Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Preliminary Hugo Ballot

Tuesday, February 14, 2012
I've got some work to do and some stories and books to read (and some thinking to do on some categories), but here's what I'm thinking of right now.  I still need to read Eclipse Four and I'm hunting out some more stories of varying lengths.


  • Best Novel (40,000 words or more)
    • The Sea Thy Mistress, by Elizabeth Bear**
    • Grail, by Elizabeth Bear
    • Among Others, by Jo Walton**
    • Mechanique, by Genevieve Valentine
    • Harbinger of the Storm, by Aliette de Bodard
    • Dark Jenny, by Alex Bledsoe
      -Books I hope to get through in the next month: The Sacred Band, by David Anthony Durham, God's War, by Kameron Hurley, and Soft Apocalypse, by Will McIntosh.  I'm not sure I'll hit any other plausible novels.
  • Best Novella (17,500 to 40,000 words)
    • “The Small Dark Movie of Your Life”, by Leah Bobet (Shadow Unit)
    • “Bulletproof”, by Emma Bull (Shadow Unit)
    • The White City, by Elizabeth Bear
    • “The Rat Race”, by Cherie Priest (Fort Freak
    • Show Trial”, by Kristine Kathryn Rusch (Subterranean)
    • “Water to Wine”, by Mary Robinette Kowal (Subterranean)**
    • “Kiss Me Twice”, by Mary Robinette Kowal (Asimov's June 11)
    • Gravity Dreams, by Stephen Baxter (PS Publishing)
      -To be fair, I need to read both The White City and "The Rat Race".  I feel that I will have strong feeling about The White City, just based on the previous Abby Irene novellas.  Not sure if I'll get through Fort Freak in time.  I won't nominate something I haven't read.  Just in case it needed saying.
  • Best Novelette (7,500 to 17,500 words)
    • “Six Month, Three Days”, by Charlie Jane Anders (Tor.com)**
    • “The Taste of Promises”, by Rachel Swirsky (Life on Mars)
    • “Fields of Gold”, by Rachel Swirsky (Eclipse Four)
    • “The Migratory Pattern of Dancers”, by Katherine Sparrow (GigaNotoSaurus)*
    • “House of Aunts”, by Zen Cho (GigaNotoSaurus)
    • “Work, With Occasional Molemen”, by Jeremiah Tolbert (GigaNotoSaurus)
    • “The Nearest Thing”, by Genevieve Valentine (Lightspeed)
  • Best Short Story (up to 7,500 words)
    • “The Leavings of the Wolf”, by Elizabeth Bear (Apex, Nov)
    • Simulacrum”, by Ken Liu (Lightspeed) **
    • Her Husband’s Hands”, by Adam-Troy Castro (Lightspeed) **
    • “The Cartographer Wasps and the Anarchist Bees”, by E. Lily Wu (Clarkesworld) *
    • Demons, Your Body, and You”, by Genevieve Valentine (Subterranean) – Maybe
    • Paper Menagerie”, by Ken Liu (F&SF)*
  • Best Related Work
  • Best Graphic Story *
  • Best Dramatic Presentation "Long Form" (more than 90 minutes)
  • Best Dramatic Presentation "Short Form" (less than 90 minutes)
  • Best Editor Short Form
    • George R. R. Martin
  • Best Editor Long Form
    • Anne Groell
  • Best Professional Artist
    • Sparth
    • Jon Sullivan
    • John Picacio
    • Jeremy Geddes
    • Jon Foster
    • Rima Staines
  • Best Semiprozine
  • Best Fanzine
  • Best Fan Writer
    • Larry Nolen
    • Aiden Moher
    • Adam Whitehead
  • Best Fan Artist

3 comments:

Aidan Moher said...

I came for your short fiction recommendations (to help me with my own list) and leave blushing. Thanks, Joe.

~Aidan

Joe Sherry said...

Check out Rachel Swirsky's three story lists on her livejournal and Jason Sanford's ballot. Good stuff on there. I used Swirsky as a core for my reading (all done in the last two weeks).

Well, apparently I can't spell your first name correctly, so you can't have everything. ;)

Aidan Moher said...

Yeah, Swirsky's list has been my go-to place as well. I've got a couple of weeks to get caught up on short fiction. There's no way I'll be able to catch all the novelettes and novellas, though.

 
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