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Wednesday, April 03, 2019

The Hugo Awards: The 2019 shortlist!

From the Hugo Website

So, here are this year’s Hugo Award nominees! I found this list on

For once, there are a very few on the list that I have actually read or seen. The first is Mary Robinette Kowal’s alternative universe novel The Calculating Stars, in a world where a meteor hits the earth in the 1950s and the space program has to be speeded up to be able to evacuate as many of the population as possible from Earth. And because you can’t start a colony with only men, women have a greater chance of training as astronauts...

In Best Series, I’ve read several of the Laundry Files novels, and one of the October Daye series. Laundry Files is great fun. Think of a world in which Lovecraftian horrors are lurking in the next universe. The hero is part of a British secret service known as the Laundry, working to keep the scary things out. And it’s funny! 

October Daye is the heroine of a series with fairies in it. I’ve only read one, but they are hugely popular. 

In the long form drama, I’ve seen Infinity War and The Black Panther, both very good indeed. In short form, I’ve seen the Dr Who episode “Demons Of The Punjab”, which was a wonderful story, and the exquisite “Rosa”. Nice to see two of the historical episodes on the list! The third one, “The Witchhunters” was great fun, but those two were just that much bit better. 

Nice to see some Aussies on the podcast list and Foz Meadows, another Aussie(though expatriate) on the fan writer list. 

I see they found a name for the YA section, after a lot of discussion last year, but I confess I haven’t read any of them, though I’ve heard of all but one on various blogs. 

You should be able to click through to several stories among the nominees. Many of the semi-prozines are on line, free to read, as I’ve found when checking out my markets. 

Are any of my readers going to Dublin? I was rather hoping to go myself, but family commitments have prevented this, so if you’re going, have a great time! 

  • The Centenal Cycle by Malka Older
  • The Laundry Files by Charles Stross
  • Machineries of Empire by Yoon Ha Lee
  • The October Daye Series by Seanan McGuire
  • The Universe of Xuya by Aliette de Bodard
  • Wayfarers by Becky Chambers
  • Archive of Our Own, a project of the Organization for Transformative Works
  • Astounding: John W. Campbell, Isaac Asimov, Robert A. Heinlein, L. Ron Hubbard, and the Golden Age of Science Fiction, by Alec Nevala-Lee
  • The Hobbit Duology (a documentary in three parts), written and edited by Lindsay Ellis and Angelina Meehan
  • An Informal History of the Hugos: A Personal Look Back at the Hugo Awards 1953-2000, by Jo Walton
  • The Mexicanx Initiative Experience at Worldcon 76 by Julia Rios, Libia Brenda, Pablo Defendini, and John Picacio
  • Ursula K. Le Guin: Conversations on Writing by Ursula K. Le Guin with David Naimon
  • Abbott, written by Saladin Ahmed, art by Sami Kivelä, colors by Jason Wordie, letters by Jim Campbell
  • Black Panther: Long Live the King, written by Nnedi Okorafor and Aaron Covington, art by André Lima Araújo, Mario Del Pennino, and Tana Ford
  • Monstress, Volume 3: Haven, written by Marjorie Liu, art by Sana Takeda (Image Comics)
  • On a Sunbeam, by Tillie Walden
  • Paper Girls, Volume 4, written by Brian K. Vaughan, art by Cliff Chiang, colors by Matt Wilson, letters by Jared K. Fletcher
  • Saga, Volume 9, written by Brian K. Vaughan, art by Fiona Staples
  • Annihilation, directed and written for the screen by Alex Garland, based on the novel by Jeff VanderMeer
  • Avengers: Infinity War, screenplay by Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, directed by Anthony Russo and Joe Russo
  • Black Panther, written by Ryan Coogler and Joe Robert Cole, directed by Ryan Coogler
  • A Quiet Place, screenplay by Scott Beck, John Krasinski, and Bryan Woods, directed by John Krasinski
  • Sorry to Bother You, written and directed by Boots Riley
  • Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, screenplay by Phil Lord and Rodney Rothman, directed by Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, and Rodney Rothman
  • The Expanse: “Abaddon’s Gate,” written by Daniel Abraham, Ty Franck and Naren Shankar, directed by Simon Cellan Jones
  • Doctor Who: “Demons of the Punjab,” written by Vinay Patel, directed by Jamie Childs
  • Dirty Computer, written by Janelle Monáe, directed by Andrew Donoho and Chuck Lightning
  • The Good Place: “Janet(s),” written by Josh Siegal & Dylan Morgan, directed by Morgan Sackett
  • The Good Place: “Jeremy Bearimy,” written by Megan Amram, directed by Trent O’Donnell
  • Doctor Who: “Rosa,” written by Malorie Blackman and Chris Chibnall, directed by Mark Tonderai
  • Neil Clarke
  • Gardner Dozois
  • Lee Harris
  • Julia Rios
  • Lynne M. Thomas and Michael Damian Thomas
  • E. Catherine Tobler
  • Sheila E. Gilbert
  • Anne Lesley Groell
  • Beth Meacham
  • Diana Pho
  • Gillian Redfearn
  • Navah Wolfe
  • Galen Dara
  • Jaime Jones
  • Victo Ngai
  • John Picacio
  • Yuko Shimizu
  • Charles Vess
  • Beneath Ceaseless Skies, editor-in-chief and publisher Scott H. Andrews
  • Fireside Magazine, edited by Julia Rios, managing editor Elsa Sjunneson-Henry, social coordinator Meg Frank, special features editor Tanya DePass, founding editor Brian White, publisher and art director Pablo Defendini
  • FIYAH Magazine of Black Speculative Fiction, executive editors Troy L. Wiggins and DaVaun Sanders, editors L.D. Lewis, Brandon O’Brien, Kaleb Russell, Danny Lore, and Brent Lambert
  • Shimmer, publisher Beth Wodzinski, senior editor E. Catherine Tobler
  • Strange Horizons, edited by Jane Crowley, Kate Dollarhyde, Vanessa Rose Phin, Vajra Chandrasekera, Romie Stott, Maureen Kincaid Speller, and the Strange Horizons Staff
  • Uncanny Magazine, publishers/editors-in-chief Lynne M. Thomas and Michael Damian Thomas, managing editor Michi Trota, podcast producers Erika Ensign and Steven Schapansky, Disabled People Destroy Science Fiction Special Issue editors-in-chief Elsa Sjunneson-Henry and Dominik Parisien
  • Galactic Journey, founder Gideon Marcus, editor Janice Marcus
  • Journey Planet, edited by Team Journey Planet
  • Lady Business, editors Ira, Jodie, KJ, Renay & Susan
  • nerds of a feather, flock together, editors Joe Sherry, Vance Kotrla, and The G
  • Quick Sip Reviews, editor Charles Payseur
  • Rocket Stack Rank, editors Greg Hullender and Eric Wong
  • Be the Serpent, presented by Alexandra Rowland, Freya Marske, and Jennifer Mace
  • The Coode Street Podcast, presented by Jonathan Strahan and Gary K. Wolfe
  • Fangirl Happy Hour, hosted by Ana Grilo and Renay Williams
  • Galactic Suburbia, hosted by Alisa Krasnostein, Alexandra Pierce, and Tansy Rayner Roberts, produced by Andrew Finch
  • Our Opinions Are Correct, hosted by Annalee Newitz and Charlie Jane Anders
  • The Skiffy and Fanty Show, produced by Jen Zink and Shaun Duke, hosted by the Skiffy and Fanty Crew
  • Foz Meadows
  • James Davis Nicoll
  • Charles Payseur
  • Elsa Sjunneson-Henry
  • Alasdair Stuart
  • Bogi Takács
  • Sara Felix
  • Grace P. Fong
  • Meg Frank
  • Ariela Housman
  • Likhain (Mia Sereno)
  • Spring Schoenhuth
Best Art Book
  • Katherine Arden (second year of eligibility)
  • S.A. Chakraborty (second year of eligibility)
  • R.F. Kuang (first year of eligibility)
  • Jeannette Ng (second year of eligibility)
  • Vina Jie-Min Prasad (second year of eligibility)
  • Rivers Solomon (second year of eligibility)

