The nominees for the 2013 Hugo Awards were announced yesterday by LoneStarCon3. I was planning to post the complete list of nominees here, but enough websites are doing that, so I’ll just mention a few of my thoughts here and let you get back to the rest of the internet.
My first thought is that I won’t have to read as many novels this year before I turn my ballot in. I’ve already ready three of the five nominees for Best Novel; I read Redshirts by John Scalzi last year, and both Mira Grant’s Blackout and Saladin Ahmed’s Throne of the Crescent Moon earlier this year. That means I’ll only have to read 2312 by Kim Stanley Robinson and Captain Vorpatril’s Alliance by by Lois McMaster Bujold to finish the novel category.
Last year I had only read one book that was nominated prior to the announcement, James S. A. Corey’s Leviathan Wakes. On top of that I hadn’t read any of George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series before, so that when the fifth book, A Dance with Dragons, was nominated, I went back to read the rest of the series just so I knew what was going on in book five!
I’ve only read two pieces of shorter fiction on the list, the novella Fade To White by Catherynne M. Valente and the short story Mantis Wives by Kij Johnson. Both appeared in Clarkesworld Magazine after I began my subscription in August. I was surprised that only three short stories were nominated this year due to the 5% rule of the WSFS Constitution (PDF). I imagine that only means there were no real standout stories last year.
I really don’t have much more to say about the rest of the nominees at the moment. I’ll be reading I can until the Voter’s Packet is released, then go from there.