I filled out my Hugo and Campbell nomination form tonight, which reminded me that it’s time to ask you all for your thoughts as to whom you would nominate for a Hugo and/or Campbell this year. But before I open the thread to your recommendations, allow me to share some thoughts and recommendations of my own:
1. If you’re a Hugo nominator this year, and you are at a loss in terms of people to nominate in the Best Professional Artist category, allow me to suggest the three fine gentlemen with whom I have worked this year: John Harris, who did the cover to The Ghost Brigades; Shelley Eshkar, who did the cover for The Android’s Dream; and Bob Eggleton, who did the cover and inside illustrations for Subterranean magazine issue #4. Now, to be sure, there are many fine artists eligible year, but these are the ones who did stuff for me and I feel obliged to remind you to consider them.
2. Likewise, if you’re stuck for someone to nominate in the category of Best Editor, Long Form, may I commend to you Patrick Nielsen Hayden, editor of both The Ghost Brigades and The Android’s Dream? Aside from editing these two fine novels, I will remind people that he also edited two of last year’s Hugo nominees (Old Man’s War and Learning the World) and acquired for Tor the eventual Hugo winner, Spin. Which is to say, he has a record of fine editorship, which is continued on this year; aside from my two books he’s also edited Widdershins by Charles de Lint, Farthing by Jo Walton and The Armies of Memory by John Barnes, among others. Not a bad year, I’d say.
3. Also, if you’re stuck on what stories you should nominate in the Best Short Story category, please remember that there are many truly excellent short stories in the John Scalzi-edited edition of Subterranean magazine, a free pdf version of which you may download right here. There’s damn fine work here from folks like Allen Steele, Elizabeth Bear, Jo Walton, Nick Sagan and about a dozen others. I’m not eligible to be nominated in the Best Editor category (I don’t edit enough), but if one of the stories that I picked for the magazine managed to get on the ballot, well, I’d feel shiny.
4. Let me also again note that “Who Put the Bomp”? by Nick Mamatas and Eliani Torres, which appeared right here on Whatever, is eligible for nomination as well. If it were to hit the ballot, I believe it would be the first time that a story that was published on a personal Web site had managed that. And I think that would be cool.
5. As the editor of Subterranean issue #4, it would be remiss of me not to note that Rachel Swirsky, Ann Leckie, Dean Cochrane and David Klecha all had their first pro publications in its pages — and are therefore eligible to be nominated for The John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer this year. Read their stories; I think you’ll see they make a good argument. Let me also mention that two members of my Campbell class from last year, Sarah Monette and Brandon Sanderson, are eligible this year as well, and well worth your consideration.
6. Let me take this opportunity to encourage folks who are eligible to nominate for this year’s Hugos to indeed nominate, because this year a very large percentage of nominators are likely to be Japanese, and nominating works, editors, artists and fans who are themselves Japanese. Now, I happen to think this is both a natural and laudable consequence of having the Worldcon in Japan — there ought to be Japanese works, editors, artists and fans nominated this year. But I think it’d be nice if the Western hemisphere gets a shoutout in the various categories as well. So if you can nominate — nominate!
7. Inasmuch as I’ve just given a number of suggestions for Hugo nominations above, and I have prodded all y’all to nominate for the Hugo, as promised I declare this the 2007 Hugo and Campbell Nomination Thread, in which I exhort you, the faithful Whatever readers, to offer up the books, stories, fans, artists and editors you feel folks should consider while nominating for the Hugo and the Campbell. Here are the categories; feel free to pimp in as many categories as you like. But there are two rules:
a) Don’t pimp yourself or your own work (although you can pimp artists and editors who have worked on your books);
b) Don’t pimp the host’s work. He’s already done that; no need to do it again. Let’s hear about others.
Got it? Excellent.
Now: Who/what do you want nominators to remember when they’re filling out their Hugo nomination ballots?