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Feb. 11th, 2008

Life In The Fast Lane


7 Categories - My Completed Recommendations

Here is my complete list of work I believe is worthy of Hugo nominations (excluding Art categories); somehow I feel I should have absorbed more this year, but. . . . . .

Best Novellette

Best Short Story

  • Eric Amundsen – “Bufo Rex”, Weird Tales #347
  • Frank Wu – “Love and Death in the Time of Monsters”, Abyss & Apex #24  (not sure if this belongs here, or as Fan Writer, so I’ve included it in both)
  • Jay Lake - "Tom Edison & His Telegraphic Harpoon", Weird Tales #345

Dramatic Presentation: Long Form

  • The Entire 1st Season of “Heroes
  • Jerome Bixby’s “The Man From Earth
  • The Host” – a Korean film released overseas and shown at Cannes in ’06; it is however eligible as the English language version was not released until 2007.

Dramatic Presentation: Short Form

  • Heroes” episode - "How to stop an exploding man"

Best Editor: Short Form

  • Sean Wallace - Fantasy Magazine, Fantasy (anthology), Bandersnatch, Jabberwocky

Best Semiprozine

  • Weird Tales  - based on current criteria, Weird Tales qualifies for this category

Best Fan Writer

Feb. 7th, 2008

Hugo Trophy


BASFA 2007 Hugo Recommendations: Best Dramatic Presentation, Long Form

A key to the initials of the people making recommendations is in this post in basfa's LJ. These posts may change if we receive additional recommendations from club members.

Enchanted: AJF, DC, JSP, LDH
Evil Dead: The Musical: DC
Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer: AJF, JLT
Futurama Bender's Big Score: CJG, DC, FW, JLT, KP, SL
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix: AJF, CJG, JLT, KP, LDH, SL
Heroes Vol/Season 1*: DC, JLT, KAS, KPR, LDH
Netherbeast Inc.: CJG
Pirates of the Carribean: At World's End: AJF, BJH, LDH
Spiderman 3: JLT, DC, CJG, SL, FW
Sweeny Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street: AJF, CJG, DC, KP
The Last Mimzy: FW, JLT
Young Frankenstein: The Musical: CJG, CD, JLT

*Nominating the entire first season of Heroes means that you consider the first season to be one single long serialized work, rather than a series of individual stand-alone episodes.

Update, 8 Feb 0900: Corrected mis-spelled title.

Jan. 29th, 2008

Life In The Fast Lane


4 Categories - My Recommendations

Here are my thoughts on work I believe is worthy of consideration for Hugo nominations (in some categories):

Short Story


  • Weird Tales  (based on current Hugo criteria, Weird Tales qualifies for this category)

Dramatic Presentation: Long Form

  • Jerome Bixby’s “The Man From Earth
  • The Host” – though released overseas and shown at Cannes in ’06, I believe this is eligible as the English language version was not released until 2007.

Dramatic Presentation: Short Form

  • Heroes” (great show, though I’m not sure exactly which episode – all are good)

Jan. 24th, 2008


Paprika Best Dramatic Presenation Long Form 2007 Nominee

I have seen what I think is the best Long form Science Fiction piece of last year. It is animated film called Paprika from Madhouse Studios, Satoshi Kon and Sony Pictures Classics (Rest of World Licensor). This film is about a machine in the near future that can show people's dreams called the D.C. Mini. This device is stolen and Dr. Atsuko Chiba has to enter the Dream world as her alter ego Paprika to stop the Dream World from becoming the real world.

This film is great because it is beautifully drawn from the people of Madhouse. Satoshi Kon magnificently directed this film. It has a great script behind with twists and turns throughout the piece. This is considered Satoshi Kon's finest work with Critics and animation fans alike. It also has a great dub in Japanese and English. What makes this refreshing is that this a Science Fiction film. It talks about a future in a real world context.

