We are now one week out from the deadline for Hugo Nominations. I'm eligible to nominate this year, and while a couple of past requests for recommendations have failed to generate anything, I thought I'd throw up a preliminary look at my ballot in hopes of bringing in a few recommendations:
- Anathem by Neal Stephenson. I don't like his take on Many-Worlds, but it's a terrific book all the same.
- Sly Mongoose by Tobias Buckell. A fantastic setting, a great fast-moving plot, and some nice revelations about the universe.
- Pirate Sun by Karl Schroeder. Cut-and-paste the comments from the previous book down here.
- Nation by Terry Pratchett. Aside from the epilogue, a great non-Discworld Pratchett YA.
- Little Brother by Cory Doctorow. A book that richly deserves its inevitable banning from school libraries.
Best Novella/ Novelette/ Short Story
I got nothin'. I don't read much short fiction. Recommendations are welcome, though, especially if they are available online.
Best Dramatic Presentation, Long Form
- The Dark Knight. Duh.
- Hellboy II. Not the most coherent plot in the world, but it sure looked pretty.
- Iron Man. Robert Downey Jr. was great fun to watch, even if the plot wasn't the best.
Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form
Ummm.... A Colbert Christmas: The Greatest Gift of All?
The John W. Campbell Not-a-Hugo-But-Awarded-at-the-Hugos
I only recognize a few names on the list of eligible writers. Of those, the one I'd be most likely to vote for is Brian Francis Slattery.
And that's pretty much everything. I realize I'm leaving a lot of categories blank-- if you have a strong opinion about any of them, please, leave a comment telling me who I ought to nominate. I'm also willing to entertain suggestions for other novels that ought to be nominated-- at least two of the five above are "Oh, what the hell" choices, thrown in to use all five slots. If you feel strongly that one of them does not deserve a nomination, or that some other book does deserve one, by all means, let me know.
Check out the suggestions on John Scalzi's blog here: http://whatever.scalzi.com/2009/02/09/your-hugocampbell-nomination-reco…
Just so you know, if you keep "Bunnies Made of Cheese" in your book title, I'd nominate you for the Diagram Prize ... if I had a vote.