by Kij Johnson
Hugo Novella Nominee 2012
Another light touch story, but fantasy mixed with..engineering? Engineerpunk? Either way, Johnson manages to make a story of bridge building a fairly engrossing tale, with just enough fantasy to make it different. A very believable set of characters and world. I suspect that less detail oriented people may find the minutia of bridge building boring, but it was carried off well – reminded me of Stephenson’s mine building in Cryptonomicon.
A good entry, with a lot of character (in many senses). I have a eBook by the author I bought via Fictionwise years ago, and this remind me to go look it up again. When the Hugo’s are finished, of course..