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Sunday, April 05, 2015

The Hugos 2015

Hi guys. I wrote the below a few days ago. Since then, a lot of things have happened. And this post has had 761 hits and not one comment. Not a single one. I understand. This is a YA/children's blog, with SF elements. My regular followers wouldn't be interested. But the rest of you - no opinions at all? 

I am going to leave this up till tomorrow night my time, because it's had links to it, though most traffic is coming from the ASIM web site. If you have something to say, keep it polite; I will not publish abuse from either side. And then it goes back to draft and I take my blog back. This whole business has been heartbreaking for me and I've had enough, even if it did bring extra traffic here(but no more follows).

Here is the list of nominees for this year's Hugo Awards. 
You might notice, down towards the bottom, that my name is there as one of last year's editors for ASIM, which has made it to the short list for Semiprozine. For several days, I have been hugging myself with delight, unable to share this information till the short list was announced.
Friday, it was somewhat spoiled for me when one of our members discovered that we owe our shortlisting to an organisation called Sad Puppies, run by conservatives, of which none of us have ever heard, but which apparently does block votes. And doesn't, it seems, ask at least some of its proposed nominees whether they want to be on its list. They didn't ask us, anyway! I'd know if they had, as I was, until very recently, answering inquiries for ASIM. 

 It's not against the rules, but seems to inspire a lot of anger, and this morning's Twitter posts were full of it, including one woman who declared she wasn't going to read her Hugo packet because anything SP nominated had to be awful. And a blog post in which one comment said "don't vote for it even if it IS good, on principle". 
I don't know any more of it than this - it's all I have had time to check out. There will be a statement on the ASIM web site some time today. Here's the URL: Please read it. 
I just want to say that we're a small press like other Aussie small presses. A good one, that has lasted twelve years and launched the careers of some writers who have gone on to Hugo and Nebula short listings and some we published early in their careers, if not their first sales. 
 I am very proud of my issue, #60, and of my writers, six of whom were first sales. I know they will do well in years to come. One of them has already been on the James White long list and won a Writers of the Future prize. Ellie Clarke, the artist who did the amazing sensawunda cover has been shortlisted for Ditmar awards, as has the internal artist, Lewis Morley(who won for an ASIM cover).
If you're a member of Worldcon, please at least read your Hugo packet before deciding what you want to vote for. Don't make assumptions. Just read. 
Here's the list as I got it from the Hugos site. I have only deleted the blurb. 
Best Novel (1827 nominating ballots)
  • Ancillary Sword, Ann Leckie (Orbit US/Orbit UK)
  • The Dark Between the Stars, Kevin J. Anderson (Tor Books)
  • The Goblin Emperor, Katherine Addison (Sarah Monette) (Tor Books)
  • Lines of Departure, Marko Kloos (47North)
  • Skin Game, Jim Butcher (Roc Books)
Best Novella (1083 nominating ballots)
  • Big Boys Don’t Cry, Tom Kratman (Castalia House)
  • “Flow”, Arlan Andrews, Sr. (, 11-2014)
  • One Bright Star to Guide Them, John C. Wright (Castalia House)
  • “Pale Realms of Shade”, John C. Wright (The Book of Feasts & Seasons, Castalia House)
  • “The Plural of Helen of Troy”, John C. Wright (City Beyond Time: Tales of the Fall of Metachronopolis, Castalia House)
Best Novelette (1031 nominating ballots)
  • “Ashes to Ashes, Dust to Dust, Earth to Alluvium”, Gray Rinehart (Orson Scott Card’s InterGalactic Medicine Show, 05-2014)
  • “Championship B’tok”, Edward M. Lerner (Analog, 09-2014)
  • “The Journeyman: In the Stone House”, Michael F. Flynn (Analog, 06-2014)
  • “The Triple Sun: A Golden Age Tale”, Rajnar Vajra (Analog07/08-2014)
  • “Yes, Virginia, There is a Santa Claus”, John C. Wright (The Book of Feasts & Seasons, Castalia House)
Best Short Story (1174 nominating ballots)
  • “Goodnight Stars”, Annie Bellet (The End is Now (Apocalypse Triptych Book 2), Broad Reach Publishing)
  • “On A Spiritual Plain”, Lou Antonelli (Sci Phi Journal #2, 11-2014)
  • “The Parliament of Beasts and Birds”, John C. Wright (The Book of Feasts & Seasons, Castalia House)
  • “Totaled”, Kary English (Galaxy’s Edge Magazine, 07-2014)
  • “Turncoat”, Steve Rzasa (Riding the Red Horse, Castalia House)
Best Related Work (1150 nominating ballots)
  • “The Hot Equations: Thermodynamics and Military SF”, Ken Burnside (Riding the Red Horse, Castalia House)
  • Letters from Gardner, Lou Antonelli (The Merry Blacksmith Press)
  • Transhuman and Subhuman: Essays on Science Fiction and Awful Truth, John C. Wright (Castalia House)
  • “Why Science is Never Settled”, Tedd Roberts (
  • Wisdom from My Internet, Michael Z. Williamson (Patriarchy Press)
Best Graphic Story (785 nominating ballots)
  • Ms. Marvel Volume 1: No Normal, written by G. Willow Wilson, illustrated by Adrian Alphona and Jake Wyatt, (Marvel Comics)
  • Rat Queens Volume 1: Sass and Sorcery, written by Kurtis J. Weibe, art by Roc Upchurch (Image Comics)
