The 2014 Award Consideration Post
I am going to note up top that this year my award consideration post is complicated by the fact that The Human Division, my novel for the year, is comprised of “episodes” of varying length, each of which were sold individually. I’m going to have a suggestion about this, which I will get to after the listings. Bear with me.
The Human Division, Tor Books, Patrick Nielsen Hayden, editor, May 2013
“Earth Below, Sky Above,” Tor Books, April 2013
“We Only Need the Heads,” Tor Books, January 2013
“Tales From the Clarke,” Tor Books. February 2013
“The Dog King,” Tor Books, February 2013*
“The Observers,” Tor Books, March 2013
Best Short Story
“Walk the Plank,” Tor Books, January 2013
“A Voice in the Wilderness,” Tor Books, February 2013
“The Back Channel,” Tor Books, February 2013*
“The Sound of Rebellion,” March 2013
“This Must Be the Place,” March 2013
“The Gentle Art of Cracking Heads,” April 2013
“Hafte Sorvalh Eats a Churro and Speaks to the Youth of Today,” May 2013*
“Muse of Fire,” Subterranean Press, September 2013
Best Related Work
And now, some thoughts:
1. As most of you know, last year I won the Hugo Award for Best Novel (for Redshirts). Please consider nominating someone other than me and The Human Division for the Hugo category this year (two suggestions: Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie, and The Incrementalists by Steven Brust and Skylar White; I blurbed both of them last year and think them well worth your consideration).
2. With that said, I am really proud of the individual “episodes” of The Human Division, all of which were designed to be stand-alone reads in the Old Man’s War universe. I would be delighted if you would consider these episodes in the appropriate short fiction Hugo categories. The episodes I think are of special note I have marked above with asterisks.
3. Those of you nominating for the Nebulas (or other awards), should you feel like nominating The Human Division as a novel, that would be swell. If you’d prefer to nominate individual episodes in appropriate short fiction categories, well, that would be swell, too.
4. “Muse of Fire” was published in audio in 2012, but as Mary Robinette Kowal discovered last year with “The Lady Astronaut of Mars,” audio work is apparently not (currently) eligible in the short fiction Hugo categories; it has to be published in print. Well, “Muse” was published in print the last September, so there you have it (“The Lady Astronaut of Mars,” incidentally, also published in print this year).
5. Hey! Mallet! It’s a good book!
Note to other award-eligible authors/creators/editors: For the last few years I’ve opened up a thread here to let you suggest your own eligible works, and I’ll be doing that this year as well. Look for it to go up tomorrow morning.