force threatens to attack a family whenever they make a noise, causing them to plunge into lives of silence. Any move they make, they live with the terrifying threat of being ambushed at any moment. With their existence on the line, they will need to develop a plan to escape their perilous circumstances. The question is whether or not time has already run out on their aspirations to lead normal lives.
Call Number: Horror
Format: DVD
Date Added: Apr 4, 2019
Jo Walton
Description: The Hugo Awards, named after science-fiction publisher Hugo Gernsback, and voted on by members of the World Science Fiction Society, have been given out since 1953. They are considered the most prestigious awards in science fiction. Jo Walton contends that each year's full set of finalists generally tells a meaningful story about the state of science fiction at that time. Walton's posts for Tor.com, lightly revised, have been gathered into this book, along with a small selection of the comments posted by SF luminaries such as Rich Horton, Gardner Dozois, and David G. Hartwell.--From dust jacket.
Call Number: 809.3876 Wal
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 4, 2019
Alex Garland, Scott Rudin, Andrew Macdonald, Allon Reich, Eli Bush
Description: Biologist and former soldier Lena is shocked when her missing husband comes home near death from a top-secret mission into The Shimmer, a mysterious quarantine zone from which no one has ever returned. Now, Lena and her elite team must enter a beautiful, deadly world of mutated landscapes and creatures, to discover how to stop the growing phenomenon that threatens all life on Earth.
Call Number: SciFi/Fantasy
Format: DVD
Date Added: Apr 4, 2019
Martha Wells
Description: It has a dark past - one in which a number of humans were killed. A past that caused it to christen itself Murderbot. But it has only vague memories of the massacre that spawned that title, and it wants to know more. Teaming up with a research transport vessal named ART (you don't want to know what the A stands for), Murderbot heads to the mining facility where it went rogue. What it discovers will forever change the way it thinks...
Call Number: FIC Wel
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 4, 2019
Alec Nevala-Lee
Description: "Astounding is the landmark account of the extraordinary partnership between four controversial writers--John W. Campbell, Isaac Asimov, Robert A. Heinlein, and L. Ron Hubbard--who set off a revolution in science fiction and forever changed our world"-- Publisher's description.
Call Number: 809.38762 Nev
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 4, 2019
Anthony Russo, Joe Russo, Christopher Markus, Stephen McFeely, Kevin Feige
Description: As the Avengers and their allies have continued to protect the world from threats too large for any one hero to handle, a new danger has emerged from the cosmic shadows: Thanos. A despot of intergalactic infamy, his goal is to collect all six Infinity Stones, artifacts of unimaginable power, and use them to inflict his twisted will on all of reality.
Call Number: Action
Format: DVD
Date Added: Apr 4, 2019
Seanan McGuire, Michelle Dockrey
Description: Beneath the Sugar Sky returns to Eleanor West's Home for Wayward Children. At this magical boarding school, children who have experienced fantasy adventures are reintroduced to the "real" world. Sumi died years before her prophesied daughter Rini could be born. Rini was born anyway, and now she's trying to bring her mother back from a world without magic.
Call Number: FIC McG
Format: Audiobook
Date Added: Apr 4, 2019
Nnedi Okorafor
Description: "Binti has returned to her home planet, believing that the violence of the Meduse has been left behind. Unfortunately, although her people are peaceful on the whole, the same cannot be said for the Khoush, who fan the flames of their ancient rivalry with the Meduse. Far from her village when the conflicts start, Binti hurries home, but anger and resentment has already claimed the lives of many close to her. Once again it is up to Binti, and her intriguing new friend Mwinyi, to intervene--though the elders of her people do not entirely trust her motives--and try to prevent a war that could wipe out her people, once and for all." -- Publisher's description
Call Number: FIC Oko
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 4, 2019
Ryan Coogler, Joe Robert Cole, Kevin Feige, Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan
Description: King T'Challa returns home to the isolated, technologically advanced African nation of Wakanda to serve as new leader. However, T'Challa soon finds that he is challenged for the throne from divisions within his own country. When two enemies conspire to destroy Wakanda, the hero known as Black Panther must join forces with C.I.A. agent Everett K. Ross and members of the Wakandan Special Forces, to prevent Wakanda from being drawn into a world war.
