March 10th is nigh – which means it’s time to submit your nominations for the 2015 Hugo Awards!
The Hugo Awards are among the most prestigious speculative fiction accolades, and its winners are announced each year at the World Science Fiction Convention (aka WorldCon). Worldcon 2015 or Sasquan, will take place in Spokane, Washington, USA from August 19 to 23.
The nomination period ends in a few days (March 10) and everyone is rushing to fill out final ballots. Here’s our ballot – whaddya think? If you’re undecided or are having trouble figuring out which work is eligible for which category (Hugo Awards, you are so complicated), we highly recommend checking out this fantastic open resource: The 2015 Eligible Hugo Awards Google Doc.
While you’re pondering your nominations, we want to point out that the Book Smugglers are eligible for a few things this year!
Last year, we were floored when we made the ballot for Best Fanzine (we are still having a hard time believing LonCon was real). This year, we branched out into publishing short stories, and so we are no longer eligible for that category. We are, however, eligible for the Best Semiprozine award! Our Year in Review lists some of the best content from our blog last year for your consideration, if you have space for a Semiprozine on your ticket.
We are also the editors of the 2013 edition of Speculative Fiction: The Best Online Reviews, Essays and Commentary – an annual collection that celebrates the best in online Science Fiction and Fantasy non-fiction. Published in May 2014 and featuring the best of the best of online reviewers and essayists, the anthology is eligible for Best Related Work.
To help get the word out about the collection, the kindle edition of Speculative Fiction 2013 is free for a limited time! Get your copy now on Amazon US and Amazon UK.
In addition, the short stories we edited and published last year are also eligible for the following awards.
Best Short Story:
- Hunting Monsters by S. L. Huang
- In Her Head, In Her Eyes by Yukimi Ogawa
- Mrs. Yaga by Michal Wojcik
- The Mussel Eater by Octavia Cade
- The Astronomer Who Met The North Wind by Kate Hall
- The Ninety-Ninth Bride by Catherine F. King
Thanks for considering us and our authors!
So now we turn it over to you, dear readers. What works are you nominating for the 2015 Hugo Awards?
SigridMarch 7, 2015 at 8:59 am
I’ve got a few horses I’m backing for the Hugos!
FULL DISCLOSURE: I was the editor of Apex Magazine is 2014. (Which is eligible in Semiprozine, and I am eligible for Best Editor Short Fiction as a result.)
My pick for best short story is Ursula Vernon’s Jackalope Wives. I bought this and Apex published it, yes, but it is such an amazing story I don’t feel bad backing it.
Also, I want Penny Dreadful S1E2, “The Seance,” to get on the ballot for Dramatic Work Short. And I am nominating Elizabeth Bear’s Eternal Sky trilogy for novel, along with Robert Jackson Bennett’s City of Stairs.
Oh! And Rachel and Miles XPlain the X-Men for podcast.
My Graphic Story picks are Pretty Deadly vol 1, The Shrike, The Fuse vol 1, The Russisa Shift, and Lazarus vol 2, Lift.
Nick HMarch 7, 2015 at 6:45 pm
Oh god, I’m so not ready for the nominations window to close so soon. *looks at stacks of unread books, weeps*
About the only category I’m qualified to recommend wholeheartedly for is Graphic Story:
Sex Criminals vol. 1, One Weird Trick, Fraction and Zdarsky. This is the one I’ve been telling everyone I know to nominate, because it’s utterly awesome. It’s also one of those “Look, you have to read it” comics. But everyone should be nominating this.
Trillium Jeff Lemire. With an earlier book, The Underwater Welder, Lemire flirted with sci-fi of the Twilight Zone kind, but Trillium is the first time he’s gone full-on space astronauts and aliens and the end of everything kind of sci-fi. It’s also a love story. I really like Lemire’s work.
The Bunker vol. 1, Joshua Hale Fialkov and Joe Infurnari. A group of friends go to bury a time capsule in the woods, find a hidden bunker, and discover a cache of letters – from their future selves. Turns out they’re destroying the world. But will their past selves heed the warnings of the letters and try and change things? There’s something of a Lost vibe to this.
Letter 44 vol. 1, Escape Velocity, Charles Soule and Alberto Jiménez Alburquerque. A new president is elected and gets a letter from the previous incumbent, telling him NASA discovered a hidden alien presence in the asteroid belt. Roughly half the book follows the president while the other half follows the astronaut. A promising first volume.
Haven’t read Pretty Deadly or The Fuse yet (my loss, I know), but will happily second Lazarus vol. 2, Lift. IIRC vol. 1 got some nominations last year, will be interesting to see if the series does better this year or not.
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