Wednesday, March 30, 2016

My Nominations for the 2016 Hugo Awards

I just got an email from the administrators of the Hugo Award.  It turns out that all nominations are due tomorrow.  So I finally sat down and figured them out.  As always, my reading of new stuff is a little bit sparse, so even though I can nominate up to 5 in each category, I don't have 5 works in most categories.  But,  I do have some great ones even if the slate isn't full.  Here they are.  I linked to where you could get these works where possible.  I also put a link to my review on the ones where such exists.

Best Novel
The Dark Forest is the sequel to last year's Hugo winner.  I am loving the series and looking forward to the third.  It's one of the most unique science fiction stories I've read in a long time.  Of course, the other two I nominated are excellent as well.
The Dark Forest by Liu Cixin (My review)
Chimera by Mira Grant (My review)
Library of Souls by Ransom Riggs (My review)

Best Novella:
The New Mother was fascinating and a little bit frightening.  An excellent story.  Of course, Rolling the Deep is about scary mermaids.   Both are excellent.

The New Mother by Eugene Fischer -  Asimov's April/May 2015
Rolling in the Deep by Mira Grant (My review)

Best Novelette:
Pareidolia by Kathleen Bartholomew and Kage Barker  - Asimov's March 2015

Best Short Story:
When Your Child Strays From God by Sam J. Miller -  Clarkesworld July 2015
Tuesdays by Suzanne Palmer  - Asimov's March 2015
Cat Pictures Please by Naomi Kritzer - Clarkesworld January 2015
Holding The Ghosts by Gwendolyn Clare - Asimov's March 2015

Best Graphic Story:
Ms. Marvel, Vol. 3: Crushed  by G. Willow Wilson

Best Dramatic Presentation (Long Form):
Star Wars: The Force Awakens 
The Martian 
Jurassic World  
Terminator: Genisys
Avengers: Age of Ultron 

Best Dramatic Presentation (Short Form):
Doctor Who - The Zygon Inversion 
Doctor Who - The Zygon Invasion 
Agents of Shield - Melinda 
Grimm - Wesenrein 
Agents of Shield - Afterlife 

Best Professional Editor (Short Form):
Ellen Datlow 
Hank Davis 
Sheila Williams 
John Joseph Adams 

Best Professional Editor (Long Form):
Toni Weisskopf


  1. I'm always excited to read your nominations. I am not a nominator, but if so, I would have nominated Doctor Who for "Heaven Sent." It was my favorite episode of the season. Also, I haven't read it yet, but if I were nominating I would have made the time to read "Seveneves" by Neal Stephenson. Based on the reviews I've heard from friends, I think it may be the best SF novel of 2015. I guess I will be able to make a more informed judgement after I read it and "The Dark Forest" (both of which aI have on hold at the library).

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