Campbell Award Nomination #2!

I was going to blog about this tomorrow, but since it will be April 1, I figured a) everyone is busy being distracted by the Internet’s funny, and b) some people might not take me seriously. So I have to get this in on March 31:

I got nominated for the Campbell again!

The John W. Campbell Award is given to the “Best New Writer” – meaning someone who has had their first pro sale in the last 2 years. So with my sale to Cabinet of Curiosities, I became eligible for the award, and my “Campbell clock” started to tick in 2011. So I got nominated in 2012 (lost, obviously) and now I’m nominated again in 2013, my last eligible year! Next year I’m not new anymore, so this is the last chance I have!

(Note, the Campbell is not a Hugo. Although it’s announced at the same time. And given at the same ceremony. Don’t get me started.)

I’m up against some extremely talented folks: Stina LeichtMax GladstoneZen Cho and Chuck Wendig. Stina and Chuck are friends of mine, and I hope I get to meet Zen and Max at WorldCon this year.

Chuck thinks I am going to shank him in the kidney. I am not going to shank him in the kidney. On Twitter, Matt Wallace gave Chuck advice on how to stop my murderous rampage. Matt is now dead to me.

I’d love to put my new book on the Hugo Packet, but it has to be work published in 2012 or 2011. That’s not a ton of stuff, but I’ll put what I can in there, and point people to all sorts of other work. :)

I have several friends nominated for Hugo awards, and I’m thrilled for them all. But I have to say a special shoutout to my ISBW producer, Patrick Hester, who is nominated for two Hugos as podcaster with SF Signal podcast, and blogger with the SF Signal site (Best Fanzine nominee.) Go Patrick! Otherwise I won’t show favoritism; I’m too excited for everyone below to choose favorites at this time.

Best Novel (1,113 ballots)

  • 2312 by Kim Stanley Robinson (Orbit)
  • Blackout by Mira Grant (Orbit)
  • Captain Vorpatril’s Alliance by Lois McMaster Bujold (Baen)
  • Redshirts: A Novel with Three Codas by John Scalzi (Tor)
  • Throne of the Crescent Moon by Saladin Ahmed (DAW)

Best Novella (587 ballots)

  • After the Fall, Before the Fall, During the Fall by Nancy Kress (Tachyon Publications)
  • The Emperor’s Soul by Brandon Sanderson (Tachyon Publications)
  • On a Red Station, Drifting by Aliette de Bodard (Immersion Press)
  • San Diego 2014: The Last Stand of the California Browncoats by Mira Grant (Orbit)
  • “The Stars Do Not Lie” by Jay Lake (Asimov’s, Oct-Nov 2012)

Best Novelette (616 ballots)

  • “The Boy Who Cast No Shadow” by Thomas Olde Heuvelt (Postscripts: Unfit For Eden, PS Publications)
  • “Fade To White” by Catherynne M. Valente (Clarkesworld, August 2012)
  • “The Girl-Thing Who Went Out for Sushi” by Pat Cadigan (Edge of Infinity, Solaris)
  • “In Sea-Salt Tears” by Seanan McGuire (Self-published)
  • “Rat-Catcher” by Seanan McGuire (A Fantasy Medley 2, Subterranean)

Best Short Story (662 ballots)

  • “Immersion” by Aliette de Bodard (Clarkesworld, June 2012)
  • “Mantis Wives” by Kij Johnson (Clarkesworld, August 2012)
  • “Mono no Aware” by Ken Liu (The Future is Japanese, VIZ Media LLC)

Note: category has 3 nominees due to a 5% requirement under Section 3.8.5 of the WSFS constitution.

Best Related Work (584 ballots)

  • The Cambridge Companion to Fantasy Literature Edited by Edward James & Farah Mendlesohn (Cambridge UP)
  • Chicks Dig Comics: A Celebration of Comic Books by the Women Who Love Them Edited by Lynne M. Thomas & Sigrid Ellis (Mad Norwegian Press)
  • Chicks Unravel Time: Women Journey Through Every Season of Doctor Who Edited by Deborah Stanish & L.M. Myles (Mad Norwegian Press)
  • I Have an Idea for a Book… The Bibliography of Martin H. Greenberg Compiled by Martin H. Greenberg, edited by John Helfers (The Battered Silicon Dispatch Box)
  • Writing Excuses Season Seven by Brandon Sanderson, Dan Wells, Mary Robinette Kowal, Howard Tayler and Jordan Sanderson

Best Graphic Story (427 ballots)

