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One of several reasons that no one's hearing much from me is that I really trying really hard to nominate things for every Hugo Award category that I can this year. I have not actually seen any eligible movies this past year, and I never watch TV, so it's unlikely that I'll have anything for the Long and Short Dramatic Presentation categories—although a number of people have linked to short films available online. But mainly, I am reading, reading, reading. And learning a lot about the many ways one can get short fiction these days.

So, here are the categories and what I have so far. Votes can nominate up to five things in each.

Best Novel (40,000 words or more)

  1. The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin: Fascinating worldbuilding,a powerful and dark story, and amazing writing
  2. Ancillary Mercy by Ann Leckie: A fantastic, moving, and sometimes hilarious ending to one of the most widely discussed SF series of recent years
  3. Karen Memory by Elizabeth Bear: A ripsnorting steampunk Western with a mystery at its heart, wonderful characters, and a narratorial voice that I loved
  4. The Sorcerer of the Wildeeps by Kai Ashante Wilson: The sorcerer is traveling across a harsh, unforgiving landscape with a troop of mercenaries guarding a merchant caravan, learning about himself and the land as he goes. The language is vivid and elalborate but also crude and shocking, and the story wavers between science fiction and fantasy. Many of the lists label this as a novella, but I have heard that the Hugo committee considers it full novel.
  5. Uprooted by Naomi Novik: Eastern European culture and a great magic system wrap a tale that echoes "Beauty and the Beast"

I'm not 100% happy with the Novik book and may replace it with something else. Have any of you read any qualifying SF novels that you really liked? I'm finding plenty of fantasy and steampunk, but not much SF that's to my taste.

Best Novella (17,500–40,000 words)

  1. Witches of Lychford by Paul Cornell [Tor.com, August 2015]: In modern-day Britain, three women face evil bent on taking over their village. The story reminded me of both Terry Pratchett and Diana Wynne Jones: engaging characters, flashes of humor, and a spooky atmosphere: the threat feels real. I bought this as an e-book.
  2. “The Bone Swans of Amandale” by C.S.E. Cooney [details TBA]
  3. Binti - Nnedi Okorafor [Tor.com, September 2015]: details TBA
  4. "Penric's Demon" by Lois McMaster Bujold (Spectrum, July 2015): Set in Bujold's World of the Five Gods (Curse of Chalion et al.), but I think it stands pretty well on its own. A young minor nobleman finds himself possessed by a demon. His reactions are not what anyone expects. Strangely sweet, in a good way.
  5. TBA

Best Novelette (7,500–17,500 words)

  1. "Our Lady of the Open Road" by Sarah Pinsker [Asimov's Science Fiction, June 2015]: details TBA
  2. TBA
  3. TBA
  4. TBA
  5. TBA

Best Short Story (up to 7,500 words)

  1. "Pocosin" by Ursula Vernon; Apex Magazine, January 2015 (link): a witch defies both Heaven and Hell to give a fellow being a peaceful end
  2. “And This Is the Song It Sings” by Megan Arkenberg, from Nightmare, Issue 35, August (link): a haunting and beautiful ghost/monster tale
  3. “Damage” by David D. Levine; Tor.com, January 21, 2015 (link): Even a fighter spaceship can use a little tenderness
  4. “The Game of Smash and Recovery” by Kelly Link; Strange Horizons, October 17, 2015 (link): Anat and her brother live together on the planet Home, where he's teaching her what she needs to know until it's time for the parents to return. The story starts in one direction and abruptly become something else entirely.
  5. "Hic Sunt Monstra" by Brian Trent; Galaxy's Edge, Issue 16, September/October 2015 (I bought a e-copy of the magazine through Amazon)
  6. TBA

Best Related Work

  1. Bandersnatch: C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, and the Creative Collaboration of the Inklings by Diana Pavlac Glyer, illustrated by James A. Owen — an academic study hat's lively with anecdotes and with a final section that encourages readers to create their own writing clubs and offers specific pointers for this activity based on what she's learned form the Inklings
  2. You're Never Weird on the Internet (Almost) by Felicia Day
  3. "Guided By The Beauty Of Their Weapons: Notes on Science Fiction and Culture in the Year of Angry Dogs" by Philip Sandifer
  4. Women of Wonder: Celebrating Women Creators of Fantastic Art edited by Cathy Fenner
  5. Letters to Tiptree edited by Alisa Krasnostein and Alexandra Pierce

