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Hugo Nominations 2015

March 3, 2015

The nomination period for this year’s Hugo Awards closes in a week. I am slightly late to the party since I just started filling in my ballot today, but there’s still time. I thought I would share what I’m nominating and see if you folks had any other suggestions. There are several categories that I am terribly weak in.

– 40,001 words and up
Indexing  by Seanan McGuire
Valour & Vanity by Mary Robinette Kowal
Tigerman by Nick Harkaway
Maplecroft by Cherie Priest
Lock In by John Scalzi


Novella – 17,500 – 40,000 words
Courting Magic by Stephanie Burgis
 Ashes and Alchemy by Cindy Spencer Pape

Novelette – 7,500 – 17,5000
A Fire in the Heavens  by Mary Robinette Kowal

ShadowsBest Related Work

(honestly, for this one I’m just going to copy the description on the ballot, because I just don’t know.)

Any work related to the field of science fiction, fantasy, or fandom appearing for the first time during 2014 or which has been substantially modified during 2014, and which is either non-fiction or, if fictional, is noteworthy primarily for aspects other than the fictional text, and which is not eligible in any other category.

Shadows Beneath: The Writing Excuses Anthology by Brandon Sanderson, Mary Robinette Kowal, Dan Wells, & Howard Tayler  

rat queensGraphic Story
Rat Queens, Vol. 1: Sass & Sorcery by Kurtis J. Wiebe and Roc Upchurch
Red Sonja, Vol, 1: Queen of Plagues by Gail Simone and Walter Geovanni
The Sleeper and the Spindle by Neil Gaiman and Chris Riddle
Julia’s House for Lost Creatures by Ben Hatke
(I’m not actually sure if the last two are really eligible in the category. It depends on what is meant by “told in graphic form” means to the committee.)

Dramatic Presentation
– Long Form (over 90 minutes)
Guardians of the Galaxy
Captain America: Winter Soldier
X-Men: Days of Future Past
How to Train Your Dragon 2

Dramatic Presentation
– Short Form (90 minutes or less)
The Librarians – And the Apple of Discord
(I’m still debating about whether I want to nominate the entire run of Peggy Carter for long form next year or pick out an individual episode for short form. Decisions, decisions, decisions.)

Professional Editor – Short Form
Christie Yant – worked with Seanan on “Each to Each”
Lynne M. Thomas – editor at Uncanny Magazine
Ellen Datlow – editor of all the things including and Women Destroy Horror

Professional Editor – Long Form
Shelia Gilbert – co-owner of DAW. Works with Seanan McGuire
Liz Gorinsky – works at Tor with authors like Mary Robinette Kowal, George Mann and Catherynne Valente

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Mami Wata Medusa by Autumn

Professional Artist 

Sam Flegal


Tea & Jeopardy by Emma Newman
Sword & Laser by Veronica Belmont and Tom Merritt

Aaaand that’s as far as I’ve gotten so far. Categories that remain:
Short Story 
Semipro Zine
Fan Writer
Fan Artist
John W. Campbell Award 

Do you have any suggestions? What have I overlooked? What did you love the F/SF field in 2014?

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