Sunday, April 4, 2010

2010 Hugo Award Nominees

The 2010 Hugo Award nominees were announced today.

Best Novel

  • Boneshaker, Cherie Priest (Tor)
  • The City & The City, China MiĆ©ville (Del Rey; Macmillan UK)
  • Julian Comstock: A Story of 22nd-Century America, Robert Charles Wilson (Tor)
  • Palimpsest, Catherynne M. Valente (Bantam Spectra)
  • Wake, Robert J. Sawyer (Ace; Penguin; Gollancz; Analog)
  • The Windup Girl, Paolo Bacigalupi (Night Shade)

Best Novella

  • “Act One”, Nancy Kress (Asimov’s 3/09)
  • The God Engines, John Scalzi (Subterranean)
  • “Palimpsest”, Charles Stross (Wireless)
  • Shambling Towards Hiroshima, James Morrow (Tachyon)
  • “Vishnu at the Cat Circus”, Ian McDonald (Cyberabad Days)
  • The Women of Nell Gwynne’s, Kage Baker (Subterranean)

Best Novelette

  • “Eros, Philia, Agape”, Rachel Swirsky ( 3/09)
  • The Island”, Peter Watts (The New Space Opera 2)
  • “It Takes Two”, Nicola Griffith (Eclipse Three)
  • “One of Our Bastards is Missing”, Paul Cornell (The Solaris Book of New Science Fiction: Volume Three)
  • “Overtime”, Charles Stross ( 12/09)
  • “Sinner, Baker, Fabulist, Priest; Red Mask, Black Mask, Gentleman, Beast”, Eugie Foster (Interzone 2/09)

Best Short Story

  • “The Bride of Frankenstein”, Mike Resnick (Asimov’s 12/09)
  • “Bridesicle”, Will McIntosh (Asimov’s 1/09)
  • “The Moment”, Lawrence M. Schoen (Footprints)
  • “Non-Zero Probabilities”, N.K. Jemisin (Clarkesworld 9/09)
  • “Spar”, Kij Johnson (Clarkesworld 10/09)

Best Related Book

  • Canary Fever: Reviews, John Clute (Beccon)
  • Hope-In-The-Mist: The Extraordinary Career and Mysterious Life of Hope Mirrlees, Michael Swanwick (Temporary Culture)
  • The Inter-Galactic Playground: A Critical Study of Children’s and Teens’ Science Fiction, Farah Mendlesohn (McFarland)
  • On Joanna Russ, Farah Mendlesohn (ed.) (Wesleyan)
  • The Secret Feminist Cabal: A Cultural History of SF Feminisms, Helen Merrick (Aqueduct)
  • This is Me, Jack Vance! (Or, More Properly, This is “I”), Jack Vance (Subterranean)

Best Graphic Story

  • Batman: Whatever Happened to the Caped Crusader? Written by Neil Gaiman; Pencilled by Andy Kubert; Inked by Scott Williams (DC Comics)
  • Captain Britain And MI13. Volume 3: Vampire State Written by Paul Cornell; Pencilled by Leonard Kirk with Mike Collins, Adrian Alphona and Ardian Syaf (Marvel Comics)
  • Fables Vol 12: The Dark Ages Written by Bill Willingham; Pencilled by Mark Buckingham; Art by Peter Gross & Andrew Pepoy, Michael Allred, David Hahn; Colour by Lee Loughridge & Laura Allred; Letters by Todd Klein (Vertigo Comics)
  • Girl Genius, Volume 9: Agatha Heterodyne and the Heirs of the Storm Written by Kaja and Phil Foglio; Art by Phil Foglio; Colours by Cheyenne Wright (Airship Entertainment)
  • Schlock Mercenary: The Longshoreman of the Apocalypse Written and Illustrated by Howard Tayler

Best Dramatic Presentation, Long Form

  • Avatar Screenplay and Directed by James Cameron (Twentieth Century Fox)
  • District 9 Screenplay by Neill Blomkamp & Terri Tatchell; Directed by Neill Blomkamp (TriStar Pictures)
  • Moon Screenplay by Nathan Parker; Story by Duncan Jones; Directed by Duncan Jones (Liberty Films)
  • Star Trek Screenplay by Robert Orci & Alex Kurtzman; Directed by J.J. Abrams (Paramount)
  • Up Screenplay by Bob Peterson & Pete Docter; Story by Bob Peterson, Pete Docter, & Thomas McCarthy; Directed by Bob Peterson & Pete Docter (Disney/Pixar)

Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form

  • Doctor Who: “The Next Doctor” Written by Russell T Davies; Directed by Andy Goddard (BBC Wales)
  • Doctor Who: “Planet of the Dead” Written by Russell T Davies & Gareth Roberts; Directed by James Strong (BBC Wales)
  • Doctor Who: “The Waters of Mars” Written by Russell T Davies & Phil Ford; Directed by Graeme Harper (BBC Wales)
  • Dollhouse: “Epitaph 1″ Story by Joss Whedon; Written by Maurissa Tancharoen & Jed Whedon; Directed by David Solomon (Mutant Enemy)
  • FlashForward: “No More Good Days” Written by Brannon Braga & David S. Goyer; Directed by David S. Goyer; based on the novel by Robert J. Sawyer (ABC)

