July 24, 2020

It's Hugo Time! How I Voted

Yeah, I know I was trying to write up each category individually, but the last few days of voting just got away from me. I had to return to the day job, and the final evenings were spent trying to hammer out my votes on the last few categories. So I thought I'd just paste my full ballot and add a few comments.

Best Novel

1. The Light Brigade, by Kameron Hurley (Saga; Angry Robot UK)
2. A Memory Called Empire, by Arkady Martine (Tor; Tor UK)
3. The Ten Thousand Doors of January, by Alix E. Harrow (Redhook; Orbit UK)
4. Middlegame, by Seanan McGuire (Tor.com Publishing)
5. Gideon the Ninth, by Tamsyn Muir (Tor.com Publishing)
6. No award
7. The City in the Middle of the Night, by Charlie Jane Anders (Tor; Titan)

(I was still juggling this category through the final hours. I moved Memory up and January down, and stuck a No Award in there because discussing Anders' book just cemented in my mind how much I didn't like it. But Kameron Hurley's glorious, unsubtle, political, timely mindfuck of a story has pretty much been at the top of my list ever since I first read it.)

Best Novella

1. In an Absent Dream, by Seanan McGuire (Tor.com Publishing)
2. To Be Taught, If Fortunate, by Becky Chambers (Harper Voyager; Hodder & Stoughton)
3. The Deep, by Rivers Solomon, with Daveed Diggs, William Hutson & Jonathan Snipes (Saga Press/Gallery)
4. The Haunting of Tram Car 015, by P. Djèlí Clark (Tor.com Publishing)
5. “Anxiety Is the Dizziness of Freedom”, by Ted Chiang (Exhalation (Borzoi/Alfred A. Knopf; Picador))
6. This Is How You Lose the Time War, by Amal El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone (Saga Press; Jo Fletcher Books)

(Looking back, this was a weaker category, for me. Mainly because two excellent novellas I read from Asimov's Science Fiction, "The Work of Wolves" by Tegan Moore and "Waterlines" by Suzanne Palmer, didn't make the final ballot. It will be interesting when the longlists are released to see how close they came.)

Best Novelette

1. “For He Can Creep”, by Siobhan Carroll (Tor.com, 10 July 2019)
2. “Away With the Wolves”, by Sarah Gailey (Uncanny Magazine: Disabled People Destroy Fantasy Special Issue, September/October 2019)
3. Emergency Skin, by N.K. Jemisin (Forward Collection (Amazon))
4. “Omphalos”, by Ted Chiang (Exhalation (Borzoi/Alfred A. Knopf; Picador))
5. “The Archronology of Love”, by Caroline M. Yoachim (Lightspeed, April 2019)
6. “The Blur in the Corner of Your Eye”, by Sarah Pinsker (Uncanny Magazine, July-August 2019)

Best Short Story

1. “Do Not Look Back, My Lion”, by Alix E. Harrow (Beneath Ceaseless Skies, January 2019)
2. “And Now His Lordship Is Laughing”, by Shiv Ramdas (Strange Horizons, 9 September 2019)
3. “As the Last I May Know”, by S.L. Huang (Tor.com, 23 October 2019)
4. “Ten Excerpts from an Annotated Bibliography on the Cannibal Women of Ratnabar Island”, by Nibedita Sen (Nightmare Magazine, May 2019)
5. “A Catalog of Storms”, by Fran Wilde (Uncanny Magazine, January/February 2019)
6. “Blood Is Another Word for Hunger”, by Rivers Solomon (Tor.com, 24 July 2019)

Best Series

1. The Expanse, by James S. A. Corey (Orbit US; Orbit UK)
2. Winternight Trilogy, by Katherine Arden (Del Rey; Del Rey UK)
3. InCryptid, by Seanan McGuire (DAW)
4. Planetfall series, by Emma Newman (Ace; Gollancz)
5. No award
6. The Wormwood Trilogy, by Tade Thompson (Orbit US; Orbit UK)
7. Luna, by Ian McDonald (Tor; Gollancz)

