Nommo 2020: Novella Nominations

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE SHORT LIST NOMINEES
& ALL LONG LIST NOMINEES FOR 2020


Below are the Short List Nominees in each of the 4 categories and ALL respective nominees for the 2020 Nommo Awards:
Members are given the opportunity to read the following short listed novellas online.  If you are a member of the ASFS please fill in the Nommo Reader Request Form (with relevant conditions) and submit. If you are an approved member, we will send through access details.

NOVELLA SHORT LIST NOMINEES




WEATHERMAN
Caldon Mull

Caldon Mull is the pen name of a veteran storyteller with continent-spanning work experience consulting for the financial and military sectors. His work includes his primary series the 'Sol Senate Cycle' and his time-tripping fantastika series 'Agency Tales'. His fiction work has received 'honorable mention' over the years beginning with the 1986 Writers of the Future contest and from the SFSA Nova Award over later decades. He only recently debuted on a shortlist for the 2019 Nommo Awards with his new weird novella Neid-fire. He has been published in Omenana, RPGA Network, the SFSA Probe and several other, now-defunct local publications. He currently is resident in Finland with his wife and many cats.

WEATHERMAN
Weatherman describes a future through the experiences of the Esteban Perez. It portrays a rigid and exploitative future economy in which a machine and a person are interchangeable cogs in the system. Esteban has undertaken extensive trans-human modifications as a condition for his family and his people to join the Martian colonizing fleet. 


THE BORDER KEEPER
Kerstin Hall

Kerstin Hall's debut novel, Star Eater, is forthcoming from Tor.com Publishing in 2021. Her novella The Border Keeper was released in 2019, and her short fiction has been featured in Strange Horizons and Fireside. She is a first reader for Beneath Ceaseless Skies and lives in Cape Town.

THE BORDER KEEPER
Vasethe, a man with a troubled past, arrives at the border keeper’s door asking for a favour — he wants to enter the lands of the dead. With the immortal psychopomp’s reluctant aid, he travels through the war-torn nine hundred and ninety-nine realms of Mkalis, where gods and demons battle for domination over their mortal subjects.

But what Vasethe discovers in Mkalis threatens to bring his own secrets into light and throw both worlds into chaos.”


INCOMPLETENESS THEORIES
Wole Talabi

Wole Talabi Is a full-time engineer, part-time writer and some-time editor from Nigeria. His fiction has been published widely, translated into three languages and shortlisted for several awards including the Caine Prize. He edited two anthologies and co-wrote a play. His collection Incomplete Solutions (2019) is published by Luna Press. 

Incompleteness Theories
In this Novella, a clandestine international team led by a Nigerian physicist, work to develop teleportation technology while wrestling with their own personal issues, as they come to learn just how complex it may be to completely define, package and transports all the elements that make a person. 

The long list consists of all titles in this category that were nominated by members of the ASFS.  Some of these works were nominated once, some just missed the shortlist.  The ASFS lists them in full to draw attention to all the works members felt worthy of consideration.

2020 NOVELLA LONG LIST


Bill Masuku MISFORTUNISM (Sera Blue Books)
Bill Masuku PSYCHOPHAGY (Sera Blue Books)
Caldon Mull WEATHERMAN (Caldon Mull)
Caldon Mull TERRAFORM TRIPTYCH (Caldon Mull)
C L Corona HIGH TOWER GODS (Amazon Digital Services)
Cat Hellisen EVEN WHEN THE WORLD HAS TOLD US WE HAVE ENDED (ebook)
Kerstin Hall THE BORDER KEEPER (Tor.com)
Unathi Slasha JAH HILLS (Black Ghost Books)
NB: copyright 2017, published 2018
Wole Talabi INCOMPLETENESS THEORIES
(single-author anthology, INCOMPLETE SOLUTIONS, Luna Press)