List from File 770 here http://file770.com/?p=34177 and the Hugo Award page has it also http://www.thehugoawards.org/2017/04/2017-hugo-award-finalists-announced/
Quick impression: a really nice mix of stuff. Some nominal sacraficial victims to the No Award gods from the Rabids but it looks like only in categories where the lower bound of numbers was 80ish or less.
2078 ballots cast for 652 nominees.
Votes for finalists ranged from 156 to 480.
- All the Birds in the Sky, by Charlie Jane Anders (Tor Books / Titan Books) – Loved this book and nominated it.
- A Closed and Common Orbit, by Becky Chambers (Hodder & Stoughton / Harper Voyager US) – Deserves a nomination
- Death’s End, by Cixin Liu, translated by Ken Liu (Tor Books / Head of Zeus) – Final book of the Three Body Problem and sitting in my to-be-read pile.
- Ninefox Gambit, by Yoon Ha Lee (Solaris Books) – Another really good and weird book and one I nominated.
- The Obelisk Gate, by N. K. Jemisin (Orbit Books) – Fifth Season sequel and truly great – I also nominated this.
- Too Like the Lightning, by Ada Palmer (Tor Books) – Sitting on the to-be-read pile*.
No major surprises. I didn’t think A Closed and Common Orbit would be a finalist and I didn’t think Death’s End would either but they are worthy nominees. It’s a really decent reading list of 2016 SFF novels and an excellent sample of authors.
1410 ballots cast for 187 nominees.
Votes for finalists ranged from 167 to 511.
- The Ballad of Black Tom, by Victor LaValle (Tor.com publishing)
- The Dream-Quest of Vellitt Boe, by Kij Johnson (Tor.com publishing)
- Every Heart a Doorway, by Seanan McGuire (Tor.com publishing)
- Penric and the Shaman, by Lois McMaster Bujold (Spectrum Literary Agency)
- A Taste of Honey, by Kai Ashante Wilson (Tor.com publishing)
- This Census-Taker, by China Miéville (Del Rey / Picador)
I knew my short fiction reading was a bit limited for 2016 but some good stuff here. Lots of Tor.com but mainly because Tor.com have been investing in interesting authors putting out interesting longer short fiction both on the Tor.com website but also then as stuff that appears on Amazon in the Recommended for You lists.
Is it a strategy that is paying off financial for Tor? I hope so in that it means others may take note and make this arena even more competitive.
1097 ballots cast for 295 nominees.
Votes for finalists ranged from 74 to 268.
- Alien Stripper Boned From Behind By The T-Rex, by Stix Hiscock (self-published)
- “The Art of Space Travel”, by Nina Allan (Tor.com , July 2016)
- “The Jewel and Her Lapidary”, by Fran Wilde (Tor.com, May 2016)
- “The Tomato Thief”, by Ursula Vernon (Apex Magazine, January 2016)
- “Touring with the Alien”, by Carolyn Ives Gilman (Clarkesworld Magazine, April 2016)
- “You’ll Surely Drown Here If You Stay”, by Alyssa Wong (Uncanny Magazine, May 2016)
Wong, Wilde and Vernon sounds like the name of a firm of lawyers in an urban fantasy novel but actually three writers it is exciting to see listed. Ignoring the Rabid’s entry (a big sulk about Chuck Tingle pwning them last year and proving love IS real). Haven’t read anything by Gilman or Allan, I don’t think but something to look forward to.
Best Short Story
1275 ballots cast for 830 nominees.
Votes for finalists ranged from 87 to 182.
- “The City Born Great”, by N. K. Jemisin (Tor.com, September 2016)
- “A Fist of Permutations in Lightning and Wildflowers”, by Alyssa Wong (Tor.com, March 2016)
- “Our Talons Can Crush Galaxies”, by Brooke Bolander (Uncanny Magazine, November 2016)
- “Seasons of Glass and Iron”, by Amal El-Mohtar (The Starlit Wood: New Fairy Tales, Saga Press)
- “That Game We Played During the War”, by Carrie Vaughn (Tor.com, March 2016)
- “An Unimaginable Light”, by John C. Wright (God, Robot, Castalia House)
So far I’ve got many column inches and a talking cat from John C Wright, so it would be churlish for me to complain about MORE Wright in the Hugo packet. Jemisin, Wong (again), Bolander, El-Mohtar all great. I haven’t read Carrie Vaughn.
Best Related Work
1122 ballots cast for 344 nominees.
Votes for finalists ranged from 88 to 424.
- The Geek Feminist Revolution, by Kameron Hurley (Tor Books)
- The Princess Diarist, by Carrie Fisher (Blue Rider Press)
- Traveler of Worlds: Conversations with Robert Silverberg, by Robert Silverberg and Alvaro Zinos-Amaro (Fairwood)
- The View From the Cheap Seats, by Neil Gaiman (William Morrow / Harper Collins)
- The Women of Harry Potter posts, by Sarah Gailey (Tor.com)
- Words Are My Matter: Writings About Life and Books, 2000-2016, by Ursula K. Le Guin (Small Beer)
ZOIKS! OK, Kameron Hurley and Sarah Gailey are worthy finalists but they seem to have found themselves in a battle of legendary giants. Carrie Fisher versus Robert Silverberg versus Neil Gaiman versus Ursula Le Guin sounds like the outcome of a lengthy genre fiction bracket.
