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Last Call (Almost)

Hugo nominations close at midnight on March 31.

Time is running out.

Let your voice be heard.

Let's get some good stuff on the ballot!!!




Ken Marable
Mar. 29th, 2016 01:02 pm (UTC)
Site with recommendations
If people are looking for last minute recommendations, I have been trying to collect some for (almost) every category. Unfortunately, wasn't able to hit quite all of them, but I will be posting some more today and tomorrow. One difference I aimed for is posting recommendations from people who took time to explain why they are recommending (bare minimum of paragraph or so). I find that more informative than just recommendation lists.

So, here is the schedule (https://hugorecommend.wordpress.com/2016-schedule/) that you can click on each category to see what recommendations people sent me. Also feel free to submit any additional recommendations today and I will include them in the final round up tomorrow!!
Mar. 29th, 2016 01:08 pm (UTC)
Sorry if this is annoying, but I noticed that all 10 regions of Westeros have appeared in POV Chapters save the Westerlands. Might they appear eventually? And I'll just take this opportunity to say the histories of all the regions of Westeros in TWOIAF are brilliantly done, and I love trying to find what they're based on; Westerlands/Wales, Arbor/Aquitaine down to having Olenna/Eleanor which I only noticed recently. The books just keep turning up historical comparisons.
Apr. 4th, 2016 05:39 am (UTC)
Re: Westerlands
There's a really long section in the World book giving the background on the Reyne Rebellion; according to Elio & Linda it's been written up for many years as a story just waiting to be told; I highly recommend it.
Apr. 12th, 2016 09:49 am (UTC)
Re: Westerlands
I have read TWOIAF, its a great story. Of course, there's so many places its hard to give them all detail. I'm also interested in what is happening in the Marches, with one of its main Houses displaced and the lord of another main house an outlaw. Here's to hoping we find out what happened to the Bastard of Nightsong next book.
Apr. 7th, 2016 01:13 pm (UTC)
Re: Westerlands
I dont remember highgarden told from a POV...
Apr. 12th, 2016 09:43 am (UTC)
Re: Westerlands
Bitterbridge did appear in a Catelyn POV, the loathsome Renly is having a tourney while King's Landing starves at Bitterbridge.
Tanmay Kulkarni
Mar. 29th, 2016 01:28 pm (UTC)
Will nominate
Will nominate for sure. If I may ask, are you gonna release a chapter of WoW? Only 25 days to go for the show.

Edited at 2016-03-29 01:29 pm (UTC)
Mar. 29th, 2016 07:21 pm (UTC)
I nominated and my husband nominated. But thank you for the reminder.
Mar. 29th, 2016 10:52 pm (UTC)
Thanks for suggesting that we look at Old Venus for possible Hugo nominees. I read "Pale Blue Memories" today and found it stunning.
Frank Probst
Mar. 30th, 2016 01:57 am (UTC)
It's on my list ahead of "Pay bills," so it'll get done. There was some talk last year of nominating the entire Discworld series as a single work for Best Novel. Does anyone know if that was ruled out?

Oh, and PLEASE watch episodes 1 & 2 of Season 1 of Daredevil. Episode 2 really is amazing. Definitely worth a nom. Probably not as good as Hardhome, but still worth a nom.
Mar. 30th, 2016 09:09 pm (UTC)
Speaking of Voting
Hey George,

I'm curious to know who you're pulling for in the upcoming presidential election? Are you like us fellow R'Hollorists who definitely "feel the Bern"?

Also, as a writer, has this craziness inspired TWOW at all? I'd love to see a Ser Donneld Trumpf who joins the night's watch or campaigns for Lord Commander, promising to make the wall great again, and demands the wildlings or others pay for it, only to have that plan horribly backfire and result in a giant crushing him.

But in all seriousness, who are you backing, and why?

Edited at 2016-03-30 09:10 pm (UTC)
Apr. 12th, 2016 09:24 pm (UTC)
Re: Speaking of Voting
No, present day politics has no effect on anything happening in Westeros. My real world influences are from medieval and ancient history.

I'll be supporting the Democratic nominee, I am certain. The choices on the Republican side are scary.
Mar. 30th, 2016 10:47 pm (UTC)
As a writer who's written lots of spicy sex scenes, do you think Erotica will ever be taken seriously, GRRM? While fantasy writers get Hugos, "smut" writers get $50 prizes tops. Will things change due to 50 shades of gray?
Apr. 12th, 2016 09:26 pm (UTC)
The Hugo carries no cash prize, so I am not sure a $50 bill is necessarily inferior.

