SF/F: Hugo & Dragon Awards 2020

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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!)


Arkady Martine
Description: Best Novel! "During a time of political instability in the highest echelons of the imperial court, Ambassador Mahit Dzmare arrives in the center of the multi-system Teixcalaanli Empire only to discover that her predecessor, the previous ambassador from their small but fiercely independent mining Station, has died. But no one will admit that his death wasn't an accident--or that Mahit might be next to die. Now Mahit must discover who is behind the murder, rescue herself, and save her Station from Teixcalaan's unceasing expansion--all while navigating an alien culture that is all too seductive, engaging in intrigues of her own, and hiding a deadly technological secret--one that might spell the end of her Station and her way of life--or rescue it from annihilation"--From publisher.
Call Number: FIC Mar
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 22, 2021
Naomi Kritzer
Description: Lodestar Award for Best Young Adult Book! Because her mother is always on the move, sixteen-year-old Steph hasn't lived anywhere longer than six months. Her only constant is an online community called CatNet -- a social media site where users upload cat pictures -- a site whose admin is CheshireCat, a sentient AI who loves cat pictures. When a threat from Steph's past catches up to her and CheshireCat's existence is discovered, it's up to Steph and her friends, both online and IRL, to save them. Catfishing on CatNet is a near-future thriller about online privacy and out-of-control technology and the importance of making connections in an increasingly fragmented society.
Call Number: YA FIC Kri
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 22, 2021
Bella Forrest
Description: Best Young Adult / Middle Grade Novel! "It's been a year since Katherine tried to take over the world, and Finch Merlin is itching to do something other than odd jobs for Erebus, God of Darkness. Erebus promises he'll free Finch of his servitude after he completes one final task--finding the Fountain of Youth. Finch has no idea why Erebus wants eternal youth, since the guy is already an immortal being. All the secrecy makes Finch uneasy, but he has no choice but to obey. He knows he'll get by with a little help from his friends, namely his old pal Garrett, who's still dealing with the whole "being resurrected" thing. There's also Ryann, Harley's foster sister, now a regular at the San Diego Coven. Whenever she's around, Finch feels butterflies in his stomach. Or maybe it's just a bad case of indigestion. Together, they'll infiltrate the flashy world of the magical elite in search of a rare artifact, one that will help them capture a poltergeist--the angry ghost of famed adventurer Ponce de León. Finch's adventures have only just begun, with plenty of old and new friends... and foes."--Back cover.
Call Number: YA FIC For
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 22, 2021
Neil Gaiman, Terry Pratchett, Douglas MacKinnon, Tim (Television producer) Bradley, Phil Collinson
Description: Best Dramatic Presentation, Long Form! In the beginning and eleven years ago, two immortal beings decide that it might not be time to start an Apocalypse. Having followed the wrong boy for years, Aziraphale and Crowley must now try to locate the whereabouts of the real Antichrist. Perhaps the story of Agnes Nutter and her famous prophecies will hold the answer?
Call Number: Comedy
Format: DVD
Date Added: Feb 22, 2021
Nnedi Okorafor, Tana Ford, James (Comic book artist) Devlin, Sal Cipriano
Description: Best Graphic Story or Comic! "In an alternate world where aliens have integrated with society, pregnant Nigerian-American doctor Future Nwafor Chukwuebuka has just smuggled an illegal alien plant named Letme Live through LaGuardia International and Interstellar Airport... and that's not the only thing she's hiding. She and Letme become part of a community of human and alien immigrants; but as their crusade for equality continues and the birth of her child nears, Future -- and her entire world -- begins to change."-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: FIC Oko
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 22, 2021
James S. A Corey
Description: Best Series! Humanity has colonized the solar system--Mars, the Moon, the Asteroid Belt and beyond--but the stars are still out of our reach. Jim Holden is XO of an ice miner making runs from the rings of Saturn to the mining stations of the Belt. When he and his crew stumble upon a derelict ship, The Scopuli, they find themselves in possession of a secret they never wanted. A secret that someone is willing to kill for--and kill on a scale unfathomable to Jim and his crew. War is brewing in the system unless he can find out who left the ship and why. Detective Miller is looking for a girl. One girl in a system of billions, but her parents have money and money talks. When the trail leads him to The Scopuli and rebel sympathizer Holden, he realizes that this girl may be the key to everything. Holden and Miller must thread the needle between the Earth government, the Outer Planet revolutionaries, and secretive corporations--and the odds are against them. But out in the Belt, the rules are different, and one small ship can change the fate of the universe.
Call Number: FIC Cor
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 22, 2021
J. J. (Jeffrey Jacob) Abrams, Kathleen Kennedy, Michelle Rejwan, Chris Terrio, Carrie Fisher
Description: Best Science Fiction or Fantasy Movie! No one's ever really gone. Rey's journey continues, and the Skywalker saga concludes.
Call Number: SciFi/Fantasy
Format: DVD
Date Added: Feb 22, 2021
Jason Aaron, Sara Pichelli, Elisabetta (Comic book inker) artist D'Amico, Justin Ponsor, Ed McGuinness
Description: Best Comic Book!
