Tuesday, March 10, 2015

My 2015 Hugo Nominations - Final!

Here's my final list! I didn't get to as many things as I wanted to. Of course. Always. I did better than last year, though. As long as that upward trend continues, I'll be pleased with myself!

Official description of the Hugo Award categories and rules.

Best Novel:
Why is Jim Butcher's Skin Game not on my nomination list? I love the Dresden Files books. I'm not nominating any of the individual books in the series because, at least so far, the story as a whole is SO much bigger and better than any of the individual novels comprising it. This is an epic modern fantasy tale which is planned out to a massive conclusion, still years away. I can't wait to see where we're going. If it is as good as I expect it to be, I am going to want to nominate THE ENTIRE SERIES AS ONE STORY. If any individual book in the series makes the Hugo short list, the full story will not be eligible for nomination, under the current rules. (Of course, by the time the series finishes, we may have changed the rules and massive sagas like this may no longer be eligible as the single story they are. But I'm working with what I have now!) 

I want to see the entire Dresden Files series up for a Hugo nomination once the story is complete.

I've just convinced you to RUN and put Skin Game on your ballot this year, haven't I? Quick... deadline is 11:59 pm PDT! :)

Best Novelette:

Best Short Story:

Best Related Work:

Best Dramatic Presentation (Long Form):
Best Dramatic Presentation (Short Form):

John W. Campbell (not a Hugo) Award:
I either wasn't able to get to the other categories this year. I still don't have the first clue how to evaluate for Best Editor!

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Updating my list of Hugo-related blogs

I'm updating my list of my recommended Hugo Awards bloggers on the right-hand side of the page. Know of someone I should add? Someone blogging about the eligible works, their own ballots, or the Hugo Awards in general? Please recommend them to me in the comments!

I'm especially interested in blogs that reflect a wide variety of interests and tastes. The more diversity of viewpoints, the better!

The only thing I'm not interested in: bloggers who are openly hateful about other fans. Either because of who the other fans are, or simply because the other fans' tastes differ from their own. (Note the distinction: hateful about/towards other fans, as opposed to emotional about the actual works of speculative fiction.)

I hope to meet some of you at upcoming WorldCons!