Best Editor, Long Form

  • Lou Anders
  • Ginjer Buchanan
  • Liz Gorinsky
  • Patrick Nielsen Hayden
  • Juliet Ulman

Best Editor, Short Form

  • Ellen Datlow
  • Stanley Schmidt
  • Jonathan Strahan
  • Gordon Van Gelder
  • Sheila Williams

Best Professional Artist

  • Bob Eggleton
  • Stephan Martiniere
  • John Picacio
  • Daniel Dos Santos
  • Shaun Tan

Best Semiprozine

  • Ansible edited by David Langford
  • Clarkesworld edited by Neil Clarke, Sean Wallace, & Cheryl Morgan
  • Interzone edited by Andy Cox
  • Locus edited by Charles N. Brown, Kirsten Gong-Wong, & Liza Groen Trombi
  • Weird Tales edited by Ann VanderMeer & Stephen H. Segal

Best Fan Writer

  • Claire Brialey
  • Christopher J Garcia
  • James Nicoll
  • Lloyd Penney
  • Frederik Pohl

Best Fanzine

  • Argentus edited by Steven H Silver
  • Banana Wings edited by Claire Brialey and Mark Plummer
  • CHALLENGER edited by Guy H. Lillian III
  • Drink Tank edited by Christopher J Garcia, with guest editor James Bacon
  • File 770 edited by Mike Glyer
  • StarShipSofa edited by Tony C. Smith

Best Fan Artist

  • Brad W. Foster
  • Dave Howell
  • Sue Mason
  • Steve Stiles
  • Taral Wayne

The John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer

  • Saladin Ahmed
  • Gail Carriger
  • Felix Gilman *
  • Seanan McGuire
  • Lezli Robyn *

*(Second year of eligibility)

Sadly, I haven't read any of the works nominated for the Hugo although Catherynne Valente's Palimpsest is on my to read pile since I loved her novel The Orphan's Tales: In the Night Garden. She did a reading and signing nearby last summer so I went to see it and bought a copy of Palimpsest to get signed while I was there. Based on the one book I have read by her, I think she's a fantastic writer so I was happy to see her nominated.

I was thrilled to see both Gail Carriger and Seanan McGuire on the list for the John W. Campbell Award as I have read their books that count for the nomination. I read ARCs of both their first novels and enjoyed both, plus I thought each of them wrote an even better second novel. I am now hooked on both of their series and would be thrilled if either won (Seanan McGuire has also been a guest poster here with a story set in her Velveteen universe and I had a lot of fun interviewing Gail Carriger soon after Soulless was released).

Congratulations to all the nominees!


Anastasia said...

I'm so excited about Palimpsest being nominated for best novel! It's up against strong competition, but I'm totally rooting for it. It'd be awesome if it won. Still, notably strong nominees this year.

Kristen said...

Anastasia - Figured you'd be happy about that one! ;) Have you read any of the other nominated works? I haven't read any of the ones nominated for the Hugos and I've read very few of the authors nominated even (just Valente, N.K. Jemisin and Gaiman). There just needs to be more time for reading all these books...

Anastasia said...

I read City & the City and that was very good. Also read other works by nominated authors: Chronoliths by Robert Charles Wilson, Factoring Humanity by Robert J. Sawyer (decent scifi books, but I decided for myself I wouldn't read these authors in the future - the scifi wasn't hard or exciting enough, the writing average, and the characters/story so-so to weak, disappointing overall).

Among other nominees, I'm familiar with works by John Scalzi, Nancy Kress, Charles Stross, Kage Baker, Peter Watts, Nicola Griffith, and N.K. Jemisin through their long-form work. I realize that novellas/short stories are very different from novels and some authors might be stronger in one form and weaker in the others, but out of these names I really like Griffith (her Slow River is one of my favorite books), Baker and Jemisin are good, Kress and Scalzi also good (some works I liked more than others, although Scalzi is really fluffy), and really dislike Stross and Watts for not being able to write stories worthy of their ideas. Watts' Blindsight was an unholy incomprehensible mess, one of my least liked, Stross's Singularity Sky was dry and mostly strange and his Glasshouse offensive and one of the worst books I've read. Although these authors are very popular, I'm just not interested.

Benjamin said...

Hey Kristen! I only read two of the nominees last year so I was a little surprised to see that I had read four this year, with the two I haven't being Wake and Boneshaker. It is a pretty strong field this year. I would have liked The Price of Spring to make the final list, but I'll have to be satisfied with nominating it.

Kristen said...

Anastasia - Oops, I lied - I have read one of the other nominees, Nancy Kress. I missed her name when scanning through to double check if there were any others I've read (don't know how since I know she is just about always nominated for her shorter work). Her Beggars series is one of my husband's all time favorites so I've read those as well as her first Probability book and a short story ("Summer Wind," a retelling of "Sleeping Beauty").

I've always heard good things about Nicola Griffith.

Benjamin - It's very rare that I've read more than one of the nominees before they are on the ballot. Which one do you want to win?

Benjamin said...

Kristen, I'd be happy with either The City and the City or The Windup Girl. My gut feeling is that the Mieville will win.

Anastasia said...

I also think it might be Mieville.

orannia said...

I haven't read any of the nominated works...scary!

Kristen said...

Orannia - Don't feel too badly, I haven't read any of the Hugo nominated works this year either!