Monday, August 10, 2009

2009 Hugo Award Complete Nomination List

The full list of all works nominated for the 2009 Hugos is available here. It looks like this is a complete nomination list and doesn't address eligibility (as I understand it The Quiet War may not have been eligible this year, and Ted Chiang's winning Short Story"Exhalation" also picked up nominations as a Novelette). I think the nomination list cuts off at 5 nominations, because I have to assume that somebody's story would have only picked up 1 nomination.

I am also sad to report that I did not pick up five nominations in either best fan writer or best fanzine. Alas. What's cool is that SF Signal (AND John DeNardo), Pat's Fantasy Hotlist, and Abigail Nussbaum DID. Go bloggers! (maybe others did, too, but that's all I recognized)


On to some real nominees.

Little Brother Cory Doctorow 129
Anathem Neal Stephenson 93
The Graveyard Book Neil Gaiman 82
Saturn’s Children Charles Stross 74
Zoe’s Tale John Scalzi 54

Just missing:
Matter Iain M. Banks 49
Nation Terry Pratchett 46
An Autumn War Daniel Abraham 46
Implied Spaces Walter Jon Williams 45
Pirate Sun Karl Schroeder 41

You think taking the time to nominate and vote doesn't matter? 6 more nominations and Matter would be on the final ballot instead of Zoe's Tale

The Erdmann Nexus Nancy Kress 45
Truth Robert Reed 44
True Names Robert Reed 43
The Tear Ian McDonald 40
The Political Prisioner Charles Coleman Finley 40

Just Missing:
Kilimanjaro Mike Resnick 37
The Hob Carpet Ian R. MacLeod 34
The Room of Lost Souls Kristine Kathryn Rusch 32
Tenbrook of Mars Dean McLaughlin 29
The Spacetime Pool Catherine Asaro 27

Pride and Prometheus John Kessel 47
Ray-Gun: A Love Story James Alan Gardner 44
Shoggoths in Bloom Elizabeth Bear 42
Gambler Paolo Bacigalupi 43
Alastair Baffle’s Emporium of Wonders Mike Resnick 38

Just Missed:
Pump Six Paolo Bacigalupi 37
Divining Light Ted Kosmatka 30
Days of Wonder Geoff Ryman 24
Lester Young and the Jupiter’s Moons Blues Gord Sellar 23
Crystal Nights Greg Egan 23

Now THAT is a close race. 1 more nomination and "Pump Six" ties with "Alastair Baffle" and two more and it would be clearly on the final ballot.

Short Stories:
Evil Robot Monkey Mary Robinette Kowal 39
Exhalation Ted Chiang 37
26 Monkeys, Also the Abyss Kij Johnson 37
From Babel’s Fall’n Glory We Fell Michael Swanwick 31
Article of Faith Mike Resnick 31

Just Missed:
House Left Empty Robert Reed 27
After the Coup John Scalzi 24
I Remember The Future Michael A. Burstein 18
A Buyer’s Guide to Maps of Antarctica Catherynne M. Valente 17
Kindness of Strangers Nancy Kress 16

David Anthony Durham 45
Gord Sellar 42
Alielte de Bodard 35
Tony Pi 30
Steven H. Silver 26

Just missed:
Felix Gilman 22
David J. Williams 21
Brian Francis Slattery 19
Mark J. Ferrari 19
Jon Armstrong 18

Oh, THAT'S interesting. Gilman was on the final ballot, and Steven Silver was not. According to Writertopia, Steven H. Silver was in his first year of eligibility. I've heard of folks like Neil Gaiman declining a nomination (which still baffles me, by the way), and I haven't been following this for very long, but why decline the Campbell nomination? But, maybe Silver really wasn't eligible and Writertopia had incorrect data, and he didn't decline. I don't want to make any assumptions here regarding motive.

Alright, that's it for today.


Cheryl said...


To clarify on The Quiet War, it was eligible this year, and I nominated it. But because it was only published in the UK many WSFS members did not see it in time to nominate it. The book will be published in the USA by Pyr next month and because the (mostly) traditional non-US-publication eligibility extension was adopted again this year The Quiet War will get another shot at a Hugo in 2010.

Errant Knave said...

I find it interesting that The Graveyard Book wasn't the most nominated book, yet it still won the award.
Yeah, what's with turning down a nomination?

Joe said...

Cheryl: Thanks for the clarification. I remembered you said something about some novels having multiple shots at a nomination, but the Adam Roberts thingy a few weeks back made me think it wasn't eligible.

EK: Well, once the nominees were whittled down to a final five, there's a round of voting just on those - so that doesn't necessarily surprise me too much. Folks could just forget about it while nominating or just think it was the 6th best book but since their top 5 wasn't on the ballot, it's the best of the rest. Or something. I'll let you know next year. I'm going to buy whatever membership level lets me nominate and vote.