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2009 Hugo Nominees
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The 2009 Hugo Nominees are:



Best Novel
(639 Ballots / Bulletins)

Anathem by Neal Stephenson (Morrow; Atlantic UK)
The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman (HarperCollins; Bloomsbury UK)
Little Brother by Cory Doctorow (Tor Teen; HarperVoyager UK) — Free download
Saturn’s Children by Charles Stross (Ace; Orbit UK)
Zoe’s Tale by John Scalzi (Tor)

Best Novella
(337 Ballots / Bulletins)

“The Erdmann Nexus” by Nancy Kress (Asimov’s Oct/Nov 2008)
“The Political Prisoner” by Charles Coleman Finlay (F&SF Aug 2008) – Read Online
“The Tear” by Ian McDonald (Galactic Empires)
“True Names” by Benjamin Rosenbaum & Cory Doctorow (Fast Forward 2) — Free download
“Truth” by Robert Reed (Asimov’s Oct/Nov 2008)

Best Novelette
(373 Ballots / Bulletins)

“Alastair Baffle’s Emporium of Wonders” by Mike Resnick (Asimov’s Jan 2008) — Read Online
“The Gambler” by Paolo Bacigalupi (Fast Forward 2) — Read Online
“Pride and Prometheus” by John Kessel (F&SF Jan 2008)
“The Ray-Gun: A Love Story” by James Alan Gardner (Asimov’s Feb 2008) — Read Online
“Shoggoths in Bloom” by Elizabeth Bear (Asimov’s Mar 2008) — Read Online

Best Short Story
(448 Ballots / Bulletins)

“26 Monkeys, Also the Abyss” by Kij Johnson (Asimov’s Jul 2008) — Read Online
“Article of Faith” by Mike Resnick (Baen’s Universe Oct 2008)
“Evil Robot Monkey” by Mary Robinette Kowal (The Solaris Book of New Science Fiction, Volume Two)
“Exhalation” by Ted Chiang (Eclipse Two)
“From Babel’s Fall’n Glory We Fled” by Michael Swanwick (Asimov’s Feb 2008)

Best Related Book
(263 Ballots / Bulletins)

Rhetorics of Fantasy by Farah Mendlesohn (Wesleyan University Press)
Spectrum 15: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art by Cathy & Arnie Fenner, eds. (Underwood Books)
The Vorkosigan Companion: The Universe of Lois McMaster Bujold by Lillian Stewart Carl & John Helfers, eds. (Baen)
What It Is We Do When We Read Science Fiction by Paul Kincaid (Beccon Publications)
Your Hate Mail Will be Graded: A Decade of Whatever, 1998-2008 by John Scalzi (Subterranean Press)

Best Graphic Story
(212 Ballots / Bulletins)

The Dresden Files: Welcome to the Jungle Written by Jim Butcher, art by Ardian Syaf (Del Rey/Dabel Brothers Publishing)
Girl Genius, Volume 8: Agatha Heterodyne and the Chapel of Bones Written by Kaja & Phil Foglio, art by Phil Foglio, colors by Cheyenne Wright (Airship Entertainment)
Fables: War and Pieces Written by Bill Willingham, pencilled by Mark Buckingham, art by Steve Leialoha and Andrew Pepoy, color by Lee Loughridge, letters by Todd Klein (DC/Vertigo Comics)
Schlock Mercenary: The Body Politic Story and art by Howard Tayler (The Tayler Corporation)
Serenity: Better Days Written by Joss Whedon & Brett Matthews, art by Will Conrad, color by Michelle Madsen, cover by Jo Chen (Dark Horse Comics)
Y: The Last Man, Volume 10: Whys and Wherefores Written/created by Brian K. Vaughan, pencilled/created by Pia Guerra, inked by Jose Marzan, Jr. (DC/Vertigo Comics)

Best Dramatic Presentation, Long Form
(436 Ballots / Bulletins)

The Dark Knight Christopher Nolan & David S. Goyer, story; Jonathan Nolan and Christopher Nolan, screenplay; based on characters created by Bob Kane; Christopher Nolan, director (Warner Brothers)
Hellboy II: The Golden Army Guillermo del Toro & Mike Mignola, story; Guillermo del Toro, screenplay; based on the comic by Mike Mignola; Guillermo del Toro, director (Dark Horse, Universal)
Iron Man Mark Fergus & Hawk Ostby and Art Marcum & Matt Holloway, screenplay; based on characters created by Stan Lee & Don Heck & Larry Lieber & Jack Kirby; Jon Favreau, director (Paramount, Marvel Studios)
METAtropolis by John Scalzi, ed. Written by: Elizabeth Bear, Jay Lake, Tobias Buckell and Karl Schroeder (Audible Inc)
WALL-E Andrew Stanton & Pete Docter, story; Andrew Stanton & Jim Reardon, screenplay; Andrew Stanton, director (Pixar/Walt Disney)

Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form
(336 Ballots / Bulletins)

“The Constant” (Lost) Carlton Cuse & Damon Lindelof, writers; Jack Bender, director (Bad Robot, ABC studios)
Doctor Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog Joss Whedon, & Zack Whedon, & Jed Whedon & Maurissa Tancharoen , writers; Joss Whedon, director (Mutant Enemy)
“Revelations” (Battlestar Galactica) Bradley Thompson & David Weddle, writers; Michael Rymer, director (NBC Universal)
“Silence in the Library/Forest of the Dead” (Doctor Who) Steven Moffat, writer; Euros Lyn, director (BBC Wales)
“Turn Left” (Doctor Who) Russell T. Davies, writer; Graeme Harper, director (BBC Wales)