Call Number: Action
Format: DVD
Date Added: Apr 4, 2019
Kelly (Science fiction writer) Robson
Description: Earth has just begun to recover from worldwide ecological disasters. Minh is part of the generation that first moved back up to the surface of the Earth from the underground hells, to reclaim humanity's ancestral habitat. She's spent her entire life restoring river ecosystems, but lately the kind of long-term restoration projects Minh works on have been stalled due to the invention of time travel. When she gets the opportunity take a team to 2000 BC to survey the Tigris and Euphrates rivers, she jumps at the chance to uncover the secrets of the shadowy think tank that controls time travel technology.
Call Number: FIC Rob
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 4, 2019
Malka Older
Description: "It's been twenty years and two election cycles since Information, a powerful search engine monopoly, pioneered the switch from warring nation-states to global micro-democracy. The corporate coalition party Heritage has won the last two elections. With another election on the horizon, the Supermajority is in tight contention, and everything's on the line."--Front jacket flap.
Call Number: FIC Old
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 4, 2019
Marjorie M. Liu, Sana Takeda, Rus Wooton
Description: Maika Halfwolf has begun to unlock the mysteries of her past--but the challenges of the present are only growing. Maika's journey takes her to the neutral city of Pontus, where she hopes to find temporary refuge from her pursuers. Unfortunately, Pontus may not be as safe as Maika and her allies had hoped. As the impending war between humans and Arcanics creeps ever closer, and powerful players fight for the chance to control her future, Maika finds she must work with Zinn, the Monstrum that lives inside her, in order to ensure their mutual survival. But even that alliance might not be enough to prepare Maika for the horrors to come.
Call Number: FIC Liu
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 4, 2019
Tillie Walden
Description: A ragtag crew travels to the deepest reaches of space, rebuilding beautiful, broken structures to piece the past together. Two girls meet in boarding school and fall deeply in love, only to learn the pain of loss.
Call Number: YA FIC Wal
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 4, 2019
Becky Chambers
Description: Hundreds of years ago, the last humans on Earth boarded the Exodus Fleet in search of a new home among the stars. After centuries spent wandering empty space, their descendants were eventually accepted by the well-established species that govern the Milky Way. But that was long ago. Today, the Exodus Fleet is a living relic, the birthplace of many, yet a place few outsiders have ever visited. While the Exodans take great pride in their original community and traditions, their culture has been influenced by others beyond their bulkheads. As many Exodans leave for alien cities or terrestrial colonies, those who remain are left to ponder their own lives and futures: What is the purpose of a ship that has reached its destination? Why remain in space when there are habitable worlds available to live? What is the price of sustaining their carefully balanced way of life--and is it worth saving at all?
Call Number: FIC Cha
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 4, 2019
Seanan McGuire
Description: Half-fae Toby retreats to the human world after being rejected by her Faerie family, but finds her anonymity compromised by the murder of an important countess who binds her to investigate, forcing Toby to resume her fae position.
Call Number: FIC McG
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 4, 2019
Boots Riley, Nina Yang Bongiovi, Forest Whitaker, Charles D. King (Producer), George Rush
Description: In an alternate present-day version of Oakland, telemarketer Cassius Green discovers a magical key to professional success, propelling him into a macabre universe.
Call Number: Comedy
Format: DVD
Date Added: Apr 4, 2019
Catherynne M. Valente, Heath Miller
Description: A century ago, the Sentience Wars tore the galaxy apart and nearly ended the entire concept of intelligent space-faring life. In the aftermath, a curious tradition was invented-something to cheer up everyone who was left and bring the shattered worlds together in the spirit of peace, unity, and understanding. Once every cycle, the civilizations gather for the Metagalactic Grand Prix-part gladiatorial contest, part beauty pageant, part concert extravaganza, and part continuation of the wars of the past. Instead of competing in orbital combat, the powerful species that survived face off in a competition of song, dance, or whatever can be physically performed in an intergalactic talent show. The stakes are high for this new game, and everyone is forced to compete. This year, though, humankind has discovered the enormous universe. And while they expected to discover a grand drama of diplomacy, gunships, wormholes, and stoic councils of aliens, they have instead found glitter, lipstick, and electric guitars. Mankind will not get to fight for its destiny-they must sing. A band of human musicians, dancers, and roadies have been chosen to represent Earth on the greatest stage in the galaxy. And the fate of their species lies in their ability to rock.
