Wednesday, January 16, 2019

2019 Nerds of a Feather Hugo Awards Longlist, Part 3: Individual Categories


Welcome to the third part of our presentation of the Nerds of a Feather 2018 Hugo Award Longlist (see parts 1 & 2). Today we take a look at the categories recognizing individuals for their body of work during 2018:  Editor (Short and Long Form), Professional Artist, Fan Artist, Fan Writer, and the John W Campbell Award for Best New Writer

As before, we here at 'nerds of a feather, flock together' are presenting a collective longlist of potential Hugo nominees that we think are worthy of your consideration. These selections represent the spectrum of tastes, tendencies, and predilections found among our group of 13 writers.

As a reminder, this list should not at all be considered comprehensive. There are some truly outstanding editors, writers, and artists who will not make our longlist because they did not produce enough work for non-paying / non-professional venues, did not write enough genre focused work, or for the very simple reason that we are not just familiar with what work they did produce during 2018. We encourage you to think of this as a list of candidates to consider alongside works which you are already familiar, nothing more and nothing less. 

In an effort at brevity (you may scoff) and perhaps at propriety, for these categories we have decided to simply list the individuals we are collectively recommending as part of the longlist, rather than detailing why each person listed below is awesome.

Finally, in the interests of being transparent, while it may worth noting that we, the writers of Nerds of a Feather are individually eligible for the Fan Writer category; because it is a conflict of interest, it would not appropriate to include any of us on our formal longlist (feel free to check out our Awards Eligibility post, though).



Editor: Short Form
John Joseph Adams (Lightspeed, Nightmare)
Scott H. Andrews (Beneath Ceaseless Skies)
Neil Clarke (Clarkesworld)
Jane Crowley and Kate Dollarhyde (Strange Horizons)
Ana Grilo and Thea James (The Book Smugglers)
Julia Rios (Fireside Fiction)
Rashida J. Smith (GigaNotoSaurus)
Jonathan Strahan (Infinity's End, Time Was, Tor.com, etc)
Lynne M. Thomas & Michael Damien Thomas (Uncanny)
Sean Wallace & Silvia Moreno-Garcia (The Dark)


Editor: Long Form
Nobody. But, we recommend that when you put together your final nominating ballot that you also look at who the editors were for your Best Novel selections and consider them for nomination for Editor, Long Form


Professional Artist
Geneva Benton (site)
Galen Dara (portfolio, includes older work)
Victo Ngai (site)
John Picacio (Loteria and other selected works)
Simon Prades (site)
Greg Ruth (Binti and other selected works)
Yuko Shimizu (portfolio)


Fan Artist
Jemima Malkki (specifically for this piece)


Fan Writer
Rob Bedford
Liz Bourke
Rachel Cordasco
James Davis Nicoll (also Tor.com)
Abigail Nussbaum
Charles Payseur


John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer
(not a Hugo, but totally a Hugo)

Katherine Arden (Bear and the Nightingale)
S.A. Chakraborty (City of Brass)
Nicky Drayden (Prey of Gods)
R.F. Kuang (The Poppy War) 
Bethany C. Morrow (Mem)
K. Arsenault Rivera (The Tiger’s Daughter)
Bina Shah (Before She Sleeps) - uncertain if this is her first speculative novel  
Rivers Solomon (An Unkindness of Ghosts)



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

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