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Space Opera ❴Epub❵ ❦ Space Opera Author Catherynne M. Valente – Thomashillier.co.uk The Hitchhiker s Guide to the Galaxy meets Eurovision in an over the top science fiction spectacle from bestselling author Catherynne M Valente, in which sentient species compete for glory in a galact The Hitchhiker s Guide to the Galaxy meets Eurovision in an over the top science fiction spectacle from bestselling author Catherynne M Valente, in which sentient species compete for glory in a galactic musical contest where the stakes are as high as the fate of planet EarthA century ago, the Sentience Wars tore the galaxy apart and nearly ended the entire concept of intelligent space faring life In the aftermath, a curious tradition was invented something to cheer up everyone who was left and bring the shattered worlds together in the spirit of peace, unity, and understandingOnce every cycle, the civilizations gather for the Metagalactic Grand Prix part gladiatorial contest, part beauty pageant, part concert extravaganza, and part continuation of the wars of the past Instead of competing in orbital combat, the powerful species that survived face off in a competition of song, dance, or whatever can be physically performed in an intergalactic talent show The stakes are high for this new game, and everyone is forced to competeThis year, though, humankind has discovered the enormous universe And while they expected to discover a grand drama of diplomacy, gunships, wormholes, and stoic councils of aliens, they have instead found glitter, lipstick, and electric guitars Mankind will not get to fight for its destiny they must singA band of human musicians, dancers, and roadies have been chosen to represent Earth on the greatest stage in the galaxy And the fate of their species lies in their ability to rock.

    Free Unlimited eBook and nearly ended the entire concept of intelligent space faring life In the aftermath, a curious tradition was invented something to cheer up everyone who was left and bring the shattered worlds together in the spirit of peace, unity, and understandingOnce every cycle, the civilizations gather for the Metagalactic Grand Prix part gladiatorial contest, part beauty pageant, part concert extravaganza, and part continuation of the wars of the past Instead of competing in orbital combat, the powerful species that survived face off in a competition of song, dance, or whatever can be physically performed in an intergalactic talent show The stakes are high for this new game, and everyone is forced to competeThis year, though, humankind has discovered the enormous universe And while they expected to discover a grand drama of diplomacy, gunships, wormholes, and stoic councils of aliens, they have instead found glitter, lipstick, and electric guitars Mankind will not get to fight for its destiny they must singA band of human musicians, dancers, and roadies have been chosen to represent Earth on the greatest stage in the galaxy And the fate of their species lies in their ability to rock."/>
  • Hardcover
  • 294 pages
  • Space Opera
  • Catherynne M. Valente
  • English
  • 09 August 2018
  • 1481497499

About the Author: Catherynne M. Valente

Catherynne M Valente was born on Cinco de Mayo, in Seattle, WA, but grew up in in the wheatgrass paradise of Northern California She graduated from high school at age , going on to UC San Diego and Edinburgh University, receiving her BA in Classics with an emphasis in Ancient Greek Linguistics She then drifted away from her MA program and into a long residence in the concrete and camphor wilds of JapanShe currently lives in Maine with her partner, two dogs, and three cats, having drifted back to America and the mythic frontier of the Midwest.



10 thoughts on “Space Opera

  1. Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽ Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽ says:

