- The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O. by Neal Stephenson and Nicole Galland (Novel)
- The Collapsing Empire by John Scalzi (Novel)
- All Systems Red: The Murderbot Diaries by Martha Wells (Novella)
- The Prisoner of Limnos by Lois McMaster Bujold (novella)
- Uncanny Valley by Greg Egan (Novelette)
- Extracurricular Activities by Yoon Ha Lee (Novelette)
- Artemis by Andy Weir - It's a fun book, but it doesn't hang together as well as The Martian and the story doesn't feel entirely baked. Some things about this just didn't sit so well with me, but I wouldn't be opposed to a nomination (and indeed, it would probably fair well when compared against the last few years' finalists).
- The Caledonian Gambit by Dan Moren - I'm about halfway through this one, which seems like a pretty straightforward space opera/spy thriller type of thing. Great start, but it's bogged down in the midsection. A strong finish could certainly put this on my ballot though.
- Raven Stratagem by Yoon Ha Lee - I'm a fan of Yoon Ha Lee's work (see above referenced novelette), and I liked the first novel in this series quite a bit. I will definitely read this before the nomination period closes, but as the second in a series, I'm not sure how likely it is that I'll put this on my list, even if I love it.
As per usual, I'll continue to avoid the most mainstream choices for Best Dramatic Presentation, Long Form (i.e. Star Wars and Marvel don't need my help here and will most likely make the ballot, but these movies are worthy of consideration):
Also of note is that Retro Hugos for works published in 1942 are being held this year, and there are a few classics there, notably Asimov's initial Foundation story and CS Lewis' The Screwtape Letters, but the one I really want to nominate is a short story by Hal Clement called "Proof" (it's not available online, but it's in tons of collections - the one I read it in was The Ascent of Wonder). It's an awesome story, and it's tale of creatures living in the sun has long legs and influence.
Any recommendations or suggestions are welcome! I'm curious to see how the nominations go this time around. Will the novels be dominated by series/sequels to previous nominees? Will the reduced puppy contingent have any impact? Do I really care that much? I don't know, but there's only one way to find out.