SF/F: Hugo & Dragon Awards 2021

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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!)


Martha Wells
Description: In a corporate-dominated spacefaring future, planetary missions must be approved and supplied by the Company. Exploratory teams are accompanied by Company-supplied security androids, for their own safety. But in a society where contracts are awarded to the lowest bidder, safety isn't a primary concern. On a distant planet, a team of scientists are conducting surface tests, shadowed by their Company-supplied 'droid -- a self-aware SecUnit that has hacked its own governor module, and refers to itself (though never out loud) as "Murderbot." Scornful of humans, all it really wants is to be left alone long enough to figure out who it is. But when a neighboring mission goes dark, it's up to the scientists and their Murderbot to get to the truth.
Call Number: FIC Wel
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 14, 2021
Maria Dahvana Headley
Description: Headley provides a radical new verse translation of the epic poem. She brings to light elements that have never before been translated into English, recontextualizing the binary narrative of monsters and heroes into a tale in which the two categories often entwine, justice is rarely served, and dragons live among us. The familiar elements of the epic poem are seen with a novelist's eye toward gender, genre, and history, unearthing significant shifts in the epic poem that have been lost over centuries of translation. -- adapted from back cover
Call Number: 829.3 Hea
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 14, 2021
Cathy Yan, Bryan Unkeless, Sue Kroll, Christina Hodson, Margot Robbie
Description: A twisted tale told by Harley Quinn herself, as only Harley can tell it. When Gotham's most nefariously narcissistic villain, Roman Sionis, and his zealous right-hand, Zsasz, put a target on a young girl named Cass, the city is turned upside down looking for her. Harley, Huntress, Black Canary and Renee Montoya's paths collide, and the unlikely foursome has no choice but to team up to take Roman down.
Call Number: Action
Format: DVD
Date Added: Apr 14, 2021
Rebecca Roanhorse
Description: "A god will return when the earth and sky converge under the black sun. In the holy city of Tova, the winter solstice is usually a time for celebration and renewal, but this year it coincides with a solar eclipse, a rare celestial event proscribed by the Sun Priest as an unbalancing of the world. Meanwhile, a ship launches from a distant city bound for Tova and set to arrive on the solstice. The captain of the ship, Xiala, is a disgraced Teek whose song can calm the waters around her as easily as it can warp a man's mind. Her ship carries one passenger. Described as harmless, the passenger, Serapio, is a young man, blind, scarred, and cloaked in destiny. As Xiala well knows, when a man is described as harmless, he usually ends up being a villain."-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: FIC Roa
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 13, 2021
Seanan McGuire
Description: For Jack and Jill, death in their adopted world isn't as permanent as it is here, and Jack realizes something terrible has happened to her, something only her friends can help her overcome.
Call Number: FIC McG
Format: Audiobook
Date Added: Apr 13, 2021
Nino Cipri
Description: "When an elderly customer at a Swedish big box furniture store slips through a portal to another dimension, it's up to two minimum-wage employees to track her across the multiverse and protect their company's bottom line. Multi-dimensional swashbuckling would be hard enough, but those two unfortunate souls broke up a week ago. To find the missing granny, Ava and Jules will brave carnivorous furniture, swarms of identical furniture spokespeople, and the deep resentment simmering between them. Can friendship blossom from the ashes of their relationship? In infinite dimensions, all things are possible." --Publisher.
Call Number: FIC Cip
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 13, 2021
Tamsyn Muir
Description: "Nothing is as it seems in the halls of the Emperor, and the fate of the galaxy rests on one woman's shoulders. Harrowhark Nonagesimus, last necromancer of the Ninth House, has been drafted by her Emperor to fight an unwinnable war. Side-by-side with a detested rival, Harrow must perfect her skills and become an angel of undeath -- but her health is failing, her sword makes her nauseous, and even her mind is threatening to betray her."--Publisher.
Call Number: FIC Mui
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 13, 2021
G. Willow Wilson, Christian (Christian J.) Ward, Sal Cipriano, G. Willow Wilson
Description: "The explosive aftermath of their shocking discovery has pushed the now-renegade team of captain Grix and acolyte Vess to the furthest reaches of their solar system. They're all alone... but not for long. And when their crew encounters a group of ruthless spacefaring privateers, they might not be safe for long either."-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: FIC Wil
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 14, 2021
Martha Wells
Description: "You know that feeling when you're at work, and you've had enough of people, and then the boss walks in with yet another job that needs to be done right this second or the world will end, but all you want to do is go home and binge your favorite shows? And you're a sentient murder machine programmed for destruction? Congratulations, you're Murderbot. Come for the pew-pew space battles, stay for the most relatable A.I. you'll read this century. When Murderbot's human associates (not friends, never friends) are captured and another not-friend from its past requires urgent assistance, Murderbot must choose between inertia and drastic action. Drastic action it is, then" --Amazon.com.
