My Picks for the Asimov's Reader's Award

As I work on my nominations for the Hugo and Nebula Awards, I realize it's also time to submit for the Asimov's Reader's Award. Overall Asimov's had an amazing 2010, especially with regards to novella-length fiction. In fact, last year they published more high-quality novellas than any other SF/F magazine.

For this award readers pick their three favorite selections across different categories. Below are my top three choices in each category.

Please note: While the picks in each category are ranked when submitted for the award, for this posting my selections are unranked and listed in alphabetical order by author/artist.

Best Novellas

  • "The Sultan of the Skies" by Geoffrey A. Landis (Sept. 2010)
  • "A History of Terraforming" by Robert Reed (July 2010)
  • "Becoming One With the Ghosts" by Kathryn Kristine Rusch (Oct./Nov. 2010)

As I mentioned, Asimov's had a stellar year with many great novellas. While I could only pick three selections, other great novellas included "The Union of Soil and Sky" by Gregory Norman Bossert and "Jackie's-Boy" by Steven Popkes.

Best Novelettes

Best Short Stories

  • "Centaurs" by Benjamin Crowell (March 2010)
  • "The Palace in the Clouds" by Eugene Mirabelli (Sept. 2010)
  • "Under the Thumb of the Brain Patrol" by Ferrett Steinmetz (Oct./Nov. 2010)

Best Poems

  • "The Gears of New August" by Bruce Boston & Todd Hanks (July 2010)
  • "Welcome Home" by Janis Ian (Oct./Nov. 2010)
  • "Human Potential" by Geoffrey A. Landis (June 2010)

Best Covers

  • Donato Giancola, March 2010
  • Tomislav Tikulin, July 2010
  • Michael Whelan, August 2010

If you want to submit your picks for the Asimov's Reader's Awards, the ballot is open until February 1, 2011.