today finished a top 50 countdown of short SF/fantasy podcast fiction: 50-41
. The Parsec Awards
for SF podcasts honor many other stories annually, as well as related non-fiction, comedy, and music: 2014 nominees
; and 2006
. And since 2012, the Hugo Award nominees for Best Fancast
have been two-time winner SF Squeecast!
, plus The Coode Street Podcast
, Galactic Suburbia
, SF Signal
, The Skiffy and Fanty Show
, Tea and Jeopardy
, and The Writer and The Critic
with the popular Writing Excuses
podcast often appearing in another category. [more inside]
But from a method of creating a more informed electorate, the voter packet has come to be seen as a goody bag. Does anyone think that the thousand new Worldcon members who joined after the nominations were announced did so because of a genuine interest in the award? A sizable percentage of them, at least, probably did so in order to get free ebook copies of the entire Wheel of Time series for a mere $50.
Science fiction critic Abigail Nussbaum talks about the expectations the Hugo Awards Voters packet sets for the awards themselves
(And also why calling people entitled for being disappointed Orbit didn't include its nominations is wrong).
The finalists for the 2014 Hugo Awards
and finalists for the 1939 Retrospective Hugo Awards
have been announced in advance of LonCon3
, the 2014 WorldCon of Science Fiction. [more inside]
In the weeks since LoneStarCon 3
(the 71st annual World Science Fiction Convention
) took place, videos of just a few events have appeared online: the complete Hugo Awards ceremony
; the WSFS business meetings
; Brandon Sanderson's video AMA
; a clip of a Dalek
wandering the exhibition hall. The pocket program listing the schedule of public events
offers further insight into what went on. And many attendees have posted their written
/recorded personal reactions
. A selection of the programmed content itself might be evoked with an old-school smorgasbord of links. [more inside]
The finalists for the 2012 Nebula Awards have been announced
(list with free fiction links here
), but there's still another two weeks to get in nominations for the 2013 Hugo Awards
. However, for those works not fiting the regular award categories Tim Pratt and other science fiction writers, fans and interested parties on Twitter have been suggesting #FakeHugoAwardCategories
. io9 collects some of the best.
How copyright enforcement robots killed the hugo awards
Ustream's automated copyright takedown bots killed the legitimate coverage from the Hugo Awards ceremony.
for the 2012 Hugo Award
were announced over the weekend. Nominees include Metafilter's own jscalzi
(who will also be the host for this year's Hugo Awards ceremony) for the beginning of his
epic fantasy trilogy April Fool's
joke The Shadow War of the Night Dragons, Book One: The Dead City (Prologue)
. One record being set this year is Mira Grant's
- aka Seanan McGuire
's - nominations: she is the first woman to have four Hugo nominations in a single year. [more inside]
by Peter Watts
), winner of this years Hugo Award
for Best Novelette. An audio version
is available over at StarShipSofa (previously
), itself a Hugo recipient.
The recently announced 2010 Hugo awards nominations
include a semi-regular mefite appearance
, a fanzine nomination for a podcast (previously
) and, under Best Graphic Story, a nomination for Captain Britain And MI13
by occasional Doctor Who writer Paul Cornell
- a title which, um, Marvel have already canceled
. Oops. Still, you can read the first two issues of the nominated story online for free
Back to the Hugos
is a series by Sam Jordison of the Guardian Books blog where he reads and reviews old Hugo Award winners. He was once skeptical of the literary quality of science fiction
but then started to examine the validity of the critical orthodoxy
and is now a firm convert, as this review of The Man in the High Casle
demonstrates, and now even goes to science fiction events
. Among the other books he's covered so far are A Case of Conscience
by James Blish, Stand on Zanzibar
by John Brunner and the latest review is of The Left Hand of Darkness
by Ursula K. LeGuin. It's not all sunshine and roses though, The Big Time
and The Wanderer
by Fritz Leiber don't appeal to him and the dreadfulness of They'd Rather Be Right
by Mark Clifton and Frank Riley makes Jordison doubt the value of democracy, at least when it comes to selecting litearary award winners.
Due to a rewording of the rules
Science Fiction podcast StarShipSofa (previously
) could be eligible for a Hugo award
. Meanwhile the current episode
features The Gambler (text version here
), a story by Paolo Bacigalupi
- best known as the author of The Windup Girl
, one of TIME Magazine's ten books of the year
("Not just science fiction, mind, but fiction, generally") and almost certainly a favorite for the Hugo's best novel category.
OK, this whole Harry Potter thing - while completely out of proportion to any real value in the books - has up till now been pointless but essentially harmless. But wasting a Hugo Award on this crap?!
To quote (oh, I don't know, some Clinton-hating Republican): "Where's the outrage?!"