Call Number: FIC Val
Format: Audiobook
Date Added: Apr 4, 2019
Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, Rodney Rothman, Phil Lord, Avi Arad
Description: Miles Morales is the new Spider-Man but must also walk the balance between his personal high school & family life and his life as a superhero. While being Spider-Man, he becomes familiar with the Spider-Verse, where there are endless variations on Spider-Man. One of the Spider-Man variations living inside the Spider-Verse is Spider-Man, Peter B. Parker, who guides Miles in his journey as the new Spider-Man and introduces him to the multitude of other Spider-Men, including Spider-Man Noir and Spider-Ham. All of the various Spider-Men will have to band together when villains threaten the safety of the Spider-Verse and of the world itself.
Call Number: Action
Format: DVD
Date Added: Mar 27, 2019
Naomi Novik
Description: "Miryem is the daughter and granddaughter of moneylenders, but her father is not a very good one. Free to lend and reluctant to collect, he has left his family on the edge of poverty--until Miryem intercedes. Hardening her heart, she sets out to retrieve what is owed, and soon gains a reputation for being able to turn silver into gold. But when an ill-advised boast brings her to the attention of the cold creatures who haunt the wood, nothing will be the same again. For words have power, and the fate of a kingdom will be forever altered by the challenge she is issued."-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: FIC Nov
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 4, 2019
Charles Stross
Description: "Alan Turing, the father of modern computer science, completes his theorem on "Phase Conjugate Grammars for Extra-dimensional Summoning." Turing's work paves the way for esoteric mathematical computations that, when carried out, have side effects that leak through a channel underlying the structure of the Cosmos. Out there in the multiverse are "listeners" who can sometimes be coerced into opening gates. In 1945, Nazi Germany's Ahnenerbe-SS, in an attempt to escape the Allied onslaught, performs just such a summoning on the souls of more than six million. A gate opens to an alternate universe through which the SS move people and material-to live to fight another day. But their summoning brings forth more than the SS have bargained for-an evil, patiently waiting all this time while learning the ways of humans, now poises to lunch on Earth. Secret intelligence agencies, esoteric theorems, Lovecraftian horrors, Middle East terrorist connections, a damsel in distress, and a final battle on the surface of a dying planet round out this story."--Fantasticfiction.com
Call Number: FIC Str
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 4, 2019
P. Djèlí Clark
Description: "Creeper, a scrappy young teen, is done living on the streets of New Orleans. Her sights are set on securing passage aboard Captain Ann-Marie's smuggler airship Midnight Robber, earning the captain's trust using a secret about a kidnapped Haitian scientist and a mysterious weapon he calls the Black God's Drums. But Creeper keeps another secret close to her heart-- Oya, the African orisha of the wind and storms, who speaks inside her head and grants her divine powers. And Oya has her own priorities..." -- Page [4] of cover.
Call Number: FIC Cla
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 4, 2019
Mary Robinette Kowal
Description: On a cold spring night in 1952, a huge meteorite fell to earth and obliterated much of the east coast of the United States, including Washington D.C. The ensuing climate cataclysm will soon render the earth inhospitable for humanity, as the last such meteorite did for the dinosaurs. This looming threat calls for a radically accelerated effort to colonize space, and requires a much larger share of humanity to take part in the process. Elma York's experience as a WASP pilot and mathematician earns her a place in the International Aerospace Coalition's attempts to put man on the moon, as a calculator. But with so many skilled and experienced women pilots and scientists involved with the program, it doesn't take long before Elma begins to wonder why they can't go into space, too. Elma's drive to become the first Lady Astronaut is so strong that even the most dearly held conventions of society may not stand a chance against her.
Call Number: FIC Kow
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 4, 2019
Aliette de Bodard
Description: "In the late Twentieth Century, the streets of Paris are lined with haunted ruins. The Great Magicians' War left a trail of devastation in its wake. The Grand Magasins have been reduced to piles of debris, Notre-Dame is a burnt-out shell, and the Seine has turned black with ashes and rubble and the remnants of the spells that tore the city apart. But those that survived still retain their irrepressible appetite for novelty and distraction, and The Great Houses still vie for dominion over France's once grand capital. Once the most powerful and formidable, House Silverspires now lies in disarray. Its magic is ailing; its founder, Morningstar, has been missing for decades; and now something from the shadows stalks its people inside their very own walls. Within the House, three very different people must come together: a naive but powerful Fallen angel; an alchemist with a self-destructive addiction; and a resentful young man wielding spells of unknown origin. They may be Silverspires' salvation--or the architects of its last, irreversible fall. And if Silverspires falls, so may the city itself"-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: FIC Bod
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 4, 2019
Becky Chambers
Description: "When Rosemary Harper joins the crew of the Wayfarer, she isn't expecting much. The patched-up ship has seen better days, but it offers her everything she could possible want: a spot to call home, a chance to explore the far-off corners of the galaxy and some distance from her past. And nothing could be further from what she's known than the crew of the Wayfarer."--back cover.
