Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Hugo Awards 2018: My Final Ballot

Now that the deadline has passed and I have done all the Hugo reading and consuming that I am going to do this year, the final ballot I submitted is below.  The full list of nominees can be found here. I have provided links to my articles covering each category where available.

For reasons which should be fairly obvious, I declined to write about the finalists for Fanzine. Speaking specifically for myself, I am very happy that Nerds of a Feather was able to share a ballot with some really excellent and awesome fanzines who are showing off the breadth of what a fanzine can be and are doing so at a remarkably high level of quality. We continue to be over the moon about being a finalist for the Hugo Award for the second time. It's been a dream of ours for a long time and I'd like to refer everyone back to the initial Thank You note we shared when all of the finalists were announced. 

Novel (my thoughts)
1. The Stone Sky
2. Raven Strategem
3. Six Wakes
4. New York 2140
5. The Collapsing Empire
6. Provenance

Novella (my thoughts)
1. The Black Tides of Heaven
2. Down Among the Sticks and Bones
3. “And Then There Were (N-One)
4. All Systems Red
5. Binti: Home
6. River of Teeth

Novelette (my thoughts)
1. "Wind Will Rove"
2. "Extracurricular Activities"
3. "A Series of Steaks"
4. "The Secret Life of Bots"
5. "Children of Thorns, Children of Water"
6. "Small Changes Over Long Periods of Time"

Short Story (my thoughts)
1. "The Marian Obelisk"
2. "Sun, Moon, Dust"
3. "Welcome to Your Authentic Indian Experience"
4. "Fandom for Robots"
5. "Carnival Nine"
6. "Clearly Lettered in a Mostly Steady Hand"

Series (my thoughts)
1. The Divine Cities
2. World of the Five Gods
3. The Memoirs of Lady Trent
4. The Stormlight Archive
5. Incryptid
6. The Books of the Raksura

Related Work (my thoughts)
1. Iain M. Banks (Modern Masters of Science Fiction)
2. Crash Override
3. Sleeps with Monsters
4. No Time to Spare
5. A Lit Fuse
6. Luminescent Threads

Graphic Story (my thoughts)
1. Bitch Planet
2. Saga
3. Paper Girls
4. Black Bolt
5. Monstress
6. My Favorite Thing Is Monsters

Dramatic Presentation, Long Form (my thoughts)
1. Wonder Woman
2. Star Wars: The Last Jedi
3. Thor: Ragnarok
4. The Shape of Water

Dramatic Presentation, Short Form
1 "The Deep"

Editor, Short Form
1. Lee Harris
2. Neil Clarke
3. Lynne M. Thomas & Michael Damian Thomas
4. Jonathan Strahan
5. John Joseph Adams
6. Sheila Williams

Editor, Long Form
1. Joe Monti
2. Miriam Weinberg
3. Navah Wolfe
4. Diana M. Pho
5. Devi Pillai
6. Sheila E. Gilbert

Best Professional Artist (my thoughts)
1. Galen Dara
2. Victo Ngai
3. John Picacio
4. Bastien Lecouffe Deharme
5. Sana Takeda
6. Kathleen Jennings

-No Vote

1. Nerds of a Feather
2. SF Bluestocking
3. File 770
4. Galactic Journey
5. Journey Planet
6. No Award

Fancast (my thoughts)
1. The Coode Street Podcast
2. Sword and Laser
3. Ditch Diggers
4. Fangirl Happy Hour
5. Verity
6. Galactic Suburbia

Fan Writer (my thoughts)
1. Charles Payseur
2. Foz Meadows
3. Sarah Gailey
4. Camestros Felapton
5. Bogi Takacs
6. No Award
7. Mike Glyer

Fan Artist (my thoughts)
1. Geneva Benton
2. Likhain
3. Maya Hahto
4. Grace P. Fong
5. Spring Schoenhuth
6. No Award

Award for Best Young Adult Book
1. The Book of Dust: La Belle Sauvage

John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer (my thoughts)
1. Rivers Solomon
2. Sarah Kuhn
3. Katherine Arden
4. Vina Jie-Min Prasad
5. Rebecca Roanhorse
6. Jeannette Ng

POSTED BY: Joe Sherry - Co-editor of Nerds of a Feather, 2017 & 2018 Hugo Award Finalist for Best Fanzine. Minnesotan.