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current Hugo nom plans

In case people are looking for things to consider for the Hugos or just good stuff to read/watch. For the short stories, lucky you, you get the off-hand blurb I put in Excel, with later thoughts in brackets.

I would really like to find at least one or two things to nominate for the novelette and novella categories. I welcome suggestions. I know there are two novellas on Tor.com that I need to check out, and I would also be willing to spend small amounts of $ to read stuff for that category.

Short Story
Pocosin by Ursula Vernon (Apex Magazine)
Beautifully told, Pratchett-esque witches. I cried.

Cloth Mother by Sarah Pauling (Strange Horizons)
Parental AIs, pet holograms. Bit sentimental? Yet I loved it. [The longer I think about this one, the smarter it gets.]

Cat Pictures Please by Naomi Kritzer (Clarkesworld)
Funny, deft, pokes at AI tropes. [One of those that will probably age quickly. Whatever, it was fun.]

Three Cups of Grief by Aliette de Bodard
People birthing ships. Neat worldbuilding.

Novel
Cuckoo Song, by Frances Hardinge. MY FAVORITE PRO THING I HAVE READ FOR 2015. Gaiman-esque dark-ish YA fantasy with rich female characters and emotional complicatedness. If you read only one thing in this post, read this.

Karen Memory, by Elizabeth Bear. Steampunk lesbians in kind-of Seattle.

The Just City, by Jo Walton. Athena and friends attempt to make Plato's Republic thought experiment a reality, which works about as well as you would expect. A book full of very cerebral characters.

Ancillary Mercy, by Ann Leckie. Space opera about identity and embodiment and personhood and fish sauce.

Graphic Novel
Bitch Planet: Vol. I, by Kelly Sue Deconnick, Valentine de Landro, others. Sharp and rich and vicious in its criticism of patriarchy, in the best ways. I feel like Deconnick's voice and approach doesn't always suit the stories she writes, but this book is a pitch-perfect fit for her.

Copperhead: Vol. I, by Jay Faerber, Scott Godlewski. Space western with single mom sheriff, colonization/racial tensions. Still haven't decided if these creators are just very lucky at not putting their foot it in yet or if they know exactly what they're doing. Either way, first volume was A+.

Dramatic Presentation: Long
MAD MAX: FURY ROAD. I'd nominate this in all five slots if they let me.

Agent Carter: Season One.

Best Fancast
Rachel and Miles X-Plain the X-Men.

Crossposted from Dreamwidth. Comment here or there. (comment count unavailable DW replies)

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indiachick
Feb. 27th, 2016 04:21 pm (UTC)
I feel like I read too fast when it comes to short stories, and can't really remember them except in flashes sometimes, but oh, Pocosin and Three Cups of Grief I not only remember, but ADORE <3. Also YES to Francis Hardinge.
snickfic
Mar. 13th, 2016 12:42 am (UTC)
Pocosin in particular just really worked for me SO well. One of those I was really glad to discover.
lousy_science
Feb. 28th, 2016 11:42 am (UTC)
I adore Ursula Vernon, thanks for the heads up! And I have been waiting too long to get my hands on Bitch Planet.

Co-sign MM:FR. WITNESS ME.
snickfic
Mar. 13th, 2016 12:42 am (UTC)
She's actually published several stories this year! Possibly if you look her up, she will have a list somewhere. This is just the only one I've gotten to.
lokifan
Mar. 6th, 2016 10:21 pm (UTC)
Cuckoo Song is so so wonderful. My favourite of hers.
snickfic
Mar. 13th, 2016 12:43 am (UTC)
It's the first of hers I've read, and it just kept doing all the things I didn't know I needed in a changeling story.
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