This year, Bad Menagerie is offering a pretty unprecedented resource for those of us who are nominating for and voting on the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer that will be presented at Worldcon along with the Hugos. Up and Coming is packed with 230 works by 120 Campbell-eligible authors—over a million words of fiction, that I will be working my way through, ten authors at a time, over the next couple of weeks.
I plan to finish by March 30, as nominations for the Campbell and Hugo Awards are due on the 31st, and ten authors every day or so is a pretty blazing pace, so my plan is to read at least one story by each author. If their first story doesn’t grab me, I’ll be moving along to the next author in order to better manage my time and enable me to actually make it through this enormous body of work. I’ll let you know which authors I skipped and why, though I expect to spend much more time extolling the virtues of my favorites than criticizing what I don’t like. That said, if I skip over your favorites, be sure to let me know in the comments what a jerk I am and all about what I’m missing out on.
Look for my first big post to appear tomorrow (hopefully) or Wednesday. This should be an almost every day thing between now and the end of the month.
If you want to read along, you can download the collection at Bad Menagerie any time before March 31, 2016.
3 thoughts on “Let’s Read! Up and Coming: Stories by the 2016 Campbell-Eligible Authors”
Great list of authors on the list, but I have to give a shout out to Brain Staveley, author of the Chronicle on the Unhewn Throne series, who is eligible for Campbell Award, but not included in this collection 🙂
He DOES have “The Log Goblin” at Tor.com, though. I haven’t read it yet, and I for sure won’t have time to read his novels, but I will be sure to check out this short story before I make my final decisions.
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Co-compiler Kurt Hunt here. DJ’s right that the anthology isn’t a comprehensive collection of all Campbell-eligible authors. We got the word out as best we could, but could only include folks that submitted works to be included in the anthology.
The Writertopia list is the most complete source for all Campbell-eligible writers: http://www.writertopia.com/awards/campbell
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