On Tuesday — literally moments after my last newsletter was delivered, or I’d have mentioned it earlier — I learned that This Is How You Lose the Time War is a Goodreads Choice Award nominee in the Best Science Fiction category!
Also in that category are literally some of my favourite books from this year, including Arkady Martine’s A Memory Called Empire, Ted Chiang’s Exhalation, and Tamsyn Muir’s Gideon the Ninth. I’m delighted and gobsmacked to see Time War among them — and just generally joyful about how much range there is in the science fiction published this year. These books are enormously different from each other, and while that makes choosing among them tricky, it’s deeply heartening to me as a reader and critic to see this kind of variety.
Anyone with a Goodreads account can vote! The voting happens in three rounds, and the first round closes on November 10. The brief is literally “vote for your fave,” so please don’t feel constrained by not having read everything in a category before making a choice — just pick whatever you did read and enjoyed! And if you don’t see your fave there, you can write in your choices. This is a way for everyone to shout about the stuff they loved this year within the Goodreads ecosystem and generates more buzz for and awareness of books heading into the holiday-gifting season.
So if Time War was a fave read for you this year — hooray! We’d love if you voted! And then talk about having done so! There’s really no exaggerating how much good word-of-mouth does a book and its author(s).