  • The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton
  • Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi
  • The Cruel Prince by Holly Black
  • Dread Nation by Justina Ireland
  • The Invasion by Peadar O’Guilin
  • Tess of the Road by Rachel Hartman


Brian Joseph said...

This is one of the prize lists that I actually pay a lot of attention too. Not that I have read any of these works though I have seen some of the films. I try to read one or two never science fiction books a year and I try to pick from this list. So many of these books look good. I wish that there was time to read them all.

Sue Bursztynski said...

It is hard to keep up with them all, indeed! I do recommend the Mary Robinette Kowal novel and the Laundry series.

Tamara Narayan said...

Annihilation was one of the few books I got part-way in and then dropped. I should probably give it another go or see the movie.

Sue Bursztynski said...

It’s always interesting to see a Hugo shortlist, but most years I haven’t read any of them. There are just too many of them! If you didn’t enjoy that book, plenty more to try.

AJ Blythe said...

Hacen't read any of the books or heard of any of the authors (have seen the marvel movies though).

Sue Bursztynski said...

Which of the Marvel movies would you vote for? My preference would be for Black Panther.

AJ Blythe said...

Black Panther wasn't one of my favourites. I think mine would be Guardians of the Galaxy, although I really enjoy the Avengers movies. The reason I didn't pick Black Panther was it was too serious. I prefer action with comedy.

Sue Bursztynski said...

Hi AJ! Oh, I don’t know, there were plenty of humorous touches though, yes, not a comedy. I have only seen Infinity War and THAT had a shocking ending, though I am assuming there will be something happier in Endgame. It was nice to suddenly realise that the green girl was “Amy Pond”, the Doctor’s companion!

AJ Blythe said...

My Whovian (the eldest Barbarian) was the first to pick up on "Amy". Looking forward to seeing Endgame. I'm hoping it gives me the happy ending that Infinity War didn't (which I think should have been a "part 1").

Sue Bursztynski said...

There was a strong hint, towards the end, that the next film would sort the problem. Remember? “It’s the only way.”