  • Saga Volume 3, written by Brian K. Vaughan, illustrated by Fiona Staples (Image Comics))
  • Sex Criminals Volume 1: One Weird Trick, written by Matt Fraction, art by Chip Zdarsky (Image Comics)
  • The Zombie Nation Book #2: Reduce Reuse Reanimate, Carter Reid (The Zombie Nation)
Best Dramatic Presentation, Long Form (1285 nominating ballots)
  • Captain America: The Winter Soldier, screenplay by Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely, concept and story by Ed Brubaker, directed by Anthony Russo and Joe Russo (Marvel Entertainment, Perception, Sony Pictures Imageworks)
  • Edge of Tomorrow, screenplay by Christopher McQuarrie, Jez Butterworth, and John-Henry Butterworth, directed by Doug Liman (Village Roadshow, RatPac-Dune Entertainment, 3 Arts Entertainment; Viz Productions)
  • Guardians of the Galaxy, written by James Gunn and Nicole Perlman, directed by James Gunn (Marvel Studios, Moving Picture Company)
  • Interstellar, screenplay by Jonathan Nolan and Christopher Nolan, directed by Christopher Nolan (Paramount Pictures, Warner Bros. Pictures, Legendary Pictures, Lynda Obst Productions, Syncopy)
  • The Lego Movie, written by Phil Lord & Christopher Miller, story by Dan Hageman, Kevin Hageman, Phil Lord & Christopher Miller, directed by Phil Lord & Christopher Miller (Warner Bros. Pictures, Village Roadshow Pictures, RatPac-Dune Entertainment, LEGO System A/S, Vertigo Entertainment, Lin Pictures, Warner Bros. Animation (as Warner Animation Group))
Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form (938 nominating ballots)
  • Doctor Who: “Listen”, written by Steven Moffat, directed by Douglas Mackinnon (BBC Television)
  • The Flash: “Pilot”, teleplay by Andrew Kreisberg & Geoff Johns, story by Greg Berlanti, Andrew Kreisberg & Geoff Johns, directed by David Nutter (The CW) (Berlanti Productions, DC Entertainment, Warner Bros. Television)
  • Game of Thrones: “The Mountain and the Viper”, written by David Benioff & D. B. Weiss, directed by Alex Graves ((HBO Entertainment in association with Bighead, Littlehead; Television 360; Startling Television and Generator Productions)
  • Grimm: “Once We Were Gods”, written by Alan DiFiore, directed by Steven DePaul (NBC) (GK Productions, Hazy Mills Productions, Universal TV)
  • Orphan Black: “By Means Which Have Never Yet Been Tried”, ” written by Graham Manson, directed by John Fawcett (Temple Street Productions, Space/BBC America)
Best Editor, Short Form (870 nominating ballots)
  • Jennifer Brozek
  • Vox Day
  • Mike Resnick
  • Edmund R. Schubert
  • Bryan Thomas Schmidt
Best Editor, Long Form (712 nominating ballots)
  • Vox Day
  • Sheila Gilbert
  • Jim Minz
  • Anne Sowards
  • Toni Weisskopf
Best Professional Artist (753 nominating ballots)
  • Julie Dillon
  • Jon Eno
  • Nick Greenwood
  • Alan Pollack
  • Carter Reid
Best Semiprozine (660 nominating ballots)
  • Abyss & Apex, Wendy Delmater editor and publisher
  • Andromeda Spaceways In-Flight Magazine, Andromeda Spaceways Publishing Association Incorporated, 2014 editors David Kernot and Sue Bursztynski
  • Beneath Ceaseless Skies, edited by Scott H. Andrews
  • Lightspeed Magazine, edited by John Joseph Adams, Stefan Rudnicki, Rich Horton, Wendy N. Wagner, and Christie Yant
  • Strange Horizons, Niall Harrison, editor-in-chief
Best Fanzine (576 nominating ballots)
  • Black Gate, edited by John O’Neill
  • Elitist Book Reviews, edited by Steven Diamond
  • Journey Planet, edited by James Bacon, Christopher J Garcia, Lynda E. Rucker, Pete Young, Colin Harris, and Helen J.Montgomery
  • The Revenge of Hump Day, edited by Tim Bolgeo
  • Tangent SF Online, edited by Dave Truesdale
Best Fancast (668 nominating ballots)
  • Adventures in SF Publishing, Brent Bower (Executive Producer), Kristi Charish, Timothy C. Ward & Moses Siregar III (Co-Hosts, Interviewers and Producers)
  • Dungeon Crawlers Radio, Daniel Swenson (Producer/Host), Travis Alexander & Scott Tomlin (Hosts), Dale Newton (Host/Tech), Damien Swenson (Audio/Video Tech)
  • Galactic Suburbia Podcast, Alisa Krasnostein, Alexandra Pierce, Tansy Rayner Roberts (Presenters) and Andrew Finch (Producer)
  • The Sci Phi Show, Jason Rennie
  • Tea and Jeopardy, Emma Newman and Peter Newman
Best Fan Writer (777 nominating ballots)
  • Dave Freer
  • Amanda S. Green
  • Jeffro Johnson
  • Laura J. Mixon
  • Cedar Sanderson
Best Fan Artist (296 nominating ballots)
  • Ninni Aalto
  • Brad W. Foster
  • Elizabeth Leggett
  • Spring Schoenhuth
  • Steve Stiles
The John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer (851 nominating ballots) 
Award for the best new professional science fiction or fantasy writer of 2013 or 2014, sponsored by Dell Magazines. (Not a Hugo Award, but administered along with the Hugo Awards.)
  • Wesley Chu*
  • Jason Cordova
  • Kary English*
  • Rolf Nelson
  • Eric S. Raymond
*Finalists in their 2nd year of eligibility.
2122 valid nominating ballots (2119 electronic and 3 paper) were received and counted from the members of Loncon 3, Sasquan, and MidAmeriCon II the 2014, 2015, and 2016 World Science Fiction Conventions.
A list of the top 15 nominees in each category, along with the number of nominations received by each, will be released after the Hugo Awards Ceremony on Saturday, 22 August, 2015 at Sasquan.


