The nominations for the Hugo award to be given out at LoneStarCon 3 were announced a few weeks back. I’m just now getting around to this post about who I’m voting for. I’m not posting this in any sort of attempt to “stuff the ballot” or influence folks. If I somehow influence my fellow voters with this post, then I have more say in their lives than I expect.

Below is a list of all of the nominees, and I’ve bolded and made red the nominees I’m voting for. I’ll drop a quick note as to why I’m voting the way I am, so it doesn’t sound like I’m being capricious in handing out my votes.

Best Novel

  • 2312, Kim Stanley Robinson (Orbit)
  • Blackout, Mira Grant (Orbit)
  • Captain Vorpatril’s Alliance, Lois McMaster Bujold (Baen)
  • Redshirts: A Novel with Three Codas, John Scalzi (Tor)
  • Throne of the Crescent Moon, Saladin Ahmed (DAW)

I’m voting for Saladin’s book because it truly captured me and drew me in from page one through to the end. Saladin’s raw ability to build a fantastic world and unique settings is nothing short than amazing. I’ve been a fan of Saladin’s since I first heard a story of his on PodCastle. He’s never failed to build wonder and entertain.

Best Novella

  • After the Fall, Before the Fall, During the Fall, Nancy Kress (Tachyon Publications)
  • The Emperor’s Soul, Brandon Sanderson (Tachyon Publications)
  • On a Red Station, Drifting, Aliette de Bodard (Immersion Press)
  • San Diego 2014: The Last Stand of the California Browncoats, Mira Grant (Orbit)
  • “The Stars Do Not Lie”, Jay Lake (Asimov’s, Oct-Nov 2012)

I don’t have a choice on this one yet. I’m waiting for the organizers of LoneStarCon3 to put together the electronic voting packet (which I hope happens again!), so I can read all of the novellas and make an informed decision.

Best Novelette

  • “The Boy Who Cast No Shadow”, Thomas Olde Heuvelt (Postscripts: Unfit For Eden, PS Publications)
  • “Fade To White”, Catherynne M. Valente ( Clarkesworld, August 2012)
  • “The Girl-Thing Who Went Out for Sushi”, Pat Cadigan (Edge of Infinity, Solaris)
  • “In Sea-Salt Tears”, Seanan McGuire (Self-published)
  • “Rat-Catcher”, Seanan McGuire ( A Fantasy Medley 2, Subterranean)

Again, I’m not sure which one to vote for because I’ve not read all of these. I’ll read them when the voting packet comes out and see which one I like!

Best Short Story

  • “Immersion”, Aliette de Bodard ( Clarkesworld, June 2012)
  • “Mantis Wives”, Kij Johnson (Clarkesworld, August 2012)
  • “Mono no Aware”, Ken Liu (The Future is Japanese, VIZ Media LLC)

I try to stay up on short stories and I thought I did a decent job. However, there are so many publications out there for short stories. It’s hard to stay on top of them. I gotta read these when the voter packet comes out.

Best Related Work

  • The Cambridge Companion to Fantasy Literature, Edited by Edward James & Farah Mendlesohn (Cambridge University Press)
  • Chicks Dig Comics: A Celebration of Comic Books by the Women Who Love Them, Edited by Lynne M. Thomas & Sigrid Ellis (Mad Norwegian Press)
  • Chicks Unravel Time: Women Journey Through Every Season of Doctor Who, Edited by Deborah Stanish & L.M. Myles (Mad Norwegian Press)
  • I Have an Idea for a Book … The Bibliography of Martin H. Greenberg, Compiled by Martin H. Greenberg, edited by John Helfers (The Battered Silicon Dispatch Box)
  • Writing Excuses Season Seven, Brandon Sanderson, Dan Wells, Mary Robinette Kowal, Howard Tayler and Jordan Sanderson

Writing Excuses has changed how I approach my writing in 15-minute increments. I eagerly await each episode and I bemoan the fact they are only 15 minutes long each. Despite the brevity of each podcast, the amount of golden advice they give out in each episode is fantastic!

Best Graphic Story

  • Grandville Bête Noire, written and illustrated by Bryan Talbot (Dark Horse Comics, Jonathan Cape)
  • Locke & Key Volume 5: Clockworks, written by Joe Hill, illustrated by Gabriel Rodriguez (IDW)
  • Saga, Volume One, written by Brian K. Vaughn, illustrated by Fiona Staples (Image Comics)
  • Schlock Mercenary: Random Access Memorabilia, written and illustrated by Howard Tayler, colors by Travis Walton (Hypernode Media)
  • Saucer Country, Volume 1: Run, written by Paul Cornell, illustrated by Ryan Kelly, Jimmy Broxton and Goran Sudžuka (Vertigo)

Graphic stories hurt my brain. I’m never sure if I’m supposed to look at the brilliant artwork or the wonderful prose first. I guess the two halves of my brain don’t cooperate well enough for me to give graphic stories a proper read. If there are any included in the voter packet, I’ll look at them. I’ll probably pass on voting on this unless one of them really leaps out me.

Best Dramatic Presentation, Long Form

  • The Avengers, Screenplay & Directed by Joss Whedon (Marvel Studios, Disney, Paramount)
  • The Cabin in the Woods, Screenplay by Drew Goddard & Joss Whedon; Directed by Drew Goddard (Mutant Enemy, Lionsgate)
  • The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, Screenplay by Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens, Peter Jackson and Guillermo del Toro, Directed by Peter Jackson (WingNut Films, New Line Cinema, MGM, Warner Bros)
  • The Hunger Games, Screenplay by Gary Ross & Suzanne Collins, Directed by Gary Ross (Lionsgate, Color Force)
  • Looper, Screenplay and Directed by Rian Johnson (FilmDistrict, EndGame Entertainment)

Get snubbed by the Oscars and win a Hugo! I’d rather have the Hugo, and I hope Joss Whedon feels the same way. This is a tough area for me to vote one since I’ve seen all of these flicks. The Avengers is the one that gave me the most visceral reactions to what played out in front of my eyes. It gets my vote.

Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form

  • Doctor Who, “The Angels Take Manhattan”, Written by Steven Moffat, Directed by Nick Hurran (BBC Wales)
  • Doctor Who, “Asylum of the Daleks”, Written by Steven Moffat; Directed by Nick Hurran (BBC Wales)
  • Doctor Who, “The Snowmen”, written by Steven Moffat; directed by Saul Metzstein (BBC Wales)
  • Fringe, “Letters of Transit”, Written by J.J. Abrams, Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci, Akiva Goldsman, J.H.Wyman, Jeff Pinkner. Directed by Joe Chappelle (Fox)
  • Game of Thrones, “Blackwater”, Written by George R.R. Martin, Directed by Neil Marshall. Created by David Benioff and D.B. Weiss (HBO)

Gotta love me some Fringe. I weep inside every time I realize I won’t be seeing it for the “first time” again. However, when the complete series box set comes out, I’ll be buying it. It was that influential on me for the years it ran on Fox.

Best Editor, Short Form

  • John Joseph Adams
  • Neil Clarke
  • Stanley Schmidt
  • Jonathan Strahan
  • Sheila Williams

Clarkesworld. Nuf. Sed.

Best Editor, Long Form

  • Lou Anders
  • Sheila Gilbert
  • Liz Gorinsky
  • Patrick Nielsen Hayden
  • Toni Weisskopf

What Lou has done with Pyr Books is amazing. He led his team to build a fantastic publisher of many great works. Anytime I see the Pyr flame on a novel, I know it’s going to be high quality. Always.

Best Professional Artist

  • Vincent Chong
  • Julie Dillon
  • Dan dos Santos
  • Chris McGrath
  • John Picacio

There are many great artists on this list, but Picacio’s work draws me in. There are so many subtle details that support the greater whole in his artwork. If I find myself staring at awe at the cover of a book while in a bookstore, I’m rarely surprised to find it’s one of Picacio’s works.

Best Semiprozine

  • Apex Magazine, edited by Lynne M. Thomas, Jason Sizemore and Michael Damian Thomas
  • Beneath Ceaseless Skies, edited by Scott H. Andrews
  • Clarkesworld, edited by Neil Clarke, Jason Heller, Sean Wallace and Kate Baker
  • Lightspeed, edited by John Joseph Adams and Stefan Rudnicki
  • Strange Horizons, edited by Niall Harrison, Jed Hartman, Brit Mandelo, An Owomoyela, Julia Rios, Abigail Nussbaum, Sonya Taaffe, Dave Nagdeman and Rebecca Cross

Neil Clarke. Nuf. Sed.

Best Fanzine

  • Banana Wings, edited by Claire Brialey and Mark Plummer
  • The Drink Tank, edited by Chris Garcia and James Bacon
  • Elitist Book Reviews, edited by Steven Diamond
  • Journey Planet, edited by James Bacon, Chris Garcia, Emma J. King, Helen J. Montgomery and Pete Young
  • SF Signal, edited by John DeNardo, JP Frantz, and Patrick Hester

How can I not vote for one of my favorite, must-go-to-every-day web sites? The quality of the news/reviews/mashups/mind-melds/etc. put together by DeNardo, Frantz and Hester boggles me. The consistency of posting is equally amazing.

Best Fancast

  • The Coode Street Podcast, Jonathan Strahan and Gary K. Wolfe
  • Galactic Suburbia Podcast, Alisa Krasnostein, Alexandra Pierce, Tansy Rayner Roberts (Presenters) and Andrew Finch (Producer)
  • SF Signal Podcast, Patrick Hester, John DeNardo, and JP Frantz
  • SF Squeecast, Elizabeth Bear, Paul Cornell, Seanan McGuire, Lynne M. Thomas, Catherynne M. Valente (Presenters) and David McHone-Chase (Technical Producer)
  • StarShipSofa, Tony C. Smith

So many great podcasts here. It’s a rough choice for me, but during 2012 there was only one podcast that would make me late for work. That’s the SF Signal Podcast. I’d consciously sit in my car and know I’d be late for my first meeting, but I didn’t care because I had to finish the episode of SF Signal I was listening to at that moment. I can easily pause and return to all other podcasts. Not SF Signal.

Best Fan Writer

  • James Bacon
  • Christopher J. Garcia
  • Mark Oshiro
  • Tansy Rayner Roberts
  • Steven H Silver

If I’ve read anything by these folks, their name doesn’t leap out at me. Sorry. I’ll certainly consume whatever they submit to the voter packet and pick someone.

Best Fan Artist

  • Galen Dara
  • Brad W. Foster
  • Spring Schoenhuth
  • Maurine Starkey
  • Steve Stiles

Again, I’m not sure who these folks are. Their names just aren’t on my radar yet. I hope the voter packet changes that.

The John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer (476 nominating ballots cast)
Award for the best new professional science fiction or fantasy writer of 2011 or 2012, sponsored by Dell Magazines. (Not a Hugo Award, but administered along with the Hugo Awards.)

  • Zen Cho
  • Max Gladstone
  • Mur Lafferty
  • Stina Leicht
  • Chuck Wendig

Man…. How do I pick? I love the work of Mur, Stina and Chuck. I haven’t a clue which way I’m going on this one. I’ve got to give this some more thought…. I suppose I’ll have to decide eventually, but that time is not upon me just yet.

When I finally get my hands on the voter packet, and have consumed the items within, I’ll probably do a follow-up post with my votes and which order they went.