Call Number: FIC Wel
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 13, 2021
Damian Duffy, John Jennings, Nalo Hopkinson, Octavia E Butler, Octavia E. Parable of the sower Butler
Description: In the year 2024, the country is marred by unattended environmental and economic crises that lead to social chaos. Lauren Olamina, a preacher's daughter living in Los Angeles, is protected from danger by the walls of her gated community. However, in a night of fire and death, what begins as a fight for survival soon leads to something much more: a startling vision of human destiny . . . and the birth of a new faith.
Call Number: FIC Duf
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 14, 2021
Kieron Gillen, Dan Mora, Tamra Bonvillain, Ed Dukeshire
Description: "When a group of Nationalists use an ancient artifact to bring King Arthur back from the dead, retired monster hunter Bridgette McGuire pulls her unsuspecting grandson Duncan, a museum curator, into a world of magic and mysticism to defeat a legendary threat. Now the two must navigate the complicated history of the McGuire family, all while combating the deadly secrets of England's past that threaten its very future."--Provided by publisher.
Call Number: FIC Gil
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 14, 2021
Susanna Clarke
Description: "Piranesi's house is no ordinary building: its rooms are infinite, its corridors endless, its walls are lined with thousands upon thousands of statues, each one different from all the others. Within the labyrinth of halls an ocean is imprisoned; waves thunder up staircases, rooms are flooded in an instant. But Piranesi is not afraid; he understands the tides as he understands the pattern of the labyrinth itself. He lives to explore the house. There is one other person in the house-- a man called The Other, who visits Piranesi twice a week and asks for help with research into A Great and Secret Knowledge. But as Piranesi explores, evidence emerges of another person, and a terrible truth begins to unravel, revealing a world beyond the one Piranesi has always known"-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: FIC Cla
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 13, 2021
P. Djèlí Clark
Description: "In this dark fantasy historical novella that gives a supernatural twist to the Ku Klux Klan's reign of terror, The Birth of a Nation cast a spell across America, swelling the Klan's ranks and drinking deep from the darkest thoughts of white folk. All across the nation they ride, spreading fear and violence among the vulnerable. They plan to bring Hell to Earth. Standing in their way is Maryse Boudreaux and her fellow resistance fighters, a foul-mouthed sharpshooter and a Harlem Hellfighter. Armed with blade, bullet, and bomb, they hunt their hunters and send the Klan's demons straight to Hell. But something awful's brewing in Macon, and the war on Hell is about to heat up. Can Maryse stop the Klan before it ends the world?"-- Publisher's description.
Call Number: FIC Cla
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 13, 2021
Tochi Onyebuchi
Description: "Ella and Kev are brother and sister, both gifted with extraordinary power. Their childhoods are defined and destroyed by structural racism and brutality. Their futures might alter the world. When Kev is incarcerated for the crime of being a young black man in America, Ella-through visits both mundane and supernatural-tries to show him the way to a revolution that could burn it all down"-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: FIC Ony
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 14, 2021
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 14, 2021
Pete Docter, Kemp Powers, Mike Jones, Dana (Producer) Murray, Jamie Foxx
Description: Joe Gardner is a middle-school band teacher who gets the chance of a lifetime to play at the best jazz club in town. A misstep takes him from New York City to The Great Before, a fantastical place where new souls get their personalities before going to Earth. Determined to return to his life, Joe teams up with a precocious soul, 22, who has never understood the appeal of the human life. As Joe tries to show 22 what's great about life, he may discover the answers to the most important questions.
Call Number: Children
Format: DVD
Date Added: Apr 14, 2021
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 14, 2021
N. K. Jemisin, Robin Miles
Description: Every great city has a soul. But every city also has a dark side. A roiling, ancient evil stirs in the halls of power, threatening to destroy New York and her six newborn avatars unless five residents can stop it for good.