Alia said...

OK, I will leave you a comment. ASIM's writeup pointed me here. I just realized how messed up the Puppies had made things recently. I am reading to learn more about it, and I am trying to determine which people were unknowingly roped in, like your magazine. Thank you for the list!

Sue Bursztynski said...

Thanks, Alia. Yes, I think I have learned rather more about this business than I wanted to know. :-( I do this for enjoyment. It has turned political - and not even my politics, as I live in a country where there are probably enough fans to fit into one Worldcon!

Welcome to my blog, anyway.

dejlah said...

Sorry you got caught up in this.

Where would I purchase your magazine? I've been looking for a new magazine after my disappointments with the current crop of magazines in the US market.

dejlah said...

Oops! ignore my misreading. I will definitely check out your catalog and look for new TBR items in there.

Sue Bursztynski said...

Thanks, Dejlah! Hope you like it. I edited the most recent issue. :-)

Alex Hurst said...

You know, while I can't espouse the people behind Sad Puppies, there are a fair number of people and magazines that I'm really surprised haven't been nominated before on this ballot.

Be happy with your nomination. What is done is done, and as ASIM's editorial post said, let all judge based on merit from here on out.

Sue Bursztynski said...

Thanks for the kind thoughts, Alex. Well, we'll have to see. This has torn fandom in a lot of directions - those who say they will judge on merit, those who say they can't vote for anything on the slate because it will reward them, but will read it anyway and maybe consider it next year and those who declare that nothing they put up could be any good and they don't waste their time. We have had demands to "prove" our innocence by withdrawing and abuse from SP supporters for not appreciating their nomination.

One thing is for sure: we were not known by many people outside Australia before, now we are!

Unknown said...

Dear Sue,

Congratulations on your nomination.

The reason I like the Science Fiction/Fantasy/Horror genre is to get away from things like politics, consumerism, & other agenda driven topics.

There is a reason why so many writers, poets, and artist submit to your magazine and it is NOT politics.

Best of luck and keep up the good work.

PS. Do not worry I will still send you poetry submissions to reject.

Sue Bursztynski said...

Thanks, Denny! And good luck with your poetry submissions. Don't be too hurt - we don't publish a lot of poetry; there were only three in my own issue. And with each issue being edited by a different person, well, everyone has different tastes. Just keep trying - there's a story in #62 by someone who had been trying to sell us one for years!

Sharon Himsl said...

Hi Sue. Checking out your post as I was curious about Andromeda... and the Hugo awards. I do not write sci-fi, although I do enjoy reading occasionally. Good luck sorting out the SP problem (??). Will check out the magazine and see what I think.

Sue Bursztynski said...

Hope you enjoy! Well, for good or ill, it's in the Hugo packet now. And whatever happens, perhaps a few people will like it enough to buy a subscription. :-)