The Subjective Chaos Kind of Awards: 2019 nominees

Black and white photo of some pebbles, each painted with text: Subjective Chaos Kind of Awards

It’s that time: announcing the 2019 nominees for the Subjective Chaos Kind of Awards!

Cue: drum roll

Annnd: CHAOS

Best Fantasy


  • Children of Blood and BoneTomi Adeyemi
  • Someone Like Me – M R Carey
  • The City of Brass – S A Chakraborty
  • The Poppy War – R F Kuang
  • The Loosening Skin – Aliya Whiteley

Best SF


  • Semiosis – Sue Burke
  • 84K – Claire North
  • Embers of War – Gareth L Powell
  • I Still Dream – James Smythe
  • Space Opera – Catherynne M Valente

Best Blurred Boundaries


  • The Mere Wife – Maria Dahvana Headley
  • The Psychology of Time Travel – Kate Mascarenhas
  • Trail of Lightning – Rebecca Roanhorse
  • Rosewater – Tade Thompson
  • Unholy Land – Lavie Tidhar

Best Novella


  • The Tea Master and the Detective – Aliette de Bodard
  • The Black God’s Drums – P Djèlí Clark
  • Chlorophyll and Gasoline – S J Fleming
  • Prime Meridian – Silvia Moreno Garcia
  • Beneath the Sugar Sky – Seanan McGuire
  • The Freeze-Frame Revolution – Peter Watts

Best Series


  • The Wounded Kingdom – R J Barker
  • The Fractured Europe Sequence – Dave Hutchinson
  • Machineries of Empire – Yoon Ha Lee
  • Every Day – David Levithan
  • Villains – V E Schwab

What happens next?

We will now retreat to our favourite reading spots and catch up on the nominees we haven’t yet read (only 22 for me this year; although right now I’m starting out with the intention of rereading everything); and start to share our thoughts on the ones that we have. The careful selection of appropriate pebbles and the loving preparation as awards will begin. I’ll report back on our debates and deadlines as, uh, we agree what those are. Chaos, remember?