It is time to nominate for the 2012 Hugos. You have until January 31 to register and be eligible for placing a nomination. You have until March 11th to actually do the nomination. The rules are that you may nominate up to five works in each of a number of categories. You don’t need to feel obligated to fill out five (or any) for every category.
Rather than frantically searching through lists of works, I decided to stick with things I had actually read (or watched) already. If I didn’t feel strongly or hadn’t read or watched something in a category I didn’t vote for it. That doesn’t mean there weren’t worthy candidates–I just didn’t see them. When the nominations come out I’m sure I’ll have plenty to read and watch that I hadn’t seen before. Here are the nominations I have submitted:
Best Novel—A science fiction or fantasy story of 40,000 words or more that appeared for the first time in 2011. I had a very hard time narrowing this list down. There were a lot of very good SF novels released in 2011:
- Among Others — Jo Walton
- The Wise Man’s Fear — Patrick Rothfuss
- Deadline — Mira Grant
- Rule 34 — Charles Stross
- Leviathan Wakes — James S.A. Corey
Best Novella—A science fiction or fantasy story between 17,500 and 40,000 words that appeared for the first time in 2011.
- “Countdown” — Mira Grant, orbitshortfiction.com
Best Novelette—A science fiction or fantasy story between 7,500 and 17,500 words that appeared for the first time in 2011.
- The Girl Who Ruled Fairyland – For a Little While — Catherynne Valente — tor.com
- Though Smoke Shall Hide the Sun — Brit Mandelo — tor.com
Best Short Story—A science fiction or fantasy story of less than 7,500 words that appeared for the first time in 2011.
- “THE MAINSPRING OF HIS HEART, THE SHACKLES OF HIS SOUL” by Ian Tregillis in Human for a Day
- “CINDERELLA CITY” by Seanan McGuire in Human for a Day
- “Ghost Hedgehog” by Nina Kiriki Hoffman, tor.com
Best Dramatic Presentation (Short Form)–Any television program or other production, with a complete running time of 90 minutes or less, in any medium of dramatized science fiction, fantasy, or related subjects that has been publicly presented for the first time in its present dramatic form during 2011.
- The Doctor’s Wife — Doctor Who
Best Editor (Long Form)–The editor of at least four (4) novel-length works primarily devoted to science fiction and/or fantasy, published in 2011 that do not qualify as works under Best Editor, Short Form.
- Betsy Wollheim — DAW
The John W. Campbell Award
- Brit Mandello — “Though Smoke Shall Hide the Sun” — tor.com, February 2011
- Jo Anderton — Debris