📚 twenty-one of 2020: Matter’s End by Gregory Benford ⭐️⭐️

An average collection of short stories, some of which show their age more than others—especially one that starts with a riff on Mormon missionaries and ends with what comes across as (unconscious?) Islamophobia.

📚 twenty of 2020: Starman by Alan Dean Foster ⭐️⭐️⭐️

A pleasant and easy adaptation of an 80s SF film that I remember enjoying when it came out. It’s another of the “benevolent alien meets paranoid humans” contact stories, but does it simply and well.

This year’s Hugo award nominees were announced today. For the most part, they’re all unknown to me, save the following:

Looks like of the textual nominees, the only one(s) I’ve read is Best Series nominee Tade Thompson’s The Wormwood Trilogy, courtesy of the final book’s nomination for the P.K. Dick award. I really enjoyed those, though!

I’ve seen 2/3 of the long form dramatic presentations, missing only Russian Doll S1 (the first couple episodes were fun, but didn’t get further through, for no particular reason) and Jordan Peele’s Us (which is on my “to watch” list).

Only seen one of the short form nominees, The Mandalorian‘s “Redemption”, but I couldn’t tell you which episode that was, so…🤷‍♂️.

Congratulations to all the nominees, and I look forward to finding out which book will be added to my Hugo Best Novel reading project!

Book eighteen of 2020: Fantastic Voyage by Isaac Asimov ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Sure, the miniaturization process is basically magic, and the only woman in the story is treated abysmally, even for Asimov. But if you can cope with those, the concept and adventure is still a lot of fun.