I’m going to be nominating in the Hugos this year — last year I tried but couldn’t get the website to work, but this year I will be nominating no matter what, even if I have to do so by post, given the debacle last year.
I’m posting my thoughts about what I’ll be nominating here *NOT* as any kind of a slate, but as a way of finding something I don’t already know about, so please let me know if you’ve read anything better than my ideas in the comments. I’d especially like to know about good works by women and BAME people, as my current list is a bit white-male heavy.
I’m behind on reading Obverse’s short story collections this year (I still haven’t read Furthest Tales or The Perennial Miss Wildthyme) so I don’t know what my short fiction nominations will be, except that I’ll be nominating …And I Show You How Deep The Rabbit Hole Goes from Slate Star Codex.
For graphic story I’ll probably be nominating Multiversity and the recent Sandman mini, the latest Cindy & Biscuit, The Cleaner 2 by Fraser Geesin, and I’m not sure what else yet.
For dramatic presentation short form, I’ll be nominating Brenda Has Risen From The Grave, from The Brenda And Effie Mysteries by Paul Magrs. I still have to listen to the BBC radio versions of The Stone Tape and The Bed-Sitting Room. I’m sure I’m missing something here, too…
For dramatic presentation long form, The Martian. I’ve not seen many of the films that I suspect I would nominate — I’ve not been to the cinema as much in the last year as I otherwise would. I’ve seen people calling for nomination of “the Sad Puppy Saga” in this category too, and I’m tempted…
(I thought The Force Awakens was quite fun, but that’s all. I’m not really a Star Wars person.)
For best novel, I suspect I’ll be nominating The Just City by Jo Walton, Seveneves by Neal Stephenson, The Locksley Exploit by Philip Purser-Hallard, Charles Dickens’ Martian Notes by Simon Bucher-Jones, and The Dark Forest by Cixin Liu.
For fan writer, I’ll probably be nominating Jack Graham, Andrew Rilstone, Abigail Nussbaum, Alexandra Erin, and Lawrence Burton. Several of my fellow Mindless Ones would be nominated if the site had had enough posts this year.
I’m not sure if he should come under fan artist or professional artist, but I’ll also be nominating Lawrence Burton for one of those for his covers for the Faction Paradox releases this year.
I’ll be nominating Stuart Douglas for best editor (long form), Philip Purser-Hallard for best editor (short form), and Michele-Lee Barasso and Jonathan Laden of Daily SF for best editor (short form). Given that I have little or no way to tell what input editors have had into other works, the only editors I can judge are those I’ve worked with. Happily, they’ve all been excellent, so I’ll just nominate them.
For best related work, Whoniverse by Lance Parkin, Guided By The Beauty Of Their Weapons by Phil Sandifer, Harry Potter & The Methods Of Rationality by Eliezer Yudkowsky, John Scalzi Is Not A Very Popular Author and I Myself Am Quite Popular by “Theophilus Pratt” (Alexandra Erin). I’m not sure what else to nominate here, but Obverse has put out a couple of Doctor Who related things that I’ve not read yet, and I suspect at least one of those will end up on the list.
For fanzine — File770.
The other categories, I don’t really know enough to judge yet. Anyone have any suggestions for great things I’ve missed?