As has become my annual thing, each early January I note what works I’ve had out there that are eligible for awards — specifically the Hugo Award, since that’s my genre most notable award at the moment. This year, I have quite a spread of eligible material, so let’s dive in to this round of wholly unseemly self-pimpery.
Best Novel: The Last Colony
Best Short Story: “Missives from Possible Futures #1: Alternate History Search Results“
Best Short Story: “Pluto Tells All“
Best Short Story: “The Life and Work of Godfrey Winton: A Panel Discussion on One of Science Fiction’s Lost Masters” (With Sarah Monette and Nick Sagan)
Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form: “The Sagan Diary,” audio version (read by Mary Robinette Kowal, Elizabeth Bear, Karen Meisner, Ellen Kushner, Helen Smith and Cherie Priest)
Best Dramatic Presentation, Long Form: Old Man’s War, audio version (read by William Dufris)
Those are all Hugo categories. The novel, novelette and short stories are also currently eligible for Nebula consideration, although even if they qualified they wouldn’t be on the ballot until 2009 thanks to the Nebula’s generally obtuse nomination process, which [imagine Nebula rant here, so I don't have to actually write it], and that’s all I’m going to say about that. Additionally, I believe Old Man’s War is eligible for the Arthur C. Clarke award, because it was published in the UK in 2007. However, it needs to be submitted by its publisher, I think. I am honestly clueless in the ways of the Arthur C. Clarke Award.
Some thoughts on the above:
1. The reason I note Coffee Shop in the Related Book category is, a) writing books by SF authors have been nominated before (most recently ones by Kate Wilhelm and Samuel R. Delany), and b) of the four sections in the book, one is given over entirely to science fiction. So I think it’s reasonable to include it for consideration.
2. While the Dramatic Presentation categories haven’t generally included audio presentations, they have been nominated before (in 1979, for the radio series of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, and also in 1971, for the Jefferson Starship album Blows Against the Empire, which was loosely based on Heinlein’s Methuselah’s Children), and also, you know, let’s face it: If a three-minute MTV Movie Awards segment in which Gollum tells everyone to fuck off can garner a Best Dramatic Presentation Hugo (Short Form), there’s no reason audio presentations shouldn’t be considered in these categories.
So yes, please, do give my audio works consideration in these categories. And while you’re at it, give other audio works consideration in these categories as well. Fight the tyranny of film and television domination! Because you know what? There is some excellent work being done in audio science fiction these days, and it’s worth noting in the categories that they are eligible for. You don’t need to spend millions to have an excellent dramatic presentation.
3. As for the rest of my fiction work, I’m proud of it all and would be delighted to be nominated in any category. But I do hope folks who are interested in voting will check out “The Sagan Diary,” because I think it contains some of my best writing to date. And in the short story category, I think people should know that the “Godfrey Winton” panel is actually a transcription of a convention panel, which means it’s live fiction improv from me, Nick Sagan and Sarah Monette. I think we did a damn fine job.
4. As most of you know, last year I was nominated for the Best Fan Writer Hugo, which I lost by a single vote (which I think is pretty damn funny). My nomination in the category caused some seizures in fandom about whether I should have been nominated at all, being that I am a pro as well as a fan, but I think more importantly the nomination reminded people that a whole hell of a lot of fan writing is going on in blogs and LiveJournals, and not just in traditionally formatted ‘zines. Hey, the 21st century. It’s wacky that way.
As with last year, I’m not seeking a Best Fan Writer nomination, nor recommending myself for the category, but I won’t turn it down the nomination if it’s offered. That said, I hope when Hugo voters make their nominations they look far and wide at who is writing interesting stuff as a fan.
That’s the award pimpage for 2008.