Hugo Nomination Thoughts

As usual the lead up to the Hugo nominations deadline involved binge reading and watching, plus a lot of online searching. I don’t expect that to ever really change, since it is impossible to keep up with all the good stuff out there, but I did start earlier this year and hope to be better about keeping an eye out for candidates for next year throughout 2014.

One of the things that has been very encouraging is the proliferation of recommendation and eligibility resources available online. This is extremely helpful, although it would be nice to see more for the fan categories. Another thing that struck me this year was that without conscious effort I managed to fill my reading list and my ballot with women. Part of this is almost certainly because others have made the conscious effort to highlight and review works by female creators, so thank you to those who did just that.

A few highlights from my Hugo homework; Binging Orphan Black, Nalo Hopkinson’s Sister Mine, new (to me) authors Sofia Samatar, Yoon Ha Lee, and Carmen Maria Machado.

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