    2.5 stars Review first posted on Fantasy Literature along with my co reviewer Jana s review It took me nearly two months to read this Eurovision in space Hitchhiker s Guide to the Galaxy mashup, start to finish My journey began with Anticipation, shifted to Befuddlement and Boredom, passed through Dismay, flirted with DNF, picked up again a few weeks later with Resolution, and ended with an overdose of Whimsy and Zaniness.Oort St Ultraviolet and his old bandmate Decibel Jones, the two rema 2.5 stars Review first posted on Fantasy Literature along with my co reviewer Jana s review It took me nearly two months to read this Eurovision in space Hitchhiker s Guide to the Galaxy mashup, start to finish My journey began with Anticipation, shifted to Befuddlement and Boredom, passed through Dismay, flirted with DNF, picked up again a few weeks later with Resolution, and ended with an overdose of Whimsy and Zaniness.Oort St Ultraviolet and his old bandmate Decibel Jones, the two remaining members of a defunct glam rock band called Decibel Jones and the Absolute Zeroes, are tapped on the shoulders by a seven foot tall ultramarine roadrunner type alien to represent humanity in the periodic Metagalactic Grand Prix, a musical contest that the various races of the galaxy have settled on as an alternative to their massively destructive Sentience Wars Newly space faring races like humanity are required to participate in the Grand Prix to prove their sentience If they come in last place in the contest, the entire race will be promptly and summarily executed, perhaps by a passing Vogon ship.Even though all they have to do is not come in last, the odds are against humanity and the Absolute Zeroes Jungle rules apply to the Grand Prix contest and, frankly, the Absolute Zeroes are out of practice, out of inspiration, and missing the third member of their group, Mira Wonderful Star, who was the glue that held the group together and made it function Still, there s nothing for Decibel to do but try to write a new song, and perhaps enjoy a little partying and alien strange along the way Space Opera had its moments, and parts of it really did tickle my funny bone Catherynne M Valente slings a lot of humor around, and some of it is bound to stick I think my favorite bits were about Capo, Oort s cat who for no particular reason the way most events in this novel occur accompanies the two humans on their trip through space on an interstellar ship called Cake in the Rain, to the planet where the Grand Prix event will be held The roadrunner alien gives Capo the power of speech Just a little strobe lighting in the hippocampus to prove to the humans that speech isn t the determining factor in proving sentience But Capo still thinks and acts pretty much like most cats do.Nico and Siouxsie Caliskan s enormous four year old Maine Coon Angora somebody s barn cat possibly a stray albino panther mix was entirely unbothered by suddenly achieving the ability to speak rather posh English Oh, certainly it had been alarming at first But adjusting to sudden changes in your circumstances was easy when you didn t really care about anything As far as she was concerned, she d always talked By some miracle, everyone else had recently achieved the ability to listen properly She was over the novelty within half an hour The key to a happy life, Capo devoutly believed, was never giving much of a damn what happened in any given day so long as you got in a nap, a kill, and a snuggle, and the snuggle was optional.I frequently came across parts like this that made me snicker or even laugh out loud But the slight plot of Space Opera is surrounded by just SO MUCH glitter and wordplay and absurd humor and wandering off on tangents and then meandering casually back again, that it s hard not to get lost in the forest of fanciful details Pretty much every single sentence includes some kind of in joke or off beat humor or just plain silliness After a while it just became mentally exhausting to wade through.I m a lifelong fan of the HITCHHIKER S GUIDE TO THE GALAXY series, and Space Opera has a marked similarity to Douglas Adams s work, both in the abundance of screwball, often deadpan humor and in the slightness of the plot But Space Opera just didn t create the same magic for me In particular, its length works against it, especially with all of the distracting, at most semi relevant, digressions But this is clearly one of those your mileage may vary books If you adore Douglas Adams, Eurovision and or glam rock, there s a fairly good chance you ll like Space Opera I received a free copy of this book from the publisher for review Thank you Content notes A lot of F bombs Also, um, alien sex, but it s so esoteric that it s hard to imagine it offending anyone.Update 1 I dunno, people I m having a tough time getting through this book Its Hitchhiker type of humor can be very funny, but too often I find it just silly and exhausting It s going on hiatus for a week or so I m on vacation and I ve got lots of other things to read and do rather than force myself to power through to the end of this book I have three large, tough sons two in their early twenties and one an older teen holding down the home fort against any intruders No lie So I don t feel like I m being reckless in sharing my vacation status here Meanwhile, my husband and I are having a nice time celebrating our 25th anniversary in Cabo San Lucas Original post The hardcover ARC just appeared on my doorstep yesterday, and this looks like so much fun Sort of a glam rock twist on The Hitchhiker s Guide to the Galaxy type humor.Life is beautiful and life is stupid This is, in fact, widely regarded as a universal rule not less inviolable than the Second Law of Thermodynamics, the Uncertainty Principle, and No Post on Sundays As long as you keep that in mind, and never giveweight to one than the other, the history of the galaxy is a simple tune with lyrics flashed on screen and a helpful, friendly bouncing disco ball of all annihilating flames to help you follow along.Stay tuned

