The 2011 Hugos are Here

I was all atwitter about the Hugos being announced last week and then, as it turns out, they were actually always going to be announced at 5pm boo standard time on Easter Sunday. I may have gotten mis-information which wasn’t cleared up until very late in the game – say last Sunday at 5:01 where I was all “WHERE ARE MY HUUUUUGOS??!?” It’s no use going to the actual Hugo site either because they don’t tell you jack. Seriously, every time I’ve had to find anything out about the Hugos I’ve gotten the information from somewhere other than the official website. Weird.

Anyway, at 5:03 last Sunday, when I found the right information, I learned that the nominees wouldn’t be announced until Easter weekend…a whole week away. ARGH! It was one long week of waiting. I waited so long that I totally forgot about the nominees until 11 at night or something. Some fan I am.

In short, these are the nominees for this year, or at least the nominees I’m going to try and get through soas I can make an informed vote (liberally yoinked from the Renovation site.)

Best Novel

Blackout/All Clear by Connie Willis (Ballantine Spectra)
Cryoburn by Lois McMaster Bujold (Baen)
The Dervish House by Ian McDonald (Gollancz; Pyr)
Feed by Mira Grant (Orbit)
The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms by N.K. Jemisin (Orbit)

Best Novella

“The Lady Who Plucked Red Flowers beneath the Queen’s Window” by Rachel Swirsky (Subterranean Magazine, Summer 2010)
The Lifecycle of Software Objects by Ted Chiang (Subterranean)
“The Maiden Flight of McCauley’s Bellerophon” by Elizabeth Hand (Stories: All New Tales, William Morrow)
“The Sultan of the Clouds” by Geoffrey A. Landis (Asimov’s, September 2010)
“Troika” by Alastair Reynolds (Godlike Machines, Science Fiction Book Club)

Best Novelette

“Eight Miles” by Sean McMullen (Analog, September 2010)
“The Emperor of Mars” by Allen M. Steele (Asimov’s, June 2010)
“The Jaguar House, in Shadow” by Aliette de Bodard (Asimov’s, July 2010)
“Plus or Minus” by James Patrick Kelly (Asimov’s, December 2010)
“That Leviathan, Whom Thou Hast Made” by Eric James Stone (Analog, September 2010)

Best Short Story

“Amaryllis” by Carrie Vaughn (Lightspeed, June 2010) – Read Online
“For Want of a Nail” by Mary Robinette Kowal (Asimov’s, September 2010) – Read Online
“Ponies” by Kij Johnson (, November 17, 2010) – Read Online
“The Things” by Peter Watts (Clarkesworld, January 2010) – Read Online

Note: category has 4 nominees due to a 5% requirement under 3.8.5 of the WSFS constitution.

Best Related Work

Bearings: Reviews 1997-2001, by Gary K. Wolfe (Beccon)
The Business of Science Fiction: Two Insiders Discuss Writing and Publishing, by Mike Resnick and Barry N. Malzberg (McFarland)
Chicks Dig Time Lords: A Celebration of Doctor Who by the Women Who Love It, edited by Lynne M. Thomas and Tara O’Shea (Mad Norwegian)
Robert A. Heinlein: In Dialogue with His Century, Volume 1: (1907–1948): Learning Curve, by William H. Patterson, Jr. (Tor)
Writing Excuses, Season 4, by Brandon Sanderson, Jordan Sanderson, Howard Tayler, Dan Wells

Best Dramatic Presentation, Long Form

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1, screenplay by Steve Kloves; directed by David Yates (Warner)
How to Train Your Dragon, screenplay by William Davies, Dean DeBlois & Chris Sanders; directed by Dean DeBlois & Chris Sanders (DreamWorks)
Inception, written and directed by Christopher Nolan (Warner)
Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, screenplay by Michael Bacall & Edgar Wright; directed by Edgar Wright (Universal)
Toy Story 3, screenplay by Michael Arndt; story by John Lasseter, Andrew Stanton & Lee Unkrich; directed by Lee Unkrich (Pixar/Disney)

Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form

Doctor Who: “A Christmas Carol,” written by Steven Moffat; directed by Toby Haynes (BBC Wales)
Doctor Who: “The Pandorica Opens/The Big Bang,” written by Steven Moffat; directed by Toby Haynes (BBC Wales)
Doctor Who: “Vincent and the Doctor,” written by Richard Curtis; directed by Jonny Campbell (BBC Wales)
Fuck Me, Ray Bradbury, written by Rachel Bloom; directed by Paul Briganti
The Lost Thing, written by Shaun Tan; directed by Andrew Ruhemann and Shaun Tan (Passion Pictures)

As of…well Sunday night, I’ve read one of the novels already (100,000 Kingdoms) one of the Best Related Works (Chicks Dig Time Lords) and seen one of the long form best dramatic presentations (Harry Potter adn the part 1 of 2). Of course I’ll do the novels and I want to see the rest of the nominated movies long form dramatic presentations but I’m thinking of also doing related works since I have a leg up on them. Plus, I’ve always been curious about Howard Tayler (and comrades) Writing Excuses pod casts and what better time to check them out? None! None better time!

I did some pokery and it looks like I can have my grad Minion fetch me Blackout but not All Clear and can we pause for a moment for a grumble? Apparently Connie Willis views these as one work but the publisher had them split into two. Because…ahhhh….well it makes everyone more dough if you can sell two books I guess. That’s all I got since George R. R.’s books are half again as long and are still one piece so it’s not like they had to be split in two. I crank about that and I crank about having two books as one slot. Basically, I crank about the two books and the fact that I can only get one of them from the Grad.

The Grad does have The Business of $cience Fiction so I’ll be ordering that up. They also have Analog which means that I’ll get to try my hand at ordering up scans. Of course the shorter stories seem to be all available online but what’s the fun in that? How am I to dabble in ILLing articles if I can just waltz in and read them on the screen? I plan to do this too…wish me luck.

Another observation, after realizing that I would probably be doing the “related Works” category, is that there isn’t a lot of firm ground rules about what is a related work. The Official Hugo site tells me that, “[Best Related Work is] Awarded to a work related to the field of science fiction, fantasy, or fandom, appearing for the first time during the previous calendar year or which has been substantially modified during the previous calendar year. The type of works eligible include, but are not limited to, collections of art, works of literary criticism, books about the making of a film or TV series, biographies and so on, provided that they do not qualify for another category.” The way I read that is “It has to have been compiled over a period of time or be anything else which is nominated but doesn’t fit anywhere else”. Interestingly, as badmovie pointed out, video games would also fall under this category. I have no idea how to determine the ranking other than “I liked it” or “I didn’t like it”.

Lastly, I may just have to vote for the Ray Bradbury short form on account. I sure hope it’s good and blows the Dr. Who nominees out of the water because how much fun will it be to watch someone try to announce that title? Way much fun. Also Dr. Who has had quite a lot of spotlight so maybe it’s time to move on.

2010: It turns out that Isaak never liked loud high noises and Chris Isaak is a bit of a yodeler.

2009: All the world’s a vacation!!!

2008: JSFR: Assi Brand Instant Plum Tea

2007: It’s like suddenly the bed has become a moonwalk and the weirdoes are two five year olds revved up on sugar with a fist full of ride tickets.

2006: Envelope? HokayDoke! Card stock? No worries! Cheese sammich? Why, let’s give it a try! You could put anything in the bypass tray and it’d suck it into the machine with an amused gusto.

2005: They wanted the gown on opening forward so I had to stuff as much of it as I could in my armpit in order to stay decent.

2004: So out my seeds went this morning, as the two day old custom has established itself, and by the time I got to work I noticed that there was snow in the air.

2003: I got me a double dose of God today. Halleuja!

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