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!!

Novels:
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)


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

Novelettes:
“In the Sight of Akresa”, Ray Wood (Tor.com)
"The Litany of Earth", Ruthana Emrys (Tor.com)
"A Long Spoon", Jonathan L. Howard (Tor.com)
"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

Notes:
+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!

Sunday, January 11, 2015

My Hugo Nominations 2015 - Updated 1/11/15

This will continue to be 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. :) Meanwhile, please keep recommending anything that you LOVED; I'm getting to as many things as I can!

These are in no particular order within their categories. Additions since last update are in red.

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)
Thanks for all the recommendations for this category. I looked at the descriptions of the movies you loved and just based on the short blurbs, they sound like movies I'll watch if I have to (i.e. if they make the short list), but none of them really sound like my cup of tea. Please make a case in the comments if any of them are very misrepresented by their couple-of-sentence summaries!


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!

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!

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Reading Since August -and- What SFF Has Knocked YOUR Socks Off In 2014?

*Edited 1/5/15 - see list of recommended books below*

Hello! Sorry I went dark for awhile! A lot of long work hours in the months since LonCon. I've also been sick a lot, waxing and waning, since mid-August, and I'm still sick. I haven't had a lot of brain for reading. I've read a bit, but most of my down time has been playing mindless iPhone games and catching up on Survivor and Downton Abbey. Well, and Doctor Who. I mean, come on.

I'll write up another post with the things I'm thinking about nominating for the 2014 Hugo Awards.

Short version, from the 2014 stories I've managed to read so far:
Ancillary Sword (Ann Leckie) - oh hell yes, definitely nominating
Lock In (John Scalzi) - probably
Magic Breaks (Ilona Andrews) - liked it, but probably not
Unlocked (John Scalzi) - no
The Mirror Empire (Kameron Hurley) - no
Skin Game (Jim Butcher) - liked it, but no
Hieroglyph anthology - a number of these shorts will be on my nomination ballot - more detail in the nominations post
Rogues anthology - I think there were a couple of shorts I really liked - need to go back and look at my notes

I'm assuming there will be time to read at least a couple more books before nominations close. Here is the list my friends are recommending, with potential to nominate. What about you? What has really knocked your socks off in sci-fi/fantasy published in 2014?

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)**

Clearly I've been unfairly discriminating against book titles that begin with "The." 

[Edited - added on 1/5/15]:
Shards of Time (Lynn Flewelling) (with recommendation to read the other six in the series first)
The Goblin Emperor (Katherine Addison) (aka Sarah Monette)
ALSO please see the excellent lists in the comments below!

I'll update this list as I get more recommendations. There were literally hundreds of books published every month this year. Insane. If only there were time to read them all!

Has anyone heard yet when the nominations will open?

More soon. Promise!

Update: Potentially stupid newbie question:
How do you determine the word count of works of fiction that are shorter than novels and are published in anthologies or magazines? It's important to know for the nomination ballot - the categories are divided by approximate word count. My google-fu is failing me. Thanks!

[Added notes]
*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.