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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

2014 Hugo Award Recommendations

From Loncon: We are in the final hours of voting for the 2014 Hugo and 1939 Retro Hugo awards!  The voting page for the 2014 Hugo Awards is located at http://www.loncon3.org/hugo_vote/hugo_vote_form.php.  The voting page for the 1939 Retro Hugo Awards is located at http://loncon3.org/hugo_vote/retro_hugo_vote_form.php.  The deadline for voting is Thursday 31 July 2014, 11:59 PM PDT.

This is how I am voting, and how I encourage other Hugo voters to vote. I am voting in some of the other categories, but have not prepared detailed recommendations for them and so will not address them this year. Remember, voting ends tomorrow night, so if you haven't finished filling out your ballots, you should probably do it now.

BEST NOVEL
  1. Warbound by Larry Correia
  2. No Award
  3. The Wheel of Time by Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson
Left off ballot: Ancillary Justice, Neptune's Brood, and Parasite.

BEST NOVELLA
  1. The Chaplain's Legacy by Brad Torgersen
  2. The Butcher of Khardov by Dan Wells
  3. No Award
  4. Six-Gun Snow White by Catherynne M. Valente
Left off ballot: Equoid and Wakulla Springs.

BEST NOVELETTE
  1. "Opera Vita Aeterna" by Vox Day
  2. "The Exchange Officers" by Brad Torgersen
  3. "The Truth of Fact, the Truth of Feeling" by Ted Chiang
  4. No Award
Left off ballot: "The Waiting Stars" and "The Lady Astronaut of Mars".

BEST SHORT STORY
  1. No Award
I recommend leaving the ballot otherwise blank. This category is illustrative of how far the genre has fallen. 

BEST EDITOR, LONG FORM
  1. Toni Weiskopf
  2. Sheila Gilbert
  3. Ginjer Buchanan
  4. No Award
1939 RETRO AWARDS

Best Novel
  1. Out of the Silent Planet by C. S. Lewis (The Bodley Head)
  2. Galactic Patrol by E. E. Smith (Astounding Stories, February 1938)
  3. The Sword in the Stone by T. H. White (Collins)
  4. The Legion of Time by Jack Williamson (Astounding Science-Fiction, July 1938)
  5. No Award
Left off ballot:  Carson of Venus by Edgar Rice Burroughs

Best Novella
  1. Anthem by Ayn Rand (Cassell)
  2. "Who Goes There?" by Don A Stuart [John W. Campbell] (Astounding Science-Fiction, August 1938)
  3. No Award
Left off ballot:  "A Matter of Form" by H. L. Gold, "Sleepers of Mars" John Beynon, "The Time Trap" Henry Kuttner.

Best Novelette
  1. "Rule 18" by Clifford D. Simak (Astounding Science-Fiction, July 1938)
  2. "Pigeons From Hell" by Robert E. Howard (Weird Tales, May 1938)
  3. "Dead Knowledge" by Don A. Stuart [John W. Campbell] (Astounding Stories, January 1938)
  4. No Award
Left off ballot: "Hollywood on the Moon" by Henry Kuttner,  "Werewoman" C. L. Moore

Best Short Story
  1. "Hollerbochen's Dilemma" by Ray Bradbury (Imagination!, January 1938)
  2. "How We Went to Mars" by Arthur C. Clarke (Amateur Science Stories, March 1938)
  3. "Helen O'Loy" by Lester del Rey (Astounding Science-Fiction, December 1938)
  4. "The Faithful" by Lester del Rey (Astounding Science-Fiction, April 1938)
  5. "Hyperpilosity" by L. Sprague de Camp (Astounding Science-Fiction, April 1938)
Best Editor
  1. John W. Campbell
  2. No Award
Left off ballot: Farnsworth Wright, Mort Weisinger, Raymond A. Palmer,  Walter H. Gillings

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23 Comments:

Blogger pyrrhus July 30, 2014 9:50 AM  

1939 awards--just wow, what an all star group of writers!

Anonymous MrGreenMan July 30, 2014 9:56 AM  

@pyrrhus

Please use the modern usage: just shamwow.

I finally decided to cast that 1939 vote. It seemed stupid, but, hey, I could vote for CS Lewis and Ray Bradbury.

Anonymous Porky July 30, 2014 10:02 AM  

No dinoporn?

*sniffle*

Anonymous Salt July 30, 2014 10:20 AM  

Best novella. 5 entries. You have it -

Award
Award
NO Award
Award.

My understanding is that putting any choice after No Award screws it up. I mean, just look. It doesn't make sense as you've listed it. Position 3 is No Award to two entries. Better to put Six-Gun at #3 with No Award below at #4.

Anonymous Salt July 30, 2014 10:21 AM  

Same for Best Novel if you wish to include Wheel.

Anonymous VD July 30, 2014 10:30 AM  

My understanding is that putting any choice after No Award screws it up. I mean, just look. It doesn't make sense as you've listed it. Position 3 is No Award to two entries. Better to put Six-Gun at #3 with No Award below at #4.

