2012 Hugo Award Nominees

Ooh look, another nomination list!

I’ll be doing this a little differently than what I did with the Nebulas. I won’t comment on any category in which I haven’t read/seen any of the works or authors nominated, as well as any categories for whom I have no vested interest in the outcome. But, as always, I still have opinions, and those opinions are what you’re going to get. Links are to my posts on the books.

Best Novel 

Among Others by Jo Walton (Tor)
A Dance With Dragons by George R. R. Martin (Bantam Spectra)
Deadline by Mira Grant (Orbit)
Embassytown by China Miéville (Macmillan / Del Rey)
Leviathan Wakes by James S. A. Corey (Orbit)

My Thoughts – I’ve actually read everything that’s nominated! What madness is this? But seriously, Among Others is such an excellent book, how it could it not show up on all of the awards lists? And of course I want it to win. Similarly, Embassytown is also on there because by now, it’s practically law that when China Miéville writes something, it must be nominated for everything as well. Deadline was not as good as Feed, but it was still a strong novel, though I don’t think I’d pick it for the winner. Similar thoughts for Leviathan Wakes. As for A Dance With Dragons… I had a lot of issues with it, and I’m pretty sure it’s on the ballot because the Hugos are fan awards and fans have been waiting for this book for zillions of years and both the series and Game of Thrones have gotten a lot of critical acclaim this year. (This isn’t to say I disapprove of fan-nominated awards. I just think that’s the reason A Dance With Dragons is on the ballot.) Basically, I know which book I want the most to win (Among Others) and the book I want the least (A Dance With Dragons).

Best Novella 

Countdown by Mira Grant (Orbit)
“The Ice Owl” by Carolyn Ives Gilman (The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction November/December 2011)
“Kiss Me Twice” by Mary Robinette Kowal (Asimov’s June 2011)
“The Man Who Bridged the Mist” by Kij Johnson (Asimov’s September/October 2011)
“The Man Who Ended History: A Documentary” by Ken Liu (Panverse 3)
Silently and Very Fast by Catherynne M. Valente (WSFA)

Best Novelette 

“The Copenhagen Interpretation” by Paul Cornell (Asimov’s July 2011)
“Fields of Gold” by Rachel Swirsky (Eclipse Four)
“Ray of Light” by Brad R. Torgersen (Analog December 2011)
“Six Months, Three Days” by Charlie Jane Anders (Tor.com)
“What We Found” by Geoff Ryman (The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction March/April 2011)

Best Short Story 

“The Cartographer Wasps and the Anarchist Bees” by E. Lily Yu (Clarkesworld April 2011)
“The Homecoming” by Mike Resnick (Asimov’s April/May 2011)
“Movement” by Nancy Fulda (Asimov’s March 2011)
“The Paper Menagerie” by Ken Liu (The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction March/April 2011)
“Shadow War of the Night Dragons: Book One: The Dead City: Prologue” by John Scalzi (Tor.com)

Best Related Work 

The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction, Third Edition edited by John Clute, David Langford, Peter Nicholls, and Graham Sleight (Gollancz)
Jar Jar Binks Must Die… and Other Observations about Science Fiction Movies by Daniel M. Kimmel (Fantastic Books)
The Steampunk Bible: An Illustrated Guide to the World of Imaginary Airships, Corsets and Goggles, Mad Scientists, and Strange Literature by Jeff VanderMeer and S. J. Chambers (Abrams Image)
Wicked Girls by Seanan McGuire
Writing Excuses, Season 6 by Brandon Sanderson, Dan Wells, Howard Tayler, Mary Robinette Kowal, and Jordan Sanderson

Best Graphic Story 

Digger by Ursula Vernon (Sofawolf Press)
Fables Vol 15: Rose Red by Bill Willingham and Mark Buckingham (Vertigo)
Locke & Key Volume 4, Keys to the Kingdom written by Joe Hill, illustrated by Gabriel Rodriguez (IDW)
Schlock Mercenary: Force Multiplication written and illustrated by Howard Tayler, colors by Travis Walton (The Tayler Corporation)
The Unwritten (Volume 4): Leviathan created by Mike Carey and Peter Gross. Written by Mike Carey, illustrated by Peter Gross (Vertigo)

My Thoughts – “Locke and Key” was finally nominated! Goddamn, I love those comics so much. I haven’t read any of the others, so I don’t know how it stacks up against them. But “Locke and Key” would definitely be an excellent choice.

