Wednesday, January 7, 2015

My Hugo Nominations - 2015

This is a work-in-progress. I will continue to update it until the nominations close. I'm reading as much as I can between now and then, and hope that I'll be adding more to this list. I'll also link to my posts about these works if I manage to write them. :)

These are in no particular order within their categories.

Official description of the Hugo Award categories and rules.

Best Novel:

Best Short Story:
(I haven't yet finished Hieroglyph, and am hoping there will be so many more wonderful shorts, I'll have trouble choosing which to nominate!)

Best Related Work:
John W. Campbell (not a Hugo) Award:
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. There's stuff here I personally wouldn't nominate, but I guess that's fine. Although, I'm kinda wary about most of your short story ballot being from Hieroglyph. (I don't know if I should talk, seeing as most of my novelettes are from, but not many novelettes really struck me this year.) There were a LOT more short stories this year than what was included in the anthology. Short stories and novelettes are generally easier to get a hold of than novels. I feel like it's a little bit of a disservice to those published outside of a body of work to largely consider short stories published in said work. I don't know, that's how I feel. (I think that''s related to why I kinda cringe at the large number of Doctor Who episodes nominated every year. Really? Like, do you guys watch more stuff?)

    The stories I'm nominating were all found online:

    “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)

    Maybe you should consider these and others. I also liked "What Glistens Back" by Sunny Moraine (Lightspeed) and "One Day, I Will Die on Mars" by Paul Ford (Terraform). I heard buzz about "The Lonely Sea in the Sky" by Amal-El Mohtar, published in Lightspeed's "Women Destroy Science

    Also, you might want to consider "Jodorowsky's Dune" for Best Related Work. It may very well be the best science fiction documentary ever made. It deserves to be the first one to ever get nominated in this category. To not be would be a HUUUGE mistake.

    1. Thanks for your comments! Please note that I led with "This is a work in progress." I'm far from finished with my ballot. Usually I wouldn't post a list like this until it's final, but I'm posting this in pieces in case anyone else is also looking for a few more good things to check out before ballots close. I'm reading a couple of other shorter works now, with others in the queue. Also note my previous post where I told y'all why I haven't been able to read as much as I'd like. :)

      I'm excited that your nomination list contains things I haven't read. Even if you and I consumed exactly the same media, our nomination lists would be different. And that's wonderful. How boring would this whole process be if we all have identical lists? Extremely.

      One thing I'm coming to terms with is the fact that, even if I did nothing but consume sci-fi all day, every day, it is impossible to be truly fair in this nomination process. This last year, hundreds of sff novels were published every month. HUNDREDS. EVERY MONTH. And that's JUST the novels. There is also an incredible flood of shorter fiction. I read as much as I can, and I nominate things I'd like to see considered, and that's the best I can do. I ask for suggestions from other fans to assist me in making better use of my time.

      Here's my suggestion to you. Buy into WSFS. It's $40 US for a supporting membership, which allows you to nominate this year, vote this year, and nominate next year. You will get more than $40 worth of free fiction out of the deal. You have the passion. You have the dedication. You have the time to consume a lot of new sff throughout the year. You're unhappy that others are not nominating, perhaps haven't even read yet, a lot of works that have really moved you. Join us. Add your voice, officially, to the nomination process. Diversity of opinions makes us stronger. Yes keep getting word out so that we also have a chance to check out what you've loved in the field this year, but then also get your vote in. We need you.

    2. I actually DO have a supporting membership. SURPRISE!

    3. Yay! I was going by your last LJ post. :)