Hugo Awards LogoHere are my nominations for the 2012 Hugo Award:

Best Novel

Of Blood and Honey by Stina Leicht (REVIEW)
A Dance with Dragons by George R.R. Martin
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern (REVIEW)
The Tiger’s Wife by Tea Obreht (REVIEW)
Among Others by Jo Walton

Best Semi-prozine

Beneath Ceaseless Skies
Daily Science Fiction
Strange Horizons

Best Editor, long

Lou Anders
Dev Pillai
Jeremy Lassen
Betsy Wollheim

Best Editor, short

John Joseph Adams for Fantasy/Lightspeed
Scott H. Andrews for Beneath Ceaseless Skies
Ann Leckie for Giganotosaurus
Michael Ray for Redstone Science Fiction

Dramatic Presentation, short

‘The Case,’ directed by Charles Kaznyk
Remedial Chaos Theory (Community)
Baelor (Game of Thrones)
The Pointy End (Game of Thrones)

Dramatic Presentation, long

The Adjustment Bureau
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2
Midnight in Paris
Source Code
Super 8

Best Artist, professional

Jason Chan (ARTWORK)
Julie Dillon (ARTWORK)
Daniel Dociu
Kekai Kotaki (ARTWORK)
Olly Moss (ARTWORK)

Best Fancast

Adventures in SciFi Publishing
The Agony Column
SF Signal Podcast
Writing Excuses

Best Fanzine

The Speculative Scotsman
SF Signal
The Wertzone
The World SF Blog

Best Fan Writer

Niall Alexander for The Speculative Scotsman
Jim C. Hines for his blog
N.K. Jemisin for her blog
Abigail Nussbaum for Asking the Wrong Questions and Strange Horizons
Adam Whitehead for The Wertzone

As you can see, I voted only in the categories that I felt qualified for. No commentary now, but I might come back to it again soon with some thoughts.

  • Justin March 9, 2012 at 4:41 pm

    You watched a lot more stuff than I did this year. I couldn’t speculate on the visual stuff. Glad to see you give Lassen a nod too at Editor.

    Good choices all around except….

    ADWD? REALLY?!?!?!

  • Joe Sherry March 9, 2012 at 4:49 pm

    The only only reason I didn’t nominate for semiprozine is because I think it is probably a prozine like Asimov’s.

    I’m glad you nominated Ann Leckie for short form editor. Good call, there.

  • aidan March 9, 2012 at 5:40 pm

    @Justin — Yeah, ADWD might be a little out of left field, but I feel that, despite how it might measure against the other volumes in A Song of Ice and Fire, it was still head-and-shoulders above the other epic fantasies released.*

    @Joe — I asked around on Twitter and no one could give me a straight answer, so I included it on these two criteria:

    Any generally available non-professional publication devoted to science fiction or fantasy which by the close of 2011 has published four (4) or more issues (or the equivalent in other media), at least one (1) of which appeared in 2011, and which in 2011 met at least two (2) of the following criteria:
    1. Had an average press run of at least 1,000 copies per issue,
    2. Paid its contributors and/or staff in other than copies of the publication,
    3. Provided at least half the income of any one person,

    4. Had at least 15% of its total space occupied by advertising,
    5. Announced itself to be a semiprozine.

    I suppose it’s probably considered professional, but I feel that they deserve a nod for their non-fiction (which is paid at token rates, unlike their short fiction.) And not just because I was published there in 2011.

    *Note, I’m not a Malazan fan, so don’t hold The Crippled God above my head, please.

  • Renay March 9, 2012 at 9:27 pm

    You weren’t kidding about your Best Novel nominations. I just realized I first heard of The Tiger’s Wife from you. :) Thanks you the pointers the other day, too!

  • SMD March 10, 2012 at 1:22 am

    I would kill to see a Best Novel category filled with books like that.

    And WTF, man? No Skiffy and Fanty Show? :(

  • Steve Jenkins March 10, 2012 at 2:50 am

    A great list in the novel category – 2 of mine overlap with yours, but I also added Zoo City by Lauren Beukes. An awesome book.

  • Kristen March 10, 2012 at 10:20 am

    I really want to check out all the novels you mentioned that I haven’t read, especially The Night Circus and Of Blood and Honey!

  • Paul (@princejvstin) March 12, 2012 at 8:45 am

    Thanks for sharing this, Aidan.

  • Kathleen March 12, 2012 at 11:17 am

    Do you think The Tiger’s Wife will get any traction? I saw it mainly marketing as literary fiction, and that tends to influence awards, IMHO.

  • aidan March 12, 2012 at 11:32 am

    @Kathleen — I doubt it. I felt it deserved a nod, though.

  • Justin March 12, 2012 at 12:28 pm

    @Kathleen I held it back from my nominations for that reason, right or wrong. It was probably the best book I read last year, but it feels like a stretch for me to call it SFF.

  • Eric March 12, 2012 at 2:52 pm

    My must-nominate book that didn’t make your list was Leviathan Wakes.

  • aidan March 12, 2012 at 2:55 pm

    Leviathan Wakes and The Dragon’s Path were number 5 and 6 on my list. Both just missed making my ballot.

  • Kathleen March 12, 2012 at 8:12 pm

    Thanks Aidan and Justin! I find the line between “literary” and “genre” fiction so interesting. I am currently reading ZONE ONE (think literary WORLD WAR Z with one protagonist). so fascinating to me that it doesn’t seem to have a ton of traction in Scifi community…..
    anyways, I have been planning on reading ATW</i. anyways, but it is always good to get additional pokes to do so.

  • Kathleen March 12, 2012 at 8:38 pm

    oops. tag screw up. sorry!

  • Peter Ahlstrom March 16, 2012 at 8:10 am

    I don’t consider Writing Excuses to be eligible in Best Fancast, because it’s professional. We were suggesting it in the Best Related Work category, which it was on the ballot for last year.

    It will be interesting to see how nominations get split, if others placed it as you did.

  • aidan March 16, 2012 at 8:56 am

    Out of curiousity, how do you define ‘professional’ in the sense of Writing Excuses? Presumably Brandon, Dan, Mary, Howard and Jordan aren’t paid for their work on it. This sort of debate seems like more evidence that the name ‘Fancast’ is silly. Do we need a ‘Best Semi-procast’ category to capture those podcasts that, like Writing Excuses, operate in a professional manner? If so, do other podcasts of similar stature to Writing Excuses (like PodCastle, Geek’s Guide to the Galaxy, or The Agony Column) also belong in ‘Best Related Work’ until this is sorted out? Too confusing.

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