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Posted 21-Apr-2015 at 08:29 PM (20:29) by Gurdur

I am a book-lover, I love science-fiction and fantasy, but I've never really interested myself till now for the awards scenes. However, as everyone knows, at the moment the Hugo Awards are the center of a sea of rages. Let's do the single-most important issue first: let's go through the Hugo Award Nominations for 2015, and see what's up with them. What follows is what I know at the moment myself, and my own opinions on what I've read:

Category: Best Novel (1827 nominating ballots, 587 entries)
  1. "Ancillary Sword", by Ann Leckie.
    - this is a very good book indeed. It's a sequel to her "Ancillary Justice", and it discusses individuality in an interesting way (and is a deeper book than "Ancillary Justice"). It also tackles gender and stereotypes, but in a somewhat overly confusing way, and sometimes contradictorily so.
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  2. The Dark Between the Stars, by Kevin J. Anderson.
    - this is an excellent book in depth and scope.
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  3. "The Goblin Emperor", by Katherine Addison (Sarah Monette).
    - this seems good; but I have no real opinion on it, having not yet read it.
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  4. "Lines of Departure", by Marko Kloos.
    - this seems OK, though maybe not something I would go for immediately; but I have no real opinion on it, having not yet read it.
    .
  5. "Skin Game", by Jim Butcher.
    - this is a good book, and Butcher is a good writer; but I did not find it all that deep. However, by the standards of previous Hugos, this is still very much worthy of nomination and of winning the award.
If I had to list these in terms of what I thought were the very best ranked downwards to the less best:
1 - The Dark Between the Stars, by Kevin J. Anderson.
2 - "Ancillary Sword", by Ann Leckie.
3 - "Skin Game", by Jim Butcher.
I have no opinion on the other two books, not having read them yet; but from everything I have read about them, all five books are very worthy of inclusion in the nominations, and of winning the award, especially by the standards set in all previous years of the Hugo Awards. Where I do not know the works and/or people nominated in the other categories, or where I do but would not recommend them, or when I do and I would personally recommend them, is noted below:

for the Best Novella (1083 nominating ballots, 201 entries): no recommendations from me.

for the Best Novelette (1031 nominating ballots, 314 entries): no recommendations from me.

for the Best Short Story (1174 nominating ballots, 728 entries): no recommendations from me as yet. That may change if I get to read the entries.

for the Best Related Work (1150 nominating ballots, 346 entries): no recommendations from me as yet. That may change if I get to read the entries.

for the Best Graphic Story (785 nominating ballots, 325 entries): no recommendations from me.

for the Best Dramatic Presentation, Long Form (1285 nominating ballots, 189 entries):
Interstellar, screenplay by Jonathan Nolan and Christopher Nolan, directed by Christopher Nolan.

for the Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form (938 nominating ballots, 470 entries):
Game of Thrones: "The Mountain and the Viper", written by David Benioff & D. B. Weiss, directed by Alex Graves.

for the Best Editor, Short Form (870 nominating ballots, 187 entries):
Mike Resnick
or
Jennifer Brozek

for the Best Editor, Long Form (712 nominating ballots, 124 entries):
Toni Weisskopf

for the Best Professional Artist (753 nominating ballots, 300 entries): no recommendations from me as yet.

for the Best Semiprozine (660 nominating ballots, 100 entries): no recommendations from me as yet.

for the Best Fanzine (576 nominating ballots, 162 entries): no recommendations from me.

for the Best Fancast (668 nominating ballots, 162 entries): no recommendations from me.

for the Best Fan Writer (777 nominating ballots, 265 entries):
Laura J. Mixon

for the Best Fan Artist (296 nominating ballots, 198 entries): no recommendations from me.

for the The John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer (851 nominating ballots, 220 entries): no recommendations from me.
So much for the realities; erst kommt das Fressen, dann kommt die Moral ("Eating comes first, then the morality", from Brecht's Threepenny Opera). What I wanted to show was: the quality of the nominations for the most important categories is beyond question; the ones of which I personally know seem very worthy.

Onwards to the moralities. As everyone knows, two different groups campaigned with slates for the Hugos this year; the Sad Puppies and the Rabid Puppies slates. Most of media reports and chitchat on Twitter conflate the two groups and slates; they are by no means the same. This has become an all-in fight, and a nasty one. I shall comment on all that in a new blog post soon. Quite a few have stated that making "No Award" votes on all or most of the categories is what they see as the best response to the controversies; I don't agree with that applying to every single category or even most, having looked at the quality of nominations on hand. The ones I've personally recommended would be suitable for such nominations in any year of the Hugos. There are other nominations I do not know, and others that I personally would not recommend.


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