There’s six weeks to go, give or take, til the Hugo nominations have to be in, and so I’m thinking quite hard about who I should nominate.
Here’s what I’m going for so far:
The Pendragon Protocol, Philip Purser-Hallard
If I can’t find four better novels in the next six weeks — Lock-In by John Scalzi (not a great book, but a good one)
Don’t think I read one last year.
Best Short Story:
The Adventure of the Professor’s Bequest by Philip Purser-Hallard
The Adventure of the Decadent Headmaster by Nick Campbell
Wandering Stars by Ian Potter
City Of Dust by Aditya Bidakar
Iris, Chess-Mistress of Mars by Simon Bucher-Jones
Best Related Work:
The Annual Years – Paul Magrs
The Viewer’s Complete Tale – Andrew Rilstone
TARDIS Eruditorum Vol 5 – Phil Sandifer
Best Graphic Story
Cindy & Biscuit by Dan White
Loki: Agent of Asgard by Al Ewing/Lee Garbett/Various(
(I was going to nominate Multiversity and Sandman: Overture (the latter purely for the art) but neither finished in 2014, so they’ll have to be held over).
Dramatic Presentation (Long Form)
Nunkie Theatre – The Time Machine
Dramatic Presentation (Short Form)
The Brenda and Effie Mysteries: The Woman in a Black Beehive (Bafflegab)
Best Professional Editor (Short Form)
Best Professional Editor (Long Form)
Don’t think I know who edits most novels. I would nominate Stuart Douglas, who’s editing my own novel at the moment, but I don’t think he meets the criteria.
Best Professional Artist
J.H. Williams III
Not read any of these
Not read any of these
Best Fan Writer:
Best Fan Artist
Calamity Jon Morris
Now, I have three problems with this list so far. The first is that it’s not full yet — there are a lot of empty spaces. The second is that there are almost no women, which *needs* to be rectified. And the third is that with the exception of Scalzi, Quitely, and Williams, these are all people with whom I’m at least friendly on the internet, and several are quite close friends. Now, it does happen that I count among my friends and acquaintances some ridiculously talented people, but it seems vanishingly unlikely that I know everyone who wrote anything decent last year.
So given my tastes, which *strongly* prioritise ideas over everything else (with plot, prose style, and characterisation coming in that order), and prefer humorous, clever, formally-experimental stuff to anything else, what came out last year that I should read before making my nominations, especially if it’s by a woman?
(I know about Ann Leckie. I keep bouncing off Ancillary Justice because it requires more concentration than I’ve been capable of in the last few months. I do intend to finish it at some point, but I can’t even *start* on Ancillary Sword until I’ve finished the first one…)