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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 10:48 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.


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