It’s nomination season, folks. This is the month where everyone trots out their hard earned eligible works from 2013, polish them up for all to see, and hope someone remembers loving them enough last year to throw confetti their way.
As for myself, I decided not to beat around the bush and pretend that I wouldn’t be absolutely thrilled to be considered for the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer. If you’ve read and enjoyed the Tao books, I would be honored if you’d consider nominating me.
Here are the books that are eligible for the various Best Book awards (Hugo/Nebula/British Science Fiction).
The Lives of Tao (Angry Robot Books, May 2013)
The Deaths of Tao (Angry Robot Books, Nov 2013)
You can find the list of other Campbell eligible authors here. The list is far from complete but it’s a good place to start. Here are some of the awesome people I’m high on this year:
For the Hugo, man… there’s so many good books. Too many to list so my short list isn’t going to be that short. However, I’m going to have to give a nod to one of these cats here:
Ancillary Justice (Ann Leckie)
Emperor of Thorns (Mark Lawrence)
Love Minus Eighty (Will McIntosh)
Mad Addam (Margaret Atwood)
Dust (Hugh Howey)
American Elsewhere (Robert J Bennett)
Violent Century (Lavie Tidhar)
The Golem and the Jinni (Helene Wecker)
Shattered Pillars (Elizabeth Bear)
The Human Division (John Scalzi)
For Fan Writer, here’s the folks I think are very deserving:
Aiden Moher (Fanzine)
As for the rest of the categories, I don’t know enough about them to offer qualified opinions. For long form editors, I’ll have to throw out (totally unbiased here =p):
Lee Harris (Angry Robot Books)
Devi Pillai (Orbit)
Marco Palmieri (Tor)
Tricia Narwani (Del Rey)
For best movie… sorry, 2013 was pretty much a none-of-the-above year for me with maybe a reluctant vote for Catching Fire.
There you have it. Chu’s list of cool people, books, and sites he adored in 2013. If you get a chance, pick up these works, stop by their sites, and judge for yourself. I think everyone here is deserving so there’s no wrong choices.
Here is the link to the 2014 Hugo Awards – Instructions for nomination. You need to be a member to vote. However, you don’t have to attend in order to vote if you purchase a supporting membership. Supporting members usually receive ebooks of all the nominated works for just £25. It’s actually a pretty damn good deal.
Good luck, Happy New Year, and I hope everyone has a kick ass 2014!