Sunday, 3 March 2013

2012 Hugo Nominations

Happy Yellow StarThis is my first year of nominating for the Hugos. Not my last, as the membership will cover me for a couple more years, but I don't know if I'll be doing it again after that. It depends on finances.

I've put the categories that cross over with the Nebulas first (the shorts of various lengths and novels). Then the dramatic presentation categories, which overlap with the Bradbury (though the Hugos break it down into two categories, meaning twice the nominations). For these categories, I've bolded titles that weren't in my Nebula/Bradbury nominations.

After that, it's the brave new world of Hugo-only categories. I couldn't nominate in them all. For example, I have no idea who edited what novels, or whether they managed to edit the required number in the year, so I'll have to leave that to people within the novel publishing industry. I don't listen to podcasts. I still have little idea what separates a pro, semipro and fan work, as the definitions aren't that helpful. All round, the Hugo categories are a nightmare. But where possible, I've tried to nominate.

Like before, the order of each category is probably alphabetical.

Short Story



African Sunrise was based on a previously published novelette, which made it ineligible for the Nebula.

  • On a Red Station, Drifting - Aliette de Bodard (Immersion Press)
  • The Longest Fall - Liu Cixin [translator: Holger Nahm] (Beijing Guomi Digital Technology)
  • All the Flavors - Ken Liu (GigaNotoSaurus)
  • African Sunrise - Nnedi Okorafor (Subterranean Online)
  • Barry’s Tale - Lawrence M. Schoen (Hadley Rille Books)


  • Summer of the Mariposas - Guadalupe Garcia McCall (Tu Books / Lee & Low)
  • Seraphina - Rachel Hartman (Random House)
  • The Killing Moon - N. K. Jemisin (Orbit / Hachette)
  • The Drowning Girl - Caitlín R. Kiernan (Roc / Penguin)
  • What's Left of Me - Kat Zhang (HarperCollins)

Best Dramatic Presentation (Long Form)

I hadn't watched either Dredd or Beasts of the Southern Wild when I wrote my Bradbury nominations. The former because I'd thought it was a 2011 movie, and the latter as I hadn't heard of it (possibly because it's magical realism rather than outright "Here are DRAGONS!")

  • Beasts of the Southern Wild (Fox Searchlight Pictures)
  • Brave (Pixar)
  • Dredd (DNA Films)
  • The Avengers / Avengers Assemble (Paramount Pictures)
  • The Hunger Games (Lionsgate)

Best Dramatic Presentation (Short Form)

Room on the Broom is an adaption of the Julia Donaldson book of the same name, which was shown by the BBC in the UK. As such, it wasn't eligible for the Bradbury, but is here. Head Over Heels was the short I wanted to see before the Bradbury nominations, but couldn't get a copy.

  • Doctor Who: The Snowmen - Steven Moffat (BBC)
  • Head Over Heels - Timothy Reckart (National Film and Television School)
  • Paperman (Disney)
  • Room on The Broom (Magic Light Pictures)
  • Sight - Eran May-raz and Daniel Lazo (Sight Systems)

Best Related Work

  • Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland: With Artwork by Yayoi Kusama - Lewis Carroll [writer] / Yayoi Kusama [illustrator] (Penguin) - Nominated for the art and layout, rather than the classic text.
  • The Moment of Change - Rose Lemberg [editor] (Aqueduct Press) - A book of feminist speculative poetry by various poets.

Best Graphic Story

I don't read many graphic novels, but I realised on re-reading it only says graphic story. So, I'm nominating children's picture books.

  • Keith the Cat with the Magic Hat - Sue Hendra [writer / illustrator] (Simon and Schuster)
  • Superworm - Julia Donaldson [writer] and Axel Scheffler [illustrator] (Alison Green Books)
  • The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore - William Joyce [writer, illustrator] and Joe Bluhm [illustrator] (Atheneum Books)
  • This is Not My Hat - Jon Klassen [writer / illustrator] (Candlewick, Walker)
  • Creepy Carrots! - Aaron Reynolds [writer] and Peter Brown [illustrator] (Simon and Schuster)

Best Editor (Short Form)

  • Neil Clarke - Clarkesworld Magazine.
  • Ann Leckie - GigaNotoSaurus.
  • Silvia Moreno-Garcia - Innsmouth Magazine and Fungi (Innsmouth Free Press).
  • Ann VanderMeer - Weird Tales (Winter 2012 Issue) and Steampunk III: Steampunk Revolution (Tachyon Publications).
  • Sheila Williams - Asimov's Science Fiction.

Best Fan Artist

Best Semiprozine

Best Fanzine

I'm not sure if these are actually fanzines, but I nominated them just in case.

Best Fan Writer

John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer

Most of these writers have a short bibliography on the award eligibility page. Kat Zhang doesn't (as I write this), but her debut novel - What's Left of Me - was out in 2012, so I believe she's in her first year of eligibility.

  • Zen Cho
  • Damien Walters Grintalis
  • Joy Kennedy-O'Neill
  • Alex Shvartsman
  • Kat Zhang

Omitted due to lack of nominations: Best Editor (Long Form), Best Professional Artist and Best Fancast.


prezzey said...

Thank you!!! I'm honored!

Also, as I've just said on Twitter, I'm very surprised to see some things on your ballot I was sure I'd be the only one to nominate, and which I haven't posted about yet (I still have quite a few categories to go because I tend to rant about every single one of them at length X[ ). All explanations I can think of involve cephalopods. :D

Thank you for the Expanded Horizons nomination too, we appreciate it :]

Polenth said...

Yep, the cephalopods control everything.