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Hugo Nominees Announced

MidAmericon II has announced the final ballot for the 2016 Hugo Awards. You can find the list here:


It is, to say the least, a mixed bag. A lot of good books and stories, writers and artists... cheek by jowl with some stuff that is considerably less worthy.

I will have more to say when I've had more time to review and digest the ballot.


Frank Probst
Apr. 26th, 2016 09:07 pm (UTC)
First glance...
My first thought was that it doesn't look like any single category got swept by any particular bloc, so I think it's unlikely there will be any No Awards this year. It's nice to see Jessica Jones in there for Dramatic Presentation, Short Form, especially after the show just won a Peabody Award. Andy Weir and Pierce Brown in the Campbell Award category will make it an interesting face-off. Did Pierce Brown and/or Andy Weir come to Worldcon this year or last year? If both come this year, the autographing sessions will be enormous. The only way there could be longer lines is if Stephen King comes.
Apr. 26th, 2016 09:27 pm (UTC)
Re: First glance...
Um... you do know that I'm coming, yes? My lines are usually pretty long. Though they'd be a lot longer if we didn't cap them.

Dusty Wallace
Apr. 26th, 2016 09:38 pm (UTC)
Re: First glance...
I went was in one of your lines in february. It was long but moved incredibly fast. I was impressed. I also attended a reading and two Q&A's. All of which were packed. And that was at a small convention in the mountains of Virginia. So I'm guessing the big ones are even crazier.
Frank Probst
Apr. 27th, 2016 02:00 am (UTC)
RE: Re: First glance...
Whoops. Yes, I knew you were coming. I should have been clearer that I meant Weir, Brown, AND you. I'm planning on being in all three lines, if possible. If Stephen King didn't decline his nomination, maybe he'll come. Stranger things have happened, I suppose.
Apr. 26th, 2016 10:48 pm (UTC)
Re: First glance...
A number of the categories were swept by the Rabid slate (the Sads did a recommendation list so I don't think about 'em): Best Fancast, Best Fanzine, Best Pro Artist, Best Graphic Story, Best Related Work (this one's particularly egregious), Best Short Story.

In some cases VD made sure to put in one or two choices that he figured would actually draw broad support, I guess to make some sort of point.

Best Related Work is particularly egregious because there's what may well be a perfectly good look at Gene Wolfe's early work in there, but it's published by Castalia House. Yuck.

Apr. 26th, 2016 10:54 pm (UTC)
Re: First glance...
We'll have to wait for all of the nomination data to come in to know if we would have had a shot, but a work that both George and I were in, Geek Knits, was shut out of Best Related by a white supremacist who thinks women shouldn't be educated. That sticks in my craw so hard I think I might have actually spontaneously developed a craw.

Edited at 2016-04-26 10:54 pm (UTC)
Apr. 26th, 2016 11:47 pm (UTC)
Re: First glance...
So can you really say that the Puppies swept if they were nominating works taht weren't Puppy related?

I mean they will say it, but they are jerks.
Apr. 27th, 2016 06:03 am (UTC)
Re: First glance...
It's a proof of concept. They've demonstrated that even with a massive reaction from fandom we just don't have the numbers to dilute a disciplined slate. Next year they can just stuff their slate with total jokes.
Frank Probst
Apr. 27th, 2016 02:22 am (UTC)
RE: Re: First glance...
Well, that shows you how much my first glance is worth. I looked at the noms without looking at Beale's suggestions, and most categories seemed to have worthy contenders. I will continue with my usual mantra, which is "Ignore Vox Day." Best Graphic Story has Gaiman in it, and I can't see myself not voting in that category just because Beale also had Gaiman on his list. Everything else but Short Story are categories that I usually don't vote in (although I suppose Best Pro Artist would be easy enough to look at), so I didn't notice that they matched up with his list.
Apr. 27th, 2016 05:41 am (UTC)
Re: First glance...
The Rabid slate co-occupies no less than 40% and in many cases 100% of the various categories. File 770 put up a list of the finalists, highlighting the ones not on the Rabid list. I'd link it directly, but they're down at the moment; Mike Glyer put an archive copy up here.

But it's not as simple as last time. The Rabids made several sabotage nominations this year, I think hoping that people would NO AWARD everything on the Rabid slate once this happened, thus reducing the number of awards given - as was their threat. (Scroll down to the mushroom-cloud graphic.)

I therefore think the proper response this year is:

1. NO AWARD above all Rabid organisers and supporters. Anyone who supported it, anyone who promoted it, anyone who worked on it: NO AWARD over them. NO AWARD above Vox Day, NO AWARD above Castalia House (and all its works), NO AWARD above all of it.

2. Everywhere else, vote what's best, as if it were a normal year.

And for the love of the gods, let's pass e pluribus hugo to throttle this stuff back.


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