July 21 2011

My 2011 Hugo Votes

I’ve posted individual reviews for the bet Novel and Novella categories. In each category, you can rank your preferences (1 being best.) They encourage you not to vote for categories in which you have no experience (don’t just guess in other words.) Here are my picks:
Best Novel

  1. Feed by Mira Grant.
  2. The Dervish House by Ian McDonald
  3. The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms by N.K. Jemisin
  4. Cryoburn by Lois McMaster Bujold
  5. Blackout/All Clear by Connie Willis

Feed and The Dervish House were pretty close together in my thoughts. Overall, though, I found Feed to be the more griping read.

Best Novella

  1. The Lifecycle of Software Objects by Ted Chiang
  2. The Maiden Flight of McCauley’s Bellerophon by Elizabeth Hand
  3. The Sultan of the Clouds by Geoffrey A. Landis
  4. Troika by Alastair Reynolds
  5. The Lady Who Plucked Red Flowers beneath the Queen’s Window by Rachel Swirsky

Best Short Story

  1. “The Things” by Peter Watts
  2. “Ponies” by Kij Johnson
  3. “For Want of a Nail” by Mary Robinette Kowal
  4. “Amaryllis” by Carrie Vaughn

I liked “The Things” quite a lot. It was fun (in a weird sort of way) and did a really good job of showing a truly alien perspective.

Best Related Work

  1. Chicks Dig Time Lords: A Celebration of Doctor Who by the Women Who Love It, edited by Lynne M. Thomas and Tara O’Shea
  2. Writing Excuses, Season 4, by Brandon Sanderson, Jordan Sanderson, Howard Tayler, Dan Wells

Best Graphic Story

  1. Schlock Mercenary: Massively Parallel, written and illustrated by Howard Tayler; colors by Howard Tayler and Travis Walton
  2. Girl Genius, Volume 10: Agatha Heterodyne and the Guardian Muse, written by Phil and Kaja Foglio; art by Phil Foglio; colors by Cheyenne Wright

As a whole story so far, I love Girl Genius, but for this particular years input, Schlock Mercenary edged them out by a hair.

Best Dramatic Presentation, Long Form

  1. Inception, written and directed by Christopher Nolan
  2. Toy Story 3, screenplay by Michael Arndt; story by John Lasseter, Andrew Stanton & Lee Unkrich; directed by Lee Unkrich
  3. Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, screenplay by Michael Bacall & Edgar Wright; directed by Edgar Wright
  4. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1, screenplay by Steve Kloves; directed by David Yates
  5. How to Train Your Dragon, screenplay by William Davies, Dean DeBlois & Chris Sanders; directed by Dean DeBlois & Chris Sanders

Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form

  1. Doctor Who: “Vincent and the Doctor,” written by Richard Curtis; directed by Jonny Campbell
  2. Doctor Who: “A Christmas Carol,” written by Steven Moffat; directed by Toby Haynes
  3. Doctor Who: “The Pandorica Opens/The Big Bang,” written by Steven Moffat; directed by Toby Haynes

I loved “Vincent and the Doctor.” Truly wonderful.

Best Professional Artist

  1. Daniel Dos Santos

Best Fan Artist

  1. Randall Munroe

John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer

  1. Dan Wells

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Posted July 21, 2011 by user in category "Hugos

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