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Nov. 23rd, 2014

whostilluseslj

Hugo Awards FYC - Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form: "Yardbird" and "Doubles"

I've decided to make a space here to highlight potential nominees that might otherwise be missed by many voters, in order to help myself and others. Here, I'll be posting links to two 2014 short films that could likely be contenders for Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form - that is, if more people saw them.

(I'll try my best to profile these, I'm not an amazing writer or anything.)

The first, Doubles (Third Place Pictures, Emory Haist Inc.), is an American comedic short about the collision of two parallel universes, which in turn lead to duplicates of both people and inanimate objects. Rather than taking a hard sci-fi turn, the short focuses on the hilariously mundane aspects of the concept and how it impacts normal people.

http://vimeo.com/110717452

The second, Yardbird (Bridle Path Films, Buffalo Films), is Australian and much more serious. A girl, tired of being stuck in a junkyard, hitches a ride to a town where she encounters bullies. The events of the plot lead up to a climax where the girl's past comes out, causing horror.

http://vimeo.com/108550980

Be sure to check these out!

Nov. 22nd, 2014

whostilluseslj

GUESS WHO'S A SUPPORTING MEMBER NOW!!! (Also 2015 Ballot as of 11/22/2014)

Yeah, I got 40 dollars to pay to Sasquan! I'm in!

2015 Hugo Awards

Best Novel
Words of Radiance, Brandon Sanderson (Tor Books)

The Three Body Problem, Liu Cixin (Tor Books)

Red Rising, Pierce Brown (Del Rey)

The Flight of the Silvers, Daniel Price (Blue Rider Press)

The Goblin Emperor, Katherine Addison (Tor Books)

Best Novella
Scale-Bright, Benjanun Sriduangkaew (Immersion Press)

“Hollywood North”, Michael Libling (Fantasy & Science Fiction)

“Unlocked: An Oral History of Haden's Syndrome”, John Scalzi (Tor Books)

While You Are Over There, Jacob Clifton (self-published)

Best Novelette
“In the Sight of Akresa”, Ray Wood (Tor.com)

“Each to Each”, Seanan McGuire (Lightspeed Magazine #49)

“Placebo”, Nick Wolven (Asimov’s Science Fiction)

“Entanglement”, Vandana Singh (Hieroglyph: Stories and Visions for a Better Future; William Morrow)

“How the Marquis Got His Coat Back”, Neil Gaiman (Rogues; Bantam)

Best Short Story
“This Chance Planet”, Elizabeth Bear (Tor.com)

“The Bridge of Snow”, Marie Rutkoski (Tor.com)

“What Glistens Back”, Sunny Moraine (Lightspeed Magazine #54)

“Passage of Earth”, Michael Swanwick (Clarkesworld Magazine #91)

“Whaliens”, Lavie Tidhar (Analog Science Fact and Fiction)

Best Related Work
Jodorowsky’s Dune, directed by Frank Pavich (City Film, Snowfort Pictures, Sony Pictures Classics)

Writing Excuses, Season 9, Brandon Sanderson, Dan Wells, Howard Tayler, Mary Robinette Kowal, and Jordan Sanderson (Writing Excuses)

"Women Remember: A Roundtable Interview", Mary Robinette Kowal (Lightspeed Magazine #49)

Myths, Metaphors, and Science Fiction: Ancient Roots of the Literature of the Future, Sheila Finch (Aqueduct Press)

Post-Binary Gender in SF, Alex Dally MacFarlane (Tor.com)

Best Graphic Story
Locke & Key, Volume 6: Alpha & Omega, written by Joe Hill, illustrated Gabriel Rodriguez (IDW Publishing)

Saga, Volume Three, written by Brian K. Vaughan, illustrated by Fiona Staples (Image Comics)

Nimona, written and illustrated by Noelle Stevenson (self-published)

Rat Queens, Vol. 1: Sass & Sorcery, written by Kurtis J. Wiebe; illustrated by Roc Upchurch (Image Comics)

