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Chesley Nominations

ASFA has announced this year's nominations for the Chesley Awards.

I was very pleased to see that Magali Villenueve was nominated for her extraordinary and beautiful work on this year's Ice & Fire calendar.





My congratulations to Magali. She faces some formidable competition, but we'll be rooting for her. She's a very talented young artist, and I hope we'll be seeing a lot more of her work in the years and decades to come.

Also, I see that Richard Anderson is up for best hardcover cover for his cover for my friend Vic Milan's novel DINOSAUR LORDS. Well deserved. It's a stunning cover.

FILE 770 has the whole list here:

http://file770.com/?p=29364

((I do wish that the Hugo Awards would get rid of the 'Best Professional Artist' category, and go with a Best Cover award instead, like the Chesleys. Reward the work, not the person)).

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kevin_standlee
Jun. 12th, 2016 12:55 am (UTC)
Well, as you know from the discussions over the split of Best Dramatic Presentation, I was opposed to any change that would have led to the sum of the two new categories being less than the original one, so we possibly will never be able to agree on this. And for that matter, have there not been BDP finalists and even winners (see "Gollum's Acceptance Speech" in the 1994 Hugo Awards) that would be excluded from consideration if we required them to be exclusively "television shows" and "theatrical motion pictures?" Indeed, if we had been excessively narrow in our definitions in such a hypothetical "TV/movie" split, Game of Thrones episodes would not have been eligible on the grounds that HBO isn't "broadcast" television. You know how obsessive people can be about definitions. I wouldn't do it, but I can certainly see other people fussing about it.

I think that in general we should let the definitions be pretty broad and not worry about walling off the edge cases. They'll take care of themselves. It's almost as bad as trying to define "science fiction and fantasy," which we do not do, much to the dismay of some of those previously mentioned obsessive types.

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