Call Number: FIC Cha
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 4, 2019
Rebecca Roanhorse
Description: "While most of the world has drowned beneath the sudden rising waters of a climate apocalypse, Dinétah (formerly the Navajo reservation) has been reborn. The gods and heroes of legend walk the land, but so do monsters. Maggie Hoskie is a Dinétah monster hunter, a supernaturally gifted killer. When a small town needs help finding a missing girl, Maggie is their last best hope. But what Maggie uncovers about the monster is much more terrifying than anything she could imagine. Maggie reluctantly enlists the aid of Kai Arviso, an unconventional medicine man, and together they travel the rez, unraveling clues from ancient legends, trading favors with tricksters, and battling dark witchcraft in a patchwork world of deteriorating technology. As Maggie discovers the truth behind the killings, she will have to confront her past if she wants to survive." --amazon.com.
Call Number: FIC Roa
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 4, 2019
Ursula K. Le Guin, David Naimon
Description: In a series of interviews with David Naimon, Le Guin discusses craft, aesthetics, and philosophy in her fiction, poetry, and nonfiction works. The discussions provide ample advice and guidance for writers of every level, but also give Le Guin a chance to to sound off on some of her favorite subjects: the genre wars, the patriarchy, the natural world, and what, in her opinion, makes for great writing. With excerpts from her own books and those that she looked to for inspiration, this volume is a treat for Le Guin's longtime readers, a perfect introduction for those first approaching her writing, and a tribute to her incredible life and work.
Call Number: 813.54 Le G
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 4, 2019
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A Quiet Place [DVD]
John Krasinski, Michael Bay, Andrew Form, Brad Fuller, Bryan Woods
Horror
Record Of A Spaceborn Few
Becky Chambers
FIC Cha
An Informal History Of The Hugos: A Personal Look Back At The Hugo Awards, 1953-2000
Jo Walton
809.3876 Wal
Rosemary And Rue
Seanan McGuire
FIC McG
Annihilation [DVD]
Alex Garland, Scott Rudin, Andrew Macdonald, Allon Reich, Eli Bush
SciFi/Fantasy
Sorry To Bother You [DVD]
Boots Riley, Nina Yang Bongiovi, Forest Whitaker, Charles D. King (Producer), George Rush
Comedy
Artificial Condition
Martha Wells
FIC Wel
Space Opera [Audiobook]
Catherynne M. Valente, Heath Miller
FIC Val
Astounding: John W. Campbell, Isaac Asimov, Robert A. Heinlein, L. Ron Hubbard, And The Golden Age Of Science Fiction
Alec Nevala-Lee
809.38762 Nev
Spider-Man, Into The Spider-Verse [DVD]
Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, Rodney Rothman, Phil Lord, Avi Arad
Action
Avengers: Infinity War [DVD]
Anthony Russo, Joe Russo, Christopher Markus, Stephen McFeely, Kevin Feige
Action
Spinning Silver
Naomi Novik
FIC Nov
Beneath The Sugar Sky [Audiobook]
Seanan McGuire, Michelle Dockrey
FIC McG
The Atrocity Archives
Charles Stross
FIC Str
Binti: The Night Masquerade
Nnedi Okorafor
FIC Oko
The Black God's Drums
P. Djèlí Clark
FIC Cla
Black Panther [DVD]
Ryan Coogler, Joe Robert Cole, Kevin Feige, Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan
Action
The Calculating Stars
Mary Robinette Kowal
FIC Kow
Gods, Monsters, And The Lucky Peach
Kelly (Science fiction writer) Robson
FIC Rob
The House Of Shattered Wings
Aliette de Bodard
FIC Bod
Infomocracy
Malka Older
FIC Old
The Long Way To A Small, Angry Planet
Becky Chambers
FIC Cha
Monstress: Volume Three, Haven
Marjorie M. Liu, Sana Takeda, Rus Wooton
FIC Liu
Trail Of Lightning
Rebecca Roanhorse
FIC Roa
On A Sunbeam
Tillie Walden
YA FIC Wal
Ursula K. Le Guin: Conversations On Writing
Ursula K. Le Guin, David Naimon
813.54 Le G