Sex Criminals, Vol. 1: One Weird Trick, written by Matt Fraction, illustrated by Chip Zdarsky (Image Comics)

Best Dramatic Presentation (Long Form)
Snowpiercer, screenplay by Bong Joon-ho and Kelly Masterson; directed by Bong Joon-ho (Moho Films; Opus Pictures; The Weinstein Company)

Edge of Tomorrow, screenplay by Christopher McQuarrie, Jez Butterworth, and John-Henry Butterworth; directed by Doug Liman (Village Roadshow; RatPac-Dune Entertainment; 3 Arts Entertainment; Viz Productions)

X-Men: Days of Future Past, screenplay by Simon Kinberg; directed by Bryan Singer (20th Century Fox; Marvel Entertainment; Bad Hat Harry Productions; The Donners’ Company; TSG Entertainment)

Guardians of the Galaxy, screenplay by James Gunn and Nicole Perlman; directed by James Gunn (Marvel Studios; Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures)

Interstellar, written by Jonathan and Christopher Nolan; directed by Christopher Nolan (Syncopy Films Inc.; Lynda Obst Pictures; Legendary Pictures; Paramount Pictures)

Best Dramatic Presentation (Short Form)
Doctor Who: “Listen”, written by Steven Moffat; directed by Douglas Mackinnon (BBC Cymru Wales)

Doctor Who: “Mummy on the Orient Express”, written by Jamie Mathieson; directed by Paul Wilmshurst (BBC Cymru Wales)

Game of Thrones: “The Children”, written by David Benioff & D.B. Weiss; directed by Alex Graves (HBO Entertainment in association with Bighead, Littlehead; Television 360; Startling Television and Generator Productions)

Rick and Morty: “Close Rick-counters of the Rick Kind”, written by Ryan Ridley; directed by Stephen Sandoval (Harmonious Claptrap; Justin Roiland's Solo Vanity Card Productions; Starburns Industries; Williams Street)

Orphan Black: “Things Which Have Never Yet Been Done”, written by Alex Levine, directed by TJ Scott (Temple Street Productions; Space/BBC America)

Best Semiprozine
Lightspeed

Best Fanzine

Best Professional Editor

Best Professional Artist
Julie Dillon

Galen Dara

Best Fan Artist

Best Fan Writer

Best Fancast

Again, please check out stuff you may have not heard of, and please suggest stuff now that I'll be able to nominate!

*Things I won't consider*
-Any more Doctor Who episodes. The two I listed are the best of the year, and I can't stand when the category gets filled with Doctor Who stuff. It needs more variety.

-That one Neal Stephenson novelette in Hieroglyph. "Entanglement" is way better and more thoughtful.

-"Yesterday's Kin" by Nancy Kress.

-Anything related to Vox Day or Orson Scott Card.

Nov. 17th, 2014

whostilluseslj

2015 Ballot (UPDATE 11/17/2014)

I'm baaaaack!

Again, suggestions are highly encouraged, and please check out stuff you haven't heard of.

2015 Hugo Awards

Best Novel
Words of Radiance, Brandon Sanderson (Tor Books)

The Three Body Problem, Liu Cixin (Tor Books)

Red Rising, Pierce Brown (Del Rey)

The Flight of the Silvers, Daniel Price (Blue Rider Press)

The Goblin Emperor, Katherine Addison (Tor Books)

Best Novella
Scale-Bright, Benjanun Sriduangkaew (Immersion Press)

“Hollywood North”, Michael Libling (Fantasy & Science Fiction)

“Unlocked: An Oral History of Haden's Syndrome”, John Scalzi (Tor.com)

While You Are Over There, Jacob Clifton (self-published)

Yesterday’s Kin, Nancy Kress (Tachyon Publications)

Best Novelette
“In the Sight of Akresa”, Ray Wood (Tor.com)

“Each to Each”, Seanan McGuire (Lightspeed Magazine #49)

“Placebo”, Nick Wolven (Asimov’s Science Fiction)

