Friday, January 16, 2015

2015 Hugo Nominations are OPEN! - ETA closing March 10!!

Nominations for the 2015 Hugo Awards are now open! Edited: Nominations close March 10 at 11:59 pm Pacific time! Did I misread it before? Or did they change it??

You may nominate for the 2015 Hugo Awards if you are one of the following **as of 11:59 pm Pacific time on January 31, 2015**:
  • A supporting or attending member of 2014 LonCon3
  • A supporting or attending member of 2015 Sasquan
  • A supporting or attending member of 2016 MidAmeriCon2
Note, you'll only be able to VOTE on this year's Hugo Awards if you are a supporting or attending member of Sasquan. But all of the above can nominate!

I'm still working my way through as much 2015 material as I can. Here's my nomination ballot so far, and I hope to be adding to it. At the bottom of the post I'm listing everything that has been recommended to me so far as nomination-worthy, which I have not yet gotten to.

Official description of the Hugo Award categories and rules.

Best Novel:

Best Novelette:

Best Short Story:

Best Related Work:

Best Dramatic Presentation (Long Form):
  • Guardians of the Galaxy
  • Interstellar (still thinking about this one)

John W. Campbell (not a Hugo) Award:

Works that have been recommended to me as nomiantion-worthy follow. I'm getting through as many as I can!!

The Seventh Bride (T. Kingfisher)
The Milkman (Michael Martineck)
The Peripheral (William Gibson)
The Martian (Andy Weir) +
The Book of Life (Deborah Harkness) (with recommendation to read the other two in the series first)++
The Magician's Land (Lev Grossman) (with recommendation to read the other two in the series first)++
Shards of Time (Lynn Flewelling) (with recommendation to read the other six in the series first)
The Goblin Emperor (Katherine Addison) (aka Sarah Monette)
Words of Radiance (Brandon Sanderson)
The Three-Body Problem (Liu Cixin)
City of Stairs (Robert Jackson Bennett)
The Bone Clocks (David Mitchell)
A Darkling Sea (James Cambias)

“The Last Log of the Lachrimosa”, Alastair Reynolds (Subterranean)
“The Regular”, Ken Liu (Upgraded; Wyrm Publishing)
“Where the Trains Turn”, Pasi Ilmari Jääskeläinen (
"Visitation", John F.D. Taff (The End in All Beginnings; Grey Matter Press)

“In the Sight of Akresa”, Ray Wood (
"The Litany of Earth", Ruthana Emrys (
"A Long Spoon", Jonathan L. Howard (
"The Magician and Laplace's Demon", Tom Crosshill (Clarkesworld)

Short Stories:
“The Floating Girls: A Documentary”, Damien Angelica Walters (Jamais Vu)
“Passage of Earth”, Michael Swanwick (Clarkesworld Magazine)
“How to Become a Robot in 12 Easy Steps”, A. Merc Rustad (Scientgasy)
“The Vaporization Enthalpy of a Peculiar Pakistani Family”, Usman T. Malik (Qualia Nous; Written Backwards)
"The Fisher Queen”, Alyssa Wong (Fantasy & Science Fiction)
"The Vaporization Enthalpy of a Peculiar Pakistani Family" by Usman T. Malik

Best Related Work:
Jodorowsky's Dune

Best Graphic Story:
Saga, Volume Three, written by Brian K. Vaughan, illustrated by Fiona Staples (Image Comics)
Aama Volume 1: The Smell of Warm Dust, written and illustrated by Frederik Peeters (SelfMadeHero)
Sex Criminals, Vol. 1: One Weird Trick, written by Matt Fraction, illustrated by Chip Zdarsky (Image Comics)
Rat Queens, Vol. 1: Sass & Sorcery, written by Kurtis J. Wiebe; illustrated by Roc Upchurch (Image Comics)
Nimona, written and illustrated by Noelle Stevenson (self-published)

John W. Campbell (not a Hugo) Award:
Ray Wood
Alyssa Wong

+Note - may not be eligible since it was first self-published in 2012
++It's my understanding that these are complete trilogies with their final parts published in 2014. They are therefore eligible to be nominated as a single work (the entire trilogy) OR as the individual book that was published in 2014.

Full Disclosure:
Rick Jones is my husband. Also, the protagonist is not me. No really. ((Contact pops out to reveal glowy demon eye)) Dangit!! But seriously, she isn't me. Family aside, I would not nominate if it were not a good story. Rick has been published a lot in the RPG world; this is his first published short story. I've had the privilege of reading others that aren't yet published. Can't wait to see more!
** Keith Goodnight is a college friend. The Child is on the horror side of sci-fi and isn't really my cup of tea, but it's quite a good book. He has books 2 and 3 of the series in the works. The Child is better than most, maybe all, of the Campbell nominees last year. This is his last year of eligibility; check him out before nominations close if you can!


  1. I found a spreadsheet online (open for everybody to edit) that contains a lot of potential nominees. There's some great potential choices here (and a few that make me cringe, but whatever). I think it might be a great idea to check it out for every category.

  2. My novel The Immortality Game is eligible for both Best Novel and the Campbell for Best New Writer. You sound like you have too much already, but if it looks interesting to you, I'd be happy to send you a copy. Mostly I'm pushing for artist Stephan Martiniere to get a nod for Best Pro Artist. Besides his work on my novel, check out what he did for Shield and Crocus. It's simply amazing work.