Best Related Work

1. Becoming Superman: My Journey from Poverty to Hollywood, by J. Michael Straczynski (Harper Voyager US)
2. The Pleasant Profession of Robert A. Heinlein, by Farah Mendlesohn (Unbound)
3. Worlds of Ursula K. Le Guin, produced and directed by Arwen Curry
4. The Lady from the Black Lagoon: Hollywood Monsters and the Lost Legacy of Milicent Patrick, by Mallory O’Meara (Hanover Square)
5. Joanna Russ, by Gwyneth Jones (University of Illinois Press (Modern Masters of Science Fiction))
6. “2019 John W. Campbell Award Acceptance Speech”, by Jeannette Ng

Best Graphic Story or Comic

1. The Wicked + The Divine, Volume 9: “Okay”, by Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie, colours by Matt Wilson, letters by Clayton Cowles (Image)
2. Monstress, Volume 4: The Chosen, written by Marjorie Liu, art by Sana Takeda (Image)
3. Paper Girls, Volume 6, written by Brian K. Vaughan, drawn by Cliff Chiang, colours by Matt Wilson, letters by Jared K. Fletcher (Image)
4. LaGuardia, written by Nnedi Okorafor, art by Tana Ford, colours by James Devlin (Berger Books; Dark Horse)
5. Die, Volume 1: Fantasy Heartbreaker, by Kieron Gillen and Stephanie Hans, letters by Clayton Cowles (Image)
6. Mooncakes, by Wendy Xu and Suzanne Walker, letters by Joamette Gil (Oni Press; Lion Forge)

Best Dramatic Presentation, Long Form

1. Good Omens, written by Neil Gaiman, directed by Douglas Mackinnon (Amazon Studios/BBC Studios/Narrativia/The Blank Corporation)
2. Us, written and directed by Jordan Peele (Monkeypaw Productions/Universal Pictures)
3. Captain Marvel, screenplay by Anna Boden, Ryan Fleck and Geneva Robertson-Dworet, directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck (Walt Disney Pictures/Marvel Studios/Animal Logic (Australia))
4. Russian Doll (Season One), created by Natasha Lyonne, Leslye Headland and Amy Poehler, directed by Leslye Headland, Jamie Babbit and Natasha Lyonne (3 Arts Entertainment/Jax Media/Netflix/Paper Kite Productions/Universal Television)
5. Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, screenplay by Chris Terrio and J.J. Abrams, directed by J.J. Abrams (Walt Disney Pictures/Lucasfilm/Bad Robot)
6. Avengers: Endgame, screenplay by Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, directed by Anthony Russo and Joe Russo (Marvel Studios)

Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form

1. Watchmen: “This Extraordinary Being”, written by Damon Lindelof and Cord Jefferson, directed by Stephen Williams (HBO)
2. Watchmen: “A God Walks into Abar”, written by Jeff Jensen and Damon Lindelof, directed by Nicole Kassell (HBO)
3. The Mandalorian: “Redemption”, written by Jon Favreau, directed by Taika Waititi (Disney+)
4. The Expanse: “Cibola Burn”, written by Daniel Abraham & Ty Franck and Naren Shankar, directed by Breck Eisner (Amazon Prime Video)
5. Doctor Who: “Resolution”, written by Chris Chibnall, directed by Wayne Yip (BBC)
6. No award
7. The Good Place: “The Answer”, written by Daniel Schofield, directed by Valeria Migliassi Collins (Fremulon/3 Arts Entertainment/Universal Television)

(Y'all know Dramatic Presentation nominees are going to be pretty thin next year, right? We'll have to scour the depths of streaming channels to find stuff to put on the ballot.)