I believe there are a number of existing awards for erotic fiction.
Apr. 1st, 2016 02:43 am (UTC)
Thank you for the link to Rocket Stack Rank. What a cool site.
I found Rocket Stack Rank (and Locus Online) really helped me find works to nominate in a reasonable fashion. I finally conquered feeling of being too overwhelmed to vote for novellas, novelettes, and short stories. I even found useful links for fan artists. I had a great time cramming!
Apr. 1st, 2016 11:27 am (UTC)
Thank you for the link to Rocket Stack Rank. What a cool site.
I found Rocket Stack Rank (and Locus Online) really helped me find works to nominate in a reasonable fashion. I finally conquered feeling of being too overwhelmed to vote for novellas, novelettes, and short stories. I even found useful links for fan artists. I had a great time cramming!
Brandon Michael Farley
Apr. 2nd, 2016 12:37 am (UTC)
I was hoping for an April Fools joke from you today. Maybe one where you release the big news of your next book release, but then leave everyone guessing if it was true or not. But, you'd have the last laugh as the info would be true.
Apr. 4th, 2016 05:36 am (UTC)
A Taste of Armageddon
This all feels so futile: no matter what we pick we always choose wrong. And no matter what we do, the Sad Puppies will just rig the vote.

Why don't we do what those planets did in that Star Trek episode, "A Taste of Armageddon"? Rather than fight an actual war, they achieved peace by just adding all of the relevant data into computers, which calculated the winners and losers of battles. And it worked.

So why not add all of the relevant data about potential Hugo nominees into a computer, then have the computers sort out who wins?

A modest proposal, but frankly it's the only way we can avoid a conflict which could potentially destroy us all.

Edited at 2016-04-04 05:41 am (UTC)
Frank Probst
Apr. 7th, 2016 03:59 pm (UTC)
Re: A Taste of Armageddon
Have you looked at the Sad Puppies 4 suggestions? Kate Paulk appears to have worked fairly hard to ensure that the process was "transparent and democratic" this time. (You can even download her spreadsheet showing her tallies and compare it to the comments on the site, if you really want to go that far.) What's surprising is how few people ended up posting to the site. There was the potential for stuffing the ballot box with multiple user IDs, but there were so few people who actually suggested things to nominate that this seems unlikely to me. There are more than 5 suggestions in most categories, and when there are 5 or fewer, it is usually because there were 5 or fewer suggestions. There's pretty broad overlap with this list and other lists that I've seen, so it doesn't seem nearly as "out there" as the lists in previous years.

Rabid Puppies is still Rabid Puppies, but that's worth pointing out only to say that it deserves no further discussion. Theodore Beale's antics aren't worth your time or attention.
Apr. 12th, 2016 09:32 pm (UTC)
Re: A Taste of Armageddon
I agree about the Rabids.

As for Sad Puppies 4, yes, as I've said previously, I think the way they conducted themselves this year is much better than what happened last year. Kate Paulk is to be commended; she has produced a recommended reading list, not a slate. The SP4 list has some awful crap on it, to be sure, but it also has some good books and stories.... and a lot of stuff I have not read. But the same could be said of the LOCUS list and many others, so I've no problem there.

In a few weeks the Hugo nominations will be released, and we will see where things stand when all the dust has settled. I am hoping for a balanced, representative ballot, with viable Hugo-worthy contenders in every category.
Apr. 4th, 2016 12:14 pm (UTC)
Now to see what floats to the top.

A little bit of investment in these awards is also producing just a little twinge of anxiety anticipating about what might be on the ballot. It's exciting. :) Thanks for holding us fans accountable.
Apr. 6th, 2016 03:13 pm (UTC)
A question to a writer whos advise i would trust
This is a bit off topic ..Is there a financial career in the world for someone who has great ideas for books but lacks the storytelling ability. Would someone like me be able to work with a writer, tell them my ideas, what my story is ,and where I want it to go?
Apr. 7th, 2016 04:40 pm (UTC)
RE: A question to a writer whos advise i would trust
Sorry, but no, there is no career there. No writer worth his salt needs ideas. Ideas are cheap. Ideas are easy. Ideas are everywhere. Turning ideas into stories... Making them come alive... Getting the words on the page... That's the hard part.
Apr. 9th, 2016 06:22 pm (UTC)
Game of Thrones
Hello,I´m a 10 year old Spanish boy and I do looooooove your books.
Could you pleaaase tell me when the next book is being released?

Best regards,K.I.T.(keep in touch).
Apr. 12th, 2016 09:32 pm (UTC)
Re: Game of Thrones
When it's done.
Apr. 11th, 2016 09:40 pm (UTC)
Dear sir george martin, greetings . Yours again Victor Rodriguez from Venezuela . He had been unable to write because of time , but I found out their backwardness with the book. I just wanted to tell him not to worry , you have my support , art should take your time , I prefer to wait for a late winter winds that for Winter Winds half done. a Latin American writer named Gabriel Garcia Marquez , winner of a Nobel prize winner said, " to be sure that the book I write is really good I expect ten or fifteen years before publishing " so do not worry nor the time nor the series, I 'll see like the series and not in any way affect the reading of books, take the time you need. Victor Rodriguez says goodbye


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