With only a month to go before nominations close, I want to share with people what I'm planning to put on my ballot for the Hugo Awards 2016 nominations. My ballot is not, at this time, complete and even my present list of nominations may change before the deadline as I read other people's nominations posts and more importantly, read the books and articles and watch the movies and shows they nominate. However, I don't want to hold off any longer, because I would like other people to be able to read, watch and consider my recommendations as well. Also, if something turns out not to be eligible or is misspelled or credited to the wrong author or publisher, I would like to hear about it. So, here goes:
N.K. Jemisin - The Fifth Season - Orbit
Kim Stanley Robinson - Aurora - Orbit
Nnedi Okorafor - The Book of Phoenix - DAW
Paul Cornell - Witches of Lychford - Tor
Nnedi Okorafor - Binti - Tor
(I have one more work by N.K. Jemisin penciled in but need to confirm whether the novella in question was first published in 2015.)
Best Short Story
These two categories are still empty as I'm not a big novelette or short story reader. This should be easy to fix.
Best Graphic Story
Brennan Lee Mulligan, Molly Ostertag - Strong Female Protagonist Issue Five - Self-published: Strongfemaleprotagonist.com
Boulet - The Gaeneviad - Self-published: English.bouletcorp.com
Eligibility is a big issue with these works. As far as I can tell, only Chapter 5 of Strong Female Protagonist was published entirely in 2015, but I may be mistaken. The Gaeneviad is a 24-hour comic created in 2014, but the original publication was in French. The English version debuted in February 2015.
Best Related Work
Phil Sandifer - Guided By The Beauty of Their Weapons: Notes on Science Fiction and Culture in the Year of Angry Dogs - Eruditorum Press
Alexandra Erin (Writing as John Z. Upjohn)- Sad Puppies Review Books: Children’s Books Reviewed by Childish Men - Self-published
Alexandra Erin (Writing as Theophilus Pratt)- John Scalzi Is Not A Very Popular Author and I Myself Am Quite Popular - Hymanaeus House
These works are pretty much the best things to come out of last year's kerfuffle. Each of these has a good chance of making it to the shortlist, and of being vigorously no-awarded in the final vote. They have my back, though.
Best Dramatic Presentation, long form
George Miller, Brendan McCarthy, Nico Lathouris - Mad Max: Fury Road - Warner Bros. Pictures
Best Dramatic Presentation, short form
Bo Johan Renck, David Bowie - Blackstar - Columbia
I am also not a huge watcher of movies and television. That does, however, leave me four more slots in each category for contrarian nominations (of which Blackstar is already one, but don't tell me it doesn't deserve to be on the ballot)
Best Fan Writer
Still needing to find examples for this one. All other categories still empty. Some will stay empty as I'm not that interested in them, or knowledgeable about them. Though it won't hurt anyone at all for me to put Boulet in under Best Professional Artist as well.
Since last May, I've kept a booklog and made a real effort to read more again. Nevertheless, I still don't read as much as I used to, or as much as I feel I should. At some point in my life, buying books and reading stopped being a habit and became something I have to remind myself to get the fuck off Twitter for. I'm working on this: To make more time for absolutely everything else in my life, I installed the Focus app on my Mac computers so that all social media are now unavailable to me for long stretches of time. It's a crutch, but one I clearly need. In March, I will tighten up the settings for it so I'm kicked off earlier and allowed back later.
Full disclosure: In addition to nominating Phil Sandifer in more than one category, I also took a few suggestions from his Hugo ballot, all of them works I read/watched and enjoyed but some of them works that I would not otherwise have considered, such as Blackstar.
I am open to suggestions! Please let me know if there's something I should get the fuck off Twitter for!