2016 Award Eligibility & Recommendations

My Eligible Work

These are the items I published this year. My non-fiction makes me eligible for “Best Fan Writer” at the Hugos, and my short fiction makes me eligible for the “John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer” Award.

Short Fiction

Mothership Zeta #5
Unfettered II



These are the novels, stories, art, publications, and people that rocked my world this year.

Favourite Novels

  • All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders—Whimsical, witty, fun, this is a novel that could only have come from the wonderful mind of Charlie Jane Anders. Anders’ mastery of voice is on full display in All the Birds in the Sky, and the result is an experience you’ll never forget. Simply wonderful. (Full Review)
  • Starspawn by Wendy N. Wagner—This novel has everything that makes the Pathfinder Tales so great: a tight, likeable cast of characters, great set pieces, a story that barrels forth like an avalanche, and a ton of fun magic and action.
  • Ghost Talkers by Mary Robinette Kowal—Vintage Kowal. It’s rich and inventive, knows just when to make you laugh (it’s a WW2 book about dead people and spirit mediums, so that’s harder than you’d think) and manages to breathe life (pun intended) into a familiar concept. (Full Review)
  • Ninefox Gambit by Yoon Ha Lee—I’ll admit, within the first 20 pages, I wasn’t sure I would finish this novel, but, boy golly, am I glad I did. Full of mind-bending science fiction concepts, characters that stick to your gut, wonderful dark humour, and a ton of action. (Full Review)
  • Children of Earth and Sky by Guy Gavriel Kay—How Kay doesn’t win the Hugo, Nebula, and World Fantasy Award every time he releases a novel is one of life’s most baffling questions. Children of Earth and Sky is both delicate and fierce, and features some of the best characters and world-building in any of Kay’s novels. Period.
  • The Spider’s War by Daniel Abraham—With this terrific conclusion to The Dagger and the Coin series, Abraham continues to prove why he’s one of my absolute favourite fantasy writers. Riveting epic fantasy that plays with tropes the way a cat toys with a mouse. (Full Review)

Bonus: Favourite Pre-2016 Novels

  • The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood—Incredible, wrenching, prescient, impossible to put down. More important than ever in 2016.(Goodreads Review)
  • Fool’s Fate by Robin Hobb—I put off on reading Hobb’s follow-up to the Farseer trilogy in part because I didn’t think she could possibly live up to the high standards set by Assassin’s Apprentice and its sequels. I was so wrong. The Tawny Man trilogy is assured and emotionally wrenching, superior in many ways to Farseer, and an absolute masterclass character study. (Goodreads Review)
  • The Dispossessed by Ursula K. Le Guin—Le Guin doing her thing, and showing why she’s the best in the business when it comes to thoughtful, philosophical, and nuanced science fiction. Terrific. (Goodreads Review)

Favourite Short Fiction

Favourite Non-fiction

  • The Geek Feminist Revolution by Kameron Hurley—By this point, if you’re paying even bare attention to online SFF fandom in recent years, you’re probably familiar with Hurley’s forceful, eloquent, and terrifically important essays on science fiction and fantasy, writing, feminism, and so much more. This collection, which features several new essays not available online, is a must read. (Full Review)
  • Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay—Technically a 2014 release, but this is essential reading, and pairs wonderfully with Hurley’s collection. (Goodreads Review)

Favourite Artists

“Touch of Iron” by Tommy Arnold
“Momentum” by Cynthia Sheppard
“Behold the Beyond” by Noah Bradley
“Plains” by Rebecca Guay

Favourite Zines/Blogs/Websites/Magazines

  • Uncanny Magazine—From short fiction to essays, they’re the best out there, if you ask me.
  • Nerds of a Feather—A huge range of coverage from a smart and passionate crew of writers.
  • The Wertzone—A stalwart, Adam Whitehead at the Wertzone continues to steamroll ahead, reviewing books, videogames, and films.
  • Lady Business—I don’t think any other blog on the Internet introduces me to as many new books as Lady Business.
  • Rocket Stack Rank—Great reviews of short fiction.
  • Quick Sip Reviews—More great reviews of short fiction.
  • Fantasy & Science Fiction Magazine—A classic that’s stronger than ever under the leadership of C.C. Finlay.
  • Mothership Zeta—Their emphasis on positive science fiction and fantasy is much needed.
  • Beneath Ceaseless Skies—Still the best place on the Internet to get sword & sorcery-style fantasy.

Favourite Fan Writers



Hugo Award-winning writer with work in Kotaku, Wired, Uncanny Magazine, and Tor.com. He lives on Vancouver Island with his wife and kids.

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Aidan Moher

Aidan Moher


Hugo Award-winning writer with work in Kotaku, Wired, Uncanny Magazine, and Tor.com. He lives on Vancouver Island with his wife and kids.