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Hugo Voting Ends July 31

As you know, Bob, voting for the Hugo Awards closes at the end of the month.

I’m still working my way through the nominated material from the voters packet and online. Some thoughts on various categories…

Best Fanzine: I’ve been saying for about a year now that I think Mike Glyer’s File 770 earned this one, both for the ongoing coverage of last year’s Hugo mess — with links to a range of opinions — and for the sheer amount of fandom-related information the man manages to curate and present every day.

Best Professional Editor (Long Form): My own editor, Sheila Gilbert, is once again up for this one. I’m obviously biased here. Sheila has been wonderful to work with for the past ten years, and she’s made every one of my own books better.

Best Dramatic Presentation (Long Form): I struggled a bit with this one, but ultimately decided to go with The Martian for my number one spot. I love the pro-science, pro-intelligence, and generally optimistic and hopeful tone of the story. Plus, you know, poop potatoes and lines like “I’m gonna have to science the shit out of this.” Mad Max: Fury Road was a close second.

Best Related Work: I haven’t finished reading the nominees yet, but so far I’ve yet to read one that isn’t crap.

Best Short Story: Naomi Kritzer’s “Cat Pictures, Please” is my favorite so far, but I’m not done reading this category yet either. “If You Were An Award, My Love,” goes below No Award, but is interesting if only because it shows how obsessed the Rabid Puppies have been with pissing all over anything they don’t understand or personally approve of, to the point of including a threat against the author at the end. I love Chuck Tingle’s persona and his ongoing counter-trolling of Vox Day and the Rabid puppies, but “Space Raptor Butt Invasion” is also going below No Award. (Though it will be ranked above “If You Were An Award, My Love.”)

Best Fan Artist: This may be another No Award category. Thus far, I’ve got Kukuruyo at the very bottom, thanks in part to his penchant for drawing naked/sexual cartoons of underage SF/F girls.

Best Novella: Right now, Nnedi Okorafor’s Binti is at the top of my list. (It’s also the only work that wasn’t on the Rabid Puppy slate. Coincidence?)

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For those of you reading and voting, any particular stand-outs you’d like to recommend from this year’s nominees?

Mirrored from Jim C. Hines.

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markbernstein
Jul. 20th, 2016 04:12 pm (UTC)
For me, the standout novel, by a big margin, was N.K. Jemisin's "The Fifth Season". "Ancillary Mercy" will get my second place vote, and while I see flaws in the others, nothing is going below No Award.

I also made "The Martian" my first choice for DP:LF, but my second choice was "Ex Machina". "Fury Road" was a very well-made movie. I'm just not the target audience for it.

Otherwise, I agree with everything you said.

The only thing I have yet to do before voting is watch the rest of the first season of "Jessica Jones". I expect it'll get my top vote, but the nominated episode is the finale, so I haven't seen it yet.
jeliza
Jul. 20th, 2016 05:27 pm (UTC)
Steve Stiles, the non-puppy fan artist nominee, while not really my cup of tea artistically, has done a lot in the "service to the fan community" aspect of fan artistry.

For pro artist, I was surprised that the puppies landed on several artists I quite like but wouldn't have thought to nominate, in particular Michael Karcz/karezoid (there is autoplay ambient music at that link), whose work I love but is not in the "mainstream" of US/UK fandom, because he's Polish and almost all his SF book covers are Eastern European, though he's done a lot of CD covers in the states and a cover for Orbit. (I hope no one tells him about the puppies. He seemed over the moon about the nomination. I also hope he hasn't booked a flight/hotel room to worldcon given the likelihood of No Award in that category.)

I've mostly seen Abigail Larson's work shared around the goth community; she's not going to top my ballot, but I think she is definitely a talent to watch, and I'm excited for her illustration version of Lovecraft's Cats of Ulthar that should come out this year.
martianmooncrab
Jul. 20th, 2016 07:33 pm (UTC)
with links to a range of opinions

I first read that as a rage of opinions, and thats actually what we are seeing these days...
theweaselking
Jul. 20th, 2016 08:37 pm (UTC)
I've just posted my own thoughts on the ballot, so this is all fresh in my mind.

Standouts:

Alyssa Wong for the Campell Not A Hugo. Her "Hungry Daughters Of Starving Mothers" was fantastic, as was a bunch of her other work.

Dramatic short: Jessica Jones. Suffers a bit as a solo episode from being the season finale of a strongly-connected show, but is great *and* blows the rest of the category out of the water.

theweaselking
Jul. 20th, 2016 08:38 pm (UTC)
Whoops, I guess I shouldn't have included a link to my reason why Alyssa Wong is the best choice. Oh well, it'll presumably get unscreened eventually.
jimhines
Jul. 20th, 2016 08:42 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the heads-up. Unscreened now.

LJ has been getting a bit too aggressive about screening anything with links in it. I may have to try turning that off and hope it doesn't lead to another storm of comment spam.
theweaselking
Jul. 20th, 2016 08:49 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the super-fast response. And yeah, the auto-screen spam feature basically figures that if you're not following me and I post a link, it needs approval before going public.
socchan
Jul. 21st, 2016 02:46 am (UTC)
Props to Strange Horizons, who, upon finding out that they were on a Puppy slate, decided to dedicate the entire July issue to LGBTQ+ content.

(Also a friend of mine is one of their editors. Just to air my biases.)
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