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Hugo Nominations [Apr. 14th, 2004|10:31 pm]
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From the Noreascon website:

Best Novel (462 ballots)

Paladin of Souls | Lois McMaster Bujold (Eos)
Humans | Robert Sawyer (Tor Books)
Ilium | Dan Simmons (Eos)
Singularity Sky | Charles Stross (Ace Books)
Blind Lake | Robert Charles Wilson (Tor Books)

I have no idea what's going on here: clearly it was 'vote like a crazy person 'day when the Hugo ballots went out. Singularity Sky is good, but not really Hugo material, and Humans didn't even rate a mention in the Locus recommended reading list. I'm going mostly on reviews here, but I get the impression that the only one of the five that really deserves its place is Ilium; maybe also Blind Lake, but that's it. Interesting that neither Quicksilver nor Pattern Recognition got a nomination.

Best Novella (215 ballots)

"Walk in Silence" | Catherine Asaro (Analog, April 2003)
"Empress of Mars" | Kage Baker (Asimov's, July 2003)
"The Green Leopard Plague" | Walter Jon Williams (Asimov's, Oct./Nov. 2003)
"Just Like the Ones We Used to Know" | Connie Willis (Asimov's, Dec. 2003)
"The Cookie Monster" | Vernor Vinge (Analog, Oct. 2003)

I've read four of the five - the only one I've missed is Asaro's. It's not a bad list, but I would have said two ('Empress of Mars' and 'Just Like The Ones We Used To Know') are a bit lightweight, and would have preferred to see William Barton's 'Off On A Starship' and/or Charlie Stross' 'Curator' up there instead. Still, Vinge will probably take this, and it won't be undeserved.

Best Novelette (243 ballots)

"Empire of Ice Cream" | Jeffrey Ford (Sci Fiction, scifi.com, Feb. 2003)
"Bernardo's House" | James Patrick Kelly (Asimov's, June 2003)
"Into the Gardens of Sweet Night" | Jay Lake (Writers of the Future XIX, Bridge, 2003)
"Hexagons" | Robert Reed (Asimov's, July 2003)
"Nightfall" | Charles Stross (Asimov's, April 2003)
"Legions in Time" | Michael Swanwick (Asimov's, April 2003)

Now, this is more like it! A seriously strong category, even allowing for the fact that I haven't read Jay Lake's offering. 'Empire of Ice Cream', 'Bernardo's House' and 'Hexagons' are all excellent; I'd personally give the nod to 'Hexagons' for mixing up alternate history and games and politics, but any of the three would be a deserving winner. Even the Swanwick is pretty good, but I continue to miss whatever the hell it is about 'Nightfall' that's so great.

Best Short Story (310 ballots)

"Paying It Forward" | Michael A. Burstein (Analog, Sept. 2003)
"A Study in Emerald" | Neil Gaiman (Shadows over Baker Street, Del Rey, 2003)
"Four Short Novels" | Joe Haldeman (Fantasy & Science Fiction, Nov. 2003)
"The Tale of the Golden Eagle" | David D. Levine (Fantasy & Science Fiction, June 2003)
"Robots Don't Cry" | Mike Resnick (Asimov's, July 2003)

Here, I've only read one of the four, Resnick's story, and I didn't think that was great. I'll have to wait for the others to be posted online.

Best Related Book (243 ballots)

Scores: Reviews 1993-2003 | John Clute (Beccon Publications, 2003)
Spectrum 10: The Best in Fantastic Contemporary Art | Cathy & Arnie Fenner (Underwood Books, 2003)
The Chesley Awards for SF & Fantasy Art: A Retrospective | John Grant, Elizabeth L. Humphrey, & Pamela D. Scoville (Artist's & Photographer's Press Ltd., 2003)
Dreamer of Dune: The Biography of Frank Herbert | Brian Herbert (Tor Books, 2003)
The Thackery T. Lambshead Guide to Eccentric & Discredited Diseases | Jeff Vandermeer & Mark Roberts (Night Shade Books, 2003)
Master Storyteller: An Illustrated Tour of the Fiction of L. Ron Hubbard | William J. Widder (Bridge, 2003)

The scientologists are out in force, I see...

I haven't read any of the nominees here, so I can't judge their strength. Still, it's nice to see Clute on the ballot, and good things are said about the Lambshead book.

Best Dramatic Presentation | Long Form (363 ballots)

28 Days Later (DNA Films/Fox Searchlight). Directed by Danny Boyle; written by Alex Garland.
Finding Nemo (Pixar/Walt Disney Pictures). Directed by Andrew Stanton & Lee Unkrich; screenplay by Andrew Stanton, Bob Peterson & David Reynolds; story by Andrew Stanton.
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (New Line Cinema). Directed by Peter Jackson; screenplay by Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens & Peter Jackson; based on the novel by J.R.R. Tolkien.
Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (Walt Disney Pictures). Directed by Gore Verbinski; screenplay by Ted Elliott & Terry Rossio; screen story by Ted Elliott, Terry Rossio, Stuart Beattie & Jay Wolpert.
X2: X-Men United (20th Century Fox/Marvel). Directed by Bryan Singer; screenplay by Michael Dougherty, Dan Harris & David Hayter; story by Zak Penn, David Hayter & Bryan Singer.

