Saturday, July 08, 2017

Hugo Review Status Update

I now have roughly seven more days in which to vote. Of the 100 finalists I plan to review and vote on, I have reviewed 89, leaving 11 more to go. Unfortunately, six of those 11 are for the Best Series and I didn't get nearly as much reading done on them as I'd hoped to this past week, while I was on vacation away from home. Still, I'm optimistic I can get enough reading done to finish voting.

My ballot order keeps changing and I can no longer guarantee it's the same as listed below. I think everything changes pretty much every time I go through the ballot. Some categories change way more than others. Part of that is how stories continue to affect me days/weeks after reading them. If they still have a strong impact, they are likely to rise on my ballot.

By the way, there's a Hugo Review Round Up post at File 770 that included a few of my reviews, which surprised me, since I'm a lightweight in the field of reviews. I would suggest that for more in-depth thoughts and coverage of the finalists, go check out some of the other reviews linked in that post.

After the fold, my current rankings with links to my reviews. A dash means I'm leaving it off my ballot. No number means I haven't reviewed it yet. I also removed the puppy poop entirely and will be putting "No Award" at the bottom of each category that has poop in it. Rankings are all subject to change right up until July 15th, and I do NOT promise to post my final rankings.

Best Novel

1) A Closed and Common Orbit, by Becky Chambers
2) The Obelisk Gate, by N. K. Jemisin
3) All the Birds in the Sky, by Charlie Jane Anders
4) Ninefox Gambit, by Yoon Ha Lee
5) Too Like the Lightning, by Ada Palmer
-) Death's End, by Cixin Liu, translated by Ken Liu

Best Novella

1) Penric and the Shaman, by Lois McMaster Bujold
2) The Ballad of Black Tom, by Victor LaValle
3) The Dream-Quest of Vellitt Boe, by Kij Johnson
4) Every Heart a Doorway, by Seanan McGuire
5) A Taste of Honey, by Kai Ashante Wilson
6) This Census-Taker, by China Miéville

Best Novelette

1) "The Tomato Thief", by Ursula Vernon
2) "The Art of Space Travel", by Nina Allan
3) "The Jewel and Her Lapidary", by Fran Wilde
4) "Touring with the Alien", by Carolyn Ives Gilman
5) "You'll Surely Drown Here If You Stay", by Alyssa Wong
6) No Award

Best Short Story

1) "That Game We Played During the War", by Carrie Vaughn
2) "Our Talons Can Crush Galaxies", by Brooke Bolander
3) "The City Born Great", by N. K. Jemisin
4) "Seasons of Glass and Iron", by Amal El-Mohtar
5) "A Fist of Permutations in Lightning and Wildflowers", by Alyssa Wong
6) No Award

Best Related Work

1) The View From the Cheap Seats, by Neil Gaiman
2) The Princess Diarist, by Carrie Fisher
3) The Women of Harry Potter posts, by Sarah Gailey
The Geek Feminist Revolution, by Kameron Hurley
Traveler of Worlds: Conversations with Robert Silverberg, by Robert Silverberg and Alvaro Zinos-Amaro
Words Are My Matter: Writings About Life and Books, 2000-2016, by Ursula K. Le Guin

Best Graphic Story

1) Ms. Marvel, Volume 5: Super Famous
2) Saga, Volume 6
3) Paper Girls, Volume 1
4) Monstress, Volume 1: Awakening
5) Black Panther, Volume 1: A Nation Under Our Feet
-) The Vision, Volume 1: Little Worse Than A Man

Best Dramatic Presentation (Long Form)

1) Ghostbusters
2) Stranger Things, Season One
3) Hidden Figures
4) Arrival
5) Rogue One
6) Deadpool

Best Dramatic Presentation (Short Form)

1) Black Mirror: "San Junipero"
2) Splendor & Misery [album], by Clipping
3) Game of Thrones: "Battle of the Bastards"
4) Doctor Who: "The Return of Doctor Mysterio"
5) Game of Thrones: "The Door"
6) The Expanse: "Leviathan Wakes"

Best Editor – Short Form

1) Lynne M. Thomas & Michael Damian Thomas
2) Neil Clarke
3) Sheila Williams
4) Jonathan Strahan
5) John Joseph Adams
6) Ellen Datlow

Best Editor – Long Form

1) Sheila E. Gilbert
2) Liz Gorinsky
3) Navah Wolfe
4) Devi Pillai
5) Miriam Weinberg
6) No Award

Best Professional Artist

1) Galen Dara
2) Julie Dillon
3) John Picacio
4) Chris McGrath
5) Sana Takeda
6) Victo Ngai

Best Semiprozine

1) The Book Smugglers
2) Uncanny Magazine
3) Strange Horizons
4) Beneath Ceaseless Skies
5) GigaNotoSaurus
6) No Award

Best Fanzine

1) Lady Business
2) nerds of a feather, flock together
3) Rocket Stack Rank
4) Journey Planet
5) SF Bluestocking
6) No Award

Best Fancast

1) Tea and Jeopardy
2) Fangirl Happy Hour
3) Galactic Suburbia
4) The Coode Street Podcast
5) Ditch Diggers
6) No Award

Best Fan Writer

1) Foz Meadows
2) Mike Glyer
3) Natalie Luhrs
4) Abigail Nussbaum
5) Chuck Tingle
6) No Award

Best Fan Artist

1) Vesa Lehtimäki
2) Spring Schoenhuth
3) Steve Stiles
4) Likhain (M. Sereno)
5) Elizabeth Leggett
6) Ninni Aalto

Best Series

The Craft Sequence, by Max Gladstone
The Expanse, by James S.A. Corey
The October Daye Books, by Seanan McGuire
The Peter Grant / Rivers of London series, by Ben Aaronovitch
The Temeraire series, by Naomi Novik
The Vorkosigan Saga, by Lois McMaster Bujold

John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer

1) Sarah Gailey (1st year of eligibility)
2) Kelly Robson (2nd year of eligibility)
3) Ada Palmer (1st year of eligibility)
6) No Award
Malka Older (2nd year of eligibility)
Laurie Penny (2nd year of eligibility)