maverick_weirdo: (Default)
For about 8 weeks this past winter I was reading for Hugo Nominees. Based on the ballot that came out today my reading was not in vein.

Best Novel
Among Others, Jo Walton (Tor) [read, nominated]

Best Novella
“Kiss Me Twice”, Mary Robinette Kowal (Asimov’s) [read, nominated]
“The Man Who Ended History: A Documentary”, Ken Liu (Panverse 3) [read, nominated]
Silently and Very Fast, Catherynne M. Valente (WSFA) [read, nominated]

Best Novelette
“Fields of Gold”, Rachel Swirsky (Eclipse Four) [read]
“Six Months, Three Days”, Charlie Jane Anders ( [read]

Best Short Story
“The Cartographer Wasps and the Anarchist Bees”, E. Lily Yu (Clarkesworld) [read, nominated]
“Movement”, Nancy Fulda (Asimov’s) [read, nominated]
“The Paper Menagerie”, Ken Liu (The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction) [read, nominated]

Best Related Work
Wicked Girls (CD), Seanan McGuire [listened]
Writing Excuses, Season 6 (podcast series), Brandon Sanderson, Dan Wells, Howard Tayler, Mary Robinette Kowal, and Jordan Sanderson [listened]

Best Graphic Story
Digger, by Ursula Vernon (Sofawolf Press) [read]
Schlock Mercenary: Force Multiplication, written and illustrated by Howard Tayler, colors by Travis Walton (The Tayler Corporation) [read, nominated]

Best Dramatic Presentation, Long Form
Hugo, screenplay by John Logan; directed by Martin Scorsese (Paramount) [watched, nominated]

Best Semiprozine
Lightspeed, edited by John Joseph Adams [read]

Best Fan Artist
Randall Munroe [nominated]

The John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer
Mur Lafferty [read, nominated]
E. Lily Yu [read]

While I am glad that so many things I know were nominated, I find I am also glad that there is more reading for me to do.
maverick_weirdo: (Default)
There are a couple more things I could read before I send in my ballot but so far it looks like my mind is made up.

Best of 2011 )
maverick_weirdo: (Book Love)
I did a lot of reading this month so I could submit a well read Hugo Nomination. Twelve "books" in one month is a huge number for me (my average is 4). There is quite a bit of good writing out there.