I'm slightly surprised to see 28 Days Later on there, although I'm not sure why. And it doesn't matter anyway, because ROTK will take the award.

Best Dramatic Presentation | Short Form (212 ballots)

"Chosen" | Buffy the Vampire Slayer (Mutant Enemy Inc./20th Century Fox). Written and directed by Joss Whedon.
"Gollum's Acceptance Speech at the 2003 MTV Movie Awards" (Wingnut Films/New Line Cinema). Written and directed by Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens & Peter Jackson.
"Heart of Gold" | Firefly (Mutant Enemy Inc./20th Century Fox). Directed by Thomas J. Wright; written by Brett Matthews.
"The Message" | Firefly (Mutant Enemy Inc./20th Century Fox). Directed by Tim Minear; written by Joss Whedon & Tim Minear.
"Rosetta" | Smallville (Tollin/Robbins Productions/Warner Brothers). Directed by James Marshall; written by Al Gough & Miles Millar.

What, no 'Inside Out'? No 'Home'? I'd have settled for 'Orpheus', even...

For those who don't know, 'Rosetta' is The Episode With Christopher Reeve, but not particularly notable otherwise; 'Heart of Gold' and 'The Message' both come from the Firefly DVD release, and I'm really surprised that HoG got nominated whilst 'Trash' didn't; and 'Chosen' is Buffy's final episode. It'll take the award, of course, unless Gollum pulls off an upset; personally, my vote would be for 'The Message'.

Best Professional Editor (319 ballots)

Ellen Datlow (SciFiction)
Gardner Dozois (Asimov's)
David Hartwell (Multiple anthologies)
Stanley Schmidt (Analog)
Gordon Van Gelder (Fantasy & Science Fiction)

Since I didn't read Analog or F&SF in 2003, I feel a bit of a cheat voting in this category. But I think I'd put Datlow first, Dozois second, and Hartwell third.

Best Professional Artist (241 ballots)

Jim Burns
Bob Eggleton
Frank Frazetta
Frank Kelly Freas
Donato Giancola

Not a category I feel qualified to judge.

Best Semi-Prozine (199 ballots)

Ansible, ed. Dave Langford
Interzone, ed. David Pringle
Locus, ed. Charles N. Brown, Jennifer A. Hall, and Kirsten Gong-Wong
The New York Review of Science Fiction, ed. Kathryn Cramer, David G. Hartwell, and Kevin Maroney
Third Alternative, ed. Andy Cox

Remind me what the definition of a semi-prozine is, again?

Good to see TTA and Interzone on the ballot. I really don't mind which wins; and I really must look into getting some copies of TNYROSF.

Best Fanzine (211 ballots)

Challenger, ed. Guy H. Lillian III
Emerald City, ed. Cheryl Morgan
File 770, ed. Mike Glyer
Mimosa, ed. Rich and Nicki Lynch
Plokta, ed. Alison Scott, Steve Davies, and Mike Scott

As long as it doesn't go to Emerald City, I'm happy.

Best Fan Writer (260 ballots)

Jeff Berkwits
Bob Devney
John L. Flynn
Dave Langford
Cheryl Morgan

The Langford, natch.

Best Fan Artist (190 ballots)

Brad Foster
Teddy Harvia
Sue Mason
Steve Stiles
Frank Wu

Again, not an area I know about.

The John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer (192 ballots)

Jay Lake (second year of eligibility)
David D. Levine (second year of eligibility)
Karin Lowachee (second year of eligibility)
Chris Moriarty (first year of eligibility)
Tim Pratt (second year of eligibility)
Note: This award is not a Hugo; it is sponsored by Dell Magazines.

Well, I haven't read anything by any of these guys, although I know Moriarty was nominated for the Dick award.

Anyone got anything to add?

Meanwhile, ajr writes about the Retro Hugos here. And anyone who hasn't filled in this month's book group poll (*cough*Su*cough*) should do so without delay.

[User Picture]From: veggiesu
2004-04-14 02:52 pm (UTC)
And anyone who hasn't filled in this month's book group poll (*cough*Su*cough*) should do so without delay

Oh, you're *so* adorable when you're being masterful :-P
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[User Picture]From: tinyjo
2004-04-15 05:18 am (UTC)
I am sooo behind - I haven't read a single one of these yet - I'm going to borrow Singularity Sky from Alex when I've finished Light Ages though.

Also, what's the difference between a novella and a novelette?
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[User Picture]From: ajr
2004-04-15 05:31 am (UTC)
Couldn't find an answer that relates directly to the Hugo definition of novelette, but I did find this on Writing Fiction: A Beginner's Guide, which should suffice.