“Entanglement”, Vandana Singh (Hieroglyph: Stories and Visions for a Better Future)

“How the Marquis Got His Coat Back”, Neil Gaiman (Rogues)

Best Short Story
“This Chance Planet”, Elizabeth Bear (Tor.com)

“The Bridge of Snow”, Marie Rutkoski (Tor.com)

“What Glistens Back”, Sunny Moraine (Lightspeed Magazine #54)

“Passage of Earth”, Michael Swanwick (Clarkesworld Magazine #91)

“Whaliens”, Lavie Tidhar (Analog Science Fact and Fiction)

Best Related Work
Jodorowsky’s Dune, directed by Frank Pavich (City Film, Snowfort Pictures, Sony Pictures Classics)

"Women Remember: A Roundtable Interview", Mary Robinette Kowal (Lightspeed Magazine #49)

"Post-Binary Gender in SF: Introduction", Alex Dally MacFarlane (Tor.com)

Myths, Metaphors, and Science Fiction: Ancient Roots of the Literature of the Future, Sheila Finch (Aqueduct Press)

Best Graphic Story
Locke & Key, Volume 6: Alpha & Omega, written by Joe Hill, illustrated Gabriel Rodriguez (IDW Publishing)

Saga, Volume Three, written by Brian K. Vaughan, illustrated by Fiona Staples (Image Comics)

Nimona, written and illustrated by Noelle Stevenson (self-published)

Rat Queens, Vol. 1: Sass & Sorcery, written by Kurtis J. Wiebe; illustrated by Roc Upchurch (Image Comics)

Ms. Marvel, Vol. 1: No Normal, written by G. Willow Wilson; illustrated by Adrian Alphona (Marvel)

Best Dramatic Presentation (Long Form)
Snowpiercer, screenplay by Bong Joon-ho and Kelly Masterson; directed by Bong Joon-ho (Moho Films; Opus Pictures; The Weinstein Company)

Edge of Tomorrow, screenplay by Christopher McQuarrie, Jez Butterworth, and John-Henry Butterworth; directed by Doug Liman (Village Roadshow; RatPac-Dune Entertainment; 3 Arts Entertainment; Viz Productions)

X-Men: Days of Future Past, screenplay by Simon Kinberg; directed by Bryan Singer (20th Century Fox; Marvel Entertainment; Bad Hat Harry Productions; The Donners’ Company; TSG Entertainment)

Guardians of the Galaxy, screenplay by James Gunn and Nicole Perlman; directed by James Gunn (Marvel Studios; Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures)

Interstellar, written by Jonathan and Christopher Nolan; directed by Christopher Nolan (Syncopy Films Inc.; Lynda Obst Pictures; Legendary Pictures; Paramount Pictures)

Best Dramatic Presentation (Short Form)
Doctor Who: “Listen”, written by Steven Moffat; directed by Douglas Mackinnon (BBC Cymru Wales)

Doctor Who: “Mummy on the Orient Express”, written by Jamie Mathieson; directed by Paul Wilmshurst (BBC Cymru Wales)

Game of Thrones: “The Children”, written by David Benioff & D.B. Weiss; directed by Alex Graves (HBO Entertainment in association with Bighead, Littlehead; Television 360; Startling Television and Generator Productions)

Rick and Morty: “Close Rick-counters of the Rick Kind”, written by Ryan Ridley; directed by Stephen Sandoval (Harmonious Claptrap; Justin Roiland's Solo Vanity Card Productions; Starburns Industries; Williams Street)

Orphan Black: “Things Which Have Never Yet Been Done”, written by Alex Levine, directed by TJ Scott (Temple Street Productions; Space/BBC America)

Best Semiprozine

Best Fanzine

Best Professional Editor

Best Professional Artist
Julie Dillon

Galen Dara

Best Fan Artist

Best Fan Writer

Best Fancast

Nov. 12th, 2014

whostilluseslj

2015 Ballot (UPDATE 11/12/2014)

Added "Best Graphic Story" and some of "Best Related Work". Also changed some choices. Again, if anyone wants to critique, suggest, seek out and take notes, that'd be great!