Call Number: FIC Jem
Format: Audiobook
Date Added: Apr 13, 2021
John Scalzi
Description: Faster than light travel is impossible--until the discovery of The Flow, an extradimensional field available at certain points in space-time, which can take us to other planets around other stars. Riding The Flow, humanity spreads to innumerable other worlds. Earth is forgotten. A new empire arises, the Interdependency, based on the doctrine that no one human outpost can survive without the others. It's a hedge against interstellar war--and, for the empire's rulers, a system of control. But when it's discovered that the entire Flow is moving, possibly separating all human worlds from one another forever, a scientist, a starship captain, and the emperox of the Interdependency must race to find out what can be salvaged from an empire on the brink of collapse. -- adapted from book jacket.
Call Number: FIC Sca
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 14, 2021
Nghi Vo
Description: "A young royal from the far north, is sent south for a political marriage in an empire reminiscent of imperial China. Her brothers are dead, her armies and their war mammoths long defeated and caged behind their borders. Alone and sometimes reviled, she must choose her allies carefully. Rabbit, a handmaiden, sold by her parents to the palace for the lack of five baskets of dye, befriends the emperor's lonely new wife and gets more than she bargained for. At once feminist high fantasy and an indictment of monarchy, this story follows the rise of the empress In-yo, who has few resources and fewer friends. She's a northern daughter in a mage-made summer exile, but she will bend history to her will and bring down her enemies, piece by piece" --Provided by publisher.
Call Number: FIC Vo
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 13, 2021
R. F. (Rebecca F.) author Kuang
Description: A war orphan rises from her humble beginnings to become a powerful military commander, and perhaps her country's only hope for survival.
Call Number: FIC Kua
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 14, 2021
Mary Robinette Kowal
Description: "Astronauts Elma York, Nicole Wargin and Myrtle Lindholm continue to forge new paths for women astronauts as they work to achieve the International Aerospace Coalition's goal of getting as many people as possible off Earth before it becomes inhabitable."_-Publisher.
Call Number: FIC Kow
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 13, 2021
Sarah Gailey, Romy Nordlinger
Description: Esther is a stowaway. She's hidden herself away in the Librarian's book wagon in an attempt to escape the marriage her father has arranged for her, a marriage to the man who was previously engaged to her best friend. Her best friend who she was in love with. Her best friend who was just executed for possession of resistance propaganda. The future American Southwest is full of bandits, fascists, and queer librarian spies on horseback trying to do the right thing.
Call Number: FIC Gai
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 14, 2021
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All Systems Red
Martha Wells
FIC Wel
Ring Shout : Or, Hunting Ku Kluxes In The End Times
P. Djèlí Clark
FIC Cla
Beowulf : A New Translation
Maria Dahvana Headley
829.3 Hea
Riot Baby
Tochi Onyebuchi
FIC Ony
Birds Of Prey And The Fantabulous Emancipation Of One Harley Quinn
Cathy Yan, Bryan Unkeless, Sue Kroll, Christina Hodson, Margot Robbie
Action
Rosemary And Rue
Seanan McGuire
FIC McG
Black Sun
Rebecca Roanhorse
FIC Roa
Soul
Pete Docter, Kemp Powers, Mike Jones, Dana (Producer) Murray, Jamie Foxx
Children
Come Tumbling Down [Audiobook]
Seanan McGuire
FIC McG
The Calculating Stars
Mary Robinette Kowal
FIC Kow
Finna
Nino Cipri
FIC Cip
The City We Became By N. K. Jemisin.
N. K. Jemisin, Robin Miles
FIC Jem
Harrow The Ninth
Tamsyn Muir
FIC Mui
The Collapsing Empire
John Scalzi
FIC Sca
Invisible Kingdom. Volume 2, Edge Of Everything
G. Willow Wilson, Christian (Christian J.) Ward, Sal Cipriano, G. Willow Wilson
FIC Wil
The Empress Of Salt And Fortune
Nghi Vo
FIC Vo
Network Effect
Martha Wells
FIC Wel
The Poppy War
R. F. (Rebecca F.) author Kuang
FIC Kua
Octavia E. Butler's Parable Of The Sower
Damian Duffy, John Jennings, Nalo Hopkinson, Octavia E Butler, Octavia E. Parable of the sower Butler
FIC Duf
The Relentless Moon
Mary Robinette Kowal
FIC Kow
Once & Future. Volume One, The King Is Undead
Kieron Gillen, Dan Mora, Tamra Bonvillain, Ed Dukeshire
FIC Gil
Upright Women Wanted Sarah Gailey.
Sarah Gailey, Romy Nordlinger
FIC Gai
Piranesi
Susanna Clarke
FIC Cla