2015 Hugo Nominations That I Care About

The 2015 Hugo nominations were announced today at 12 PM PDT, or 3 PM Eastern time. The announcements are available for streaming at ustream.tv/hugo-awards/

The nominees I care about are:

John W. Campbell Award (not a Hugo)

  • Wesley Chu – I started reading The Lives of Tao and it’s pretty good so far! He’s going to release the third book in this series this year. That’s pretty good production for someone only in his second true year of SFF production. He’s certainly someone I want to hear more from.

Best Fan Artist

  • Ninni Aalto
  • Brad Foster
  • Elizabeth Leggett
  • Spring Schoenhuth
  • Steve Stiles

Best Fan Writer

  • Laura J. Mixon
  • (She wasn’t nominated, but I’d like to see Tansy Rayner Roberts win another Hugo in this category someday, dammit.)

Best Fancast

  • Galactic Suburbia – Early this year, I completed my journey of listening to every GS episode out there, all 250+ hours of it. As you might have guessed, I like it. (One side effect you should know about: I now say the words no and know with an Australian accent and I am totally okay with that!)
  • Tea and Jeapordy – This is a clever podcast. I love the mix of the real interview with the fictional frame. It’s a lot of fun!
  • Other things I’d love to see here: Verity!, Radio Free Skaro, Fangirl Happy Hour (not eligible until next year), and the Coode Street Podcast just to name a couple off of the top of my head.

Best Fanzine

Best Semiprozine

Best Professional Artist

  • Judy Dillon

Best Editor, Long Form and Short Form

  • I’ll tell you who I’d like to see here. Alisa Krasnostein and Julia Rios. Lynne and Michael Damian Thomas. Jonathan Strahan. John Joseph Adams. Ann and Jeff VanderMeer. Niall Harrison. You know. People I’ve heard of whose work as editors that I trust.

Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form

Best Dramatic Presentation, Long Form

Best Graphic Story

  • Ms. Marvel Vol. 1: No Normal – This is the first comic I ever put on a pull list. Love that this is here!
  • Rat Queens Vol 1: Sass and Sorcery – I have heard some good things about this book.
  • Saga Vol. 3 – Love! This! Series! I love it so hard I’m putting off reading Vols 3 & 4 because then I will have none to read and mainlining a comic you love is so much fun.
  • Sex Criminals Vol. 1: One Weird Trick – I also have heard some really good things coming from people about this! I’ve been meaning to buy it. The Husband and I saw it in Barnes & Noble right after the trade was released, but both copies were so beat up that I couldn’t bear to look at it. Guess I’ll have to hurry up & get a copy!

Best Related Work

  • Move along. Nothing to see here. If you must have a Best Related Work, try The Secret History of Wonder Woman by Jill Lepore which was eligible to be nominated this year.

Best Short Story, Novelette, Novella

  • I haven’t any personal recommendations here. I feel substantial guilt about this fact, because I should have made a point of reading more short fiction last year. You can believe that I will not make the same mistake THIS year. However, don’t let my guiltfest get in your way. First, get yourself a copy of Kaleidoscope, edited by Alisa Krasnostein and Julie Rios. It’s a diverse YA short fiction anthology that should have made any sane nominations list. Oh look! It was on the Tiptree honors list that was also announced today. Also, please check out the responses to Saladin Ahmed’s tweet suggesting people suggest a piece of fiction they loved and wanted to recommend. Not all of these are short fiction, but several are.

Best Novel

  • Ancillary Sword by Anne Leckie – An exception to the rule about sophomore albums. This was a worthy follow-up to her Hugo/Nebula/Locus/BSFA/Clarke award winner from last year, Ancillary Justice.
  • The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison – This made my personal Top 10 list of SFF published last year that I read.
  • And you know what? I really think you should read Jeff VanderMeer’s Southern Reach trilogy. I love love LOVE that series, and all of it was eligible for nomination this year. If you prefer more traditional fantasy over the Weird, try Dreamer’s Pool by Juliet Marillier. It was my first Marillier and now I want to read all of her books!

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