The American Writers Museum recommends science fiction and fantasy award winning novels and short stories

2019 Science Fiction & Fantasy Award-Winning Recommendations

As the year comes to an end, it’s the perfect time to curl up with the best science fiction and fantasy reading recommendations that you may have missed over 2019. Below are a selection of the American winners of the Hugo and Nebula, awards, along with links to learn more or buy the book.


2019 Hugo Winners

Best Novel: The Calculating Stars by Mary Robinette Kowal

The Calculating Stars by Mary Robinette Kowal is recommended by the American Writers Museum

The Calculating Stars explores the premise behind her award-winning Lady Astronaut series. 2019 winner of both the Hugo and Nebula award, Mary Robinette Kowal is one to watch. The next book in the series, The Relentless Moon, comes out July 2020.

Get The Calculating Stars on Amazon or IndieBound


Best Novella: Artificial Condition by Martha Wells

Artificial Condition by Martha Wells is recommended by the American Writers Museum

The second book in the Murderbot Diaries series, and the second to earn Wells a Hugo, Artificial Condition continues the story of the Murderbot. Teaming up with a Research Transport vessel named ART, Murderbot heads to the mining facility where it went rogue to try to learn more about its past. If you just can’t get enough, all four books in the series are already out.

Get Artificial Condition on Amazon or IndieBound


Best Short Story: “A Witch’s Guide to Escape: A Practical Compendium of Portal Fantasies” by Alix E. Harrow (Apex Magazine, February 2018)

Available to read for free on the Apex Magazine website, “A Witch’s Guide to Escape” is well worth the few minutes it will take to read. Or the half hour to read it over and over. Told from the unique perspective of a librarian who is more than she seems, it follows a young boy looking for escape in the world of books.

Read the story at Apex Magazine


Best Series: Wayfarers by Becky Chambers

If you’re looking for a science fiction reading recommendation that will take you on a slightly longer journey, look no further. Follow a motley crew on an exciting journey through space—and one adventurous young explorer who discovers the meaning of family in the far reaches of the universe—in this light-hearted debut space opera from a rising sci-fi star.

Get the first book, The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet on Amazon or IndieBound


2018 Nebula Award Winners

Best Novelette: “The Only Harmless Great Thing” by Brooke Bolander

The Only Harmless Great Thing is a heart-wrenching alternative history by Brooke Bolander that imagines an intersection between the Radium Girls and noble, sentient elephants. This novelette represents Bolander’s first Nebula win, though she’s been nominated multiple times before.

Get The Only Harmless Great Thing on Amazon and IndieBound


Best Short Story: “The Secret Lives of the Nine Negro Teeth of George Washington” by P. Djèlí Clark, (Fireside Magazine)

Also available online through Fireside Magazine, Clark’s story is a great way to while away the time until midnight on the 31st. This story turns the folktale of the American founding father on its head by instead focusing on the lives of his slaves.

Read “The Secret Lives of the Nine Negro Teeth of George Washington” at Fireside Magazine


Andre Norton Award for Young Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy: Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

Tomi Adeyemi’s West African-inspired fantasy debut follows Zélie Adebola as she copes with the loss of her mother and fights to bring back magic and strike against the monarchy that took everything from her.

Get Children of Blood and Bone on Amazon or IndieBound

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