Another word that has been used to refer to fiction somewhere between the short story and the novel in length is novelette. The specific meaning of this word had changed over time; at one time it simply meant a longish story or a shortish novel, at another time is was a slightly derogatory term for a short novel of very little substance. The word is not used extensively in English literature these days, but the SFWA makes use of it in its Nebula Award criteria to mean fiction of a length from 7,500 to 17,499 words, in other words between short story and novella length.

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[User Picture]From: coalescent
2004-04-15 05:40 am (UTC)
I am sooo behind - I haven't read a single one of these yet

In all honesty, you probably don't need to (although Singularity Sky is fun). I'd use the Clarke list as a guide before I used this...

Also, what's the difference between a novella and a novelette?

Length. If memory serves, novelettes are 'officially' 7,500 to 17,500 words; novellas are longer, short stories are shorter.
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[User Picture]From: bohemiancoast
2004-04-15 12:39 pm (UTC)
The sad thing about Best Fan Writer -- which you describe as 'the Langford' -- is that there are lots of people doing good fan writing (many right here in LJ, but also plenty in blogs, as well as fanzines) , but for some reason they're consistently beaten in nominations by very pedestrian e-zine publishers. In some cases these people are also relentless self-publicists. I don't understand it; I don't know what to do about it.
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[User Picture]From: coalescent
2004-04-15 04:38 pm (UTC)
In some cases these people are also relentless self-publicists.

Oh, I hope you're talking about who I think you're talking about. :)

I don't understand it; I don't know what to do about it.

Are there any equivalent awards that are decided by a jury, or are all the existing fan awards decided by a general vote?
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From: fishlifter
2004-04-16 08:24 am (UTC)
Are there any equivalent awards that are decided by a jury, or are all the existing fan awards decided by a general vote?

All by popular vote. The only other fan awards -- at least from a UK perspective -- are the FAAn Awards (anybody who considers themselves eligible may vote), and the Novas (voters must be members of Novacon and have received at least five different fanzines in the eligibility period). The Novas were a jury award up until (I think) the late Seventies when there was a controversy...
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[User Picture]From: despotliz
2004-04-16 12:38 pm (UTC)
http://www.worldcon.org/bm/const-2000.html#article3 is a handy link I found, defining not only the lengths of novella, novelette, and short story, but also the definition of a semiprozine. I wonder if only actual paper copies are printed, or if email ones count (eg for Ansible).
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[User Picture]From: snowking
2004-04-19 05:20 am (UTC)
Hah! D&OitMK is so a novel. In your face, Harrison!
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[User Picture]From: coalescent
2004-04-19 05:34 am (UTC)
I know that! But I wanted to count it as a novella, because that seems fairer. If it's a novella, it makes my ten best of last year easy. If it's a novel, it doesn't even come close.
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[User Picture]From: snowking
2004-04-19 06:00 am (UTC)
Weren't you supposed to do books anyway?

And where is this list of 10?
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[User Picture]From: coalescent
2004-04-19 06:20 am (UTC)
Weren't you supposed to do books anyway?

For the Vector list, yes. But for that I get to include anthologies as well, so Down and Out stood even less of a chance.

And where is this list of 10?

It's a hypothetical list! But off the top of my head it would look something like this:

The Light Ages, Ian R Macleod
Fuzzy Dice, Paul di Filippo
Coalescent, Stephen Baxter
Natural History, Justina Robson
Polystom, Adam Roberts

(The five above were my final Vector picks)

The Separation, Chris Priest
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Mark Haddon
Oryx and Crake, Margaret Atwood
Singularity Sky, Charles Stross
Coyote, Allen Steele.

To be fair, Down and Out would be in competition with the last two on that list. But if the list is for 'books' rather than 'novels', I'm suddenly allowed to include Dear Abbey, The Library, A Place So Foreign and a couple of others, and the list changes dramatically.

Whilst I'm at it, the best novellas I read last year:

'Off On A Starship', William Barton
'Curator', Charles Stross
'Floater', Lucius Shepard (not sure of wordcount for this one; might technically be a novel, in which case it replaces Coyote on the list above)
'The Writer', Zoran Zivkovic
'Dear Abbey', Terry Bisson
'Ariel', Lucius Shepard
'The Cookie Monster', Vernor Vinge
'Riding The Rock', Stephen Baxter
'The Green Leopard Plague', Walter Jon Williams
'Just Like The Ones We Used To Know', Connie Willis

Down and Out would come in at 6 or 7 on that list. To me, it reads like a novella that's slightly overstayed its welcome rather than a novel, that's all I'm saying.
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[User Picture]From: coalescent
2004-04-19 06:38 am (UTC)
Stupid HTML. But I wanted to note that if I can back date the list (ie 2003 books I've read in 2004 are allowed) then Pattern Recognition and Veniss Underground would both be on the novels list.
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