10:22 EST: The Martian's not eligible? Aww.

Best Novel
Words of Radiance, Brandon Sanderson (Tor Books)

Red Rising, Pierce Brown (Del Rey)

The Flight of the Silvers, Daniel Price (Blue Rider Press)

The Three Body Problem, Liu Cixin (Tor Books)

Best Novella
Scale-Bright, Benjanun Sriduangkaew (Immersion Press)

Hollywood North, Michael Libling (Fantasy & Science Fiction)

Unlocked: An Oral History of Haden's Syndrome, John Scalzi (Tor Books)

While You Are Over There, Jacob Clifton (self-published)

Yesterday’s Kin, Nancy Kress (Tachyon Publications)

Best Novelette
In the Sight of Akresa, Ray Wood (Tor.com)

Each to Each, Seanan McGuire (Lightspeed Magazine #49)

Placebo, Nick Wolven (Asimov’s Science Fiction)

Entanglement, Vandana Singh (Hieroglyph: Stories and Visions for a Better Future)

How the Marquis Got His Coat Back, Neil Gaiman (Rogues)

Best Short Story
This Chance Planet, Elizabeth Bear (Tor.com)

The Bridge of Snow, Marie Rutkoski (Tor.com)

What Glistens Back, Sunny Moraine (Lightspeed Magazine #54)

Passage of Earth, Michael Swanwick (Clarkesworld Magazine #91)

Whaliens, Lavie Tidhar (Analog Science Fact and Fiction)

Best Related Work
A Slip of the Keyboard, Terry Pratchett (Doubleday)

"Women Remember: A Roundtable Interview", Mary Robinette Kowal (Lightspeed Magazine #49)

Myths, Metaphors, and Science Fiction: Ancient Roots of the Literature of the Future, Sheila Finch (Aqueduct Press)

Robert A. Heinlein: In Dialogue with His Century Volume 2: The Man Who Learned Better, William H. Patterson, Jr. (Tor Books)

Best Graphic Story
Locke & Key, Volume 6: Alpha & Omega, written by Joe Hill, illustrated Gabriel Rodriguez (IDW Publishing)

Saga, Volume Three, written by Brian K. Vaughan, illustrated by Fiona Staples (Image Comics)

Rat Queens, Vol. 1: Sass & Sorcery, written by Kurtis J. Wiebe; illustrated by Roc Upchurch (Image Comics)

Ms. Marvel, Vol. 1: No Normal, written by G. Willow Wilson; illustrated by Adrian Alphona (Marvel)

Sex Criminals, Vol 1: One Weird Trick, written by Matt Fraction; illustrated by Chip Zdarsky (Image Comics)

Best Dramatic Presentation (Long Form)
Snowpiercer, screenplay by Bong Joon-ho and Kelly Masterson; directed by Bong Joon-ho (Moho Films; Opus Pictures; The Weinstein Company)

Edge of Tomorrow, screenplay by Christopher McQuarrie, Jez Butterworth, and John-Henry Butterworth; directed by Doug Liman (Village Roadshow; RatPac-Dune Entertainment; 3 Arts Entertainment; Viz Productions)

X-Men: Days of Future Past, screenplay by Simon Kinberg; directed by Bryan Singer (20th Century Fox; Marvel Entertainment; Bad Hat Harry Productions; The Donners’ Company; TSG Entertainment)

Guardians of the Galaxy, screenplay by James Gunn and Nicole Perlman; directed by James Gunn (Marvel Studios; Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures)

Interstellar, written by Jonathan and Christopher Nolan; directed by Christopher Nolan (Syncopy Films Inc.; Lynda Obst Pictures; Legendary Pictures; Paramount Pictures)

Best Dramatic Presentation (Short Form)
Doctor Who: “Listen”, written by Steven Moffat; directed by Douglas Mackinnon (BBC Cymru Wales)

