The 5 short stories nominated for the Hugo Award are available to be read, for free, and they’re conveniently linked by SF Signal. They are all, with the exception of “Last Contact” by Stephen Baxter, going to be on Escape Pod, too, in the next few weeks (“Tideline” was last week).
“Last Contact” by Stephen Baxter: Good story. Nice Dialogue. Depressing as hell.
“Tideline” by Elizabeth Bear: Good Story. Traditional. Predictable. Happy. I liked this one well enough.
“Who’s Afraid of Wolf 359?” by Ken MacLeod: I loved this story. A bit campy, but I still loved it. It’s my favorite of the five. I asked Steve Eley if I could read it for Escape Pod, but it didn’t work out due to scheduling. [sigh]
“Distant Replay” by Mike Resnick: Weird love story. No idea what it really meant. Not my kind of story, but others may like it.
“A Small Room in Koboldtown” by Michael Swanwick: Good story in the vein of a hard-boiled detective short set in a fantasy setting. I liked it.
So, if I were a member of WorldCon, I’d vote for “Who’s Afraid of Wolf 359″. One of these days, I’ll go to that con.