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It's that time once again to nominate works for the Hugo Awards. Even though I won't be going to this year's Worldcon (which will be Worlcon75 in Helsinki) I'm still very interested in nominating and voting for the Hugos. I'm not nominating in every category, just the ones I have a firm opinion on. For the same reason, I"m not nominating the maximum number of entries in each category. Here's the list and it will be interesting come March to see which ones make the cut. This is especially hard for short stories because there sre so many online sites and published anthologies that's it's impossible to read them all. 

Best Novel
All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders
Who Killed Sherlock Holmes by Paul Cornell
The Obelisk Gate by N. K. Jemison

Best Novella (17,500-40,000)
Penric and the Shaman by Lois McMaster Bujold
Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire
The Dispatcher by John Scalzi
Lost Child of Lychford by Paul Cornell

Best Novelette (7,500-17,500)

Freedom is Space for the Spirit by Glen Hirshberg (, April 6, 2016)
Touring with the Alien by Carolyn Ives Gilman (Clarkesworld, April 2016)
Fifty Shades of Grays by Steven Barnes (Lightspeed, June 2016)
Ten Poems for the Mossums, One for the Man by Suzanne Palmer (Asimov’s, July 2016)
The Green Man Cometh by Rich Larson (Clarkesworld, September 2016)

Short Story (less than 7,500)

Charlotte Incorporated by Rachael K. Jones (Lightspeed, Feb. 2016)
Ye Highlands and Ye Lowlands by Seanan McGuire (Uncanny, May 2016)
A Good Home by Karin Lowachee (Lightspeed, June 2016)
The Mutants Men Don’t See by James Alan Gardner (Asimov’s, Aug 2016)
Don’t You Worry, You Aliens by Paul Cornell (Uncanny November/December 2016)

Best Related Work

The View from the Cheap Seats by Neil Gaiman

Graphic Story
This Damned Band by Paul Cornell (Dark Horse)

The Cornell Collective
Tea and Jeopardy

Best Series
Shadow Police by Paul Cornell, Who Killed Sherlock Holmes?
Vorkosigan Saga by Lois McMaster Bujold, Gentleman Jole and the Red Queen

Best Dramatic Work, Long
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Best Dramatic Work, Short
“6,741”, Person of Interest
“return 0”, Person of Interest
“eps2.9_pyth0n-pt2.p7z”, Mr Robot
"The Mitigation of Competition”, Orphan Black

Best editor, short
John Joseph Adams

Best semiprozine
Strange Horizons

Best fanzine
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I decided after the big kerfluffle over the Hugo Awards this year to do my due diligence and make sure my voice is heard during next year's nomination process. Toward that end, I've started compiling a tentative list of things I might nominate, definitely subject to change. I know that most of my LJ/DW friends are Highlander and viddng-related, so this might not meant that much to anyone else. But if you plan on attending next year's Worldcon, MidAmeriCon, or are might be getting a supporting membership for Hugo voting, feel free to consider these works and suggestions of great stuff I might want to read, watch or listen to, especially short fiction. I haven't been reading enough short stories, novellas and so forth and I'm always eager to find stuff from writers who know their shit.

The Water Knife by Paolo Bacigalupi
The End of All Things by John Scalzi (I was going to nominate this, but Scalzi has asked folks to skip his works this year)
Luna: New Moon by Ian McDonald
Planetfall by Emma Newman
Apex by Ramez Naam
Anciliary Mercy Ann Leckie

Short Story
Hello, Hello by Seanan McGuire
Trickier with Each Translation by Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam
Cat Pictures Please by Naomi Kritzer
The Empress in Her Glory by Robert Reed
Today I am Paul by Martin L. Shoemaker

Folding Beijing by Hao Jingfang, translated by Ken Liu
Ether by Zhang Ran, translated by Carmen Yiling Yan and Ken Liu
So Much Cooking by Naomi Krtizer
Another Word for World by Ann Leckie

Penric's Demon by Lois McMaster Bujold
The New Mother by Eugene Fischer
Witches of Lychford by Paul Cornell
Binti by Nnedi Okorafor

The Cornell Collective
Tea and Jeopardy
Galactic Suburbia

Dramatic Presentation, Long Form
Mad Max: Fury Road
The Martian
Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Dramatic Presentation, Short Form
Doctor Who, Heaven Sent
Person of Interest, If-Then-What
Daredevil, Nelson v. Murdock
Mr. Robot, eps1.8_m1rr0r1ng.qt
Mr. Robot, eps1.5_br4ve-trave1er.asf

Editor, short form
Seanan Maguire (Lightspeed, June 2015)
Lynne M. Thomas
Michael Damien Thomas

Editor, long form
Malcolm Edwards
Jane Johnson
Anne Lesley Groell
Tim O’Connell
Lee Harris


Best fan writer
Mark Oshiro

Best pro artist
Julie Dillon
Richard Anderson
Stephen Youll
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This year's Hugo ceremony was a fantastic production last night. David Gerrold and Tanarive Due were fantastic hosts and the results clearly showed that the attempt by certain parties to hijack the awards was thwarted by fans who voted for quality, not ideology. I was particularly happy to see Orphan Black win best short dramatic work for the Clone Dance Party episode.

What is a bit sad is the long list of great nominated works in the short fiction categories who were squeezed out in the nominating process by block voting slates. For an idea of what the slate would have looked like without the block votes go to this post by Tobias Bucknell here.

This is based on this data released by the Hugo administrators details of the ballots cast and top nominated works.

For me this has solidified by resolve to be more than just a passive member of Worldcon and fandom in the future. I actually attended WSFS business meetings this year to help in shaping policy for future Worldcons. And I'm going to keep a tally of great stuff throughout the year and nominate in all categories for the Hugos next year.

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