Saturday, August 20, 2011

If I were a Hugo voter

The winners of the 2011 Hugo Awards will be announced tonight at WorldCon. I didn't vote because I didn't buy a membership this year. However, if I had voted, this is what my picks would have been. (We'll see how well they match up with the winners a few hours from now):

  • Novel: Blackout/All Clear, by Connie Willis
  • Novella: “The Lady Who Plucked Red Flowers beneath the Queen’s Window” by Rachel Swirsky
  • Novelette: no vote (I've read only one of the nominees and did not like how it ended, so ...)
  • Short story: “Ponies” by Kij Johnson (this is a tough choice, though, because I quite enjoyed Carrie Vaughn's "Amaryllis.")

In the only two other categories in which I could make an informed choice:
  • Dramatic presentation, long form: Inception, written and directed by Christopher Nolan
  • Dramatic presentation, short form: Doctor Who: “The Pandorica Opens/The Big Bang,” written by Steven Moffat; directed by Toby Haynes

3 comments:

Aaron Hughes said...

"The Lady Who Plucked Red Flowers" and "Ponies" are also my first choices in their categories. For novelette, I'd like to see either Eric James Stone or Aliette de Bodard win, both because theirs were my two favorite stories and because they're both Writers of the Future alumni.

Jennifer Campbell-Hicks said...

Aaron, were you eligible to vote?

I really do need to read all the novelette nominees. It's hard to delve far into science fiction and fantasy nowadays without coming across a Writers of the Future winner, which is awesome.

Aaron Hughes said...

I nominated -- you can see what I nominated at the Fantastic Reviews Blog: http://fantasticreviews.blogspot.com/search/label/Hugo%20recommendations

But I didn't vote. Once I realized I wasn't going to make it to Reno, I should have gotten a supporting membership, but I didn't.