Hugo Award Nominations

They’re out:

Best Novel
The Yiddish Policeman’s Union by Michael Chabon (HarperCollins, Fourth Estate)
Brasyl by Ian McDonald (Gollancz; Pyr)
Rollback by Robert J. Sawyer (Tor; Analog Oct. 2006-Jan/Feb. 2007)
The Last Colony by John Scalzi (Tor)
Halting State by Charles Stross (Ace; Orbit)

Not Robert Sawyer. That’s all I ask. How many consecutive Best Novel nominations has Charles Stross now had?

Best Novella
“Fountains of Age” by Nancy Kress (Asimov’s July 2007)
“Recovering Apollo 8” by Kristine Kathryn Rusch (Asimov’s Feb. 2007)
“Stars Seen Through Stone” by Lucius Shepard (F&SF July 2007)
“All Seated on the Ground” by Connie Willis (Asimov’s Dec. 2007; Subterranean Press)
“Memorare” by Gene Wolfe (F&SF April 2007)

Connie Willis Always Wins, but Lucius Shepard probably should.

Best Novelette
“The Cambist and Lord Iron: a Fairytale of Economics” by Daniel Abraham (Logorrhea ed. by John Klima, Bantam)
“The Merchant and the Alchemist’s Gate” by Ted Chiang (F&SF Sept. 2007)
“Dark Integers” by Greg Egan (Asimov’s Oct./Nov. 2007)
“Glory” by Greg Egan (The New Space Opera, ed. by Gardner Dozois and Jonathan Strahan, HarperCollins/Eos)
“Finisterra” by David Moles (F&SF Dec. 2007)

Strong category! I’m still rooting for the Chiang, but “Finisterra” is smashing.

Best Short Story
“Last Contact” by Stephen Baxter (The Solaris Book of New Science Fiction, ed. by George Mann, Solaris Books)
“Tideline” by Elizabeth Bear (Asimov’s June 2007)
“Who’s Afraid of Wolf 359?” by Ken MacLeod (The New Space Opera, ed. by Gardner Dozois and Jonathan Strahan, HarperCollins/Eos)
“Distant Replay” by Mike Resnick (Asimov’s May-June 2007)
“A Small Room in Koboldtown” by Michael Swanwick (Asimov’s April/May 2007; The Dog Said Bow-Wow,Tachyon Publications)

Hmm. Not so strong. The New Space Opera has done well, though, hasn’t it?

Best Related Book
The Company They Keep: C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien as Writers in Community by Diana Glyer; appendix by David Bratman (Kent State University Press)
Breakfast in the Ruins: Science Fiction in the Last Millennium by Barry Malzberg (Baen)
Emshwiller: Infinity x Two by Luis Ortiz, intro. by Carol Emshwiller, fwd. by Alex Eisenstien (Nonstop)
Brave New Words: the Oxford Dictionary of Science Fiction by Jeff Prucher (Oxford University Press)
The Arrival by Shaun Tan (Arthur A. Levine/Scholastic)

An interesting mix of stuff — how you decide between The Arrival and Breakfast in the Ruins I don’t know, but then that’s a perennial problem of the category.

Best Dramatic Presentation, Long Form
Enchanted, Written by Bill Kelly, Directed by Kevin Lima (Walt Disney Pictures)
The Golden Compass, Written by Chris Weitz, Based on the novel by Philip Pullman, Directed by Chris Weitz (New Line Cinema)
Heroes, Season 1, Created by Tim Kring (NBC Universal Television and Tailwind Productions Written by Tim Kring, Jeff Loeb, Bryan Fuller, Michael Green, Natalie Chaidez, Jesse Alexander, Adam Armus, Aron Eli Coleite, Joe Pokaski, Christopher Zatta, Chuck Kim, Directed by David Semel, Allan Arkush, Greg Beeman, Ernest R. Dickerson, Paul Shapiro, Donna Deitch, Paul A. Edwards, John Badham, Terrence O’Hara, Jeannot Szwarc, Roxann Dawson, Kevin Bray, Adam Kane
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Written by Michael Goldenberg, Based on the novel by J.K. Rowling, Directed by David Yates (Warner Bros. Pictures)
Stardust, Written by Jane Goldman & Matthew Vaughn, Based on the novel by Neil Gaiman, Directed by Matthew Vaughn (Paramount Pictures)

Five Four children’s fantasy films and Heroes. I wouldn’t like to predict the winner.

Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form
Battlestar Galactica “Razor” written by Michael Taylor, directed by Félix Enríquez Alcalá and Wayne Rose (Sci Fi Channel) (televised version, not DVD)
Doctor Who “Blink” written by Stephen Moffat, directed by Hettie Macdonald (BBC)
Doctor Who “Human Nature” / “Family of Blood” written by Paul Cornell, directed by Charles Palmer (BBC)
Star Trek New Voyages “World Enough and Time” written by Michael Reaves & Marc Scott Zicree, directed by Marc Scott Zicree (Cawley Entertainment Co. and The Magic Time Co.)
Torchwood “Captain Jack Harkness” written by Catherine Tregenna, directed by Ashley Way (BBC Wales)

I hope hope hope that “Human Nature” gets it. (Though “Blink” is also good.) If Torchwood gets it, I may cry.

Best Professional Editor, Short Form
Ellen Datlow (The Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror (St. Martin’s), Coyote Road (Viking), Inferno (Tor))
Stanley Schmidt (Analog)
Jonathan Strahan (The New Space Opera (Eos/HarperCollins), The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year, Volume 1 (Night Shade), Eclipse One (NightShade)
Gordon Van Gelder (The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction)
Sheila Williams (Asimov’s Science Fiction)

Hey, where’s Dozois? Interesting that he didn’t make it when his co-editor on NSO did.

Best Professional Editor, Long Form
Lou Anders (Pyr)
Ginjer Buchanan (Ace/Roc)
David G. Hartwell (Senior Editor, Tor/Forge)
Beth Meacham (Tor)
Patrick Nielsen Hayden (Tor)

A shame not to see anyone from Gollancz there, but I suspect that will be the way of things until the next British Worldcon.

Best Professional Artist
Bob Eggleton (Covers: To Outlive Eternity and Other Stories (Baen), Ivory (Pyr), & The Taint and Other Stories (Subterranean))
Phil Foglio (Covers: Robert Asprin’s Myth Adventures, Vol. 2 (Meisha Merlin), What’s New (Dragon Magazine Aug. 2007, Girl Genius Vol. 6-Agatha Heterodyne & the Golden Trilobite (Airship Entertainment))
John Harris (Covers: Spindrift (Ace), Horizons (Tor), The Last Colony (Tor))
Stephan Martiniere (Covers: Brasyl (Pyr), Mainspring (Tor), Dragons of Babel (Tor))
John Picacio (Covers: Fast Forward 2 (Pyr), Time’s Child (HarperCollins/Eos), A Thousand Deaths (Golden Gryphon))
Shaun Tan

I’m not really familiar enough with all the artists to comment properly, but on the strength of The Arrival I’d be happy to see Tan win.

Best Semiprozine
Ansible edited by David Langford
Helix edited by William Sanders and Lawrence Watt-Evans
Interzone edited by Andy Cox
Locus edited by Charles N. Brown, Kirsten Gong-Wong, & Liza Groen Trombi
The New York Review of Science Fiction, edited by Kathryn Cramer, Kristine Dikeman, David Hartwell & Kevin J. Maroney

I’d object to the presence of Helix, but it’s not going to win so it would be a bit churlish of me.

Best Fanzine
Argentus edited by Steven H Silver
Challenger edited by Guy Lillian III
Drink Tank edited by Chris Garcia
File 770 edited by Mike Glyer
PLOKTA edited by Alison Scott, Steve Davies, & Mike Scott

As ever, I’m disappointed when Banana Wings doesn’t make it.

