Hugo Nominations!

Nominations for the Hugos are due in the next two days, and I got mine in yesterday. Time to talk about what I nominated, and why!

(These are not all that I nominated, just the most significant / interesting works.)

Best Novel

  • A Long Time Until Now, Michael Z Williamson. Great time travel story. Very interesting.
  • The Discworld [Complete Work], Terry Pratchett. Like Wheel of Time last year, the whole series as a single work. And what a work it is! Witty, poignant, insightful, imaginative. Pratchett was one of the best.
  • Strands of Sorrow, John Ringo. Last of his “Islands of Rage and Hope” series. Probably the single best zombie series, period.
  • The Cinder Spires: The Aeronaut’s Windlass, Jim Butcher. Butcher’s best work. Simply stunning. My #1 pick.
  • Somewhither: A Tale of the Unwithering Realm, John C Wright. Brilliant multiverse book with a, so far as I know, utterly unique reason for the timeline divergences.

Best Related Work

  • “Appendix N”, Jeffrey Johnson. An in-depth look at the literary works and authors listed in the famed Advanced Dungeons & Dragons Appendix N. As most of these works are utterly unknown to people who started reading sci-fi / fantasy in 1978 or later, it was not only illustrative of the assumptions behind D&D, but it illuminated a whole new world of fantasy and sci-fi, radically different from that I had know.

Best Dramatic Presentation (Long Form):

  • Shadowrun: Hong Kong, Harebrained Schemes
  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, CD Project Red
  • Fallout 4, Bethesda Softworks

It was only recently discovered that computer games qualify for the Best Dramatic Presentation award, so I nominated three of the best from last year.

The John W. Campbell Award:

  • Brian Niemeier. Sharp guy, great writer. One to keep an eye on.

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