Aug 20, 2011

Pick the Hugos!

I thought I'd throw out my predictions for tonight's Hugo Festivities which you can actually watch live at 8pm local Reno time here. [Note if that doesn't work, check the Hugo Award Site here for help]. I don't know enough about the editors, artists, semiprozines, to even hazard a less-than-informed guess so I'm limiting my picks to the major fiction categories. I'm also running out the door at the moment so I don't have the time to fully explain the rationale behind my picks. Feel free to make up some reasons for me.

Best Novel
  • Blackout/All Clear by Connie Willis (Ballantine Spectra)
  • Cryoburn by Lois McMaster Bujold (Baen)
  • The Dervish House by Ian McDonald (Gollancz; Pyr)
  • Feed by Mira Grant (Orbit)
  • The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms by N.K. Jemisin (Orbit)

What Should Win: The Dervish House
What Will Win: Blackout/All Clear

Best Novella
  • “The Lady Who Plucked Red Flowers beneath the Queen’s Window” by Rachel Swirsky (Subterranean Magazine, Summer 2010) - Read Online
  • The Lifecycle of Software Objects by Ted Chiang (Subterranean) - Read Online
  • “The Maiden Flight of McCauley’s Bellerophon” by Elizabeth Hand (Stories: All New Tales, William Morrow) - Read Online
  • “The Sultan of the Clouds” by Geoffrey A. Landis (Asimov’s, September 2010) - Read Online (PDF)
  • “Troika” by Alastair Reynolds (Godlike Machines, Science Fiction Book Club)
What Should Win: "The Lady Who Plucked Red Flowers Beneath the Queen's Window"
What Will Win: "The Liefcycle of Software Objects"

Best Novelette
  • “Eight Miles” by Sean McMullen (Analog, September 2010) - Read Online
  • “The Emperor of Mars” by Allen M. Steele (Asimov’s, June 2010) - Read Online
  • “The Jaguar House, in Shadow” by Aliette de Bodard (Asimov’s, July 2010) - Read Online
  • “Plus or Minus” by James Patrick Kelly (Asimov’s, December 2010) - Read Online
  • “That Leviathan, Whom Thou Hast Made” by Eric James Stone (Analog, September 2010) - Read Online
What Should Win: "That Leviathan, Whom Thou Hast Made" 
What Will Win: "That Leviathan, Whom Thou Hast Made"

Best Short Story

  • “Amaryllis” by Carrie Vaughn (Lightspeed, June 2010) - Read Online
  • “For Want of a Nail” by Mary Robinette Kowal (Asimov’s, September 2010) - Read Online
  • “Ponies” by Kij Johnson (, November 17, 2010) - Read Online
  • “The Things” by Peter Watts (Clarkesworld, January 2010) - Read Online
What Should Win: "The Things"
What Will Win: "For Want of a Nail"

John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer
  • Saladin Ahmed
  • Lauren Beukes
  • Larry Correia
  • Lev Grossman
  • Dan Wells
Who Should Win: Lauren Beukes
Who Will Win: Lauren Beukes

Who you got? Tune in tonight at 11pm EST to find out.

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