  2. Hannah Greendale Hannah Greendale says:

    Click here to watch a video review of this book on my channel, From Beginning to Bookend Space Opera is Eurovision in space The fate of the world rests on the shoulders of the washed up lead singer of a band notorious for inventing the entire electro funk glamgrind genre With puns, pop culture references, and some unapologetic observations about the human race, Valente escorts readers through the cosmos to the glittering, psychedelic, bizarre Metagalactic Grand Prix where alien races com Click here to watch a video review of this book on my channel, From Beginning to Bookend Space Opera is Eurovision in space The fate of the world rests on the shoulders of the washed up lead singer of a band notorious for inventing the entire electro funk glamgrind genre With puns, pop culture references, and some unapologetic observations about the human race, Valente escorts readers through the cosmos to the glittering, psychedelic, bizarre Metagalactic Grand Prix where alien races compete for notoriety, resources, and to avoid having their planet incinerated.Fair warning This book will only appeal to a niche audience Be sure to read the opening pages, to ensure its singular structure appeals to you, before making a purchase Life is the ultimate narcissist, and it loves nothingthan showing off Give it the jankiest glob of fungus on the tiniest flake of dried comet vomit wheeling drunkenly around the most underachieving star in the middle of the most depressing urban blight the cosmos has to offer, and in a few billion years, give or take, you ll have a teeming society of telekinetic mushroom people worshipping the Great Chanterelle and zipping around their local points of interest in the tastiest of lightly browned rocket ships.

  3. Gary Gary says:

    In the setup for Catherynne M Valente s new Eurovision in space novel Space Opera, a has been, burned out, Bowie wannabe rock star called Decibel Jones is inexplicably chosen to sing in an intergalactic competition for humanity s right to exist Unfortunately, after the amusingly gonzo kickoff, the subsequent two thirds of the book is the most epic filler of all time a plotless pile of twisty worded tangents about everything on Earth the author can think of, packed with in jokes and puns an In the setup for Catherynne M Valente s new Eurovision in space novel Space Opera, a has been, burned out, Bowie wannabe rock star called Decibel Jones is inexplicably chosen to sing in an intergalactic competition for humanity s right to exist Unfortunately, after the amusingly gonzo kickoff, the subsequent two thirds of the book is the most epic filler of all time a plotless pile of twisty worded tangents about everything on Earth the author can think of, packed with in jokes and puns and double entendres and tonal shifts from slapstick to droll to burlesque to self deprecating to farcical and my god it s wayexhausting than funny and I m not kidding it goes on FOREVER before anything resembling a story returns and it almost gets good again until it contrives a flimsy solution to the main problem, then cuts off mid climax and goes straight to the denouement I normally like Valente s writing how she managed to write a novel without a single interesting character and stretch about 5000 words of story into 80,000 words is, admittedly, an impressive feat, and also completely mystifying and frustrating and disappointing

  4. Matthew Matthew says:

    If I were to give this book a one word review, it would be OverwrittenThis book, in my opinion tries WAY too hard What it tries way too hard to do, I am not quite sure, but I was starting to get a headache trying to keep up with all the stuff it was throwing my way It seemed like every sentence had to have a punchline Every description came with a built in footnote story It was delivered under what seemed like the influence of 1000 energy drinks The fact that the content was so out there an If I were to give this book a one word review, it would be OverwrittenThis book, in my opinion tries WAY too hard What it tries way too hard to do, I am not quite sure, but I was starting to get a headache trying to keep up with all the stuff it was throwing my way It seemed like every sentence had to have a punchline Every description came with a built in footnote story It was delivered under what seemed like the influence of 1000 energy drinks The fact that the content was so out there and bizarre did not help.In reading some other reviews, I see several mentions of this book trying to be like Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy and that is exactly right But, it takes the spirit and delivery of that book and raises it to the millionth degree All I felt with every sentence was the author winking at me and saying Goodness me, aren t I creative and witty I do give it some props for creativity It is a very unique and original concept and the author spent a lot of time fleshing out the details While this came out as stream of consciousness drivel, it still had some pretty interesting ideas.I am not quite sure who I recommend it to If you like the works of Douglas Adams, you may like this or be appalled at the attempt to be like Adams If you like your sci fi straight forward, this is not for you If you like your comedy extremely outlandish and have the patience to deal with hundreds of pages of non sensical dialogue, this might just be the book for you