Best Dramatic Presentation (Long Form) 

Captain America: The First Avenger, screenplay by Christopher Markus and Stephan McFeely, directed by Joe Johnston (Marvel)
Game of Thrones (Season 1), created by David Benioff and D. B. Weiss; written by David Benioff, D. B. Weiss, Bryan Cogman, Jane Espenson, and George R. R. Martin; directed by Brian Kirk, Daniel Minahan, Tim van Patten, and Alan Taylor (HBO)
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, screenplay by Steve Kloves; directed by David Yates (Warner Bros.)
Hugo, screenplay by John Logan; directed by Martin Scorsese (Paramount)
Source Code, screenplay by Ben Ripley; directed by Duncan Jones (Vendome Pictures)

Best Dramatic Presentation (Short Form)

“The Doctor’s Wife” (Doctor Who), written by Neil Gaiman; directed by Richard Clark (BBC Wales)
“The Drink Tank’s Hugo Acceptance Speech,” Christopher J Garcia and James Bacon (Renovation)
“The Girl Who Waited” (Doctor Who), written by Tom MacRae; directed by Nick Hurran (BBC Wales)
“A Good Man Goes to War” (Doctor Who), written by Steven Moffat; directed by Peter Hoar (BBC Wales)
“Remedial Chaos Theory” (Community), written by Dan Harmon and Chris McKenna; directed by Jeff Melman (NBC)

My Thoughts – Dr. Who needs to stop dominating this category, it’s making it really, really boring. This is not to say I wouldn’t mind “The Doctor’s Wife” winning, but for the sake of variety, I will be rooting for “Remedial Chaos Theory”.

Best Semiprozine 

Apex Magazine edited by Catherynne M. Valente, Lynne M. Thomas, and Jason Sizemore
Interzone edited by Andy Cox
Lightspeed edited by John Joseph Adams
Locus edited by Liza Groen Trombi, Kirsten Gong-Wong, et al.
New York Review of Science Fiction edited by David G. Hartwell, Kevin J. Maroney, Kris Dikeman, and Avram Grumer

My Thoughts – It’s been a long time since I regularly read any semiprozines, but I really like Apex and Lightspeed.

Best Fanzine 

Banana Wings edited by Claire Brialey and Mark Plummer
The Drink Tank edited by James Bacon and Christopher J Garcia
File 770 edited by Mike Glyer
Journey Planet edited by James Bacon, Christopher J Garcia, et al.
SF Signal edited by John DeNardo

My Thoughts – Well will you look at that, something that’s not technically what you’d call a fanzine actually got nominated. I read SF Signal pretty regularly, it’s a good source of news, essays, and author/fan/blogger thoughts.

Best Fancast 

The Coode Street Podcast, Jonathan Strahan & Gary K. Wolfe
Galactic Suburbia Podcast, Alisa Krasnostein, Alex Pierce, and Tansy Rayner Roberts (presenters) and Andrew Finch (producer)
SF Signal Podcast, John DeNardo and JP Frantz, produced by Patrick Hester
SF Squeecast, Lynne M. Thomas, Seanan McGuire, Paul Cornell, Elizabeth Bear, and Catherynne M. Valente
StarShipSofa, Tony C. Smith

Best Professional Editor — Long Form

Lou Anders
Liz Gorinsky
Anne Lesley Groell
Patrick Nielsen Hayden
Betsy Wollheim

Best Professional Editor — Short Form 

John Joseph Adams
Neil Clarke
Stanley Schmidt
Jonathan Strahan
Sheila Williams

Best Professional Artist

Dan dos Santos
Bob Eggleton
Michael Komarck
Stephan Martiniere
John Picacio

Best Fan Artist 

Brad W. Foster
Randall Munroe
Spring Schoenhuth
Maurine Starkey
Steve Stiles
Taral Wayne

Best Fan Writer

James Bacon
Claire Brialey
Christopher J Garcia
Jim C. Hines
Steven H Silver

My Thoughts – I love Jim C. Hines. He is one of the best people on the internet.

John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer 

Mur Lafferty
Stina Leicht
Karen Lord *
Brad R. Torgersen *
E. Lily Yu

My Thoughts – I have read E. Lily’s Yu Hugo and Nebula-nominated story, as well as Stina Leicht’s first book Of Blood and Honey. I do plan on reading Karen Lord’s Redemption in Indigo soon. I am not familiar with the other two writers, so going off of my own knowledge/impressions of the first three, I’d be happy if either Stina Leicht or Karen Lord won.

In conclusion – I need to get my ass in gear and actually start reading short fiction again. That and I think there are a number of categories with excellent nominees that deserve people getting excited about them. Finally, I predict the outcome of “Best Novel” will likely be just as contentious as it was last year, but for different reasons. Congratulations to all who were nominated!


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