2011 Hugo Award Nominees

(Cross-posted over at the Divas)

The 2011 Hugo Award Nominees have been announced. Anyone who is a member of Renovation (the 69th World Science Fiction Convention) is able to vote. You don’t have to physically attend; if you feel inclined to vote, supporting memberships are available for $50 through their website.

I am seriously considering it this year, because well.  Look at the very first category and see why I’m going squeeeeeeee:

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)

I am doing a little happy dance in my chair right now.  FeedFeed is on the list!  It was, hands down, my favorite book of 2010.  I also loved The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms, so it sort of sucks to have to choose between them, but, well.  George and Shaun Mason have stolen my heart.

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)

Sadly, I haven’t read anything from these two categories.  Clearly, I have some catching up to do.

Best Short Story
“Amaryllis” by Carrie Vaughn (Lightspeed, June 2010)
“For Want of a Nail” by Mary Robinette Kowal (Asimov’s, September 2010)
“Ponies” by Kij Johnson (Tor.com, November 17, 2010)
“The Things” by Peter Watts (Clarkesworld, January 2010)

I was about to lament not having read any of these yet, either, until “Amaryllis” rang a bell.  Sure enough, when I started typing “Lightspeed” into my address bar, it was the first thing that popped up.  Then the whole story came flooding back.  It’s sad and sweet, and I highly recommend it.  Linked above for your pleasure.

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

Again, books I have yet to read.  I keep intending to pick up Chicks Dig Time Lords, partly because, well, I’m a chick and Idig Time Lords, too.  It also has a stellar list of contributors, so it’s a guaranteed good read.  I also see Writing Excuses on there, and Brandon Sanderson is pretty awesome.  It’s on my list of things to check out.

Best Graphic Story
Fables: Witches, written by Bill Willingham; illustrated by Mark Buckingham (Vertigo)
Girl Genius, Volume 10: Agatha Heterodyne and the Guardian Muse, written by Phil and Kaja Foglio; art by Phil Foglio; colors by Cheyenne Wright (Airship Entertainment)
Grandville Mon Amour, by Bryan Talbot (Dark Horse)
Schlock Mercenary: Massively Parallel, written and illustrated by Howard Tayler; colors by Howard Tayler and Travis Walton (Hypernode)
The Unwritten, Volume 2: Inside Man, written by Mike Carey; illustrated by Peter Gross (Vertigo)

I’ve fallen so far behind on comics it’s not even funny.  I dug Fables early on, but put it down for awhile and haven’t quite missed it.  I believe I am missing out on Girl Genius, and ought to remedy that.  The Unwritten is unfamiliar to me, but boy do I dig me some Mike Carey stories.  Hrm.  Methinks I have some research in my future.

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)

I’m 3 out of 5 here!  This one’s easy for me.  While Harry Potter was well-done and Toy Story 3 made me Hill and I look at each other guiltily afterwards as we wondered where our childhood toys ended up, Inception had me thinking and rewatching, analyzing and theorizing for a long damned time after the lights came up.

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)

Pardon me a moment while I giggle.  I think it is ten kinds of awesome that “Fuck Me, Ray Bradbury” is on this list.  Even if it doesn’t win, how goddamned cool is it that it got nominated?  However, my vote — as a Time Lord digging chick — goes to “The Pandorica Opens/The Big Bang.”  The other two episodes were good, but the two-part season finale wins out.  (It’s not a surprise, really.  I am a Steven Moffat fangirl.  This pair doesn’t quite match up to “Blink” or “The Girl in the Fireplace” for me, but definitely Hugo-worthy.)

Best Editor, Short Form
John Joseph Adams
Stanley Schmidt
Jonathan Strahan
Gordon Van Gelder
Sheila Williams

Best Editor, Long Form
Lou Anders
Ginjer Buchanan
Moshe Feder
Liz Gorinsky
Nick Mamatas
Beth Meacham
Juliet Ulman

Best Professional Artist
Daniel Dos Santos
Bob Eggleton
Stephan Martiniere
John Picacio
Shaun Tan

Best Semiprozine
Clarkesworld, edited by Neil Clarke, Cheryl Morgan, Sean Wallace; podcast directed by Kate Baker
Interzone, edited by Andy Cox
Lightspeed, edited by John Joseph Adams
Locus, edited by Liza Groen Trombi and Kirsten Gong-Wong
Weird Tales, edited by Ann VanderMeer and Stephen H. Segal

Best Fanzine
Banana Wings, edited by Claire Brialey and Mark Plummer
Challenger, edited by Guy H. Lillian III
The Drink Tank, edited by Christopher J Garcia and James Bacon
File 770, edited by Mike Glyer
StarShipSofa, edited by Tony C. Smith

Best Fan Writer
James Bacon
Claire Brialey
Christopher J Garcia
James Nicoll
Steven H Silver

Best Fan Artist
Brad W. Foster
Randall Munroe
Maurine Starkey
Steve Stiles
Taral Wayne

(If you’re going, “Why do I know that second name?” it’s most likely because Randall Munroe is the genius behind xkcd.)

John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer
Award for the best new professional science fiction or fantasy writer of 2009 or 2010, sponsored by Dell Magazines (not a Hugo Award).
Saladin Ahmed
Lauren Beukes
Larry Correia
Lev Grossman
Dan Wells

I don’t have a lot of opinions on the later parts of the list, though I do hope to get myself better-versed in all aspects for the 2012 awards.

So have at it, cats ‘n’ kittens!  What are your favorites on this list?  Which nominees are on your to-read/to-watch lists?  Any recommendations for what I ought to move to the top of mine?

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