The 2015 Hugo Awards – The Short List

So, the shortlist of the 2015 Hugo Awards was just announced, and I am, for the first time ever, eligible to vote. I forgot about nominating, but I have every intention to give my vote.

I am very much looking forward to read Ancillary Sword by Ann Leckie, as I loved Ancillary Justice. However, there are books I will not read and not vote for, and that are the sad/rabid puppy selection. The reason for this? Well, the explanation I was given on Twitter says it all:

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Correction from @ClaireRousseau
Claire Rousseau has in the comments asked me to add the following correction:
Vox Day put up a post on his site in which he called NK Jemisin, who is a woman of colour, a “half-savage”. Because his blog was syndicated to SFWA social media, the post was tweeted from the official SFWA twitter. NK Jemisin put in an official complaint in accordance to the SFWA harassment policy that ultimately resulted in Vox Day’s SFWA membership being revoked.

Here is wikipedia for reference: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Theodore_Beale#Conflict_with_the_SFWA

So, I will read the following novels:
Ancillary Sword, Ann Leckie (Orbit US/Orbit UK)
The Goblin Emperor, Katherine Addison (Sarah Monette) (Tor Books)

As for Best Dramatic Presentation, Long Form, I have already seen Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and really should watch Edge of Tomorrow as well.

I think it’s really sad when some people think things like the sad/rabid puppies thing is all right. After all, it will backfire on the works listed, no matter how great they are.

All shortlisted nominations can be found HERE.

Photo: Hidden in a Book © 2015

The 2014 Hugo Awards winner, Ancilliary Justice by Ann Leckie.
Photo: Hidden in a Book © 2015

EDIT 05 April 2015:
I edited this post after The Puppy-Free Hugo Award Voter’s Guide was brought to my attention. I will not read any of the short stories, and have therefore deleted the section of short stories to read.

14 thoughts on “The 2015 Hugo Awards – The Short List

      1. Kennedy Trengove

        It is also the opinion of The Hugo people:

        Can I vote for something I have not read/seen?
        “No, don’t nominate or vote for something you have not read or seen, and don’t vote based on reputation — the Hugos are meant to honor your choices and judgments, not the rumor of someone else’s.”

        Are they also wrong?

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        1. Hidden in a Book Post author

          I can still vote for something I have read, which is my plan. See the difference?

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    1. Raj

      That’s quite a hard-line view. I was eligible to vote last year and I voted in categories where I hadn’t read everything (specifically the novel category). Last year the SP brigade was much less in evidence, but I certainly didn’t read every novel on the list before voting (especially not the entire Wheel of Time).

      I think it’s perfectly valid to vote after just having read/watched some of the entries, especially when block voting has distorted the field in such a strong way that the SP brigade have done here.

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      1. Hidden in a Book Post author

        To be honest, I wouldn’t have read the Jim Butcher book anyway. It’s the 15th book in a series, and I’ll not read the 14 other books just so that I could read the nominated book. I don’t have that much time on my hands. I don’t have a high reading speed, and English is, after all, not my native language.

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  1. yamamanama

    And then there’s the things Vox isn’t famous for.

    Like stalking a woman I’m friends with and posting her art and videos on his blog in an attempt to humiliate her.

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    1. zombienerd

      Andrew stop posting. The cops told you to stay offline, and to stop lying about Vox online.

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      1. yamamanama

        Actually, I shouldn’t bother because I wouldn’t be surprised at all if Vox is paying you idiots to harass me.

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  2. Jack Deth

    “Well, the explanation I was given on Twitter says it all:”
    Claire Rousseau is, quite simply put, lying. I cordially invite anyone viewing this message to provide a quote (with evidentiary link, please) to anyone involved with the SP slate “calling a black woman an ape.” Rousseau’s claim is fictional. While one may not care for the agenda represented by the SP ringleaders, lying about statements made is unbecoming.
    Regarding SP in general, I happen to love Larry Correia’s (an author of color, btw) Monster Hunter series. They are wonderfully fun and cartoonishly violent. Also related, Mr. Correia turned down his own nomination for a Hugo this year as he wanted SP to illustrate the importance of opening the field to other authors and not for his own personal gain.

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    1. Claire Rousseau

      Hey there. So I checked the Vox Day/SFWA story and you’re correct that I got the specific phrase wrong. I’m sorry if I mislead anyone, that wasn’t my intent. I really don’t think there’s a need to make shit up to make Vox Day look bad:

      Vox Day put up a post on his site in which he called NK Jemisin, who is a woman of colour, a “half-savage”. Because his blog was syndicated to SFWA social media, the post was tweeted from the official SFWA twitter. NK Jemisin put in an official complaint in accordance to the SFWA harassment policy that ultimately resulted in Vox Day’s SFWA membership being revoked.

      Here is wikipedia for reference: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Theodore_Beale#Conflict_with_the_SFWA

      Elin, can you maybe take off that specific tweet that has the incorrect reference? Or put in a correction? Thanks!

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      1. Dr. Mauser

        So does the story stop there, or does anyone ever wonder what about their conflict caused Beale to refer to Jemisen that way? I understand she can be quite caustic, and said some equally uncomplimentary things about him.

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        1. yamamanama

          Bullshit. How is what Jemisin said about not feeling safe in Australia or Florida anywhere as bad as the racist, sexist, and stupid things Vox said about Jemisin?

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