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Sep. 15th, 2015

Nana Amuah

For your consideration: A "Best Video Game" petition


Aug. 25th, 2015

Nana Amuah

Hugo Awards Recommendation Spreadsheet

The admins over at Lady Business have been setting up a Google spreadsheet to collect Hugo-eligible recs for about 3 years now. Right now they're keeping track for the 2016 Hugos. The sheet is non-editable, but you can send in recommendations! There's already a lot of stuff listed there (great stuff, good stuff, and stuff I personally find questionable but whatever), so it's good for a look-through.


Aug. 2nd, 2015

Purple, Hatgirl, Pink


Best Short Story / Novelette / Novella

I'm making a deliberate effort this year to read more short fiction... and then actually discuss the ones I liked with people! As part of that project I'm maintaining a list on Diigo of Short Stories, Novelette, and Novellas that I have enjoyed. Any that are eligible for the 2016 Hugo Awards are tagged as such - https://www.diigo.com/user/carol_c/%22Hugo%202016%20Eligible%22

Do let me know in the comments if you enjoyed any of them!

Apr. 6th, 2015

Fuck Cancer


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

Hugo Sign


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


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



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


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.


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


Graphic Story Recommendations

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

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