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 Post subject: 2012 Hugo Award Nominees
PostPosted: Mon Jul 23, 2012 5:24 pm 
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2012 Hugo Awards
Presented at: Chicon 7, Chicago, Illinois, August 30-September 3, 2012

Toastmaster: John Scalzi

Base design: Deb Kosiba

Awards Administration: Diane Lacey, Jeff Orth, David Gallaher, John Platt, Helen Montgomery

Best Novel

Among Others, Jo Walton (Tor)
A Dance With Dragons, George R. R. Martin (Bantam Spectra)
Deadline, Mira Grant (Orbit)
Embassytown, China Miéville (Macmillan / Del Rey)
Leviathan Wakes, James S. A. Corey (Orbit)
Best Novella

Countdown, Mira Grant (Orbit)
“The Ice Owl”, Carolyn Ives Gilman (The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction)
“Kiss Me Twice”, Mary Robinette Kowal (Asimov’s)
“The Man Who Bridged the Mist”, Kij Johnson (Asimov’s)
“The Man Who Ended History: A Documentary”, Ken Liu (Panverse 3)
Silently and Very Fast, Catherynne M. Valente (WSFA)
Note: 6 nominees due to tie for final position.

Best Novelette

“The Copenhagen Interpretation”, Paul Cornell (Asimov’s)
“Fields of Gold”, Rachel Swirsky (Eclipse Four)
“Ray of Light”, Brad R. Torgersen (Analog)
“Six Months, Three Days”, Charlie Jane Anders (Tor.com)
“What We Found”, Geoff Ryman (The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction)
Best Short Story

“The Cartographer Wasps and the Anarchist Bees”, E. Lily Yu (Clarkesworld)
“The Homecoming”, Mike Resnick (Asimov’s)
“Movement”, Nancy Fulda (Asimov’s)
“The Paper Menagerie”, Ken Liu (The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction)
“Shadow War of the Night Dragons: Book One: The Dead City: Prologue”, John Scalzi (Tor.com)
Best Related Work

The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction, Third Edition, edited by John Clute, David Langford, Peter Nicholls, and Graham Sleight (Gollancz)
Jar Jar Binks Must Die…and other Observations about Science Fiction Movies, Daniel M. Kimmel (Fantastic Books)
The Steampunk Bible: An Illustrated Guide to the World of Imaginary Airships, Corsets and Goggles, Mad Scientists, and Strange Literature, Jeff VanderMeer and S. J. Chambers (Abrams Image)
Wicked Girls (CD), Seanan McGuire
Writing Excuses, Season 6 (podcast series), Brandon Sanderson, Dan Wells, Howard Tayler, Mary Robinette Kowal, and Jordan Sanderson
Best Graphic Story

Digger, by Ursula Vernon (Sofawolf Press)
Fables Vol 15: Rose Red, by Bill Willingham and Mark Buckingham (Vertigo)
Locke & Key Volume 4: Keys To The Kingdom, written by Joe Hill, illustrated by Gabriel Rodriguez (IDW)
Schlock Mercenary: Force Multiplication, written and illustrated by Howard Tayler, colors by Travis Walton (The Tayler Corporation)
The Unwritten (Volume 4): Leviathan, created by Mike Carey and Peter Gross, written by Mike Carey, illustrated by Peter Gross (Vertigo)
Best Dramatic Presentation, Long Form

Captain America: The First Avenger, screenplay by Christopher Markus and Stephan McFeely; directed by Joe Johnston (Marvel)
Game of Thrones (Season 1), created by David Benioff and D. B. Weiss;
written by David Benioff, D. B. Weiss, Bryan Cogman, Jane Espenson, and George R. R. Martin; directed by Brian Kirk, Daniel Minahan, Tim van Patten, and Alan Taylor (HBO)
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, screenplay by Steve Kloves; directed by David Yates (Warner Bros.)
Hugo, screenplay by John Logan; directed by Martin Scorsese (Paramount)
Source Code, screenplay by Ben Ripley; directed by Duncan Jones (Vendome Pictures)
Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form

