Well, its done. I’ve read all the novels, all the novellas, all the novelettes and all the short stories. I ran out of time for Best Related Work and Best Graphic Story, plus, really, I’d only experienced two items from the Best Dramatic Presentation (long form) category.
My nominations, then;
Feed by Mira Grant (Orbit)
This was hard; and came down between this and “Dervish House”. I think the latter is a better book overall, but I’ve had far more conversations with people about Feed, so thats what swung it. Apart from one of the nominations, all solid contenders though.
The Lifecycle of Software Objects by Ted Chiang (Subterranean) – Read Online
Ted Chiang is to short stories what Neal Stephenson is to the long novel.
Best Short Story
“The Things” by Peter Watts (Clarkesworld, January 2010) – Read Online
Best by a long, long way.
Best Novellete Story
Missed this entire category, and realised with 6 days to go..
“The Emperor of Mars” by Allen M. Steele (Asimov’s, June 2010) – Read Online
Best Related Work
Writing Excuses, Season 4, by Brandon Sanderson, Jordan Sanderson, Howard Tayler, Dan Wells
Probably because its the only one I’ve had time to properly review. Although ‘Chicks Dig Time Lords’ had a lot of ground to make up before it even started, although, I’m persuaded after a conversation with james_ that I’m being unfairly judgemental..
Best Graphic Story
Didn’t have time to read any of these, so following the advice of the voting page, didn’t vote. Looking forward to reading them when I get time, though.
Best Dramatic Presentation, Long Form
Crikey, I’m out of touch. I’ve only seen Inception from this list, and we turned it off 30 mins in when it failed to grab us. Also the part one of the Harry Potter, since I first drafted this blog post, so that gets the nomination… A bit naughty, really, since I’ve not seen enough of the other to be a fair vote.
Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form
Doctor Who: “A Christmas Carol,” written by Steven Moffat; directed by Toby Haynes (BBC Wales)
Wanted to go back and rewatch the Doctor Who’s. Liked ‘Fuck Me, Ray Bradbury’, but..
Best Editor, Short Form
John Joseph Adams
As, simply put, he’s the only one I’ve heard of, and has done two anthologies I want to read.
Best Editor, Long Form
No real opinion here, but he wrote a book I liked years ago, so..
Interzone, edited by Andy Cox
Voting for the home team, but I suspect the other magazines have done better – most of the stories appearing on Podcastle & EscapePod I suspect came from some of the others, but don’t have the time to go back and reference.
StarShipSofa, edited by Tony C. Smith
Can’t stand the guys voice, but its one of the best podcasts around. Problem is, its over an hour each episode, so I stopped listening to it. It won last year, so voting it up again this and meaning to add it back into my schedule. Assuming I can get past my irrational dislike of his accent.
Best Fan Writer
No opinion here, so skipped.
Best Fan Artist
Apart from the obvious, his was the only art I liked, and he draws stick men..
John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer
What? What? Thats another five books? I give up. I can’t read all of that & the Hugos in 6 weeks.
To be fair, they added this entire category in a couple of weeks ago – how fantastic is that for the Hugo Voter’s packet – astounding value, and its lead to more conversations about speculative fiction than I’ve had in years.
1850 pages of text in 6 weeks (including the audiobooks, to be fair). thats a heck of a lot of fiction, but my word, what a ride. No one who’s attempted reading all of the nominees (or has done so during the year – and if so can I commend you on your good taste?) can think that speculative fiction is dead or dying..
Heck, this post alone has taken about cumulative three hours to write..