In the novelette category, Caresaway, D. J. Cockburn’s all too believable story about what happens when a scientist invents a pill that can cure depression… but at a terrible cost.
In the novella category, Water into Wine, by Joyce Chng, which explores the meaning of identity and family, and how war affects the people caught in the middle. Xin inherits a vineyard on a distant plant, and has just adjusted to this new life when an interstellar war breaks out. Xin struggles to maintain the vineyard, and learns to fully embrace their non-binary gender identity.
We’re obviously a bit biased, since we wouldn’t have published these stories if we didn’t love them, but… we think both of these books are worthy of your consideration as you think about your award nominations this year! And as always, if you want to read one of our books but can’t add afford to buy it, get in touch. We’re happy to arrange for review copies whenever we can.