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I got the email that my ballot was open a few days ago, and I have just entered my votes-so-far into it, based on what I've already managed to read / watch / otherwise consume.  Ballots can be edited right up until the deadline, but this seems like a good way to make sure even the limited preferences I have right now get recorded.

My intention is to make brief posts about how I'm voting and what I think of the finalists, as I complete each category.  As a general rule, I pay no attention[1] to stuff by Vox Day or his publishing company Castalia House.  For this Hugos, I intend to pay no attention to Puppy nominations unless I also see buzz about them from elsewhere​, so some of my Hugo posts will list five finalists, and some six, and that is why.

[1] wording deliberate: attention is probably my most limited resource and I've a lot of other things I'd rather spend it on

So far, I have managed to read all the non-Puppy finalists for Short Story and for Novelette, and while in each category I have a clear favourite, ranking the remainder is proving something of a challenge, but in a good way.

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Where to find them
Which ones are Puppies

For my own reference, with underlines for what I've already read / listened / viewed, behind the cut.
Read more... )

Chances of getting to everything in time to vote: slim, but I will try.
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Hugo nominations close very soon (06:59 Greenwich Mean Time on 18th March, so only a few hours to go). I submitted mine on Tuesday night and made a DW post, which didn't crosspost, I think because LJ intermittently decides not to like DW servers.

My highly rigorous selection method was:

  • checking my "Reading Wednesday" posts of 2016

  • checking my blog posts tagged 'films'

  • picking out eligible works I liked and thought good-enough to nominate

  • finding a few other things while googling to confirm eligibility

  • making my perennial nomination of @microsff

The only category I was able to find 5 nominations for was Short Story, but I still think this is better than making no nominations at all. To me, the value of the Hugos is when everyone nominates the things they liked and the popular results emerge from the crowd.

I found some helpful eligibility posts from:
Apex Magazine
Lightspeed Magazine
Uncanny Magazine

And a helpful list of authors eligible for the Campbell Award from Rocket Stack Rank. I also found that Diane Duane's Young Wizards series, which I love very much, is eligible for the new Best Series award.

The one other thing I nominated that I've not mentioned before is Splendor & Misery, a hip-hop dystopian space opera concept album[1] by Clipping[2]. It's about 40 minutes long, available on Spotify and impossible to take in if I try to do anything else while listening to it. I've still managed to listen to it three times and I haven't quite got my head around it, but it's amazing. The track All Black particularly sticks in my head.

[1] which I find glorious just for existing and letting me say that phrase
[2] 1/3 of Clipping is Daveed Diggs, who played Thomas Jefferson in the original Broadway cast of Hamilton


my nominations )
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Hidden Figures was released in the US at the very end of 2016, so I can nominate it for the Hugo awards this year.  Woo!  (No, it's not science fiction, but the category is "dramatized science fiction, fantasy or related subjects" and I think it counts as a related subject.)

There is a sale for the next 36 hours on the first 9 books of the Young Wizards series, in ebook (which I did not previously have).

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Hugo nominations close very soon (06:59 Greenwich Mean Time on 18th March, so less than 3 days). I submitted mine last night.

My highly rigorous selection method was:
  • checking my "Reading Wednesday" posts of 2016
  • checking my blog posts tagged 'films'
  • picking out eligible works I liked and thought good-enough to nominate
  • finding a few other things while googling to confirm eligibility
  • making my perennial nomination of @microsff
The only category I was able to find 5 nominations for was Short Story, but I still think this is better than making no nominations at all. To me, the value of the Hugos is when everyone nominates the things they liked and the popular results emerge from the crowd.

I found some helpful eligibility posts from:
Apex Magazine
Lightspeed Magazine
Uncanny Magazine

And a helpful list of authors eligible for the Campbell Award from Rocket Stack Rank. I also found that Diane Duane's Young Wizards series, which I love very much, is eligible for the new Best Series award.

The one other thing I nominated that I've not mentioned before is Splendor & Misery, a hip-hop dystopian space opera concept album[1] by Clipping[2]. It's about 40 minutes long, available on Spotify and impossible to take in if I try to do anything else while listening to it. I've still managed to listen to it three times and I haven't quite got my head around it, but it's amazing. The track All Black particularly sticks in my head.

[1] which I find glorious just for existing and letting me say that phrase
[2] 1/3 of Clipping is Daveed Diggs, who played Thomas Jefferson in the original Broadway cast of Hamilton


my nominations )
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Novel (40,000+ words)
The Raven and the Reindeer by T. Kingfisher

Novella (17,500-40,000 words)
http://clarkesworldmagazine.com/bao_01_16/

Novellette (7,500 - 17,500 words)
http://www.apex-magazine.com/the-tomato-thief/

Short Story (<7,500 words)
http://www.lightspeedmagazine.com/fiction/maiden-hunter-beast/
http://www.tor.com/2016/01/06/the-glass-galago-a-m-dellamonica/
http://www.strangehorizons.com/2016/20160201/conjure-f.shtml
http://www.strangehorizons.com/2016/20160208/bayou-f.shtml


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