Hugo Nominees Announced!

Here’s the full list of nominees, and there are also Retro Hugo nominations this year. I’m planning on doing a read-through of all the novel nominations (at least for the regular ones, haven’t decided about the retro hugo nominees. Notable nominees: The ENTIRE Wheel of Time series. All of it. All 12,529 pages of it. …Luckily, I prepared for this eventuality, and have already started rereading it. I’m on book 8 of 15, though I still have to read both WoT short stories as well.

Best Novel

Ancillary Justice, Ann Leckie (Orbit US/Orbit UK)
Neptune’s Brood, Charles Stross (Ace / Orbit UK)
Parasite, Mira Grant (Orbit US/Orbit UK)
Warbound, Book III of the Grimnoir Chronicles, Larry Correia (Baen Books)
The Wheel of Time, Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson (Tor Books)

I’ve read Ancillary Justice, The Wheel of Time, and Neptune’s Brood, and definitely predicted that the first two would be on the list. (Dunno how I forgot about Neptune’s Brood, I thought it came out the year before or something.) Any other year, I’d be absolutely rooting for Ann Leckie to win, her debut novel is fucking fantastic, but I’m a lifelong WoT fan, so I’m pretty conflicted. I’m not going to make my final verdict/ prediction until I’ve read all of the books, though. I’ll post those on here whenever I finish them.

As for the rest of the categories… I’m rooting for Charles Stross’s “Equoid” for Best Novella, Writing Excuses Season 8 in Best Related Work, Saga Volume 2 OR XKCD’s Time strip (Not Girl Genius. I like it, but it’s a bit to fanservice-y for my taste to win.) I wouldn’t mind any of the nominees in Best Dramatic Presentation (Long Form), though I’m definitely rooting for Pacific Rim in my heart. I love me some giant monsters.

Retro Hugo Best Novel (1939)

Carson of Venus, Edgar Rice Burroughs (Argosy, February 1938)
Galactic Patrol, E. E. Smith (Astounding Stories, February 1938)
The Legion of Time, Jack Williamson (Astounding Science-Fiction, July 1938)
Out of the Silent Planet, C. S. Lewis (The Bodley Head)
The Sword in the Stone, T. H. White (Collins)

Have not read any of these except for The Sword in the Stone, and that not since I was a little kid, so… yeah, might need to read all of these. Oh, and Anthem is on the list of nominated Novellas. Ewww. Also, I feel like I’m historically obligated to support John Campbell for best editor?

Today’s Great Hugo Reread is late, I know, but it will be up soon.
Great Hugo Readthrough 1954: Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451

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  1. Re Neptune’s Brood: Remember that works first published outside of the USA generally get an extra year of eligibility when they first are published in the USA, regardless of where Worldcon actually is happening, because historically, most of the voters are in the USA and don’t get a chance to see the works until they are published there.

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    1. Ah, that makes sense, though it’s a bit ironic, since it’s in London this year. So once the translation of the Three Body Problem comes out, it will be eligible? (Super excited to read that).

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