With the deadline for voting in the 2013 Hugo Awards looming (July 31), I thought it might be appropriate to start considering, at least, the things from the first half of 2013 that might be worth nominating next year. So often these discussions are left to the last moments and it’s so easy to forget the items from earlier in the year. So, just for fun, I’m going to make some suggestions for every category, but what I’m really after is hearing from YOU, about what YOU think deserves consideration.
Posts Tagged: Hugos
This polemic will begin with something of a hyperbole.
The Hugos are utter twaddle.
Although the Hugos present the image of something more cosmopolitan or representative than the standard convention award, it’s becoming increasingly apparent every year that, despite being the most recognizable award in science fiction and fantasy cultural awareness, the Hugos are nothing more than an amalgamation of like minded WorldCon members, or agendized voting blocs, bent on vociferous back patting. I apply that statement broadly, although it is most obviously associated with the down ballot. Before I get too far into that rabbit hole, let me first place ‘best novel’ squarely in my sites where the only explanation is that the average Hugo voter reads somewhere been four and six novels a year.
Often when critics rail against the Hugo’s best novel category it’s to attack lack of sophistication. The Clarke Award, British Science Fiction Award, the Kitschies, Tiptree Award, Philip K.… Read the rest
With the Hugo Awards recently opening their doors to nominations, Jared Shurin from Pornokitsch invited me over to talk about the books I think are mostly likely to be forgotten by the voters.
Our first Friday Five for 2013 is a doozy, with three of the interweb’s more thoughtful genre reviewers swinging by to chat about the Hugo Awards. As you may have noticed from the recent inundation of “‘I’m eligible!” posts, nominations for Science Fiction’s Most Biggest Award are open. Anyone attending the 2012, 2013 or 2014 WorldCons can (and should) nominate their favourite works of the year.
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