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Apr. 6th, 2015

Fuck Cancer

kshandra

Thinking Ahead

Knowing that works of non-fiction have been nominated for (and won) BDP in the past, and knowing that the ultimate decision will rest in the hands of the Administrator(s), are people planning to recommend Lakeside for BDP/Long or Related Work?

Mar. 12th, 2015

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kevin_standlee

Conversation With Death by Terry Prachett

Assuming that it actually was written by him, how about "Conversation With Death" for Best Short Story in 2016?

Mar. 10th, 2015


adriennef

Orphan Black for Best Dramatic Presentation

I'm jumping into this at the last minute this year, but I have been really impressed by the Canadian TV series Orphan Black, which is aired on BBC America (season 3 begins April 18) and available on DVD and Amazon, and would like to remind everyone that season 2 is eligible for nomination on this year's Hugo ballot. The plotting and characterization on the show has been amazing and I hope its fans will show it some Hugo love. If nothing else, lead actress Tatiana Maslany gives incredible performances as several completely different characters on the show, but its speculation on cloning is engrossing.

The entire 2nd season of Orphan Black is eligible in the Dramatic Presentation—Long Form category; however, if both the complete season and individual episodes earn nominations, John Fawcett and Graeme Manson are going to have to choose which they prefer. The Hugos don't allow double dipping of categories.

The following episodes are the ones that are most worthy of nomination in the DP--Short Form category, in this order:

                Episode 7: "Knowledge of Causes and Secret Motion of Things" (How Dr. Leekie was written out of the series has to be the biggest surprise of the whole series.)
                Episode 9: "Things Which Have Never Yet Been Done" (Allison and Donnie's relationship seriously bonds.)
                Episode 4: "Governed as it Were by Chance" (Has a great shower scene.)
                Episode 10: "By Means Which Have Never Yet Been Tried" (The season finale seemed more interested in setting the agenda for season 3, but many fans were jazzed by its finale.)

Please consider putting Orphan Black on your nominating ballot. I hope everyone will look it up and consider nominating it. I believe episode 7 stands the best chance.

Please keep in mind this is one of those shows that needs to be watched from the beginning to fully understand what is going on, but I'm sure a marathon would not disappoint anyone who chooses to do it.
 

Mar. 6th, 2015

grampsoldste

Novella

The Last Homely Housekeeper by Rolf Luchs. It's already on the Best Novella shortlist at the Sir Julius Vogel Awards (for NZ speculative fiction) and had a good review on Salon. As long as you're open to a self-published unauthorized Tolkien satire . . .

Mar. 4th, 2015


arno_axolotl

Related Works

Here are a couple of works to consider:

Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey
This could conceivably be put into Dramatic Presentation, but I think it is more appropriate here.

Little Nemo: Dream Another Dream
This gorgeous art book pays tribute to the pioneer of comics and animation, Winsor McCay. This is truly one of the most beautiful art books I've seen.

arno_axolotl

Dramatic Presentation, Short Form

Let's try to get something other than Doctor Who and Game of Thrones nominated this year! Here are some suggestions:

Adventure Time, Is That You?
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., What They Became
Arrow, The Climb
Black Mirror, White Christmas
Continuum, Last Minute
The Flash, The Man in the Yellow Suit
Forever, Skinny Dipper
Legend of Korra, The Last Stand
The 100, Spacewalker
Orphan Black, By Means Which Have Never Yet Been Tried
Outlander, The Garrison Commander
Person of Interest, Deus Ex Machina
Rick and Morty, Rixty Minutes
Star Trek Continues, Fairest of Them All
Warehouse 13, Endless

arno_axolotl

Graphic Story Recommendations

No-brainers:
Ms. Marvel, Vol. 1
Saga, Vol. 4
Sex Criminals, Vol. 1

Highest Recommendations:
Afterlife With Archie, Vol. 1
East of West, Vol. 3
The Manhattan Projects, Vol. 4
Multiversity: Pax Americana, #1
Rat Queens, Vol. 1
She-Hulk, Vol. 1
The Wake
The Wicked and the Divine, Vol. 1

High Recommendations:
Batman, Vol. 4: Zero Year
Black Science, Vol. 1
FBP: Federal Bureau of Physics, Vol. 2
Flash Gordon, Vol. 1 (Dynamite)
Letter 44, Vol. 1
Lumberjanes, Vol. 1
Moon Knight, Vol. 1
The Shadow Hero
Transformers vs. G.I. Joe (yes, it's really pretty good)
Through the Woods
Wraith

Feb. 28th, 2015

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kevin_standlee

BASFA 2015 Hugo Award Recommendations: Best Novel

As in previous years, the Bay Area Science Fiction Association held Hugo (and Campbell) Recommendation Nights in January and February and we are posting our accumulated recommendations in a series of entries here.

A key to the initials of the people making recommendations is in basfa's community journal. This post may change if we receive additional recommendations from club members.

Ancillary Sword (Orbit, Ann Leckie): CES, SN
The Bone Clocks (Random House, David Mitchell): AJF, CES
Daughter of Smoke and Bone Trilogy (Little, Brown, Laini Taylor): VF
Goblin Emperor (Tor, Katherine Addison): VF
Lagoon (Hodder & Stoughton Ltd, Nnedi Okorafor): CES, VF
Lock In (Tor, John Scalzi): AJF, CES, SN
The Magician's Land (Viking, Lev Grossman): AJF, CES, SN
The Memory of Sky (Prime, Robert Reed): LY
The Mussorgsky Riddle (Curiousity Quills Press, Darin Kennedy): ADL, LAC
Mortal Intruments Series (Margaret K. McElderry Books, Cassandra Clare): VF
Native Silver (Rook Creek Books, Blake Hausladaen): DWG
The Nethergrim (Philomel Books, Matthew Jubin): CES, JCV
The Peripheral (Putnam, William Gibson): AJF, CES, SN
The Severed Streets (Tor, Paul Cornell): DC, JOH
The Southern Reach Trilogy (FSG Originals, Jeff VanderMeer): CES
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kevin_standlee

BASFA 2015 Hugo Award Recommendations: Best Novella

As in previous years, the Bay Area Science Fiction Association held Hugo (and Campbell) Recommendation Nights in January and February and we are posting our accumulated recommendations in a series of entries here.

A key to the initials of the people making recommendations is in basfa's community journal. This post may change if we receive additional recommendations from club members.

Slow Regard of Silent Things (DAW, Patrick Rothfuss): VF
The Space Between (The Mad Scientist’s Guide to World Domination, Diana Gabaldon): VF
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kevin_standlee

BASFA 2015 Hugo Award Recommendations: Best Novellette

As in previous years, the Bay Area Science Fiction Association held Hugo (and Campbell) Recommendation Nights in January and February and we are posting our accumulated recommendations in a series of entries here.

A key to the initials of the people making recommendations is in basfa's community journal. This post may change if we receive additional recommendations from club members.

Haumea (Extreme Planets, G. David Nordley): CL, GW, GWG, VF

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