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March 29th, 2007
06:47 am


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Hugo Nominees Up - Congrats, Everyone!
The Hugo Nominees list is up, thanks to Making Light. Scalzi was just muttering to me yesterday that he was eager for the list to be out, and I'm sure it's not only because he wanted to burble publicly about his nomination for best fan writer. ;)

Elsewhere in the fan categories, the much-deserving Science-Fiction Five-Yearly edited by Lee Hoffman, Geri Sullivan, & Randy Byers is up for best fanzine. I was tickled to get my copy in the mail and even happier once I read it. Many congrats to all involved, especially Geri, who sent it to me, and who mentions in her happy glowingness here that SFFY is available online. I'll try to remember to bring my copy to Penguicon for people to oo over as well. Steve Stiles is also up for Fan Artist and I really hope he gets it this year.

I am pleased to see Penguicon GoH Charlie Stross on the list for his book Glasshouse, and am looking forward to meeting Campbell Award nominee Sarah Monette, who will be at Penguicon as well. And so will Scalzi, of course, so we've got quite a few award nominees. Maybe we'll give them a gold star for their badges or something. ;)

Especially fun is to see two pieces on the list that I in some way contributed to, ISFiC's Worldcon Guest of Honor Speeches, up for best related book (SFOHA provided tapes of a few speeches for their reference - congrats on this end to your hard work, Steven!), and the short story “How to Talk to Girls at Parties” by Neil Gaiman, which I was a Beta reader on, way back when.

Congrats to everyone, and of course we all win, because we have this excellent reading list to peruse. :)

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Date:March 29th, 2007 11:35 am (UTC)
I find at least two disappointing thing on the list:

of all the fiction nominated, only ONE PIECE was written by a woman. It just seems like an odd kind of bias. Granted, I know men write most of the SF/fantasy and probably more than half of the Hugo nominees are men. But stilL!
Pirates of the Caribbean II, one of the worst movies of last year, is on the ballot and Pan's Labyrinth, which was original and very haunting, was not
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Date:March 29th, 2007 12:46 pm (UTC)
I suspect that Pan's Labyrinth came out too late in the year, and was hurt by the fact that it came across in the description as a sad or dificult-to-watch movie (at least that was my impression, and I chose not to go see it at a time when my life was already full of drama for that reason). I would be absolutely appalled if Pirates won this year, I agree, but I expect it to go to either V for Vendetta or A Scanner Darkly, given the location of the con (though Children of Men came out even later and still made the ballot, so, given time, enough people might see it to let it carry the day).

As for the fiction nominees, I don't really know what the field looked like last year. I was busy proofreading for Bill Schafer and read almost nothing new last year, since I wasn't reviewing for Emerald City anymore. This year Bill has snagged me to write reviews for Subterranean Magazine, so I'm looking forward to having that excuse to read new things. Also, I wasn't eligible to nominate last year. Whenever I can nominate, I do try to locate female nominees I think deserve to be in each category, but let me ask you this: what works of fiction by women did you read that you would have liked to have seen up there instead this year? Why not take this opportunity to promote them and highlight which authors people should watch for in the coming year?
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