|"All Seated on the Ground"|
|Genre(s)||Science fiction novella|
|Published in||Asimov's Science Fiction|
|Publication date||December 2007|
All Seated on the Ground is a science fiction novella by Connie Willis, originally published in the December 2007 issue of American magazine Asimov's Science Fiction and as a standalone volume from Subterranean Press.It won the 2008 Hugo Award for Best Novella.
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