You don't understand how the Hugo voting system works. You can either trust me on this or you can look it up and read through it yourself. It's somewhat counterintuitive.

Anonymous Salt July 30, 2014 10:42 AM  

Hmm. Counterintuitive is right. I can see how it easily works and why they do it.

Anonymous Jamsco July 30, 2014 10:46 AM  

"Remember, voting ends tonight,..."

"The deadline for voting is Thursday 31 July 2014, 11:59 PM PDT."

Doesn't this mean the voting ends tomorrow night?

Or is this some kind of timezone thing that I don't understand.

Blogger Cataline Sergius July 30, 2014 11:37 AM  

Sorry about the last. I have now read the rules for myself.

I have to say, I prefer voting in the retro-awards.

There are actual choices that have to be thought about, before they are made.

Anonymous VD July 30, 2014 11:44 AM  

Doesn't this mean the voting ends tomorrow night?

Yes, I'm not particularly adept at knowing what day it is.

Blogger ajw308 July 30, 2014 11:54 AM  

Reading Equoid right now. I'm not sure if I'm biased by Stross's politics, spoiled by the standard set by MHI & the Hard Magic universe or if Stross has lost his muse, but it's not measuring up to what I'd expected.

Blogger Rantor July 30, 2014 12:13 PM  

Sitting at Houston airport, just voted for the Hugo awards on a tablet via the Internet that many of those retro Hugo guys couldn't quite envision. But they did see a lot, and it is fun to look back at the visions they did have.

Time to board ...

Anonymous Mike M. July 30, 2014 12:25 PM  

The sad part is how very good the Retro Hugo nominees for Best Novel are. Rather like the 1939 Oscars...an embarassment of riches that highlights how low things have sunk.

Anonymous Timothy July 30, 2014 12:36 PM  

An interesting selection. Look forward to reading the Dan Wells novella - I've enjoyed his previous works. But don't you feel a tad uncomfortable about nominating yourself for an award? To me, that would feel the same as liking my own Facebook posts...

Anonymous Don July 30, 2014 12:48 PM  

I'd put Pigeons from Hell and Who Goes There at the top but otherwise pretty good. Why the 1939 ballot? Do they do 'retro' every year?

Anonymous jack July 30, 2014 12:49 PM  

Can anyone tell me when the winners will be announced? And, are there some safeguards in place to be sure hanky panky DOES NOT happen when the votes are counted?
Next year I do believe I will invest in some voting privileges. Especially if Correia or Vox wins. In that case, we all need to make it a 2fer. Gosh, that would be fun!

Anonymous jack July 30, 2014 12:54 PM  

@ajw308: spoiled by the standard set by MHI & the Hard Magic universe

I do say, I know exactly how you feel. There's a reason Correia was able to quit his day job; to work at his day job [or, whenver it is he does his writing]

Anonymous VD July 30, 2014 12:59 PM  

But don't you feel a tad uncomfortable about nominating yourself for an award? To me, that would feel the same as liking my own Facebook posts.

Not in the slightest. I've read all the novelettes. Also, the story is already nominated. This is the voting stage.

And, are there some safeguards in place to be sure hanky panky DOES NOT happen when the votes are counted?

There won't be any. The WorldCon folks take their responsibilities seriously. The guy who was reading out the nominations was entirely impartial and all of their communications with me have been friendly and perfectly professional.

I'm sure some of them are pinkshirts, but plenty of them are simply old school SF fans.

Blogger Craig July 30, 2014 4:41 PM  

@jack

Worldcons can award Hugos for a year 50, 75 or 100 years in the past, if 1) there was a Worldcon in that year but 2) no Hugos were awarded. Since the awards didn't get going for some years after the Con, there are a few such years.

Blogger Bogey July 30, 2014 5:27 PM  

Oddly I'm more interested in how the retro Hugos turn out, but I do wish Vox, Larry, and Brad the best.

Blogger MidKnight July 30, 2014 7:38 PM  

ESR has an interesting take on the recent cultural kerfluffles that have also involved these hugo awards....

http://esr.ibiblio.org/?p=6085

Anonymous VD July 30, 2014 7:57 PM  

Yeah, I'll post it here tomorrow with my comments.

Anonymous Albert July 31, 2014 9:15 AM  

You know, it occurs to me that one could make a rather mean-spirited parody titled, Actually, If You Were _Really_ a Dinosaur . . .

Just have the EPA come and shoot the T-rex because the POV character hasn't paid her dino grazing fees, or at least can't produce the forms demanded, and the Senior Senator from N_____ needs that particular bit of land set aside as a preserve for the Eastern West North South American Lowlands Whooping Lama, so that his deal with the Chinese can go through. Give one of the lead agents a think New York accent, and soon the POV character is 'resisting arrest' like a cigarette-smuggling hobo.

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