Friday, July 31, 2015

2015 Hugo Awards - My Final Ballot

I've just made a few last additions and changes to my ballot, checked it, and decided that I'm finished! Probably.

If you are voting, please log in and make one last check of your ballot! Deadline is 11:59 pm PDT tonight!

Best Novel:
  1. Ancillary Sword Ann Leckie (Orbit US, Orbit UK)
  2. Three-Body Problem Liu Cixin, translated by Ken Liu (Tor Books)
  3. No Award
  4. The Goblin Emperor Katherine Addison (Tor Books)
  5.  Skin Game Jim Butcher (Roc Books)
  6.  The Dark Between the Stars Kevin J. Anderson (Tor Books)
Changed my #1 and #2 spots. I've gone back and forth. I loved them both a LOT. Couldn't hardly put either down on the second read-through. A little harder to put Three-Body Problem down, so I initially ranked it first. On further reflection, though, Ancillary Sword didn't have a Big Gaping Problem With Suspension of Disbelief like Three-Body Problem did (with the scientists thinking unusual results mean physics is broken and therefore they must die, instead of thinking perhaps something outside our current ability to measure is acting on their experiment and causing the (for now) inexplicable results just like has happened many many many many many many many many many times in the history of science). So many wonderful ideas though. Ugh .. there's a chance I might switch them again before midnight. We'll see!

Best Novella:
  1.  No Award

Best Novelette:
  1. No Award
  2. "The Day the World Turned Upside Down" Thomas Olde Heuvelt (Lightspeed, April 2014)
  3. "The Triple Sun: A Golden Age Tale" Rajnar Vajra (Analog, Jul/Aug 2014)
  4.  "Championship B'tok" Edward M Lerner (Analog, Sept 2014)
  5.  "The Journeyman: In the Stone House" Michael F. Flynn (Analog, June 2014)
  6.  "Ashes to Ashes, Dust to Dust, Earth to Alluvium" Gray Rinehart (Orson Scott Card's InterGalactic Medicine Show, May 2014)

Best Short Story:
  1. No Award
  2. “A Single Samurai” by Steven Diamond
  3. “On A Spiritual Plain” by Lou Antonelli
  4. “Totaled” by Kary English
  5. “Turncoat” by Steve Rzasa
  6. “The Parliament of Beasts and Birds” by John C. Wright

Best Related Work (may rank some of these under No Award; still deciding):
  1. No Award

Best Graphic Story:

  1. Ms. Marvel
  2. Saga
  3. No Award
  4. Sex Criminals
  5. Rat Queens
  6. Zombie Nation


Best Dramatic Presentation (Long Form):

  1. Guardians of the Galaxy
  2. Interstellar
  3. The Lego Movie
  4. Captain America: The Winter Soldier
  5. Edge of Tomorrow


Best Dramatic Presentation (Short Form):
  1.  The Flash: "Pilot"
  2.  Doctor Who: "Listen"
  3.  Orphan Black: "By Means Which Have Never Yet Been Tried"
  4. No Award
  5.  Game of Thrones: "The Mountain and the Viper"
  6.  Grimm: "Once We Were Gods"

Best Professional Editor (Short Form):
  1. No Award

Best Professional Editor (Long Form):

  1. Anne Sowards 
  2. No Award




Best Professional Artist:
No Vote

There's a lot of cool looking stuff in the Hugo packet, but I can't tell who most of it belongs to! Future Nominated Professional Artists - please label your files or your art with your name when you send it in for the Hugo packet! :)


Best Semiprozine:
No Vote - ran out of time


Best Fanzine:
No Vote - ran out of time


Best Fancast:
  1. Tea and Jeopardy
  2. Galactic Suburbia
  3. No Award

Best Fan Writer:
  1. Laura J. Mixon
  2. No Award

Best Fan Artist:
No Vote

There's a lot of cool looking stuff in the Hugo packet, but I can't tell who most of it belongs to! Future Nominated Fan Artists - please label your files or your art with your name when you send it in for the Hugo packet! :)


The John W. Campbell Award (not a Hugo):
  1. No Award 

A couple of gems, but mostly pretty bleak this year. :(

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

2015 Best Short Story - My Hugo Ballot

Here is my current ballot for this year's Short Story category. I'm undecided whether to rank the stories below "No Award," or just leave them like this:

1. No Award

Not Listed on ballot:

Legend:
Rabid Puppies block vote only
Sad Puppies block vote only
common to both block vote ballots
everything else

Some spoilery thoughts about the individual stories behind the cut:


Monday, July 13, 2015

Hugo Voting 2015 (not quite final)

Here's what I've got so far. I have a few posts in the queue to discuss some of the stories; I'll try to get them up and will add links.

Best Novel:
  1. Three-Body Problem Liu Cixin, translated by Ken Liu (Tor Books)
  2. Ancillary Sword Ann Leckie (Orbit US, Orbit UK)
  3. No Award
  4. The Goblin Emperor Katherine Addison (Tor Books)
  5.  Skin Game Jim Butcher (Roc Books)
  6.  The Dark Between the Stars Kevin J. Anderson (Tor Books)

Best Novella:
  1.  No Award


Best Novelette:
  1. No Award
  2. "The Day the World Turned Upside Down" Thomas Olde Heuvelt (Lightspeed, April 2014)
  3. "The Triple Sun: A Golden Age Tale" Rajnar Vajra (Analog, Jul/Aug 2014)
  4.  "Championship B'tok" Edward M Lerner (Analog, Sept 2014)
  5.  "The Journeyman: In the Stone House" Michael F. Flynn (Analog, June 2014)
  6.  "Ashes to Ashes, Dust to Dust, Earth to Alluvium" Gray Rinehart (Orson Scott Card's InterGalactic Medicine Show, May 2014)

Best Short Story (may rank some of the stories under No Award; still deciding):
  1. No Award

Best Related Work (may rank some of these under No Award; still deciding):
  1. No Award

Best Graphic Story:
Still evaluating


Best Dramatic Presentation (Long Form):
Still evaluating


Best Dramatic Presentation (Short Form):
  1.  The Flash: "Pilot"
  2.  Doctor Who: "Listen"
  3.  Orphan Black: "By Means Which Have Never Yet Been Tried"
  4. No Award
  5.  Game of Thrones: "The Mountain and the Viper"
  6.  Grimm: "Once We Were Gods"

Best Professional Editor (Short Form):
  1. No Award

Best Professional Editor (Long Form):
Still evaluating


Best Professional Artist:
Still evaluating


Best Semiprozine:
Still evaluating


Best Fanzine:
Still evaluating


Best Fancast:
  1. Tea and Jeopardy
  2. Galactic Suburbia
  3. No Award

Best Fan Writer:
  1. Laura J. Mixon
  2. No Award

Best Fan Artist:
Still evaluating


The John W. Campbell Award (not a Hugo):
  1. No Award 


A couple of gems, but mostly pretty bleak this year. :(

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Whole lotta life going on

I've had a whole lot of real life going on lately, and have been too tired to read very much (THAT'S tired!) let alone blog about it. I've got a few posts in the queue I'll try to get out in the next couple of weeks. Hope you're all well!

ETA: If you're a Worldcon member this year, remember to VOTE! Deadline is July 31. Do NOT wait for the last minute! You can make changes to your ballot at any time, and click save. The last saved instance of your ballot at 1 minute before midnight July 31 Pacific Time will be your final, official ballot.