Best Fan Writer
Chris Garcia
David Langford
Cheryl Morgan
John Scalzi
Steven H Silver

Can Scalzi get that extra vote this year? (And has anyone been nominated for novel and fanwriter in the same year before?)

Best Fan Artist
Brad Foster
Teddy Harvia
Sue Mason
Steve Stiles
Taral Wayne

Not my area of expertise.

John W. Campbell Award for Best New Science Fiction Writer
An award for the best new writer whose first work of science fiction or fantasy appeared during 2006 or 2007 in a professional publication. Sponsored by Dell Magazines.

Joe Abercrombie (2nd year of eligibility)
Jon Armstrong (1st year of eligibility)
David Anthony Durham (1st year of eligibility)
David Louis Edelman (2nd year of eligibility)
Mary Robinette Kowal (2nd year of eligibility)
Scott Lynch (2nd year of eligibility)

Presumably Lynch in a walk; I haven’t read enough to say who I think it should be.

21 thoughts on “Hugo Award Nominations

  1. Five children’s fantasy films and Heroes. I wouldn’t like to predict the winner.

    Was there anything actually good eligible?

  2. It is because of your eye watering formating! Couldn’t you put some italics in?

    Heroes is only good in the same as BSG is good (ie it is not very good at all but looks a lot better when compared to Doctor Who/Torchwood.) The Harry Potter film is actually pretty good but it is still a polished turd.

    I still find it weird that you can have the whole of a TV series as “long form” and a film based on a TV series as “short form”. Anything makes sense when put next to the “semi prozine” category though.

  3. Sunshine, Beowulf and Bug should have gotten nods.

    Beowulf = co-written by Neil Gaiman… astonishing not to be on the list.

    Sunshine = I’m the only person in genre who liked it.

    Bug = Nobody saw it.

    Clearly after last year’s fluke, the BDF-LF has slunk back into its pit of multiplex mediocrity.

    Also Torchwood getting a nod either reflects poorly upon the Hugo selectors, the state of contemporary genre TV or both. I’m not sure.

  4. Martin: oh, all right. Since you asked so nicely.

    Jonathan: I didn’t think much of either Sunshine or Beowulf. Or at least, I don’t think they were that much better than what did get nominated.

    Torchwood getting a nod either reflects poorly upon the Hugo selectors

    I’m still waiting for someone to explain to me why Torchwood is so popular in America. Is there an equivalent series Americans think is crap and we all love?

  5. I’m rather impressed that the movement to nominate Heroes season 1 for a collective Hugo made it off the ground. It’ll probably win, too, as the category is rather weak.

    That said, if the entire season is eligible for a long-form nomination, then surely Razor belongs in that category too. Where, incidentally, it might have had a better shot at winning. It’s clearly a race between Cornell and Moffat in that category.

    Not to start this discussion all over again (though it inevitably will), but: four women out of nineteen fiction nominees. Better than last year but still not a return to the heady days of the 1:2 female-to-male-nominees ratio of decades past.

  6. How many consecutive Best Novel nominations has Charles Stross now had?

    Five. Sadly, he’s unlikely to win this one either, I think.

    Best Dramatic Presentation

    Both long and short forms are horrible, horrible messes. I’m sure people are nominating these things because they think they have to put something in (“Hey! I need a sci-fi/fantasy film to put in here, can you think of any?” “Golden Compass?” “Hmm, that’ll do.”) rather than because they believe what they’re nominating is actually any good. Heroes will probably win long form, but I can’t help but feel that sets a terrible precedent. As for short form, surely that’s got to go to Blink despite Human Nature/Family of Blood also being there and thus potentially splitting the vote.

    There is no explaining Torchwood.

  7. Quick comments (longer ones when I have time):

    The novel category is very strong, I think, except for Rollback (but you knew that’d get a nomination, right?). I wish Catherynne Valente’s In the Cities of Coin and Spice had got a nod, but I’m sure not enough people read it, and many who did may not have thought it a novel.