  • Grandville Bête Noire written and illustrated by Bryan Talbot (Dark Horse Comics, Jonathan Cape)
  • Locke & Key Volume 5: Clockworks written by Joe Hill, illustrated by Gabriel Rodriguez (IDW)
  • Saga, Volume One written by Brian K. Vaughn, illustrated by Fiona Staples (Image Comics)
  • Schlock Mercenary: Random Access Memorabilia by Howard Tayler, colors by Travis Walton (Hypernode Media)
  • Saucer Country, Volume 1: Run written by Paul Cornell, illustrated by Ryan Kelly, Jimmy Broxton and Goran Sudžuka (Vertigo)

Best Dramatic Presentation (Long Form) (787 ballots)

  • The Avengers Screenplay & Directed by Joss Whedon (Marvel Studios, Disney, Paramount)
  • The Cabin in the Woods Screenplay by Drew Goddard & Joss Whedon; Directed by Drew Goddard (Mutant Enemy, Lionsgate)
  • The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Screenplay by Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens, Peter Jackson and Guillermo del Toro, Directed by Peter Jackson (WingNut Films, New Line Cinema, MGM, Warner Bros)
  • The Hunger Games Screenplay by Gary Ross & Suzanne Collins, Directed by Gary Ross (Lionsgate, Color Force)
  • Looper Screenplay and Directed by Rian Johnson (FilmDistrict, EndGame Entertainment)

Best Dramatic Presentation (Short Form) (597 ballots)

  • Doctor Who:“The Angels Take Manhattan” Written by Steven Moffat, Directed by Nick Hurran (BBC Wales)
  • Doctor Who:“Asylum of the Daleks” Written by Steven Moffat; Directed by Nick Hurran (BBC Wales)
  • Doctor Who:“The Snowmen” Written by Steven Moffat, Directed by Saul Metzstein (BBC Wales)
  • Fringe:“Letters of Transit” Written by J.J. Abrams, Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci, Akiva Goldsman, J.H.Wyman, Jeff Pinkner. Directed by Joe Chappelle (Fox)
  • Game of Thrones:“Blackwater” Written by George R.R. Martin, Directed by Neil Marshall. Created by David Benioff and D.B. Weiss (HBO)

Best Editor – Short Form (526 ballots)

  • John Joseph Adams
  • Neil Clarke
  • Stanley Schmidt
  • Jonathan Strahan
  • Sheila Williams

Best Editor – Long Form (408 ballots)

  • Lou Anders
  • Sheila Gilbert
  • Liz Gorinsky
  • Patrick Nielsen Hayden
  • Toni Weisskopf

Best Professional Artist (519 ballots)

  • Vincent Chong
  • Julie Dillon
  • Dan Dos Santos
  • Chris McGrath
  • John Picacio

Best Semiprozine (404 ballots)

  • Apex Magazine edited by Lynne M. Thomas, Jason Sizemore and Michael Damian Thomas
  • Beneath Ceaseless Skies edited by Scott H. Andrews
  • Clarkesworld edited by Neil Clarke, Jason Heller, Sean Wallace and Kate Baker
  • Lightspeed edited by John Joseph Adams and Stefan Rudnicki
  • Strange Horizons edited by Niall Harrison, Jed Hartman, Brit Mandelo, An Owomoyela, Julia Rios, Abigail Nussbaum, Sonya Taaffe, Dave Nagdeman and Rebecca Cross

Best Fanzine (370 ballots)

  • Banana Wings edited by Claire Brialey and Mark Plummer
  • The Drink Tank edited by Chris Garcia and James Bacon
  • Elitist Book Reviews edited by Steven Diamond
  • Journey Planet edited by James Bacon, Chris Garcia, Emma J. King, Helen J. Montgomery and Pete Young
  • SF Signal edited by John DeNardo, JP Frantz, and Patrick Hester

Best Fancast (346 ballots)

  • The Coode Street Podcast, Jonathan Strahan and Gary K. Wolfe
  • Galactic Suburbia Podcast, Alisa Krasnostein, Alexandra Pierce, Tansy Rayner Roberts (Presenters) and Andrew Finch (Producer)
  • SF Signal Podcast, Patrick Hester, John DeNardo, and JP Frantz
  • SF Squeecast, Elizabeth Bear, Paul Cornell, Seanan McGuire, Lynne M. Thomas, Catherynne M. Valente (Presenters) and David McHone-Chase (Technical Producer)
  • StarShipSofa, Tony C. Smith

Best Fan Writer (485 ballots)

  • James Bacon
  • Christopher J Garcia
  • Mark Oshiro
  • Tansy Rayner Roberts
  • Steven H Silver

Best Fan Artist (293 ballots)

  • Galen Dara
  • Brad W. Foster
  • Spring Schoenhuth
  • Maurine Starkey
  • Steve Stiles

John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer (476 ballots)

Award for the best new professional science fiction or fantasy writer of 2011 or 2012, sponsored by Dell Magazines (not a Hugo Award).

