This year, it was in the beautiful city of Dublin that some jurors of the Subjective Chaos Kind of Awards gathered to announce our 2019 winners.
All three finalists had something we liked or admired: Space Opera was a writing tour de force, Rosewater is amazing, I Still Dream felt incredibly topical. In the end, it was down to a very subjective appreciation once we had objectively admitted all three novels deserved to win.
And the winner is: I Still Dream by James Smythe.
Two amazing books for this final and both incredibly different: The Poppy War and The Loosening Skin were both brilliant to read. It felt somehow not right to choose between both, and in the end, it was a very close call.
Our winner is: The Loosening Skin by Aliya Whiteley.
Two of the most award nominated made it to the final: Fractured Europe by Dave Hutchinson and Machineries of Empire by Yoon-Ha Lee.
And the winner is: Machineries of Empire by Yoon-Ha Lee.
This one is always a tough category considering the incredible quality of this format at the moment. Once again, we had two very different offerings: The Tea Master and the Detective by Aliette de Bodard and Prime Meridian by Silvia Moreno-Garcia.
Our winner is: Prime Meridian by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
It has to be my favourite category. The books in it defy classification and rightly so, being instead, quite often, incredibly creative and daring.
We had three finalists: Trail of Lightning by Rebecca Roanhorse, The Mere Wife by Maria Headley and The Psychology of Time Travel by Kate Mascarenhas.
And the winner is: The Psychology of Time Travel by Kate Mascarenhas.
Congratulations to all the winners!
Thank you to Remy Njambi from Rebellion Publishing who joined us to pick Yoon-Ha Lee's pebble, and to George Sandison from Unsung who picked Aliya Whiteley's pebble.
In the meantime, we are already plotting, sorry, I meant thinking, about the SCKA 2020! And it should be quite an interesting year...
"While we were reading" is an irregular feature about reading science-fiction and fantasy. Nothing fancy, come as you are.
It is also home to all the Subjective Chaos Kind of Awards announcements.