Doctor Who, ”The Doctor’s Wife”, written by Neil Gaiman; directed by Richard Clark (BBC Wales)
“The Drink Tank’s Hugo Acceptance Speech”, Christopher J Garcia and James Bacon (Renovation)
Doctor Who, ”The Girl Who Waited”, written by Tom MacRae; directed by Nick Hurran (BBC Wales)
Doctor Who, ”A Good Man Goes to War”, written by Steven Moffat; directed by Peter Hoar (BBC Wales)
Community, ”Remedial Chaos Theory”, written by Dan Harmon and Chris McKenna; directed by Jeff Melman (NBC)
Best Semiprozine

Apex Magazine, edited by Catherynne M. Valente, Lynne M. Thomas, and Jason Sizemore
Interzone, edited by Andy Cox
Lightspeed, edited by John Joseph Adams
Locus, edited by Liza Groen Trombi, Kirsten Gong-Wong, et al.
New York Review of Science Fiction, edited by David G. Hartwell, Kevin J. Maroney, Kris Dikeman, and Avram Grumer
Best Fanzine

Banana Wings, edited by Claire Brialey and Mark Plummer
The Drink Tank, edited by James Bacon and Christopher J Garcia
File 770, edited by Mike Glyer
Journey Planet, edited by James Bacon, Christopher J Garcia, et al.
SF Signal, edited by John DeNardo
Best Fancast

The Coode Street Podcast, Jonathan Strahan & Gary K. Wolfe
Galactic Suburbia Podcast, Alisa Krasnostein, Alex Pierce, and Tansy Rayner Roberts (presenters) and Andrew Finch (producer)
SF Signal Podcast, John DeNardo and JP Frantz (presenters), Patrick Hester (producer)
SF Squeecast, Lynne M. Thomas, Seanan McGuire, Paul Cornell, Elizabeth Bear, and Catherynne M. Valente
StarShipSofa, Tony C. Smith
Best Editor, Long Form

Lou Anders
Liz Gorinsky
Anne Lesley Groell
Patrick Nielsen Hayden
Betsy Wollheim
Best Editor, Short Form

John Joseph Adams
Neil Clarke
Stanley Schmidt
Jonathan Strahan
Sheila Williams
Best Professional Artist

Dan dos Santos
Bob Eggleton
Michael Komarck
Stephan Martiniere
John Picacio
Best Fan Artist

Brad W. Foster
Randall Munroe
Spring Schoenhuth
Maurine Starkey
Steve Stiles
Taral Wayne
Note: 6 nominees due to tie for final position.

Best Fan Writer

James Bacon
Claire Brialey
Christopher J. Garcia
Jim C. Hines
Steven H Silver
The John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer

Mur Lafferty
Stina Leicht
Karen Lord
Brad R. Torgersen
E. Lily Yu
1,101 valid nominating ballots were received.

A breakdown of the number of nominations each work/person received will be released after the awards are announced at Chicon 7.


Of the novel nominees the only one I have read is A Dance With Dragons though I have Embassytown on my Sony Reader waiting to go when I have time.

I liked the previous book by Jo Walton which I have read so am willing to give this one a try.

I think that the Mira Grant is the second book of a trilogy that began with last year's nominee Feed. I truly disliked Feed for a variety of reasons, so for the first time in years I will give a nominee a deliberate pass.

(The two books in the past few years I have not read were Neil Stephenson's Anathem, which I believe is probably a masterwork and a classic, but I do not have the time or mental energy to read though I did try, and Ian MacDonald's The Dervish House which at the time was only available as an expensive hardcover that my library did not carry.)

I do not know a thing about Leviathan Wakes or its author, so will probably see if a cheap/free copy is available anywhere (and whether or not it is a book deep in a series, etc.)

Has anyone else read any of these books?

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 Post subject: Re: 2012 Hugo Award Nominees
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Looks like Leviathan Wakes is the product of two authors writing under a single pen name. One of the authors is the very good new writer Daniel Abraham! It is the first novel in a space opera series set in our solar system as we expand to the outer planets. Most of the reader reviews at Amazon are pretty positive.

Oddly, the e-reader version is more expensive than the paperback! :roll:

There is a second book in the series called Caliban's War.

The series as a while is called The Expanse. I do not know how many books are projected to be a part of the series. :?

