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Predict the Hugos

And as a Hugo encore, I thought I’d have a go at publicly predicting the nominees so I can look smart/stupid in ten days’ time.

Best Novel
Captain Vorpatril’s Alliance, Lois McMaster Bujold
Blackout, Mira Grant
The Killing Moon, NK Jemisin
2312, Kim Stanley Robinson
Redshirts, John Scalzi
Scalzi hasn’t always made the ballot, but Redshirts did well, seemed to have a lot of buzz, and as a bonus had a UK edition. Captain Vorpatril’s Alliance isn’t great, but Cryoburn was worse and that got nominated, so I think it’s the unstoppable Bujold vote in action (similar to the unstoppable Willis vote). Mira Grant got the second book in a trilogy on the list, I see no reason the concluding volume won’t make it. Robinson is good, well known, and a nice traditional SF pick. I dithered between Jemisin and Saladin Ahmed for the last slot, but I think Jemisin has more buzz and Ahmed has faded. Dark horse: China Mieville. Also wouldn’t be surprised to see James S. A. Corey on there.

Best Novella
“San Diego 2014: The Last Stand of the California Browncoats”, Mira Grant
On a Red Station, Drifting, Aliette de Bodard
After the Fall, Before the Fall, During the Fall, Nancy Kress
“Let Maps to Others”, K.J. Parker
“Legion”, Brandon Sanderson
Dark horse: Robert Reed. He wrote 3 this year, so I’m hedging my bets. Darker dark horse: Ian Sales.

Best Novelette
“The Grinnell Method”, Molly Gloss
“Swift, Brutal Retaliation”, Meghan McCarron
“Arbeitskraft”, Nick Mamatas
“Fade to White”, Catherynne M. Valente
“The Waves”, Ken Liu

Best Short Story
“Mantis Wives”, Kij Johnson
“Immersion”, Aliette de Bodard
“A Hundred Ghosts Parade Tonight”, Xia Jia
“Peacekeeper”, Mike Resnick and Brad R. Torgeson
“The Bookmaking Habits of Select Species”, Ken Liu

Best Related Work
A Feast of Ice and Fire, Chelsea Monroe-Cassel and Sarianne Lehrer
The Cambridge Companion to Fantasy Literature, Farah Mendlesohn and Edward James
Chicks Unravel Time, L.M. Myles and Deborah Stanish
Inside HBO’s Game of Thrones, Brian Cogman
Writing Excuses season 7, Brandon Sanderson, Dan Wells, Howard Tayler, Mary Robinette Kowal

Best Graphic Story
Saga, Brian K. Vaughn and Fiona Staples
Hawkeye, Matt Fraction, David Aja, Javier Pullido
Saucer Country, Paul Cornell and Ryan Kelly
Fables: Inherit the Wind, Bill Willingham and a bunch of artists
Schlock Mercenary, Howard Tayler
Note my optimism in assuming that Girl Genius will not hop straight back in and win again now the category is permanent.

Best Dramatic Presentation, Long Form
Game of Thrones season 2
The Avengers
The Hobbit
The Hunger Games
Looper

Pessimistic choice: swap out one of the last two for Prometheus.

Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form
Doctor Who, “The Snowmen”
Doctor Who, “The Angels Take Manhattan”
Doctor Who, “Asylum of the Daleks”
My Little Pony Friendship is Magic, “Read It and Weep”
Fringe, “The Bullet That Saved The World”

Best Editor, Long Form
Lou Anders
Anne Lesley Groell
Malcolm Edwards
Jane Johnson
Patrick Nielsen Hayden

Best Editor, Short Form
Jonathan Strahan
John Joseph Adams
Neil Clarke
Stanley Schmidt
Sheila Williams

Best Professional Artist
John Picacio
Stephan Martiniere
Michael Komarck
Daniel Dos Santos
John Howe

Best Semiprozine
Lightspeed
Clarkesworld
Interzone
Beneath Ceaseless Skies
Escape Pod

Best Fanzine
SF Signal
The Drink Tank
Banana Wings
Journey Planet
World SF Blog

Best Fancast
SF Squeecast
StarShipSofa
The Coode Street Podcast
SF Signal Podcast
Galactic Suburbia
You may notice this is the same as last year’s ballot. This is because I think it might very well be the same, but also I have no idea about podcasts.

Best Fan Writer
Christopher J. Garcia
Adam Whitehead
Stephen H. Silver
Abigail Nussbaum
Requires Hate

Hugo Recommendations – Everything Else

I had the best of intentions this year: I was going to read lots and blog lots and give lots of Hugo recommendations in good time for everyone to read them. Complete fail. I managed a thorough post for Graphic Story, here’s my scattered and incomplete suggestions for the rest of the categories:

Novel
I’m not particularly well-read this year, and there have been some disappointments among the 2012 books I did read. I’m almost certainly going with Jack Glass by Adam Roberts, which is another clever, interesting SF novel from an author who writes a refreshingly different book every single time, and Angelmaker by Nick Harkaway, which similarly plays to my tastest by being smart and fun and thought-provoking. And I’m probably going with Alif the Unseen by G. Willow Wilson, which I only just finished, but is an interesting take on religion and faith and where they collide with modern technology and social change.

Novelette
“Fade to White”, Catherynne Valente
“One Little Room an Everywhere”, KJ Parker
“Arbeitskraft”, Nick Mamatas
“Good Hunting”, Ken Liu

Short Story
“Mantis Wives”, Kij Johnson
“The Bookmaking Habits of Select Species” Ken Liu (again)

Related Work
It’s been pointed out to me at the last minute that Red Plenty by Francis Spufford is a 2012 book in the US, which makes it eligible; and it’s not exactly fiction or non-fiction but a non-fiction book which feels like a science fiction novel. That’s sufficient to get it in Best Related for me, and no weirder than much of the stuff in this catch-all category.

Best Dramatic Presentation, Long Form
Let’s face it, this is the Avengers vs Game of Thrones vs Hobbit bunfight with Looper as an outside bet, so I’m nominating Mass Effect 3 and Dishonored.

Best Professional Artist
We can nominate comic artists here, right?
Stephanie Hans, for the gorgeous painted covers and interiors for Journey Into Mystery
Yuko Shimizu, for the covers of The Unwritten, and The Future is Japanese
Butch Guice, for the dark and noir-y art which is the the best thing about Brubaker’s slightly disappointing run on Winter Soldier

Fan Artist
Noelle Stephenson/gingerhaze, for a lot of Avengers and Hobbit comics. Poor Hawkeye, so objectified.

Fanzine
Ferretbrain. A mix of reviews, longer articles, opinions pieces, and a lively comments section.

Fan Writer
Lots of possibilities here – Martin Lewis deserves a nomination for his continuing argument with The Space Opera Renaissance, and Genevieve Valentine for funny and perceptive reviews of the worst film have to offer – but my main message is that we should be nominating Abigail Nussbaum, who gets closer to a nomination every year but never quite makes it, and reading through even a fraction of the commentary on her blog over the past year should convince you how wrong that is.

Short version: Abigail Nussbaum, Red Plenty, Ferretbrain.