Best Graphic Story
842 ballots cast for 441 nominees.
Votes for finalists ranged from 71 to 221.
- Black Panther, Volume 1: A Nation Under Our Feet, written by Ta-Nehisi Coates, illustrated by Brian Stelfreeze (Marvel)
- Monstress, Volume 1: Awakening, written by Marjorie Liu, illustrated by Sana Takeda (Image)
- Ms. Marvel, Volume 5: Super Famous, written by G. Willow Wilson, illustrated by Takeshi Miyazawa (Marvel)
- Paper Girls, Volume 1, written by Brian K. Vaughan, illustrated by Cliff Chiang, colored by Matthew Wilson, lettered by Jared Fletcher (Image)
- Saga, Volume 6, illustrated by Fiona Staples, written by Brian K. Vaughan, lettered by Fonografiks (Image)
- The Vision, Volume 1: Little Worse Than A Man, written by Tom King, illustrated by Gabriel Hernandez Walta (Marvel)
Monstress is interesting and while the others are worthy finalists its a bit mainstream/safe as a group. I’m sulking because Mooncop isn’t there. Mooncop was great.
Best Dramatic Presentation (Long Form)
1733 ballots cast for 206 nominees.
Votes for finalists ranged from 240 to 1030.
- Arrival, screenplay by Eric Heisserer based on a short story by Ted Chiang, directed by Denis Villeneuve (21 Laps Entertainment/FilmNation Entertainment/Lava Bear Films)
- Deadpool, screenplay by Rhett Reese & Paul Wernick, directed by Tim Miller (Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation/Marvel Entertainment/Kinberg Genre/The Donners’ Company/TSG Entertainment)
- Ghostbusters, screenplay by Katie Dippold & Paul Feig, directed by Paul Feig (Columbia Pictures/LStar Capital/Village Roadshow Pictures/Pascal Pictures/Feigco Entertainment/Ghostcorps/The Montecito Picture Company)
- Hidden Figures, screenplay by Allison Schroeder and Theodore Melfi, directed by Theodore Melfi (Fox 2000 Pictures/Chernin Entertainment/Levantine Films/TSG Entertainment)
- Rogue One, screenplay by Chris Weitz and Tony Gilroy, directed by Gareth Edwards (Lucasfilm/Allison Shearmur Productions/Black Hangar Studios/Stereo D/Walt Disney Pictures)
- Stranger Things, Season One, created by the Duffer Brothers (21 Laps Entertainment/Monkey Massacre)
No surprises and a good bunch.
Best Dramatic Presentation (Short Form)
1159 ballots cast for 569 nominees.
Votes for finalists ranged from 91 to 193.
- Black Mirror: “San Junipero”, written by Charlie Brooker, directed by Owen Harris (House of Tomorrow)
- Doctor Who: “The Return of Doctor Mysterio”, written by Steven Moffat, directed by Ed Bazalgette (BBC Cymru Wales)
- The Expanse: “Leviathan Wakes”, written by Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby, directed by Terry McDonough (SyFy)
- Game of Thrones: “Battle of the Bastards”, written by David Benioff and D. B. Weiss, directed by Miguel Sapochnik (HBO)
- Game of Thrones: “The Door”, written by David Benioff and D. B. Weiss, directed by Jack Bender (HBO)
- Splendor & Misery [album], by Clipping (Daveed Diggs, William Hutson, Jonathan Snipes)
Best Editor – Short Form
951 ballots cast for 191 nominees.
Votes for finalists ranged from 149 to 229.
- John Joseph Adams
- Neil Clarke
- Ellen Datlow
- Jonathan Strahan
- Lynne M. Thomas & Michael Damian Thomas
- Sheila Williams
Yay, I’m also close to having informed opinions about these people this year!
Best Editor – Long Form
752 ballots cast for 148 nominees.
Votes for finalists ranged from 83 to 201.
- Vox Day
- Sheila E. Gilbert
- Liz Gorinsky
- Devi Pillai
- Miriam Weinberg
- Navah Wolfe
Oh, poor Vox – by your own slate you’ve equated your editing abilities to ‘Alien Stripper Boned From Behind By The T-Rex’ a tawdry knock-off of somebody else’s funnier joke that you and your fans didn’t really get last year.
Anyway, Best Editor Long Form is a Hugo category. It has finalists. All of them are better than Vox.
Best Professional Artist
817 ballots cast for 387 nominees.
Votes for finalists ranged from 53 to 143.
- Galen Dara
- Julie Dillon
- Chris McGrath
- Victo Ngai
- John Picacio
- Sana Takeda
I think we’ve looked at most of those on this blog one way or another. Nice bunch in a hard to evaluate category.
857 ballots cast for 103 nominees.
Votes for finalists ranged from 80 to 434.
