Saturday, June 10, 2017

Hugo Review Status Update

I can't keep up the two-a-day review pace, so I'll probably cut back next week. Just so you know. I'm reading and watching and listening as fast as I can, but there's only so much a mind can take. And so much of this is so good it sometimes requires more thought to process. In addition, some of these decisions are hard to make, and I don't have a handy squeemeter. To quote myself in a comment I made on File 770:

I haven't seen Hidden Figures yet, but of the others... if I'm going for the one that gave me the most joy, Ghostbusters wins. If I go for the one that twisted my mind the most, Arrival wins. If I go for the one that punched all the nostalgia buttons while making me cry, Rogue One wins. If I go for the one that made me laugh the most, Deadpool wins. If I go for the one that made me jump and hug my husband the most, Stranger Things wins. How do I judge between them? All of them were good!
I now have 36 more days in which to vote. Of the 100 finalists I plan to review and vote on, I've reviewed 41 so far and my votes are registered at the Worldcon site. That means I've got 59 finalists to tackle in 36 days....panicpanicpanicpanic.

After the fold, my current rankings with links to my reviews. A dash means I'm leaving it off my ballot. 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) The Obelisk Gate, by N. K. Jemisin
2) All the Birds in the Sky, by Charlie Jane Anders
-) Death's End, by Cixin Liu, translated by Ken Liu
A Closed and Common Orbit, by Becky Chambers
Ninefox Gambit, by Yoon Ha Lee
Too Like the Lightning, by Ada Palmer

Best Novella

1) Penric and the Shaman, by Lois McMaster Bujold
2) Every Heart a Doorway, by Seanan McGuire
3) The Ballad of Black Tom, by Victor LaValle
The Dream-Quest of Vellitt Boe, by Kij Johnson
A Taste of Honey, by Kai Ashante Wilson
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 Princess Diarist, by Carrie Fisher
2) 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
The View From the Cheap Seats, by Neil Gaiman
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?) Stranger Things, Season One
1?) Ghostbusters
3) Arrival
4) Deadpool
Rogue One
Hidden Figures

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

John Joseph Adams
Neil Clarke
Ellen Datlow
Jonathan Strahan
Lynne M. Thomas & Michael Damian Thomas
Sheila Williams

Best Editor – Long Form

Sheila E. Gilbert
Liz Gorinsky
Devi Pillai
Miriam Weinberg
Navah Wolfe

Best Professional Artist

Galen Dara
Julie Dillon
Chris McGrath
Victo Ngai
John Picacio
Sana Takeda

Best Semiprozine

Beneath Ceaseless Skies
Strange Horizons
Uncanny Magazine
The Book Smugglers

Best Fanzine

Journey Planet
Lady Business
nerds of a feather, flock together
Rocket Stack Rank
SF Bluestocking

Best Fancast

The Coode Street Podcast
Ditch Diggers
Fangirl Happy Hour
Galactic Suburbia
Tea and Jeopardy

Best Fan Writer

1) Chuck Tingle
Mike Glyer
Natalie Luhrs
Foz Meadows
Abigail Nussbaum

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

Sarah Gailey (1st year of eligibility)
Malka Older (2nd year of eligibility)
Ada Palmer (1st year of eligibility)
Laurie Penny (2nd year of eligibility)
Kelly Robson (2nd year of eligibility)