    Novella was a weakish category over all this year, and this category reflects that. It’s not that bad a list based on what was out there. My vote goes to “Memorare”, but I can see arguments for the other ones. (I didn’t really like KKR’s story that much, but I noted that lots of people did. And Willis’s story is amusing enough but really pretty slight. So maybe I can really only see arguments for the Kress and Shepard!) The two novellas I really miss here are Elizabeth Hand’s Illyria, but again, not that many people saw it, I’m guessing; and Ian MacLeod’s “The Master Miller’s Tale”, which does rather puzzle me by its absence.

    As you say, the novelette category is smashing! (Well, you say that about the Moles story, but it works for the whole category.) Of the five stories, I’d be happy with a win for any — “Glory” seems definitely the weakest to me, but at least that too would celebrate Egan’s return. I just really regret that neither of Kelly Link’s wonderful novelettes made the list. (Though my favorite, “Light”, was perhaps again hard to find for nominators, given its mainstream source.)

    And, yes, short story is a bit of a letdown, though there’s some nice stuff there. My vote goes very strongly to Ken MacLeod’s “Who’s Afraid of Wolf 359?”, though I actually preferred (very slightly) his “Jesus Christ, Reanimator”. My favorite story of the year, Holly Phillips’s “Three Days of Rain”, didn’t make it, and neither did any of my next 5 or 6 favorites (except MacLeod’s story, of course). But in all honesty stuff like “Tideline” doesn’t disgrace the category — and I’ll revisit “Last Contact”, which really seems to have made an impact on a lot of people but which I frankly don’t really remember that well.

    No comment on the rest of the list except to say that I’m thrilled that Jonathan Strahan got a nod, and I’m thrilled that Argentus (to which I contribute regularly) also got a nod. (Happy for Locus too of course, but it’s expected to be on the list!) And really I think Helix has been publishing some very fine fiction.

  8. Oh, and I checked — this makes five years in a row for novel nominations for Charles Stross. I suppose I should see if I can find who has the record!


  9. Abigail: Not to start this discussion all over again (though it inevitably will), but: four women out of nineteen fiction nominees.

    Yes. The only reason I didn’t mention it was that I actually don’t think there were as many strong contenders as last year — one of the things that made last year’s ballot so shocking was that 2006 gave us Shelter, Farthing, In the Night Garden

    Rich: and Ian MacLeod’s “The Master Miller’s Tale”, which does rather puzzle me by its absence.

    Yeah, I was a bit disappointed about that.

    I didn’t think “Last Contact” was that strong, either — I’m really surprised to see it on the ballot, especially since it was from an anthology.

  10. “(And has anyone been nominated for novel and fanwriter in the same year before?)”

    Piers Anthony in 1970 (he was nominated for Macroscope in the novel category). It’s been a bit.

  11. I thought _Shelter_ was eligible this year?

    I’m disappointed about _The Orphan’s Tales: In the Cities of Coin and Spice_, and even if it weren’t considered a standalone novel, I think it’s reasonable to nominate it as a stand-in for the entire work since it’s finished.

  12. I thought _Shelter_ was eligible this year?

    Hmm, maybe I’m wrong — I thought it was a 2006 book. *checks* OK, I’m wrong, and it should have been on the ballot.

    (And of course I was not thinking about the short fiction categories, where there was loads of good work by women published.)

  13. Valente doesn’t write science fiction, either, does she? If you want to win a Hugo (let alone be nominated), I’d think writing something in the ancient fairy tale type mode would be rather a massive handicap, let alone fantasy in general. Even if less so, now than it used to be.

    On the female thing, Bear’s Undertow, for example, is clearly way better than Rollback (if you ever need to run for a city council or something, is Sawyer your guy? :) ) Or Kay Kenyon. That would be the list of Hugoish looking SF written by women that is good (and I have read) that isn’t fantasy, sf romance, military SF, etc.? Stross of course is a freaky talent and has one spot personally his, too, it seems. :) No SF novel written by a woman to match Brasyl, either.

