Saturday, January 30, 2016

Nominations are Open for the 2016 Hugo Awards!

Nominations are open for the 2016 Hugo Awards! Science fiction and fantasy first published in 2015 is eligible - full rules here.

You can nominate for the 2016 Hugo Awards if ONE of the following applies to you:
Nominations will close March 31, 2016. So there's still lots of time to get in a little more reading/watching/listening!

Note: nominating PINS are unique and are being sent out now. It will take about a week to send out all the nominating PINS, so please be patient.

Nominations are also being accepted for the 1941 Retro Hugos.

Supporting memberships at MidAmeriCon II cost $50 this year. This gives you all the MidAmeriCon II publications, voting rights for the 2016 Hugo Awards, voting rights for the 1941 Retro Hugo Awards, and nominating rights for the 1941, 2016, and 2017 Hugo Awards. A supporting membership will also get you the Voter's Packet which usually contains a lot of the nominated materials - this is not guaranteed, and depends on this year's Worldcon having the bandwidth to put a packet together and on publishers' willingness to allow their materials' inclusion.

I've been reading as much as work and life allow. Which hasn't been nearly as much as I'd like.  I did get through some new SFF though!

I really appreciate all the suggestions y'all have made in my comments sections! I haven't yet made it through all the suggestions, but I made a pretty good dent. There are two months left before nominations close! That said, I have kindof switched to catching up on some older things. If there was something published in 2015 that you feel REALLY passionate about, please tell me what it is and why and I'll take another look at it.

Here's my tentative nomination list so far (in no particular order); I expect I'll add to it before March 31:

Best Novel:
  • The Just City, by Jo Walton
    • I wrote a little about this story. Never did get around to posting again with trigger warnings - I kindof glossed over those bits with "because humans and Greek gods are imperfect creatures, there are flaws in the experiment"
  • Aurora, by Kim Stanley Robinson
    •  Another solid story in his space colonization universe. Generation ship traveling to a nearby star system. Artificial intelligence. Some interesting stuff to think about, and as always, he sciences the shit out of it. I loved this one even though it made me angry. I also love how he updates this universe to take into account new scientific discoveries in the real world.
  • Uprooted, by Naomi Novik
    • A really excellent story - fantasy with a dose of fairy tale. I've heard people compare this story to Goblin Emperor, and I really don't know why - the world in Uprooted is really compelling, there is a lot of awesome magic, and it's just a really good tale. I wanted to hurry through it so I could find out what happened, but then I was really sad because there was no more. I had trouble picking up another book for awhile after I finished, I was so deep into the world.
Best Related Work
Best Dramatic Presentation - Long Form:
  • Ex Machina 
    • Maybe - I'm still pretty conflicted about this one. 
  • Tomorrowland
    • If you haven't seen it, stop rolling your eyes. I know the previews made it appear to be fluff. It was actually surprisingly good. Very good. We need more optimistic SFF.
  • The Martian
    • Because obviously.
  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens
    • Because, again, obviously.
Best Dramatic Presentation - Short Form:
  •  Doctor Who - "The Zygon Invasion / The Zygon Inversion" - Season 9 eps 7-8
    • I'm not loving this Doctor as much as the last few. Not sure whether it's his character this go-round, or whether it's the stories he's given. This two-parter is the only story this season that moved me.
Best Fan Writer:
What are you thinking about nominating this year? If you're also talking about Hugos and don't see your blog mentioned in the column to the right, please leave me a comment!