It's that time again, to survey the various science fiction and fantasy awards and see what kinds of interesting short fiction we can find.
I've read the majority of the short story nominations for those three awards. The three up for the Hugo are all excellent. My favorite is probably "Immersion" by Aliette de Bodard. It's about a society that uses avatars to keep harmony between conqueror and conquered, and the identity confusion that results.
Of all the awards, my favorite story might be "Limited Edition" by Tim Maughan about a group of hoodlums going after a load of precious cargo.
I'll put more extensive links in the comments if people are interested, but that should at least get us started on some book talk.