Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Hugo Award 2019: 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 Calculating Stars
2. Spinning Silver
3. Trail of Lightning
4. Revenant Gun
5. Space Opera
6. Record of a Spaceborn Few

Novella (my thoughts)
1. Beneath the Sugar Sky
2. The Black God's Drums
3. Gods, Monsters, and the Lucky Peach
4. Binti: The Night Masquerade
5. Artificial Condition
6. The Tea Master and the Detective

Novelette (my thoughts)
1. Nine Last Days of Planet Earth
2. The Last Banquet of Temporal Confections
3. If at First You Don't Succeed, Try, Try Again
4. The Only Harmless Great Thing
5. The Thing About Ghost Stories
6. When We Were Starless

Short Story (my thoughts)
2. A Witch's Guide to Escape: A Practical Compendium of Portal Fantasies
3. The Secret Lives of the Nine Negro Teeth of George Washington
4. The Court Magician
5. The Tale of the Three Beautiful Raptor Sisters
6. The Rose MacGregor Drinking and Admiration Society

Series (my thoughts)
1. October Daye
2. Wayfarers
3. Machineries of Empire
4. The Centenal Cycle
5. Universe of Xuya
6. The Laundry Files

Related Work (my thoughts)
1. Astounding
2. An Informal History of the Hugos
3. The Mexicanx Initiative Experience
4. Archive of Our Own
5. The Hobbit Duology
6. Conversations on Writing

Graphic Story (my thoughts)
1. Abbott
2. Saga
3. On a Sunbeam
4. Black Panther
5. Paper Girls
6. Monstress

Dramatic Presentation, Long Form (my thoughts)
1. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
2. A Quiet Place
3. Black Panther
4. Annihilation
5. Avengers: Infinity War

Dramatic Presentation, Short Form
1. Dirty Computer
2. The Expanse: Abaddon's Gate

Professional Editor, Long Form
1. Beth Meacham
2. Navah Wolfe
3. Diana Pho
4. Sheila E. Gilbert
5. Anne Lesley Groell
6. Gillian Redfearn

Professional Editor, Short Form
1. Lee Harris
2. Julia Rios
3. Neil Clarke
4. Lynn M. Thomas and Michael Damien Thomas
5. E. Catherine Tobler
6. Gardner Dozois

Professional Artist (my thoughts)
1. John Picacio
2. Galen Dara
3. Victo Ngai
4. Yuko Shimizu
5. Jaime Jones
6. Charles Vess

1. FIYAH Magazine of Black Speculative Fiction
2. Fireside Fiction
3. Uncanny Magazine
4. Shimmer
5. Strange Horizons
6. Beneath Ceaseless Skies

1. Nerds of a Feather
2. Quick Sip Reviews
3. Lady Business
4. Journey Planet
5. Galactic Journey
6. No Award

Fancast (my thoughts)
1. The Coode Street Podcast
2. The Skiffy and Fanty Show
3. Our Opinions Are Correct
4. Fangirl Happy Hour
5. Be the Serpent
6. Galactic Suburbia

Fan Writer
1. Charles Payseur
2. Foz Meadows
3. James Davis Nicoll
4. Alasdair Stuart
5. Elsa Sjunneson-Henry
6. Bogi Takacs

Fan Artist (my thoughts)
1. Mia Sereno (Likhain)
2. Grace P. Fong
3. Sara Felix
4. Ariela Housman
5. Meg Frank
6. Spring Schoenhuth

Art Book
- No Vote

Lodestar Award for Best Young Adult Book (my thoughts)
1. Dread Nation
2. The Cruel Prince
3. Children of Blood and Bone
4. The Belles
5. Tess of the Road
6. The Invasion

John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer (my thoughts)

1. Rivers Solomon
2. R.F. Kuang
3. S.A. Chakraborty
4. Katherine Arden
5. Vina Jie-Min Prasad
6. Jeannette Ng

POSTED BY: Joe Sherry - Co-editor of Nerds of a Feather, 3x Hugo Award Finalist for Best Fanzine. Minnesotan.