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Free Samples of 2011 Hugo Award Nominees

Looking for a great science fiction novel, novella, novelette, or short story?

Below, we’ve compiled a giant list linking to free samples from the recently unveiled nominees for the 2011 Hugo Awards.

If you want more books, we made similar literary mixtapes linking to free samples of the Best Cookbooks of 2010, the 2011 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction nominees, the National Book Critics Circle Award finalists, the 2011 Edgar Awards finalists, the 2011 ALA Youth Media Awards winners, the 2011 Book Critics Circle Awards finalists, the Best Translated Books longlist, the Believer Book Awards shortlist, and the Best Books of 2010.

Best Novel
Blackout/All Clear by Connie Willis (Ballantine Spectra)
Cryoburn by Lois McMaster Bujold (Baen)
The Dervish House by Ian McDonald (Gollancz; Pyr)
Feed by Mira Grant (Orbit)
The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms by N.K. Jemisin (Orbit)

Best Novella
The Lady Who Plucked Red Flowers beneath the Queen’s Window” by Rachel Swirsky (Subterranean Magazine, Summer 2010)
The Lifecycle of Software Objects” by Ted Chiang (Subterranean)
The Maiden Flight of McCauley’s Bellerophon” by Elizabeth Hand (Stories: All New Tales, William Morrow)
The Sultan of the Clouds” by Geoffrey A. Landis (Asimov’s, September 2010)
Troika” by Alastair Reynolds (Godlike Machines, Science Fiction Book Club)

Best Novelette
“Eight Miles” by Sean McMullen (Analog, September 2010) [No excerpt available]
The Emperor of Mars” by Allen M. Steele (Asimov’s, June 2010)
The Jaguar House, in Shadow” by Aliette de Bodard (Asimov’s, July 2010)
Plus or Minus” by James Patrick Kelly (Asimov’s, December 2010)
That Leviathan, Whom Thou Hast Made” by Eric James Stone (Analog, September 2010)

Best Short Story
Amaryllis” by Carrie Vaughn (Lightspeed, June 2010)
For Want of a Nail” by Mary Robinette Kowal (Asimov’s, September 2010)
Ponies” by Kij Johnson (Tor.com, November 17, 2010)
The Things” by Peter Watts (Clarkesworld, January 2010)

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