As of today there are about three weeks left to nominate people and works for this year’s Hugo Awards, which as you know are science fiction’s premier literary awards. Nominations are open to members of last year’s Denvention 3 Worldcon, and to members of Anticipation, this year’s Worldcon, which takes place in Montreal, August 6 – 10. So basically, if you went to Worldcon last year or are going this year, you have a chance to say who and what you want on the Hugo ballot (incidentally: still time to register for this year). At the same time people will also nominate for the Campbell Award, which while not a Hugo goes to the best new writer in the science fiction and fantasy genres.
Because I believe that people should nominate for the Hugos, but that people don’t always know or at least remember what works they should nominate, every year around this time I like to put in a recommendations post, in which all of you gleefully remind people of what novels, stories, people and so on you’d love to see nominated for the Hugos this year. Since a lot of people who nominate for the Hugo also happen to read this site, I figure it’s a good way to get out the word to folks still trying to figure out what they want to put on their ballots.
If you want to make a recommendation for the Hugos/Campbell this year in any category, please put them into the comment thread for this entry (and yes, if you or your work is eligible for a Hugo or the Campbell, you may remind people of such a thing). I have three rules:
1. Make sure what you recommend really is eligible for nomination (i.e., was published in the 2008 calendar year (or for the Campbell, published for the first time in 2007 or 2008); also, know your categories);
2. Do strive for quality (i.e., don’t recommend someone just because they’re your buddy);
3. Don’t recommend me or my work; I already did my award pimp for the year, and it seems doubtful anyone who reads this site doesn’t know that I have works out there. This is for everyone and everything else.
So: Your recommendations for the 2009 Hugos and the Campbell? Share with the people!