||[Apr. 14th, 2004|10:31 pm]
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)
Frank Kelly Freas
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)
John L. Flynn
The Langford, natch.
Best Fan Artist (190 ballots)
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.