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 Post subject: Re: 2012 Hugo Award Nominees
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Have been reading Embassytown. The first part of the book was fantastic - truly exhilarating. 8)

And then the middle came, and it has been a true slog for me. The characters are not developed whatsoever, not even the first person point of view character. The plot (if you can even call it that right now) is really dragging.

I will stick with it, in hopes that it will get moving by the end. :wink: :lol:

This book is pretty much the author playing with concepts of language. Probably very cool for people who are into that, or into books primarily written for ideas. Not so good for people like me, who just want a story and well developed characters.

Nothing wrong with any of it, by the way - just differences in preferences. :)

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Duchess of Malfi wrote:
Looks like Leviathan Wakes is the product of two authors writing under a single pen name. One of the authors is the very good new writer Daniel Abraham! It is the first novel in a space opera series set in our solar system as we expand to the outer planets. Most of the reader reviews at Amazon are pretty positive.

Oddly, the e-reader version is more expensive than the paperback! :roll:

There is a second book in the series called Caliban's War.

The series as a while is called The Expanse. I do not know how many books are projected to be a part of the series. :?


Leviathan Wakes was a pretty awesome book. I raced through it last weekend and very much enjoyed it. Can't wait to read Caliban's War.

I've heard they are planning on a third book.

Yes, it is written by two authors under one pen name - Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck. Ty has written some short stories that were published in Orson Scott Card's Intergalactic Medicine Show (online magazine which has given rise to at least one anthology).

You can learn more here: http://www.danielabraham.com/books-2/the-expanse/

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 Post subject: Re: 2012 Hugo Award Nominees
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Very cool! I Love Abraham's fantasy books, so this is really good to hear MsMary!

(still struggling through Embasseytown by the way)

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 Post subject: Re: 2012 Hugo Award Nominees
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Finally finished Embassytown. :mrgreen:

Beginning and ending parts of the book were wonderful - with an endless slog in the middle. :?

Among Others might be next. I am wanting to save Leviathan Wakes for last as a special treat. :D

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 Post subject: Re: 2012 Hugo Award Nominees
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And the winners:
http://www.thehugoawards.org/hugo-history/2012-hugo-awards/

Among Others by Jo Walton

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 Post subject: Re: 2012 Hugo Award Nominees
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Read Among Others on my weekend off. It was pretty good. It was about a teenaged girl from Wales going to an upper class boarding school in England (due to a complicated family life) in the 1970's. She is a complete fish out of water due to various reasons (her Welsh ethnicity being only one of them) and retains her sanity by being a bookworm. She is super into science fiction and fantasy, and her social life (such as it is) revolves around a science fiction book club. Tons of science fiction and fantasy references about classic and other older books from the genre. I enjoyed it, but probably would have enjoyed it more if I had read more of the books referenced! People in their fifties as opposed to my forties have probably read more of the books and will probably enjoy it even more than I did!

Rather than reading Deadline (which I am skipping because I truly disliked the first book in its series) I am going back to last year's Dervish House which I did not read at the time because it was only out in expensive hardcover at that time. It is interesting so far - set in Istanbul in the near future, centered around the residents of an old (for lack of a better term) monastery for dervishes now converted into rooms and apartments for rent. There was a terrorist attack nearby, and so far a lot of it centers around reactions to it, etc.

Saving Leviathan Wakes for last. 8)

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 Post subject: Re: 2012 Hugo Award Nominees
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Leviathan Wakes and Caliban's War are both freaking awesome!!! :sky: :sky: :sky: :sky: :sky: :sky: :sky: :sky:

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So glad to hear you enjoyed it, Duchess. I also enjoyed Leviathan Wakes. I have Caliban's War, but haven't had time to dig into it yet. I've heard from others besides you that it was great, though. 8)

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There are also two inexpensive short stories for kindle set in the same universe, one being The Butcher of Anderson Station and the other featuring an important new character from Caliban's War and her family on Mars. The short stories are good, too. :)

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Good to know.

Ty Franck (half of James S.A. Corey) had an amusing short story in this book.

Really enjoyed most of the short stories in that book, actually. It was worth reading.

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I finished Caliban's War last week. Once I got started, couldn't put it down.

How am I gonna wait till June for Abaddon's Gate?

I may have to get those two Kindle books - find 'em. 8)

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