- Beneath Ceaseless Skies, editor-in-chief and publisher Scott H. Andrews
- Cirsova Heroic Fantasy and Science Fiction Magazine, edited by P. Alexander
- GigaNotoSaurus, edited by Rashida J. Smith
- Strange Horizons, edited by Niall Harrison, Catherine Krahe, Vajra Chandrasekera, Vanessa Rose Phin, Li Chua, Aishwarya Subramanian, Tim Moore, Anaea Lay, and the Strange Horizons staff
- Uncanny Magazine, edited by Lynne M. Thomas & Michael Damian Thomas, Michi Trota, Julia Rios, and podcast produced by Erika Ensign & Steven Schapansky
- The Book Smugglers, edited by Ana Grilo and Thea James
The Rabid/Puppy entry here is Cirsova but rather like SciPhi Journal, it is somebody trying to do something constructive rather than pointless wrecking or posturing. The other finalists all highly deserving. Glad GigaNotoSaurus is on the list but Uncanny will be hard to beat.
610 ballots cast for 152 nominees.
Votes for finalists ranged from 53 to 159.
- Castalia House Blog, edited by Jeffro Johnson
- Journey Planet, edited by James Bacon, Chris Garcia, Esther MacCallum-Stewart, Helena Nash, Errick Nunnally, Pádraig Ó Méalóid, Chuck Serface, and Erin Underwood
- Lady Business, edited by Clare, Ira, Jodie, KJ, Renay, and Susan
- nerds of a feather, flock together, edited by The G, Vance Kotrla, and Joe Sherry
- Rocket Stack Rank, edited by Greg Hullender and Eric Wong
- SF Bluestocking, edited by Bridget McKinney
I’m really excited to see Greg and Eric’s Rocket Stack Rank on the list. Yay! Congrats! Haven’t really looked at nerds of a feather or SF Bluestocking.
Castalia House blog is great if you are tabletop gamer and also lived in the 1930s. Poor Jeffro.
690 ballots cast for 253 nominees.
Votes for finalists ranged from 76 to 109.
- The Coode Street Podcast, presented by Gary K. Wolfe and Jonathan Strahan
- Ditch Diggers, presented by Mur Lafferty and Matt Wallace
- Fangirl Happy Hour, presented by Ana Grilo and Renay Williams
- Galactic Suburbia, presented by Alisa Krasnostein, Alexandra Pierce and Tansy Rayner Roberts, produced by Andrew Finch
- The Rageaholic, presented by RazörFist
- Tea and Jeopardy, presented by Emma Newman with Peter Newman
Rageaholic is the rabid nominee.
Best Fan Writer
802 ballots cast for 275 nominees.
Votes for finalists ranged from 80 to 152.
- Mike Glyer
- Jeffro Johnson
- Natalie Luhrs
- Foz Meadows
- Abigail Nussbaum
- Chuck Tingle
Oooh, nice bunch. Various debates about whether Chuck Tingle should be nominated. I think this is a suitable category, specifically for his Twitter feed which is fun and very SFFnal. Absurd comedy is part of fandom but doesn’t fit neatly into the categories.
Poor Jeffro again, being loaded into Vox Day’s siege engine and in a futile gesture hurled at a cliff face.
The other nominees, great bunch of writers at the heart of fandom. It will be tough ranking them.
Best Fan Artist
528 ballots cast for 242 nominees.
Votes for finalists ranged from 39 to 121.
- Ninni Aalto
- Alex Garner
- Vesa Lehtimäki
- Likhain (M. Sereno)
- Spring Schoenhuth
- Mansik Yang
Eeek – some work to do here for me in looking at these.
1393 votes for 290 nominees.
Votes for finalists ranged from 129 to 325.
- The Craft Sequence, by Max Gladstone (Tor Books)
- The Expanse, by James S.A. Corey (Orbit US / Orbit UK)
- The October Daye Books, by Seanan McGuire (DAW / Corsair)
- The Peter Grant / Rivers of London series, by Ben Aaronovitch (Gollancz / Del Rey / DAW / Subterranean)
- The Temeraire series, by Naomi Novik (Del Rey / Harper Voyager UK)
- The Vorkosigan Saga, by Lois McMaster Bujold (Baen)
You know when you’ve had a big meal and you are thinking “Wow, that was great but I’ve eaten too much” and then the host says “Now for the main course” and you think “Wasn’t all that food I just ate the main course?”…yeah. Big writers with big series. Oh dear. I’m up to speed on The Expanse and the rest is mainly stuff-I-keep-meaning-too-launch-into-when-I’ve-caught-up.
John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer
933 votes for 260 nominees.
Votes for finalists ranged from 88 to 255.
- Sarah Gailey (1st year of eligibility)
- J. Mulrooney (1st year of eligibility)
- Malka Older (2nd year of eligibility)
- Ada Palmer (1st year of eligibility)
- Laurie Penny (2nd year of eligibility)
- Kelly Robson (2nd year of eligibility)
The Rabid entry is J.Mulrooney. [puts on Tenant Dr Who voice] I’m so, so, sorry J.Mulrooney.
*[I’m lying here – it isn’t sitting anywhere as I hadn’t bought it]