Best Graphic Story

  1. Stand Still. Stay Silent by Minna Sundberg: beautiful, atmospheric, and funny science fantasy webcomic. After a long intro to give the backstory (a seemingly mild disease eventually wipes out or transforms most mammals, including humans, sparing only Iceland and parts of Scandanavia) , a ragtag band of explorers sets out to find pre-disease knowledge and technology. The scattered mock PSAs make needed infodumps engaging and entertaining, and I'm beginning to love the characters. And the cats. And the Catbus/ATV.
  2. Rat Queens Volume 2: The Far Reaching Tentacles of N'Rygoth by Kurtis J. Wiebe, Roc Upchurch and Stjepan Sejic: the adventures of our favorite band of women adventurers continues, with a little less profanity and a lot more character development. The Queens are still tough as nails, but we find out more about why they are the way they are as they rescue Sawyer, the captain of the guard (and rockabilly elf mage Hannah's current lover), and learn more about the real threat to the town of Palisade. It took me most of the book to get used to the new art style (the series switched artists between vol 1 and vol. 2), but I like it now.
  3. Ms. Marvel Volume 2: Generation Why by G. Willow Wilson, Jacob Wyatt, and Adrian Alphona: Kamala continues to develop her powers as a superhero as she deals allies (including her hero/fancrush Wolverine) and her current main opponent, the Inventor. The story is funny and touching, the drawings vivid and engaging.
  4. Trees, Vol. 1: In Shadow, by Warren Ellis and Jason Howard: Ten years ago, the Trees showed up all over the earth—and did nothing. The mysterious towers mostly just loom as the nations of the planet continue on their dysfunctional way, with war, economic crises, and other issues. Oh, there are exceptions, like the tree that released a flood of toxi stuff and destroyed Rio, and then there are the strange black poppies growing near the tree in Antarctica… . The beautifully drawn mini-dramas are as diverse as they are spooky
  5. TBA (The latest volume of Saga if nothign else turns up, but Saga won last year)

Best Dramatic Presentation (Long Form: 90 min. or longer)

Who knows? I hate leaving any category open because Reasons, but there's nothing I can legitimiately nominate.

Best Dramatic Presentation (Short Form: less than 90 minutes)


Best Editor

  1. Marco Palmieri, TOR/Forge (editor of Max Gladstone's Craft Sequence, among many other things; here's a writeup by another satisfied author)
  2. Devi Pillai, Orbit (The Fifth Season)
  3. Will Hinton, Orbit (Ancillary Mercy)
  4. TBA
  5. TBA

Best Editor (Short Form):

Likewise, except for editing "at least four anthologies, collections or magazine issues…at least one of which must have been published in the year of eligibility."

  1. Lee Harris, TOR novellas series
  2. TBA
  3. TBA
  4. TBA
  5. TBA

Best Professional Artist

There have been a number of discussions about how artists can be amateurs and fan artists at the same time, depending on whether the work has been paid or not, and also there's some arcana about works being book or magazine covers or displayed in specific types of venues. It's kind of a mess.

  1. Karla Oriz
  2. Victo Ngai
  3. TBA
  4. TBA
  5. TBA

Best Semiprozine

  1. TBA
  2. TBA
  3. TBA
  4. TBA
  5. TBA

Best Fanzine

  1. TBA
  2. TBA
  3. TBA
  4. TBA
  5. TBA

Best Fancast

Similar problem for me to the Dramatic Presentation categories.

Best Fan Writer

  1. Mark Oshiro
  2. Gavia Baker-Whitelaw, Hello, Tailor, blog and Tumblr
  3. TBA
  4. TBA
  5. TBA

Best Fan Artist

  1. TBA
  2. TBA
  3. TBA
  4. TBA
  5. TBA

The John W. Campbell Award - NOT ACTUALLY A HUGO (Yeah, we know)

This one is for best new writer.

  1. Natasha Pulley
  2. TBA
  3. TBA
  4. TBA
  5. TBA

The deadline for nominations is March 31.

I think that when I have added more to this, I will just make a post that refers to this one so that I don't have this huge list posted over and over.

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Mar. 6th, 2016 12:26 pm (UTC)
I've put the books on my wishlist ... they sounds like my cup of tea! :D
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