  5. Trish Trish says:

    Life is beautiful And life is stupid. Once upon a time on a small, watery, exciteable planet called Earth we find out that we are indeed not alone in the universe On the contrary The universe is teeming with all kinds of life including the most improbable forms of FTL transportation and after a horrible intergalactic war, every sentient species has agreed on a form of contest with which to entertain but also combat one another And it is a way of discerning if a species is sentient o Life is beautiful And life is stupid. Once upon a time on a small, watery, exciteable planet called Earth we find out that we are indeed not alone in the universe On the contrary The universe is teeming with all kinds of life including the most improbable forms of FTL transportation and after a horrible intergalactic war, every sentient species has agreed on a form of contest with which to entertain but also combat one another And it is a way of discerning if a species is sentient or shall be annihilated The contest Well basically it is like the Eurovision Song Contest The performance on stage is at least as important as how well you can sing The different standards for beauty and talent the different galactic races have aren t helping anythan the bloodthirstiness of most of them.After humanity has been brought up to speed about not being alone and having to participate in this year s contest if we want to survive, we are given a list of potential contestants the problem being that all but one are either dead or incapacitated lol Thus, Decibel Jones and the Absolute Zeroe s travel through space with a freshly talking cat and at least two well meaning aliens and try to prevent humanity from being wiped out by at least not coming in last in Galactovision Because while we might be indredibly stupid, we ve also done some pretty cool things one should not forget about.Magic is real As is evident every time Valente uses it to bind words onto the page, arranging those words so perfectly, I want to weep Seriously, while this book is as silly as any of Douglas Adams work I really think he and Sir Pratchett would be proud to welcome this author in their midst , the author never fails to convey profound truths about life, being human and everything else wrapped up in glitter and laughs.There is trivia, there are some side stabs at certain performers coughs TaylorSwift coughs and enough snark to fill three books The concept had already been wonderful but the execution is simply brilliant Also noteworthy is the narrator of the audio version and how he brings to life so much of the humour by the different voices he gives the aliens and the man can sing The book will always be perfect but I truly believe that the audio version gives it an additional level of greatness

  6. Bradley Bradley says:

    Life is beautiful Life is stupid.This book was all kinds of freaking wonderful, packed to the gills with glam and snark and a buttload of heart wrenching brutal honesty wrapped up with a bow of sex, aliens, and rock and roll.A lot of people are equating this with Hitchhiker s Guide, but in a lot of ways, it s better And worse The sheer amount of delightful rock and roll trivia and snark made me think of Rob Reid s Year Zero, but this was better Think about all the aging Glam Rock stars who h Life is beautiful Life is stupid.This book was all kinds of freaking wonderful, packed to the gills with glam and snark and a buttload of heart wrenching brutal honesty wrapped up with a bow of sex, aliens, and rock and roll.A lot of people are equating this with Hitchhiker s Guide, but in a lot of ways, it s better And worse The sheer amount of delightful rock and roll trivia and snark made me think of Rob Reid s Year Zero, but this was better Think about all the aging Glam Rock stars who have had their best days long ago being catapulted into galactic society in a sing off with the stakes being the fate of the race You know, time lag Can t use the recent stuff and most of the old stuff is either hopeless or dead Who s left The Absolute Zeroes One is dead and the others are impoverished, and yet they have to sing for their lives against all the biggest stars in the galaxy Because, after all, Life is Beautiful, Life is Stupid It just happens to be better than most of the alternatives Great concept, even BETTER execution Every page is full of awesomeness, glam, and utter despair Meeting all these poor alien saps and their quirky f ed up lives and kinks is half the fun, but I happen to LOVE Decibel Jones He s so early Bowie and aging rock star and a whole ball of f ed up, himself I swear I can hear all the songs playing in my head, adding several soundtracks to this novel as I read it And the end MY GOD that s a lightshow and a half Ziggy Stardust has NOTHING on this I think I may have found my absolute favorite Valente novel out of a TON of favorite Valente novels I mean, I m always super excited to read Valente, but this has got to be the one that tops them all

  7. Samantha Samantha says:

    DNF at 52% I tried this book on audio and physical copy, and although I wasn t hating it, I found I wasn t caring either The tangents away from the plot and characters onto stories of aliens I will never remember, and glazed over during, felt like a sign that I should set this aside This book seems to focuson the writing, jokes, and over the top world than the characters or plot This is magical and odd in a way only Valente can do But after having read a few of her books, I don t think DNF at 52% I tried this book on audio and physical copy, and although I wasn t hating it, I found I wasn t caring either The tangents away from the plot and characters onto stories of aliens I will never remember, and glazed over during, felt like a sign that I should set this aside This book seems to focuson the writing, jokes, and over the top world than the characters or plot This is magical and odd in a way only Valente can do But after having read a few of her books, I don t think her writing is for me

