Jonathan Crowe

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The 2012 Hugo Award Nominees

The Hugo nominations were announced this afternoon. Copies of the list of nominees are everywhere: here it is on the Hugo Awards website. A few preliminary thoughts.

Some of my nominations made the final ballot, others didn’t, mostly those that went against the grain. Three out of the five short story nominees, four out of the five novelette nominees, five out of the six novella nominees, and two out of the five novel nominees are also on the Nebula ballot. In all, fourteen pieces of fiction have been nominated for both the Hugo and Nebula this year, compared with just nine last year, so there seems to be more consensus this year.

A couple of nominations are quirky. John Scalzi’s April Fool’s story is nominated for best short story, and James Bacon and Chris Garcia are on the ballot for best dramatic presentation, short form for their rather famous performance at last year’s Hugo award ceremony when they won best fanzine. But the Hugo nominations haven’t gone so much silly as meta. David Goldfarb argues that with these nominations and Jo Walton’s best novel nomination for Among Others, “it’s sort of an inward-looking slate.”

We also have some blurring of the categories: one podcast up for best related work rather than best fancast; one TV show (Game of Thrones) up for best dramatic presentation, long form for the entire series instead of being up against three Doctor Who episodes in the best dramatic presentation, Doctor Who short form category.

And it may also be the year of the pseudonym: Seanan McGuire has been nominated four times, twice as Mira Grant, her horror-writing persona; James S. A. Corey, up for best novel for Leviathan Wakes, is the joint pseudonym of Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck.