It’s time for my annual unseemly reminder to people thinking about voting for science fiction writing awards that, indeed, I have stuff available for them to nominate. What’s available for consideration this year? I’m glad you asked. The following are listed in the categories for the Hugo Awards:
- “Utere Nihill Non Extra Quiritationem Suis” (METAtropolis)
Best Short Story
Best Related Book
Best Dramatic Presentation, Long Form
- METAtropolis (audio book (iTunes link), written by Tobias Buckell, Elizabeth Bear, Jay Lake, John Scalzi and Karl Schroeder; read by Scott Brick, Michael Hogan, Alessandro Juliani, Kandyse McClure and Stefan Rudnicki)
Some thoughts on the above:
1. Some of you might ask why I include Zoe’s Tale for Best Novel and not Agent to the Stars, which was released in trade paperback by Tor in October of 2008. The answer is that Agent was originally published, depending on how you want to look at it, either in 1999 (online) or in 2005 (in hardcover). It’s not eligible for consideration for Hugos, Nebulas, etc. And even if it were, I think Zoe’s the better of the two books in any event. I know, I’m not supposed to have favorites among my books. But there you have it.
2. How is Hate Mail a “related book”? For two reasons. First, several of the essays in the book are about writing and/or science fiction and/or me being an author, so there’s a concrete connection on that level. Second, well, I did win a Hugo last year for writing stuff here, so a collection of stuff from here seems likely to me to pass muster. Incidentally, the link to Hate Mail above is to Amazon for the hard copy, but an electronic version is also available through WebScriptions.
3. While 2008 was a damn fine year for science fictional films (Wall-E, Dark Knight, Iron Man, etc), I really do want to remind Hugo nominators that a) Best Dramatic Presentation, Long Form doesn’t have to be a movie, b) it would be a refreshing change to nominators to consider something other than a movie for the category, and c) that leaving aside my own obvious self-interest and participation, METAtropolis is jam-packed with worthy science fictional goodness in the form of the Bear, Buckell, Lake and Schroeder, not to mention a fair portion of the Battlestar Galactica cast performing their words — dramatically!
So: before desultorily slotting a sub-worthy film into that last Best Dramatic Presentation, Long Form slot, won’t you consider broadening your scope and checking out another medium? If not METAtropolis, there are a number of other fine long-form audio presentations for you to consider. Just to wedge that idea into your heads.
4. What about Best Fan Writer? I hear you ask. I’ll make it simple: don’t nominate me this year. There are lots of excellent writers out there deserving of this award who have not won it, and I think right now the best thing for this particular award is to have the love spread around for a while, and to have the science fiction community recognize both eligible newer writers and some writers for whom recognition in this category is long overdue. I’ve won it; I’m good, thanks. Give it to someone new.
And that’s my award pimpage for 2009.