  8. Jenne Jenne says:

    So, one time I bought a bottle of Miracle Gro for my houseplants I used it once or twice and then stuck it in the back of a cupboard and forgot about it Years later, when I was moving house, I cleared out the cupboard and found the bottle, which had leaked somehow and the Miracle Gro had actually made the bottle itself grow There were all these baroque sort of globules growing fractally off the side of it It was magical and also a bit disturbing This book reminded me of my miraculous Mira So, one time I bought a bottle of Miracle Gro for my houseplants I used it once or twice and then stuck it in the back of a cupboard and forgot about it Years later, when I was moving house, I cleared out the cupboard and found the bottle, which had leaked somehow and the Miracle Gro had actually made the bottle itself grow There were all these baroque sort of globules growing fractally off the side of it It was magical and also a bit disturbing This book reminded me of my miraculous Miracle Gro bottle, except that it waslike if you took a Douglas Adams novel and spilled some David Bowie on it use your imagination and left it in a dark cupboard for an astronomical time unit or several, this is what you would get I would say any random five or ten pages of this book is quite enjoyable, but taken all together I m not sure it really adds up to anything

  9. Lindsay Lindsay says:

    Humorous writing is not for everyone senses of humor just tend to be too different and or incompatible This one hits my sense of humor square on absurdist, wry and with a core of profundity that works very well with the lush writing that the author has on display elsewhere.After the Sentience Wars interstellar civilization has implemented the Metagalactic Grand Prix song contest which all prospective sentient species must compete in and not come last A new species that comes last is deemed t Humorous writing is not for everyone senses of humor just tend to be too different and or incompatible This one hits my sense of humor square on absurdist, wry and with a core of profundity that works very well with the lush writing that the author has on display elsewhere.After the Sentience Wars interstellar civilization has implemented the Metagalactic Grand Prix song contest which all prospective sentient species must compete in and not come last A new species that comes last is deemed to be not sentient, a danger to interstellar civilization and is exterminated It s Earth s turn, and representing us we have washed up glampunk band Decibel Jones and the Absolute Zeroes.The author explicitly calls out the link to Douglas Adams in the afterword as being the godfather of all SF humor writing, and she doesn t attempt to dodge that here, instead leaning in to the classic Hitchhikers like bizarre digressions into humorous exposition The comparison to Hitchhikers is very apt Still, this book is definitely Valente s own, as Decibel Jones s regret for what happened to the band and his willingness to aggressively embrace the alien and bizarre help strengthen humanity s case Oort s journey is no less interesting as the ostensible sellout punk musician reaching for the youth that he s left behind And there s plenty of humor and comment on the the current state of humanity by the various and well characterized alien species.Superb, but maybe not for everyone, much like the Hitchhikers Guide novels