    For other categories, you have Kress again and Rusch again, and Baker – but entertaining/fun doesn’t get rated as highly as has been discussed. I liked Bear’s Dragon story a lot, too, but wouldn’t give it a Hugo ahead of more SF stuff. I’d put Craters and Laws of Survival and Plotters and Shooters in ahead of some of the other things depending on category (and if it doesn’t mean displacing Chiang/Egan/Shepard and maybe the Infiltrator). Then there’s Reynolds, Di Filippo, Simmons and Shepard again.

    Did you read Helix, btw? Which I thought quite good.

    Why shouldn’t that be good enough when you have Ansible, which is news factoids and jokes for supergeeks, and the NYRSF, which is essays etc. for supergeeks? Then Locus which is for publishing keen supergeeks?

    At least Helix has y’know, actual stories for supergeeks. Kinda like Interzone and all. Or are you saying because there is no dead tree version?

    On short stories – lots of closet Kobold fans, are there? :) That’s a bizarre one. Or can we have a Sawyer/Swanwick cage match? ;-) I thought Last Contact was good, but I’d put the Wolf marginally ahead.

    Jonathan, Sunshine sucked donkey ballz. :-p

  14. On the subject of Heroes Season 1 being nominated in the Long Form category, I remember that Joe Straczynski once talked about nominating a whole season of Babylon 5 as a complete long work on the grounds that he had written every episode of the season – probably in connection with Season 3 or Season 4. I don’t think it ever happened in the end.

    (The rationale of a single author certainly doesn’t apply to Heroes but I’m unclear why that would have been required in any case, given that films can have multiple authors.)

    It’s a shame not to see Jericho in there somewhere; although its individual episodes seldom excel, taken as a whole it’s quite an ambitious attempt at near-future history, especially in its second (and no doubt final) season.

    As for Torchwood, if any episode were going to be nominated from S1 it would have to be that one, but for me the episode fell under the heading of ‘least bad’ rather than being actively good.

    For Short Form I’d pick one of the two Doctor Who nominations, but precisely which one varies from day to day: ‘Blink’ is cooler; ‘Human Nature’ has more depth.

  15. I can’t find a consecutive nomination streak in Novel as long as 5 years — I think Charlie has the record.

    However, there are some impressive streaks. One problem many writers have is that they aren’t quite as prolific as Charlie — I haven’t checked to be absolutely sure, but I think Lois Bujold may have had at least 5 novels in a row nominated — but not in consecutive years. Robert Sawyer has some interesting numbers: 4 nominations in four years from 1996 through 1999 (out of 5 novels published in those years — Illegal Alien missed) — then a skip and his next three were nominated, and now his last 2. So 9 novels in 13 years.

    And how about Robert Silverberg? A nomination in 1968, then 6(!) in the four years from 1970 through 1973, then 1 more in each of 1976 and 1977, for a total of 9 novel nominations in 10 years.

  16. Blue: hey! I’m a supergeek! I like all those publications. I am much less keen on Helix, not because it’s an online ‘zine, but because I’m not interested in most of what it publishes. (And to be totally partisan, it is in no way better than, say, Strange Horizons.)

  17. Being more interested in SF than slipstream or mundane fantasy or whatever, I will disagree, in that Helix publishes more Science Fiction than Strange Horizons does. If you like the latter more than the former, that is fun, but it isn’t particularly Hugo relevant, in general.

    A pretty bizarre combo category overall though given what is in it, this year.

    Neither of them are in Interzone’s weight class, either, of course.

  18. I agree that Strange Horizons should also have got a semipro magazine nomination. (Both it and Helix were on my ballot.)

    The Hugo is explicitly for both SF and Fantasy, though it’s probably true that the nominators in general skew a bit towards SF in their tastes.

  19. To be fair, it’s the best episode in the first season (and for all I know the second season too as I’ve only watched one episode from it). Also, Torchwood is inexplicably popular in the States

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