(Update 18 April: added link to “How to Talk to Girls at Parties”)
Seen first at Making Light (backstory). First of all: no Japanese nominees? Not even one? Not even in the Dramatic Presentation categories? What the hell? Second of all: exactly one female author in the entire fiction slate? What the hell, part two? That said:
Michael F. Flynn, Eifelheim (Tor)
Naomi Novik, His Majesty’s Dragon (Del Rey)
Charles Stross, Glasshouse (Ace)
Vernor Vinge, Rainbows End (Tor)
Peter Watts, Blindsight (Tor)
Awesome to see Blindsight nominated (here is Watts’ reaction). At the moment I hope it wins, though I haven’t read most of the rest of the nominees yet. Interesting to see how dramatically this list differs from the Nebula list.
“The Walls of the Universe” by Paul Melko (Asimov’s, April/May 2006)
“A Billion Eves” by Robert Reed (Asimov’s, October/November 2006)
“Inclination” by William Shunn (Asimov’s, April/May 2006)
“Lord Weary’s Empire” by Michael Swanwick (Asimov’s, December 2006)
Julian: A Christmas Story by Robert Charles Wilson (PS Publishing)
Read four (all except the Swanwick), of which the Wilson is my pick. But the Reed or the Shunn would be fine, too.
“Yellow Card Man” by Paolo Bacigalupi (Asimov’s, December 2006)
“Dawn, and Sunset, and the Colours of the Earth” by Michael F. Flynn (Asimov’s, October/November 2006)
“The Djinn’s Wife” by Ian McDonald (Asimov’s, July 2006)
“All the Things You Are” by Mike Resnick (Jim Baen’s Universe, October 2006)
“Pol Pot’s Beautiful Daughter” [pdf] by Geoff Ryman (F&SF, October/November 2006)
Not a bad category at all, all things considered. The Bacigalupi would be my first pick, followed by the McDonald.
“How to Talk to Girls at Parties” by Neil Gaiman (Fragile Things)
“Kin” by Bruce McAllister (Asimov’s, February 2006)
“Impossible Dreams” by Timothy Pratt (Asimov’s, July 2006)
“Eight Episodes” by Robert Reed (Asimov’s, June 2006)
“The House Beyond Your Sky” by Benjamin Rosenbaum (Strange Horizons, September 2006)
I should know this but I don’t: is this Strange Horizons‘ first Hugo nomination for fiction? Yet another solid category (despite my two caveats at the top of the post, this is a strong ballot); the Gaiman will almost certainly win, but I actually quite enjoyed “How to Talk to Girls at Parties”, which is more than I can say for most of his other nominated stories over the past few years.
Samuel R. Delany, About Writing: Seven Essays, Four Letters, and Five Interviews (Wesleyan University Press)
Joseph T. Major, Heinlein’s Children: The Juveniles (Advent)
Julie Phillips, James Tiptree, Jr.: The Double Life of Alice Sheldon (St. Martin’s Press)
John Picacio, Cover Story: The Art of John Picacio (MonkeyBrain Books)
Mike Resnick & Joe Siclari, eds., Worldcon Guest of Honor Speeches (ISFiC Press)
Everyone knows this category belongs to Julie Phillips, right?
Dramatic Presentation, Long Form
Children of Men (Universal Pictures)
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest (Disney)
The Prestige (Warner Brothers / Touchstone Pictures)
A Scanner Darkly (Warner Independent Pictures)
V for Vendetta (Warner Brothers)
I would have liked to see Pan’s Labyrinth on the list, but you can’t have everything, I guess. It’s a tough call between Children of Men, The Prestige and A Scanner Darkly, even so.
Dramatic Presentation, Short Form
Battlestar Galactica, “Downloaded”
Doctor Who, “Army of Ghosts” and “Doomsday”
Doctor Who, “Girl in the Fireplace”
Doctor Who, “School Reunion”
Stargate SG-1, “200”
Wow. They actually nominated the right Battlestar Galactica episode. Double wow: I think I want a Doctor Who episode to win.
Editor, Short Form
David G. Hartwell
Gordon Van Gelder
Based on the number of short fiction nominees above, this should be Sheila Williams’ year.
Editor, Long Form
James Patrick Baen
David G. Hartwell
Patrick Nielsen Hayden
I haven’t checked who’s edited what yet, so no opinion on this for now.
John Jude Palencar
Ansible, edited by Dave Langford
Interzone, edited by Andy Cox
Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet, edited by Gavin J. Grant and Kelly Link
Locus, dited by Charles N. Brown, Kirsten Gong-Wong, & Liza Groen Trombi
The New York Review of Science Fiction, edited by Kathryn Cramer, David G. Hartwell, & Kevin J. Maroney
Hey, is this LCRW’s first Hugo nomination? As ever, Locus will win, and NYRSF should.
Banana Wings ed. Claire Brialey & Mark Plummer
Challenger ed. Guy Lillian III
The Drink Tank ed. Christopher J. Garcia
Plokta ed. Alison Scott, Steve Davies, & Mike Scott
Science-Fiction Five-Yearly ed. Lee Hoffman, Geri Sullivan, & Randy Byers
Banana Wings! Banana Wings!
Steven H. Silver
Ooh. You know, I think this could possibly be the year Langford loses. Scalzi has some thoughts on his nomination here.
Brad W. Foster
As with professional artist, not my area of expertise.
John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer (not a Hugo)
Lawrence M. Schoen
And a “good enough” list to finish with. None of them have blown me away, but I can’t think of any obvious omissions, either. It looks like a Lynch vs. Novik race to me (both have enthusiastic, but apparently fairly separate, fanbases), and I suspect Novik’s novel nomination gives her the edge.