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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.


Apr. 26th, 2016 10:40 pm (UTC)
Being more selective....
I think there are some really good selections in the Novel category as well as some in the novella. Looks like maybe one or two quality works in novelette, the short story category appears to be a complete sabotage again. Unlike last year I am not going to spend the time to read those, it was a toxic experience for my leisure time. The Best Artist nominees aside from Larry Elmore are a complete mystery to me and I assume those were Puppy noms, Mr. Elmore's work is always good though. My one and five year old children would approve of the "My Little Pony" nod but I thought grownups were voting, strange.
Apr. 26th, 2016 11:49 pm (UTC)
Re: Being more selective....
My Little Pony is a great show that works for both children and grownups. We have dozens of modern works that are aimed at 10 year old boys that everyone claims to love (Star Wars, Transformers, comic books, etc), but a show aimed at girls is considered juvenile and stupid. That speaks more to the cultural sexism than it does to the Puppy slate.
Apr. 27th, 2016 01:16 am (UTC)
Re: Being more selective....
You are right, it is quality programming for its aim, format and genre, just never perceived it as the richest and most deserving of the highest honors in the field of science fiction and fantasy.

Edited at 2016-04-27 04:27 am (UTC)
Apr. 27th, 2016 02:38 am (UTC)
Re: Being more selective....
Good point. It always strikes me as peculiar that almost all lists of greatest movies, particularly the ones after the 1970s, have such ultra-manly men movies in the top spots (Shawnshank's Redemption, The Godfather, Fight Club, etc.), and in some cases you have to scroll down to entry number 20 or 30 to find the highest rated movie that has a significant female presence. Strangely enough, that was not the case in pre-1960s Hollywood.

I'm not into My Little Pony, but I know that geeks love to look down on other geeks that are into stuff more "unaceptable" than whay they like. My philosophy is, whatever rocks your boat.

But I would not include comic books in the category of stuff aimed at 10-year old boys. At least not for the past two decades in America. I think the current audience is almost totally of adults and (at best) teenagers.


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