  10. Dennis Dennis says:

    Once upon a time on a small, watery, excitable planet called Earth, in a small, watery, excitable country called Italy, a soft spoken, rather nice looking gentleman by the name of Enrico Fermi was born into a family so overprotective that he felt compelled to invent the atomic bomb Somewhere in between discovering various heretofore cripplingly socially anxious particles and transuranic elements and digging through plutonium to find the treat at the bottom of the nuclear box, he found the time Once upon a time on a small, watery, excitable planet called Earth, in a small, watery, excitable country called Italy, a soft spoken, rather nice looking gentleman by the name of Enrico Fermi was born into a family so overprotective that he felt compelled to invent the atomic bomb Somewhere in between discovering various heretofore cripplingly socially anxious particles and transuranic elements and digging through plutonium to find the treat at the bottom of the nuclear box, he found the time to consider what would come to be known as the Fermi Paradox If you ve never heard this catchy little jingle before, here s how it goes given that there are billions of stars in the galaxy quite similar to our good old familiar standby sun, and that many of them are quite a bit further on in years than the big yellow lady, and the probability that some of these stars will have planets quite similar to our good old familiar knockabout Earth, and that such planets, if they can support life, have a high likelihood of getting around to it sooner or later, then someone out there should have sorted out interstellar travel by now, and therefore, even at the absurdly primitive crawl of early 1940s propulsion, the entire Milky Way could be colonized in only a few million years.So where is everybody Well, they were entangled in an intergalactic war that was basically about the question who should be considered a sentient species and who can t be considered as such and therefore isn t worthy of survival Opinions may vary.Which of us are people and which of us are meat Of course we are people, don t be ridiculous But thee We just can t be sure.A hundred thousand worlds were involved in The Sentience Wars and it was bloody and deadly and terrible and all around not very nice and did not end until aboutwait just a momentexactly one hundred years ago the Saturday after next.When it was all done and said and shot and ignited and vaporized and swept up and put away and both sincerely and insincerely apologized for, everyone left standing knew that the galaxy could not bear a second go at this sort of thing Something had to be done Something mad and real and bright Something that would bring all the shattered worlds together as one civilization Something significant Something elevating Something grand Something beautiful and stupid Something terribly, gloriously, brilliantly, undeniably people.And thus the Metagalactic Grand Prix was born.And hey, humankind qualified Woohoo There s just one teensy tiny thing We did not actually apply We simply have to participate in order to prove that we are a sentient species And the only way to do that is to not finish last Otherwise it s total annihilation This will be funDNo problemo, right We re good at music Yeah well nope We re not Not when you ve seen the Alunizar, or the Voorpret, or the 321 perform Or the Yurtmak with their powerful ballad In the end we re actually sorry we missed the war, you guys have all the fun.No We have to come up with something special And since Yoko Ono and the Spice Girls are dead, we send Decibel Jones and the Absolute Zeroes, a British glam punk rock band Only problem is that the Absolute Zeroes are actually reduced to only one Absolute Zero and Decibel Jones hasn t had a hit in forever Actually, they ever only had one hit and are now pretty washed up and long forgotten Still, they re our best hope Our only hope What could possibly go wrong Catherynne Valente had been publicly dared by one of her twitter followers to write a science fiction fantasy version of the Eurovision Song Contest And she came up with something that s just as glittering and absurd and pompous and ridiculous, but actually funny on purpose.It s also brutally honest in its depiction of humanity and the music industry and generally so rife with snark, it is a true delight.Honestly, I was laughing so much, it was hard not to love the book.BUT, I was frequently asking myself where s the story And the answer is, there is almost none.The book is full of fantastic worldbuilding, and hilarious interactions between our kinda sorta unprepared heroes and some very alien and very hilarious alien species.But ultimately we re just following the somewhat amateurish preparations of our own entry, get a few tidbits on the other entries, and then at some point when we re all properly hyped up, and properly drunk, we are ready for the silly show that is the Metagalactic Grand Prix.I suppose it s kinda fitting.Is it enough for a five star rating, though Not quite Not in my book anyway.Still, it s not often that a book has me laughing so much And then there s also the narration by Simon J ger the German voice of Josh Hartnett And the guy is not only brilliant but so perfectly suited for this book, he fits like der Arsch auf n Eimer, as we like to say Sorry to all my non German speaking friends, not only for that idiom, but I think it s very likely that there will never be another audiobook where the narrator fits as perfect as J ger does here Dry wit, overenthusiasm, sarcasm, presenting the absurd and hilarious with a proverbial straight face, it s all perfect, flawless, delicious 10 stars I don t think any German should actually read this book when they also have the opportunity to listen to the audiobook Not even if you usually prefer to read books in their original language The translation is very good, by the way.I will still in all likelihood buy the hardcover, for the quotes and the cover Yes, I like that Disco Ball and the colors What can I say We Germans have good taste like that So, great author, great humor, great narrator Reader almost died laughing.My 12 Points go to Space Opera But my five stars still go to The Beatles Here s our 1998 ESC entry m sorry Hugo 2019 finalist Space Opera, not Guildo Horn.____________________________ 2019 Hugo Award Finalists Best Novel The Calculating Stars by Mary Robinette Kowal Record of a Spaceborn Few by Becky Chambers Revenant Gun by Yoon Ha Lee Space Opera by Catherynne M Valente Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik Trail of Lightning by Rebecca RoanhorseBest Novella Artificial Condition by Martha Wells Beneath the Sugar Sky by Seanan McGuire Binti The Night Masquerade by Nnedi Okorafor The Black God s Drums by P Dj l Clark Gods, Monsters, and the Lucky Peach by Kelly Robson The Tea Master and the Detective by Aliette de BodardBest Novelette If at First You Don t Succeed, Try, Try Again by Zen Cho Barnes Noble Sci Fi Fantasy Blog The 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