Best Editor, Short Form
(377 Ballots / Bulletins)

Ellen Datlow
Stanley Schmidt
Jonathan Strahan
Gordon Van Gelder
Sheila Williams

Best Editor, Long Form
(273 Ballots / Bulletins)

Lou Anders
Ginjer Buchanan
David G. Hartwell
Beth Meacham
Patrick Nielsen Hayden

Best Professional Artist
(334 Ballots / Bulletins)

Daniel Dos Santos
Bob Eggleton
Donato Giancola
John Picacio
Shaun Tan

Best Semiprozine
(283 Ballots / Bulletins)

Clarkesworld Magazine edited by Neil Clarke, Nick Mamatas & Sean Wallace
Interzone edited by Andy Cox
Locus edited by Charles N. Brown, Kirsten Gong-Wong, & Liza Groen Trombi
The New York Review of Science Fiction edited by Kathryn Cramer, Kris Dikeman, David G. Hartwell, & Kevin J. Maroney
Weird Tales edited by Ann VanderMeer & Stephen H. Segal

Best Fanzine
(257 Ballots / Bulletins)

Argentus edited by Steven H Silver
Banana Wings edited by Claire Brialey and Mark Plummer
Challenger edited by Guy H. Lillian III
The Drink Tank edited by Chris Garcia
Electric Velocipede edited by John Klima
File 770 edited by Mike Glyer

Best Fan Writer
(291 Ballots / Bulletins)

Chris Garcia
John Hertz
Dave Langford
Cheryl Morgan
Steven H Silver

Best Fan Artist
(187 Ballots / Bulletins)

Alan F. Beck
Brad W. Foster
Sue Mason
Taral Wayne
Frank Wu

The John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer
(288 Ballots / Bulletins)

Aliette de Bodard*
David Anthony Durham*
Felix Gilman
Tony Pi*
Gord Sellar*

*(Second year of eligibility)

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As I blogged earlier, it's an incredibly accessible Best Novel selection: 3 of the books are written at a YA/children's level, and all of them are standalone works. [Yes, ZT is in the OMW universe, but it was written to be read independently.] Not a sequel in the bunch.

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I believe we'd have differing opinions of which is the former. :-> Though to be fair I think there's two excitingly innovative works there (at least, two I'm now wondering how to choose between), rather than just one out lengths ahead of the rest of the pack.

I didn't know you like Charlie that much, Mike.

Isn't that typical? How often do the Hugo nominee lists fill up with brilliant and unforgettable works? (How often do we get enough brilliant works to fill a nominee slate?)

Look at the Best Graphic Story category -- two other-media tie-ins.

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Emergence by David Palmer, which I haven't actually heard of before.

Young superhuman girl survives the apocalypse and has various adventures, which she recounts in what's supposed to be a sort of shorthand.

I'm still wondering which one you think it is that stands out from the rest so much. I'm guessing Anathem*, but it could be the Doctorow or even the Stross. (No disrespect to the other two - I'm not saying they're obviously worse, just that they are more likely to fit into the fluff category)

Anathem... I'm most of the way through it now, and it has plenty of problems. You have to admire the way Stephenson plots his way towards the things he's good at, and away from his weaknesses, but even so...

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There is a certain majesty to 900 pages of "Hey Joe, could you explain what you mean by that?", "Well, Bob, if we turn to p93 of 'Platonism for Engineers', we can see that...", and it's certainly _impressive_, but 'brilliant' doesn't sound right to me.

Wow, I've actually read three of the "best novel" nominees. I think that's a personal record in recent years.


I'm more impressed that I'm actually familiar with all the authors of the less-than-novel-length written fiction -- that NEVER happens. And I haven't even been reading Asimov's (or similar) in years.

Two for me. I've given a third as a present, though, and will I'm sure read it soon. That's doing pretty well. In the other categories there are often names I don't even recognize.

Plus one whose author I gave up on after two books.

Glad to see Kij Johnson's story on the ballot.

Most of the rest of the nominations feel like inertia to me--the same people seem to get nominated over and over without much relation to the quality of their work. Kress's novella was ok, not really worthy of a nomination. I think Ian MacLeod's The Hob Carpet would have been a much better nominee.

At least I don't have to read another Robert Sawyer book. Last year's was painfully bad.

A friend of mine would get torn to pieces on the graphic novel category. I like Y and Fables less, and Serenity wasn't that good, so it's Girl Genius vs. Schlock. Which still isn't a fun decision in terms of quality... though Schlock is probably better science fiction. More undeniably science fiction.

The whole list looks very male.

Edited at 2009-03-20 05:01 am (UTC)

At least Fables and Y have significant female characters and a feminist bent to their storylines in general ... :->

I've actually read all of the Best Novel nominees.
*falls over in shock*

Same realization. Same reaction.

I'm on the compensatory "read none of the Best Novel" nominees branch of the probability tree.

-- Steve's reminded again of how "out-of-the-loop" he's gotten over the past few years. Time to catch up.

I was about to say: "I haven't read any of the readable nominees in any category," but I realized a couple days ago I zipped through The Dresden Files comic.

That puts me one up on most years.

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