Monday morning here and the nomination stats are out.
Firstly though, as people noted in the comments to the last post, the finals data has some issues. In Best Novel, there’s a figure missing in Pass 2 for Piranesi.
And more worryingly, in the fourth place run-off there is a major error:
All three are very credible finalists but it’s not fair on them to have this kind of confusion.
On to nominations
Mexican Gothic was a near miss and would have been a credible finalist. I hadn’t read Once and Future Witches but it had good buzz also. Having quality near-misses is a good sign. There’s also some endorsement for how other categories work here. John Scalzi’s Interdependency final didn’t make it to Best Novel but the series got a nod. Novik’s A Dangerous Education made it into the Lodestar.
Further down the list, there’s an EPH nugget of interest. “The Rude Eye of Rebellion” had 33 people who voted for it and nothing else. https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/19474122.J_R_H_Lawless
I’d expected The Four Profound Weaves to be a finalist but some tough competition there. Bujold’s The Physicians of Vilnoc didn’t muster enough numbers either
Two Truths and a Lie was popular at every stage. I didn’t pick up on the buzz around this but numerically it was a very strong finalist.
Cora’s Cold Crowdfunding Campaign had a decent showing on the longlist.
Editor Long Form
OK, well I need an edit to that Afterword chapter to Debarkle. Toni Weisskopf was a finalist for Editor but withdrew. In the circumstances surrounding the Baen’s Bar controversy, I suspect the outcome would have been a repeat of the Puppy years. In terms of overall support she had 35 nominations which on first EPH pass came out as 32.25 points. So ~30ish people voting for Toni W and nobody else plus a few voting for her and others.
Some good company hanging out in the long list there.