I am still reading my way through the Hugo nominees, and I'd like to recommend Greg Egan's "Glory." It starts with a dazzling section explaining in careful detail faster-than-light, untraceable starflight. This is all the more dazzling because the section is very much an expository lump, which I tell my students to not begin stories with, and yet it's so inventive that the exposition works. Then the story introduces characters, spins their passions and problems, and ends with a moving decision.
Do read this one.
My next blog will be from the pre-Eeriecon Roundtable in Buffalo, at which Joe Haldeman, Anne Bishop, Josepha Sherman, Jennifer Crow, and I will hold forth on...what?