Short story: 3 of the 5 stories were rather sentimental.
- "The Cartographer Wasps and the Anarchist Bees", by E. Lily Yu: a fable about politics, depicted using a hive of bees conquered by wasps. It felt a little Dunsanian for some reason
- "Movement", by Nancy Fulda: its protagonist has an autistically reworked sense of time that's something like how I imagine Time Lords think, and I liked it for that.
- "The Paper Menagerie", by Ken Liu. The child of a Chinese mother and white father ignores his mother's magical gifts until it's too late. Very sweet, and made me cry on the Metro. But it's a little too obviously tear-jerking, which made me rank it slightly lower than "Cartographer Wasps".
- No Award
- "The Homecoming", by Mike Resnick. Another parent estranged from a child, but for some indefinable reason it feels very dated, something that could have been written in the 1950s.
- "Shadow War of the Night Dragons: Book One: The Dead City: Prologue", by John Scalzi. A spoof of EFP novels; very faintly amusing, but not award-worthy.