Jeff Seymour - Author of Fantasy, Literary Fiction, & c.: Hugo Nominees

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Monday, April 16, 2012

Hugo Nominees

Discovered here that a list of nominees for the Hugo Award went up last week. For those of you who don't know what they are, here's the introduction from their website:

The Hugo Awards, presented annually since 1955, are science fiction’s most prestigious award. The Hugo Awards are voted on by members of the World Science Fiction Convention (“Worldcon”), which is also responsible for administering them.

In the world of Sci-Fi and Fantasy, they are actually every bit the big deal that their website claims them to be. Usually I flip through the nominations without thinking too hard, but this year two things jumped out at me:

1.) I am clearly not the only one who thinks that Doctor Who is by far the best SF/F (and probably the best overall) show on TV.

2.) “Shadow War of the Night Dragons: Book One: The Dead City: Prologue” by John Scalzi ( was nominated for best short story. I know it's not particularly PC for an author or editor to criticize an award nomination, but this story was an April fool's joke. I got the joke. I laughed. I was glad someone had written it. I stopped reading after about the first page and moved on.

There's an awful lot of SF/F out there that's trying to do more important things than satirize bad SF/F, and it needs all the publicity it can get. It makes me sad that the voters behind one of the biggest venues for recognizing SF/F short fiction chose to nominate a satire on their genre rather than something new and exciting in it.

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