Tuesday, April 26, 2011

The 2011 Hugos and Where You Can Find Them

BEST NOVEL
·Blackout/All Clear by Connie Willis (Amazon Excerpt) WINNER!
·Cryoburn by Lois McMaster Bujold (Excerpt)
·The Dervish House by Ian McDonald (Amazon Excerpt)
·Feed by Mira Grant (Excerpt) Either way
·The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms by N.K. Jemisin (Excerpt)

BEST NOVELLA
·The Lady Who Plucked Red Flowers beneath the Queen's Window by Rachel Swirsky (Full) Thumbs Up!
·The Lifecycle of Software Objects by Ted Chiang (Full) Thumbs Up! WINNER!
·The Maiden Flight of McCauley’s Bellerophon by Elizabeth Hand
·The Sultan of the Clouds by Geoffrey A. Landis (Full) Thumbs Up!
·Troika by Alastair Reynolds

BEST NOVELETTE
·Eight Miles by Sean McMullen
·The Emperor of Mars by Allen M. Steele (Full) (Audio) WINNER!
·The Jaguar House, in Shadow by Aliette de Bodard (Full) Skip it
·Plus or Minus by James Patrick Kelly (Full) Either way
·That Leviathan, Whom Thou Hast Made by Eric James Stone (Full) Thumbs Up!

BEST SHORT STORY
·Amaryllis by Carrie Vaughn (Full) Skip it
·For Want of a Nail by Mary Robinette Kowal (Full) Thumbs Up! WINNER!
·Ponies by Kij Johnson (Full) Thumbs Up!
·The Things by Peter Watts (Full) Either way

And as a special note, I wanted to exhibit something that was nominated for "Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form" as it seemed a real unusual pick.  It's an amateur YouTube video, a fan work, a meta-sci fi work (meaning it's not a science fiction story, but it's about science fiction) and features profanity in the title.  Meaning that everyone who's going to write about the Hugos is going to have a tough time with this one.  I don't know why the committee selected it, maybe it didn't have a choice, like Madden with Peyton Hillis on the cover. It's good, but is it Hugo good? You decide.



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