The finalists are an interesting generational cross-section in terms of career stage (I don’t know their actual ages). I’m most looking forward to Mur Lafferty’s Six Wakes, which I had intended to get to before the ballot closed but didn’t. 3 books read already and 3 to read.
Novellas have been on the rise over the past few years, led by Tor.com. It looks like the most interesting category this year. Most looking forward to The Black Tides of Heaven, by JY Yang which is another meant-to-read-but-didn’t.
I didn’t nominate any of these! Lots of reading to do here. Most looking forward to “Children of Thorns, Children of Water,” by Aliette de Bodard .
Another set of names to conjour with! Those I haven’t read, I’ve heard of except “Carnival Nine,” by Caroline M. Yoachim – so that’s one to look forward to.
Best Related Work:
Banks v Le Guin? Zoiks! Add to that Zoe Quinn’s takedown of Gamergate, plus books on Octavia Butler and Harlan Ellison. I’ve enjoyed what I’ve read by Liz Bourke but it’s a tough category this year.
Not much to say here – My Favorite Thing is Monsters by Emil Ferris had some buzz around it just before nominations and I haven’t read it yet.
Best Dramatic Presentation – Long Form
That looks like a really, really good movie marathon!
Best Dramatic Presentation – Short Form
Yay! Good Place! Not-so-yay, Star Trek Discovery: Episode I Didn’t Like Much. Black Mirror is a very strong contender but I’m looking forward to Clipping again.
Editor of Any Length
I struggle to engage with these categories.
Can anybody beat Uncanny? Maybe! A strong field and each of the other nominees have their own distinct thing that sets them apart from Uncanny.
Rather like Semiprozine, the nominees make the field look healthy and vibrant. Exciting mix of old and new. File770 obviously but Galactic Journey and SF Bluestocking have had good years. RSR has been doing its thing (congrats Greg and Eric), but looking forward to seeing more of nerds of a feather, flock together as I haven’t really engaged with it before.
I’m not a big consumer of fancasts and I’m not sure what is hot or not right now 🙂
They’ll let anybody in these days, including talking-cat owning delusional fraudsters. Aside from him, that’s a bunch of heavy hitters. Mike, Foz Meadows and Sarah Gailey are the three I’ve read most of, I followed Bogi Takács on Twitter in 2017 and they are well woth reading. I know of Charles Payseur’s Quick Sip Reviews but I haven’t read much of his work yet.
Artists (Fan + Pro)
Not much to say yet on these.
Easier to nominate than to vote for! Great to see Divine Cities in there. I’ve at least engaged with World of the Five Gods, by Lois McMaster Bujold. Lots of other meaty stuff there. I’m not familiar with The Memoirs of Lady Trent, by Marie Brennan – so that will be interesting to look at if time permits.
Not much to say on the YA or Campbell other than a big hoorah for Summer in Orcus, which was an event for 2017 – and also yet another refutation that only trad-published things are valued by Hugo voters.