Call Number: FIC Aar
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 22, 2021
James Lovegrove, Joss Whedon
Description: Best Media Tie-In Novel! "Mal and the crew take receipt of a sealed crate which they are being paid to transport to Badger, no questions asked. Yet once their cargo is safely stowed aboard, River insists Mal should 'space' it out of the airlock, for it contains, she insists, ghosts. With supplies running low, the crew desperately need another pay day, but soon find themselves paralysed by hallucinations of their deepest hopes and desires, so vivid they cannot be distinguished from reality. River is the only one unaffected, and desperately tries to awaken her crew mates, while the fantasies turn sour, and the ship begins to spin out of control."--Provided by publisher
Call Number: FIC Lov
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 22, 2021
John Scalzi
Description: Best Science Fiction Novel! "The collapse of The Flow, the interstellar pathway between the planets of the Interdependency, has accelerated. Entire star systems--and billions of people--are becoming cut off from the rest of human civilization. This collapse was foretold through scientific prediction . . . and yet, even as the evidence is obvious and insurmountable, many still try to rationalize, delay and profit from, these final days of one of the greatest empires humanity has ever known. Emperox Grayland II has finally wrested control of her empire from those who oppose her and who deny the reality of this collapse. But 'control' is a slippery thing, and even as Grayland strives to save as many of her people form impoverished isolation, the forces opposing her rule will make a final, desperate push to topple her from her throne and power, by any means necessary. Grayland and her thinning list of allies must use every tool at their disposal to save themselves, and all of humanity. And yet it may not be enough. Will Grayland become the savior of her civilization . . . or the last emperox to wear the crown?"--Jacket flap.
Call Number: FIC Sca
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 22, 2021
Erin Morgenstern
Description: Best Fantasy Novel! Far beneath the surface of the earth, upon the shores of the Starless Sea, there is a labyrinthine collection of tunnels and rooms filled with stories. The entryways that lead to this sanctuary are often hidden, sometimes on forest floors, sometimes in private homes, sometimes in plain sight. But those who seek will find. Their doors have been waiting for them. Zachary Ezra Rawlins is searching for his door, though he does not know it. When he discovers a mysterious book in the stacks of his campus library he begins to read, entranced by tales of lovelorn prisoners, lost cities, and nameless acolytes. Suddenly a turn of the page brings Zachary to a story from his own childhood impossibly written in this book that is older than he is. Zachary uncovers a series of clues that lead him to a masquerade party in New York, to a secret club, and through a doorway to an ancient subterranean library. But a battle is raging over the fate of this place and though there are those who would willingly sacrifice everything to protect it, there are just as many intent on its destruction. -- Adapted from jacket flap and synopsis info from author's website.
Call Number: FIC Mor
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 22, 2021
T. Kingfisher
Description: Best Horror Novel! "When Mouse's dad asks her to clean out her dead grandmother's house, she says yes. After all, how bad could it be? Answer: pretty bad. Grandma was a hoarder, and her house is packed to the gills with useless garbage. That would be horrors enough, but there's more. Mouse stumbles across her step-grandfather's journal, which at first seems to be the ravings of a broken mind. Until she encounters some of the terrifying things he described herself. Alone in the woods with her dog, Mouse has to confront a series of impossible terrors--because sometimes the things that go bump in the night are real, and they're looking for you. And if she doesn't face them head on, she might not survive to tell the tale" -- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: FIC Kin
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 22, 2021
Amal El-Mohtar, Max Gladstone
Description: Best Novella! Among the ashes of a dying world, an agent of the Commandant finds a letter. It reads: Burn before reading. Thus begins an unlikely correspondence between two rival agents hellbent on securing the best possible future for their warring factions. Now, what began as a taunt, a battlefield boast, grows into something more. Something epic. Something romantic. Something that could change the past and the future. Except the discovery of their bond would mean death for each of them.
Call Number: FIC El-M
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 22, 2021
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A Memory Called Empire
Arkady Martine
FIC Mar
The Avengers. Volume 1, The Final Host
Jason Aaron, Sara Pichelli, Elisabetta (Comic book inker) artist D'Amico, Justin Ponsor, Ed McGuinness
FIC Aar
Catfishing On CatNet
Naomi Kritzer
YA FIC Kri
The Ghost Machine
James Lovegrove, Joss Whedon
FIC Lov
Finch Merlin And The Fount Of Youth
Bella Forrest
YA FIC For
The Last Emperox
John Scalzi
FIC Sca
Good Omens
Neil Gaiman, Terry Pratchett, Douglas MacKinnon, Tim (Television producer) Bradley, Phil Collinson
Comedy
The Starless Sea
Erin Morgenstern
FIC Mor
Laguardia : A Very Modern Story Of Immigration
Nnedi Okorafor, Tana Ford, James (Comic book artist) Devlin, Sal Cipriano
FIC Oko
The Twisted Ones
T. Kingfisher
FIC Kin
Leviathan Wakes
James S. A Corey
FIC Cor
This Is How You Lose The Time War
Amal El-Mohtar, Max Gladstone
FIC El-M
Star Wars, The Rise Of Skywalker
J. J. (Jeffrey Jacob) Abrams, Kathleen Kennedy, Michelle Rejwan, Chris Terrio, Carrie Fisher
SciFi/Fantasy