This film is currently available in the United States through Sony Pictures home entertainment. This is available through places like Best Buy, and

Dec. 12th, 2007



DP Long: Jerome Bixby's "The Man From Earth"

It was released direct to DVD in November, and never made it into a theater. It has a ridiculously low budget by Hollywood standards. It doesn't have a single special effect, and almost nothing that qualifies as action. It basically consists of an hour and a half of a group of friends sitting around and talking.

And it's the best science fiction movie I've seen this year. (The Amazon listing linked here also has a decent plot synopsis, so I won't repeat it in this posting.)

No, wait, given how bad the year's been for SF movies, that's too weak. How's this: it's the best new Twilight Zone episode in forty years.

Made from the last script Jerome ("It's a Good Life") Bixby finished before he died, "The Man From Earth" is the first SF film in a long time that works entirely on the strength of its ideas. The acting and directing is good enough to carry the material, but it's the script that matters. Oh, and I should mention that Bixby does a fine job of portraying people with different outlooks, different personalities, and, as a result, different reactions to the ideas explored.

Be sure to watch it before you nominate. Don't let this one be lost.

Sep. 23rd, 2007



In the Shadow of the Moon

Absolutely incredible movie.

Web site and trailer here.

Basically, it's about the time from Sputnik to the last moon mission, featuring never-before-seen footage of the lunar missions, and featuring new footage from many of the astronauts who were there.

No CGI, just The Right Stuff.

Sep. 13th, 2007

Life In The Fast Lane


The Host - Best Dramatic Presentation, Long Form 2007

The Host

I believe this Korean-language film is eligible due to its' 1/7/07 US (English dubbed) release date, though it actually premiered at Cannes in '06.

Don't want to reveal any "spoilers", so let me just say  -  in the spirit of the great creature films.  Scary, funny, exciting.  Two choices  -  either watch in Korean with subtitles, or in English with funky dubbing.  Either way, very entertaining.

Website for the film is at The Host

Sep. 1st, 2007

Dalek Love


Dramatic presentation, long form Stardust

Just wanted to toss the Stardust hat into the ring for voting in 2008. It's totally adorable, doesn't suck, full of fantasy and romance and doesn't suck.

Mar. 31st, 2007


The Last Mimzy

I haven't seen this movie yet, so I will put the question to the community. Is it worth keeping in mind when filling out our nomination ballots next year?

Mar. 11th, 2007


Hugo thoughts for 2008 Best Dramatic Presentation Long Form

I saw 300 and it did get me thinking about what films that are coming out may be worth seeing for that category. Spider Man 3 (5/4 in US) is almost a sure thing just from the trailers of BDP consideration. I could be wrong about that and I do like Comic Books. The Last Mimzy is another one to consider for BDP-Long Form. People are saying that it is the best fantasy/Science Fiction film since ET. That film will come out later in the month, so the Hugo membership can decide (3/23 in US).

Stardust (the picture based on Neil Gaiman's book) is getting strong positive's in it's test screenings. We will definitely be hearing more about this film later in the year at San Diego Comic Con. There is also the Beowulf picture (based on Gaiman's view of the legend) coming out in the fall. If both are good, they may be fighting it over for the Hugo in 2008.

The wild card film I have heard of is Paprika. It is a film coming out in May (5/25 Balticon weekend) from Sony Pictures Classics. It is the new picture from Satoshi Kon (Tokyo Godfathers, Blue Girl) and is about a women who can see into people's dreams and manipulate them. Her machine is stolen and all chaos breaks loose. It is coming out in April to Japan, so this would be it's only chance at the rocket.

It has to have two things going for it to have a good chance. It has to get into a couple of hundred theatres (to build buzz among hard core fans) and it would be best with an English dub. Satoshi Kon's films are hard to understand in their original language. Tokyo Godfathers was a film that made enough sense where you could read the Subtitles and enjoy the scene and sound effects.

What other Science Fiction/Fantasy films are coming out for that we should keep an eye for Denvention's Hugo Awards? Children of Men doesn't count because it came out in 2006, not 2007 in Britain and the US.
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