Best Editor, Short Form

1. Sheila Williams
2. Neil Clarke
3. Ellen Datlow
4. Lynne M. Thomas and Michael Damian Thomas
5. Jonathan Strahan
6. C.C. Finlay

Best Editor, Long Form

1. Navah Wolfe
2. Sheila E. Gilbert
3. Devi Pillai
4. Diana M. Pho
5. Miriam Weinberg
6. Brit Hvide

Best Professional Artist

1. Tommy Arnold
2. Galen Dara
3. Rovina Cai
4. Alyssa Winans
5. Yuko Shimizu
6. John Picacio

(Tommy Arnold really impressed me with his work, especially the cover for Gideon the Ninth, which I liked better than the actual book.)

Best Semiprozine

1. Strange Horizons, Vanessa Rose Phin, Catherine Krahe, AJ Odasso, Dan Hartland, Joyce Chng, Dante Luiz and the Strange Horizons staff
2. FIYAH Magazine of Black Speculative Fiction, executive editor Troy L. Wiggins, editors Eboni Dunbar, Brent Lambert, L.D. Lewis, Danny Lore, Brandon O’Brien and Kaleb Russell
3. Uncanny Magazine, editors-in-chief Lynne M. Thomas and Michael Damian Thomas, nonfiction/managing editor Michi Trota, managing editor Chimedum Ohaegbu, podcast producers Erika Ensign and Steven Schapansky
4. Fireside Magazine, editor Julia Rios, managing editor Elsa Sjunneson, copyeditor Chelle Parker, social coordinator Meg Frank, publisher & art director Pablo Defendini, founding editor Brian White
5. Escape Pod, editors Mur Lafferty and S.B. Divya, assistant editor Benjamin C. Kinney, audio producers Adam Pracht and Summer Brooks, hosts Tina Connolly and Alasdair Stuart
6. Beneath Ceaseless Skies, editor Scott H. Andrews

(I expect Uncanny Magazine to take this again, as they've been an unstoppable juggernaut for the past few years. If they do, I really wish they would recuse themselves from the category for the next year or two. It would be nice to let someone else take a turn, especially one of my top two placements.)

Best Fanzine

1. nerds of a feather, flock together, editors Adri Joy, Joe Sherry, Vance Kotrla, and The G
2. The Book Smugglers, editors Ana Grilo and Thea James
3. Quick Sip Reviews, editor Charles Payseur
4. Journey Planet, editors James Bacon, Christopher J Garcia, Alissa McKersie, Ann Gry, Chuck Serface, John Coxon and Steven H Silver
5. Galactic Journey, founder Gideon Marcus, editor Janice Marcus, senior writers Rosemary Benton, Lorelei Marcus and Victoria Silverwolf
6. The Rec Center, editors Elizabeth Minkel and Gavia Baker-Whitelaw

Best Fan Writer

1. Cora Buhlert
2. Bogi Takács
3. Paul Weimer
4. Adam Whitehead
5. Alasdair Stuart
6. James Davis Nicoll

(I subscribe to Cora's blog and am thus a bit prejudiced, but I really hope she gets this.)

Best Fan Artist

1. Grace P. Fong
2. Elise Matthesen
3. Ariela Housman
4. Sara Felix
5. No award
6. Meg Frank
7. Iain Clark

Lodestar Award for Best Young Adult Book (not a Hugo)

1. Deeplight, by Frances Hardinge (Macmillan)
2. The Wicked King, by Holly Black (Little, Brown; Hot Key)
3. Catfishing on CatNet, by Naomi Kritzer (Tor Teen)
4. Dragon Pearl, by Yoon Ha Lee (Disney/Hyperion)
5. Minor Mage, by T. Kingfisher (Argyll)

Astounding Award for Best New Writer, sponsored by Dell Magazines (not a Hugo)

1. R.F. Kuang (2nd year of eligibility)
2. Tasha Suri (2nd year of eligibility)
3. Sam Hawke (2nd year of eligibility)
4. Jenn Lyons (1st year of eligibility)
5. Nibedita Sen (2nd year of eligibility)
6. Emily Tesh (1st year of eligibility)

So there we are.

Now I have my 2020 TBR pile teetering on my nightstand and can start working on it! Go me!

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