How to find deserving Hugo candidates?
May 4, 2015 2:02 PM Subscribe
I seriously need some helpful soul, or maybe some kind of crowd-sourced thing that can tell me what I should be reading as things come out so I’m not floundering under drifts of pages on book mountain when the Hugo nomination period opens. Preferably some recommendation engine where my fellow writers, bless you guys I love you all but damn I know how we are, are not allowed to nominate or push their own books. I don’t want reviews, I don’t even want opinions, I just want a simple but large list of titles and authorsRachael Acks about the plight of next year's Hugo nominators looking for worthy candidates in a field in which at least 4201 new novels in English were published in 2014.
Considering this, does it actually matter that one group of fans voted a slate of their friends unto the Hugos shortlist, when the huge mass of science fiction published each year means worthwhile candidates remain unconsidered anyway:
Both sides of this argument have made the claim how undeserving and deserving works are not being and being nominated for the ballot. Both sides are correct. Five possible nominations out of 50,000 eligible works? I mean, what certainty do we have that those five nominated works are superior to any number of the other eligible 49,995 works? Nor can any one individual read hundreds of works per day. Thus the decision of superiority falls onto the shoulders of the fans raised above the rest by their willingness and capability to spend at least $40 for the right to nominate and vote in the Hugo awards.And if it does, how can any reader know which books/stories/people/etc are eligible in a given year if they don't follow fandom all that closely?
Luckily there are a few resources:
- John W. Campbell (not a Hugo) Award eligibility for new to science fiction writers
- The Hugo recommend Livejournal community
- The NESFA fangroup's list of recommendations (not a slate)
- The Semiprozine directory for that most difficult of categories
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