The Hugo Awards are fan based awards given out at each WorldCon. Only people that have attended the prior WorldCon or bought a membership to the current WorldCon can nominate. However this year WorldCon is in Reno, so I know a bunch of folks that read this blog are attending, and if you are, you need to vote!
If you aren’t going, but you want to vote/nominate, then you can buy a supporting membership for like $50.
You need to get your nominations in quickly. They are due by January 31st. The information is at the link above.
You can nominate up to 5 things for each category. I’m not telling you how to vote, but this is what I’m voting for. I think that all of these things are deserving of an award, and even getting nominated makes you look cool. I fully do not expect to win, because not even a single robot is raped during the events of MHI or MHV, but getting nominated would be neat and that actually doesn’t take too many votes.
John W. Campbell Award: Larry Correia – debut novel: “Monster Hunter International” (2009) and sequel: “Monster Hunter Vendetta” (2010) from Baen – This one is for best new author that has come out in the last two years. And yes, I’m an egotist. But come on, I am pretty awesome.
John Brown – debut novel: Servant of a Dark God from Tor
Dan Wells – debut novel: I Am Not a Serial Killer from Tor
The following categories had to be released in 2010.
Best Novel: Darkship Thieves – Sarah Hoyt from Baen
Grand Central Arena – Ryk E. Spoor from Baen
Live Free Or Die – John Ringo from Baen
Mr. Monster -Dan Wells from Tor
And finally, because I am biased – Monster Hunter Vendetta – Larry Correia from Baen – because okay, was it brilliant literature that will reshape the academic landscape? Oh hell no. But admit it, was it the most fun you had reading a book this year? Come on… Admit it. This would be like giving the Oscar to the Expendables.
I’m sure that there are many other wonderful novels that I’m missing, but I was not able to read a lot of 2010 release novels in 2010. That’s what happens when you are running behind. I’m still reading the ’08 and ’09 books that were recommended to me.
Best Novella: ???
Best Novelette: The Price – Michael Z. Williamson (in the anthology “Citizens”)
Best Short Story: Memorial at Copernicus – Gray Rinehart
Exanastasis – Brad Torgersen
The Greatest Science Fiction Story Ever Written – Eric James Stone
All great writers. Next year I will have a couple of short stories out that I hope you all enjoy, but nothing currently.
Best Related Work: Writing Excuses Podcast Season 4 by Brandon Sanderson, Dan Wells & Howard Tayler
Best Graphic Story: Schlock Mercenary: Massively Parallel – Howard Tayler (not only is Schlock Mercenary awesome, I wrote the introduction for the one that is coming out next!)
Best Dramatic Presentation (Long Form): Inception
It was sci-fi and though the writing made it needlessly cloudy at times, it was a good film. I nominate Avatar for best remake of Pocahantus.
Best Dramatic Presentation (Short Form): The Walking Dead on AMC. TV shows involving monsters need more love, and I’m rooting for this production company for personal reasons.
Best Professional Editor (Long Form): Toni Weisskopf, – Baen Books.
Jim Minz, – Baen Books
Laura Haywood Covey – Baen Books
Have to go with the editors that I know and have worked with one this one, and these folks are all awesome and deserving of your vote.
Best Editor (Short Form): John Ringo & Brian M. Thomsen – anthology Citizens Because he is John Ringo, damn it. Plus, everytime Ringo gets nominated for something it causes literary critics to have strokes.
Best Professional Artist: Kurt Miller
(got to go with the guys that have done my covers, and they are AWESOME. Next year I’ll nominate Zach Hill and Justin Otis for Grimnoir work)
Isaac Stewart (for the interior artwork on Brandon Sanderson’s Way of Kings, also the guy that did Mistoborn, but that was from prior years)
Best Fan Writer: Chris Nuttall (going off of the Baen Barfly’s recommendations)
Best Fan Artist:
EDITED: Because I can’t spell ‘eligible’. Bob Westover and Kathy Jackson both caught that one. :p