  1. Feb 08: The Inheritance & Other Stories by Robin Hobb/Megan Lindholm 2011, HarperVoyager (HarperCollins), Fantasy [L]
      Burlap sacks, chickens, cats, & silver
    • Cat's Meat, by Robin Hobb, Fantasy; What lengths to claim what's yours?
  2. Feb 11: Snuff by Terry Prachett (Discworld #39) 2011, HarperCollins, Fantasy [L]
      A person is a person no matter how small
  3. Feb 14: Midnight Riot by Ben Aaronovitch (Rivers of London #1) 2011, Ballantine Books/Del Rey (Random House), Urban Fantasy [L]
      Like October Daye with a British accent.
  4. Feb 16: A Companion to Wolves by Sara Monette & Elizabeth Bear (Wolfheall #1) 2007, Tor, Fantasy [L]
      Brokeback Vikings
  5. Feb 17: The Tempering of Men by Sara Monette & Elizabeth Bear (Wolfheall #2) 2011, Tor, Fantasy [L]
      A lot of characters and plots to keep track of
  6. Feb 20: Clockwork Rocket by Greg Egan (Orthogonal #1) 2011, Night Shade Books, SF [L]
      Flatland 3D in space!
  7. Nebula Nominated Short Stories 2011 [O]
    • Feb 20: Paper Menagerie by Ken Liu, The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, Fantasy, A cultural identity story
    • Feb 20: The Cartographer Wasps and the Anarchist Bees by E. Lily Yu , Clarkesworld Magazine, Fantasy, Change is the only permanent thing
    • Feb 21: The Axiom of Choice by David W. Goldman, New Haven Review, SF,
      There is no section 378
    • Feb 21: Shipbirth by Aliette de Bodard, Asimov’s Science Fiction, SF,
      It needed the previous story, The Shipmaker
    • Feb 21: Movement by Nancy Fulda, Asimov’s Science Fiction, SF,
      A brave story of different perceptions
    • Feb 21: Mama, We are Zhenya, Your Son by Tom Crosshill, Lightspeed Magazine, SF, The dangers of engineering different perceptions
    • Feb 21: Her Husband’s Hands by Adam-Troy Castro, Lightspeed Magazine, SF, Disturbing
  8. Nebula Nominated Novellettes 2011 [O]
    • Feb 22: Fields of Gold by Rachel Swirsky, in Eclipse 4, Night Shade Books, Fantasy, Afterlife, was missing a bit of something
    • Feb 22: Sauerkraut Station by Ferrett Steinmetz, Giganotosaurus, Space Opera, Challenges of a rest stop in a war zone
    • Feb 22: Six Months, Three Days by Charlie Jane Anders,, SF/F,
      Is it Destiny or Control Issues?
    • Feb 22: The Migratory Pattern of Dancers by Katherine Sparrow, Giganotosaurus, SF, Price of a condor's flight.
    • Feb 22: The Old Equations by Jake Kerr, Lightspeed Magazine, SF,
      A time dilation story.
  9. Nebula Nominated Novellas 2011 [O]
    • Feb 08: Kiss Me Twice by Mary Robinette Kowal, Asimov’s Science Fiction, SF,
      How dependent are we on technology?
    • Feb 23: The Man Who Ended History: A Documentary by Ken Liu, Panverse Publishing, SF, The price of history
  10. Feb 24: Diving into the Wreck by Kristine Kathryn Rusch (Diving Universe #1) 2009, Pyr (Prometheus Books), Space Opera [L]
      Space salvage, with an political plot
  11. Rachel Swirsky Recommends [O]
    • Feb 24: Diving after the Moon by Rachel Swirsky, Clarkesworld Magazine, SF/F,
      Science Fable
    • Feb 24: The Taste of Promises by Rachel Swirsky, in Life on Mars, Viking, SF,
      My brother the computer
    • Feb 25: Simulacrum by Ken Liu, Lightspeed, SF,
      Who is holding onto the past more, father or daughter?
    • Feb 25: Staying Behind by Ken Liu, Clarkesworld, SF,
      Tradition or reservation?
    • Feb 25: Valley of the Girls by Kelly Link, Subterranean, SF,
      Lifestyles of the rich and anonymous
    • Feb 25: Defenders by Will McIntosh, Lightspeed, SF,
      Aliens, Robots, Humans, & Diplomacy
    • Feb 25: In the Gardens of the Night by Siobhan Carroll, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Fantasy, A witch's curse
    • Feb 26: Houses by Mark Pantoja, Lightspeed, SF, A.I.,
      A quirky story
  12. Feb 27: City of Ruins by Kristine Kathryn Rusch (Diving Universe #1) 2011, Pyr (Prometheus Books), Space Opera [L]
      Space Opera, Indiana Jones style

Books in Bold contain Hugo Award eligible content
maverick_weirdo: (Book Love)
  1. Jan 04: Consequences by Kristine Kathryn Rusch (Retrieval Artist #3) 2004, Roc (NAL), SF, Space Opera [S]
      Well written in spite of it's messy ending
  2. Jan 06: Among Others by Jo Walton 2011, Tor (Macmillan), Fantasy [L]
      The power of nostalgia
  3. Jan 09: Promised Land by Connie Willis and Cynthia Felice, 1998, Ace (NAL), SF/Romance [S]
      I could tell going in it was "Science Fiction Lite"
  4. Jan 12: Maskerade by Terry Pratchett (Discworld #18) 1995, HarperPrism (HarperCollins), Fantasy [S]
      Never confuse Facts with Truth
  5. Jan 24: Welcome to Bordertown Edited by Holly Black & Ellen Kushner (Borderland Series #5) 2011, Random House, Urban Fantasy [L]
      Things are tough everywhere
  6. Jan 31: The Wise Man's Fear by Patrick Rothfuss (Kingkiller Chronicler #2) 2011, DAW, Fantasy [L]
      Three novels in one cover.
Books in Bold contain Hugo Award eligible content


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