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.)
- 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.