  • Zen Cho *
  • Max Gladstone
  • Mur Lafferty *
  • Stina Leicht *
  • Chuck Wendig *

* Finalists in their 2nd year of eligibility.

Hugos- to consider

I hesitate to write this because I know my heart sinks every time I see an awards post I want my friends or myself to be on it and we’re not. But I do want to write it because of some works/people I think deserve consideration but may not be in the eye of fandom.

So I won’t be listing my entire ballot here. Just a few thoughts.

Best Dramatic Work (Short)
At the meeting this year I’m going to lobby for it to be named “Best Dr. Who episode” because come on, we all know the Doctor will win. Again. And AGAIN. But that doesn’t mean we can’t put worthy work up against it.

I endorse Mario Warfare by Beatdown Boogie. This indie company made a name for themselves with Modern War Gear Solid, a hysterical mashup of the video games Modern Warfare and Metal Gear Solid. Their second offering (aside from other very funny shorts) is Mario Warfare, a mashup of the Mario world and Modern Warfare. The video quality, the choreography, and the humor are all awesome.

Best Fan Writer
“Any person whose writing has appeared in semiprozines or fanzines or in generally available electronic media during 2012.” But really, what they’re looking for is writing that looks at the genre with unflinching eyes, critique, and excellent writing ability.

So I’d like to bring up two people who fit all of the above criteria with laser accuracy, two women who are not afraid to say damn well anything they think, never mind internet reactions:

K. Tempest Bradford: She keeps up with the short fiction market unlike anyone else, and in a world where you can only find commentary on short fiction either in a larger anthology, or in comments about the story itself online, Tempest reviews both print and electronic media. She’s thorough, smart, funny, and is fearless about talking about race, gender, and other issues many tiptoe around.

A Cracked Moon: The blogger behind the blog Requires Only That You Hate. She’s a Thai blogger with absolutely no fear. She reads voraciously and reviews viciously, calling out sexism, racism, homophobia, colonialism, white tears, and simply bad writing. She has upset many, many authors. I am a straight white Western woman, and some of her reviews make me uncomfortable. And you know what? THAT IS A GOOD THING. She makes me think about why we accept certain sexist or racist tropes in our bestselling fiction. She makes me think about my own work and whether something is veering into Happy White Straight American Land where the PoC/GLBT/women/non-Westerners are all friendly and definitely not bitter or “tone” using. Some people really, really don’t like her. And that is what makes her viewpoint so damn important. She’s an excellent reader and an excellent reviewer and if she hates on your book, you can either deal with it the way you deal with any bad review (don’t read it; cry and drink a lot of wine; shrug and go back to writing; or do some introspection and see if your work can be improved based on her comments) or you can go all Anne Rice on Amazon on her. We need critics to have a critical eye aimed at our work. Fandom is about talking about literature and dissecting literature, among other things, and if she makes people uncomfortable, she’s doing her job.

And yeah, I fear bad reviews, and am certain that she would find my work sorely wanting (I would be in the “cry and drink wine” category, frankly), but that doesn’t mean she’s not good at her job, which is challenging SFF to be better and more inclusive.

That award post

Some like the award posts, some don’t, but I’m of the opinion that if you don’t tell people you’re out there, how will they know? So here’s what I’m eligible for this year. Vote as your conscience tells you to.

Campbell Award for Best New Writer (not a Hugo)- my second (and last) year of eligibility. I’ve gotten permission to put part of The Shambling Guide to New York City in the Hugo packet, so I’ll have more to showcase than a wee little (but still pro) story of 1500 words. Sorry, this isn’t happening, folks. Will see what I can do.

I Should Be Writing – Best Related Work

And, uh, I think that’s it. I worked on a lot of work for hire stuff, school stuff, and the next book. I know I was busy… I would like to mention that even though I’m no longer editor, Escape Pod is still eligible for semi-pro zine.

So if you were a member of ChiCon or are a member of Lonestar Con (or you’d like to be a supporting member and get a TON of the best SF and Fantasy ebooks for the membership price of $50) you can nominate for the Hugos and Not-A-Hugo!

(Incidentally I found out this morning I’m nominated for the Above and Beyond Award, for writers who have done things for the writer community, which will be announced later this month. I think it’s a juried award, so there’s nothing to do/promote, only to say, that’s kind of cool! Thanks to whoever wrote about me!)