Shoggoths in Bloom

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"Shoggoths in Bloom"
AuthorElizabeth Bear
Genre(s)Science fiction/Horror (Cthulhu Mythos) novelette
Published inAsimov's Science Fiction
Publication typeMagazine
Publication dateMarch 2008

"Shoggoths in Bloom" is a science fiction novelette by Elizabeth Bear, originally published in the March 2008 issue of American magazine Asimov's Science Fiction, and subsequently republished in Bear's 2012 collection "Shoggoths in Bloom".[1]

Plot summary[edit]

In 1938, Paul Harding is a black college professor who has come to a coastal Maine village to study the wild shoggoths. As news reports of Kristallnacht appear in the background, Harding discovers the unexpected truth about shoggoths, and is faced with a difficult decision.


"Shoggoths" was the winner of the 2009 Hugo Award for Best Novelette.[2] called it a "stand-out".[3]


  1. ^ Shoggoths in Bloom by Elizabeth Bear (Reviewed by Rahul Kanakia), by Rahul Kanakia, at Strange Horizons; published December 7, 2012; retrieved June 19, 2014
  2. ^ The LOCUS Index to SF Awards Archived 2009-03-26 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ The Sharp Edge: Shoggoths in Bloom by Elizabeth Bear, reviewed by Brit Mandelo; published November 30, 2012; retrieved January 21, 2017

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