Doctor Who: “Mummy on the Orient Express”, written by Jamie Mathieson; directed by Paul Wilmshurst (BBC Cymru Wales)

Game of Thrones: “The Children”, written by David Benioff & D.B. Weiss; directed by Alex Graves (HBO Entertainment in association with Bighead, Littlehead; Television 360; Startling Television and Generator Productions)

Rick and Morty: “Close Rick-counters of the Rick Kind”, written by Ryan Ridley; directed by Stephen Sandoval (Harmonious Claptrap; Justin Roiland's Solo Vanity Card Productions; Williams Street)

Orphan Black: “Things Which Have Never Yet Been Done”, written by Alex Levine, directed by TJ Scott (Temple Street Productions; Space/BBC America)

Nov. 9th, 2014

Purple, Hatgirl, Pink

hatgirl

The Wicked + The Divine Vol 1: The Faust Act (Best Graphic Story)

"Every ninety years, twelve gods incarnate as humans. They are loved. They are hated. In two years, they are dead."

Subtle worldbuilding, compelling characters, and Big Ideas. Everything I look for in a piece of fiction. And the art... oh, the art. So gorgeous.

The first volume, collecting issues #1-5 and containing the first story arc, will be published this month (Nov14). You can read the first 6 pages here.

Story by: Kieron Gillen
Art By: Jamie McKelvie
Publisher: Image Comics
i-spy

rwl

DP-Short Form recommendation

Number one on my nominating ballot in that category will be "The Grove" from the 4th season of The Walking Dead. Possibly the best episode of the entire series.

whostilluseslj

Suggested 2015 Hugo Award Nominees (if I was a WSFS member, I'd nominate...): Dramatic Presentation

I'm actually really new to these kinds of things. But, I've been reading up on the Hugo Awards, and I got really interested. So I've decided to compile a list of what I'd nominate in certain categories if I were a voter. Who knows, you guys might see something you missed and be more moved to nominate it.
(Note: This is more of a shortlist of works that could be nominated next year, so it goes over 5 entries for each. The higher ones on the list are the ones I personally want to be nominated more. I've listed the works that aren't out yet at time of writing separately.)

Long Form
Snowpiercer (top pick)
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1706620/

Guardians of the Galaxy
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2015381/

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2103281/

Over The Garden Wall
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3718778/

Big Hero 6
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2245084/

Edge of Tomorrow
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1631867/

Interstellar
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0816692/

Captain America: The Winter Soldier
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1843866/

Under The Skin
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1441395/


Not out yet: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

Short Form
Doctor Who: Listen (top pick)
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3745430/

Doctor Who: Mummy on the Orient Express
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3787400/

Game of Thrones: The Children
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3060860/

Outlander: The Garrison Commander
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3863916/

Space Dandy: A World Without Sadness, Baby
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt4002088/

Orphan Black: Things Which Have Never Yet Been Done
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3360126/

Almost Human: Unbound
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3361358/

Annedroids: New Pals
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3858506/

I might edit this if more things come out. I know I want to do more for the other categories.

Jul. 1st, 2014

flex4655

The Epherium Chronicles

I would like to nominate the first two books of T.D. Wilson's series, The Epherium Chronicles, for Best Novel in the Hugo awards. The first book is Embrace and the second one is Crucible. Both books are brilliant and were released on March 3 and May 26, 2014.

I think these are his first published works and would like to nominate for the John W. Campbell award.

I found the author's blog with a listed of the blurbs and availability.

The Epherium Chronicles

Mar. 31st, 2014


purpleranger

Rush Revere And The Brave Pilgrims

This recommendation is for Best Novel. Strictly speaking, the author wrote the book as a means of teaching history, but he is using the SF/Fantasy theme of time travel to do so.

The book is Rush Revere And The Brave Pilgrims, by Rush Limbaugh. And since this is the author's first work of fiction, he is also eligible for nomination for the Campbell Award, which I am also recommending.

purpleranger

House Of Steel -- Related Work

Another recommendation for Best Related Work. House Of Steel, by David Weber with BuNine

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