At the prompting of a couple of authors whose works I have enjoyed, I joined Worldcon this year (via LonestarCon3 – yes, it’s complicated; no, I don’t really understand why either.) so that I could nominate and vote in the 2013 Hugo Awards. I’ve already written a bit about my personal interest in the Hugos, but for those who don’t know I should also say that for most authors of science fiction, the Hugo and the Nebula are two of the brightest lights in the constellation of winnable awards. The Hugo is more of a “people’s choice” award, while the Nebula is more of an academy (SFWA) sort of thing.
In any event, I’m working my way through the ballot, and I realize that I primarily have contributions to make in the “Best Novel” and “John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer” categories, with perhaps also something to say in the Best Dramatic Presentation, Long Form category, provided it includes movies and audiobooks. (I’m still looking into the audiobook angle. I sincerely hope it does, because I’ve heard some outstanding performances this year by Oliver Wyman and Bronson Pinchot.)
The rest of the categories, though, are a mystery to me. If you know of things you think are deserving of Hugo nominations in these categories, please let me know in the comments. I have a month to read and review materials for best Novella, Novellette, Short Story, Graphic Story, and others so that I can include them on my ballot.
Until then, I get 5 slots for each category. This is how my ballot is looking so far:
- Monster Hunter: Legion by Larry Correia (Baen)
- Caliban’s War by James S.A. Corey (Orbit)
- The Rook by Daniel O’Malley (Little, Brown and Company)
- The Long Earth by Terry Pratchett & Stephen Baxter (HarperCollins)
- Faith by John Love (Night Shade Books)
John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer:
- John Love – Faith
- Daniel O’Malley – The Rook
I’ve got a lot of slots to fill in. Feed me, people. There are a whole bunch of categories I haven’t even scratched the surface on yet.