By now, you’ve probably seen the results of the 2012 Hugo Awards, which are littered across the ‘net. Instead of sounding like a broken record and posting the unabridged list, I thought I’d toss around a few of my thoughts on the results that most interest me, specifically ‘Best Novel,’ ‘Best Fanzine,’ and ‘Best Fan Writer.’ Overall, I’m quite happy with the results, and found many overlaps between my original nominating ballot and the votes I cast.
For the full list, visit Tor.com.
- Winner: Among Others by Jo Walton (Tor)
- A Dance With Dragons by George R. R. Martin (Bantam Spectra)
- Deadline by Mira Grant (Orbit)
- Embassytown by China Miéville (Macmillan UK / Del Rey)
- Leviathan Wakes by James S. A. Corey (Orbit)
Very surprised, and delighted, to see Among Others sitting atop this list. I nominated it, and gave it my top vote earlier in the year, but I expected it to get trampled by A Dance with Dragons, or Mieville. Some consider the novel to be too pandering towards the older generation of fandom, who has a huge impact on Hugo voting, and many they’re right, but as someone who was born after Among Others ended, rose-tinted glasses didn’t have any effect on my perception and enjoyment of the novel; The dreamy Welsh setting did, the starkly drawn protagonist and the tender relationships she built around herself did, but nostalgia didn’t. Good choice, voters.
Best Editor, Long Form
- Winner: Betsy Wollheim
- Lou Anders
- Liz Gorinsky
- Anne Lesley Groell
- Patrick Nielsen Hayden
I think it’s cute that the editor of the novel most in need of editing won this.
Best Professional Artist
- Winner: John Picacio
- Dan dos Santos
- Bob Eggleton
- Michael Komarck
- Stephan Martiniere
Very happy to see John’s name here. He’s a wonderful fellow, and, more importantly, an artist who doesn’t fall into the general trends of the genre’s art. You know a Picacio cover when you see one, but they never feel like a rehash of something he’s painted before.
- Winner: SF Signal edited by John DeNardo
- Banana Wings edited by Claire Brialey and Mark Plummer
- The Drink Tank edited by James Bacon and Christopher J Garcia
- File 770 edited by Mike Glyer
- Journey Planet edited by James Bacon, Christopher J Garcia, et al.
Best Fan Writer
- Winner: Jim C. Hines
- James Bacon
- Claire Brialey
- Christopher J Garcia
- Steven H. Silver
I’ve had a lot staked in these two categories for the last few years, and have been very vocal about my opinion that the blogosphere and its writers need to be better recognized the by estabilshed/old school fandom. SF Signal taking the prize above category stalwarts like Journey Planet, File 770 and last year’s winner, The Drink Tank, is an absolute delight for me. Congratulations to John Denardo, J.P. Frantz, Patrick Hester and the rest of the crew over there. They’ve always been a delight to work with, and I’ll be forever grateful that I talked Denardo into shamelessly promoting SF Signal’s Hugo eligibility. It’s paid off tenfold.
Jim C. Hines is wonderful, I nominated and voted for him, and I couldn’t be happier to see his name here. Congrats, Jim!
Also of note, if you look at the 2012 Hugo Award Statistics, which breaks down the voting spectrum and also reveals the ‘long list’ of coulda-woulda-shoulda beens, you’ll see that A Dribble of Ink appears on the list, just 25 votes shy of making the final ballot. Sure, I only got 13 votes in total, but it shows that there are readers out there who believe in what I do here. I’m humbled, and already working on ideas of how to provide the great content necessary to convince those 25-30 extra voters that A Dribble of Ink belongs there. This is the first time that A Dribble of Ink has appeared among the long list statistics. So, thank you readers!