Thursday, March 08, 2012

Final 2012 Hugo Nomination Ballot

Thursday, March 08, 2012
Below are my nominations for the 2012 Hugo Awards.  I did the best I could to read broadly the last couple of months, but because I was away for most of this year, there are some areas where I would have liked to have read more.  Regardless, I feel good about what is on my ballot.  I have omitted the categories in which I did not nominate.

Remember, if you wish to nominate, you must have at least purchased a supporting membership to Chicon by January 31. Nominations are due by March 11. If you don't have a supporting membership, it may be worth it to still purchase one. You'll be able to vote on the final ballot, nominate in 2013, and if there is a Hugo Voter's Packet again this year, you'll be able to get electronic copies of most of the final nominees - including the novels. Totally worth it, if you have the money to spare.


The Sea Thy Mistress, by Elizabeth Bear
Among Others, by Jo Walton
Mechanique, by Genevieve Valentine
Harbinger of the Storm, by Aliette de Bodard
The Sacred Band, by David Anthony Durham


"The Small Dark Movie of Your Life", by Leah Bobet
"Water to Wine", by Mary Robinette Kowal
"Kiss Me Twice", by Mary Robinette Kowal
Gravity Dreams, by Stephen Baxter
"The Man Who Ended History: A Documentary", by Ken Liu


"Six Months, Three Days", by Charlie Jane Anders
"Fields of Gold", by Rachel Swirsky
"The Migratory Pattern of Dancers", by Katherine Sparrow
"Work, with Occasional Molemen", by Jeremiah Tolbert
"The Nearest Thing", by Genevieve Valentine

Short Story

"Simulacrum", by Ken Liu
"Her Husband's Hands", by Adam-Troy Castro
"The Cartographer Wasps and the Anarchist Bees", by E. Lily Yu
"Paper Menagerie", by Ken Liu
"Movement", by Nancy Fulda

Graphic Story

Chew: Flambe, by Jon Layman / Rob Guillory
American Vampire: Volume II, by Scott Snyder / Rafael Albuquerque
iZombie: uVampire, by Chris Roberson / Michael Allred
Locke and Key: Keys to the Kingdom, by Joe Hill / Gabriel Rodriguez
Kill Shakespeare: The Blast of War, by Conor McCreary / Andy Belanger

Editor (Short Form)

John Joseph Adams
George R. R. Martin
Sean Wallace (Clarkesworld)
Jonathan Strahan
Ann Leckie (Giganotosaurus)

Editor (Long Form)

Lou Anders
Ann Groell

Editor Long Form is the one category that I wish I had done significantly more research for.  

Professional Artist

Jon Sullivan
Jon Foster
Jeremy Geddes
John Picacio

Professional Artist would be the other, but this is a solid lineup.




The Wertzone
A Dribble of Ink
Asking the Wrong Questions
The Speculative Scotsman
SF Signal 

I have had issues with this category for years now and this is why.  Blogs tend to not be eligible because of "discreet issues", which is bullshit (but the rule).  Modern fanwriting is occurring in blogs and while there is plenty of garbage out there (welcome to my dungheap), that's the case with anything, including fanzines.  I think that blogs do exactly what fanzines used to do (and still do), only with greater accessibility.  Bah!  I could probably rant about this for a while.  I won't.

Fan Writer

Aidan Moher
Adam Whitehead
Niall Alexander
Larry Nolen

Shit.  I just realized I forgot to vote for Abigail Nussbaum.  

The John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer

E Lily Yu
Silvia Moreno-Garcia


Niall said...

You can resubmit your ballot up to the deadline -- it just overwrites your previous submission. So you can do it all again and ad Abigail, and other editors for long form...

David Anthony Durham said...

Thank you, Joe. Your endorsement is much appreciated.

Aidan Moher said...

Thanks, Joe. And also thanks for your continued support of your fellow blogs and bloggers.


Also, wish I'd had time to get to The Sacred Band, as I expect it might have made my list, considering how much I enjoyed Acacia and the positive reviews from fellow critics.

David Anthony Durham said...

Thanks Aidan. Maybe a belated review? That would be much appreciated too. ;)

Aidan Moher said...

Absolutely, David. I even bought a copy of THE OTHER LANDS because my hardcover is buried in a box at my parents house. I hope to read them back-to-back before spring is over.

Joe Sherry said...

Niall: I did not know that. Thank you.

Aidan: I really hope someone at one of these Worldcon proposes some changes to fanzine. I don't think we need a "new" category. I just think we need a more inclusive one.

David: I thought your first Acacia book was very good. The subsequent books just got better.

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