Hugo Noms announced

Behind the cut. Snitched from Instant Fanzine, where you can see a complete list with some quick reaction. (Thanks, Niall!)

I’d just like to say again, that for a convention with so many members, the number of people nominating (and ultimately voting) in these categories is depressingly low. At first glance, at least in the fiction categories, still too few women on the ballot (looks to be the same as last year actually — three). (Since the Campbell’s not technically a Hugo, I’m not counting it — see Niall’s excellent comment below.) But there is some good stuff on here, no doubt about it. Congratulations to the nominees!

Best Novel
(430 ballots cast)
Learning the World, Ken MacLeod (Orbit; Tor)
A Feast for Crows, George R.R. Martin (Voyager; Bantam Spectra)
Old Man’s War, John Scalzi (Tor)
Accelerando, Charles Stross (Ace; Orbit)
Spin, Robert Charles Wilson (Tor)

Best Novella
(243 ballots cast)
Burn, James Patrick Kelly (Tachyon)
"Magic for Beginners", Kelly Link (Magic for Beginners, Small Beer Press; F&SF September 2005)
"The Little Goddess", Ian McDonald (Asimov’s June 2005)
"Identity Theft", Robert J. Sawyer (Down These Dark Spaceways, SFBC)
"Inside Job", Connie Willis (Asimov’s January 2005)

Best Novelette
(207 ballots cast)
"The Calorie Man", Paolo Bacigalupi (F&SF October/November 2005)
"Two Hearts", Peter S. Beagle (F&SF October/November 2005)
"TelePresence", Michael A. Burstein (Analog July/August 2005)
"I, Robot”, Cory Doctorow (The Infinite Matrix February 15, 2005)
"The King of Where-I-Go", Howard Waldrop (SCI FICTION December 7, 2005)

Best Short Story
(278 ballots cast)
"Seventy-Five Years", Michael A. Burstein (Analog January/February 2005)
"The Clockwork Atom Bomb", Dominic Green (Interzone May/June 2005)
"Singing My Sister Down", Margo Lanagan (Black Juice, Allen & Unwin; Eos)
"Tk’tk’tk", David D. Levine (Asimov’s March 2005)
"Down Memory Lane", Mike Resnick (Asimov’s April/May 2005)

Best Related Book
(197 ballots cast)
Transformations: The Story of the Science Fiction Magazines from 1950 to 1970, Mike Ashley (Liverpool)
The SEX Column and Other Misprints, David Langford(Cosmos)
Science Fiction Quotations edited, Gary Westfahl(Yale)
Storyteller: Writing Lessons and More from 27 Years of the Clarion Writers’ Workshop, Kate Wilhelm (Small Beer Press)
Soundings: Reviews 1992_1996, Gary K. Wolfe (Beccon)

Best Professional Editor
(293 ballots cast)
Ellen Datlow (SCI FICTION and anthologies)
David G. Hartwell (Tor Books; Year’s Best SF)
Stanley Schmidt (Analog)
Gordon Van Gelder (F&SF)
Sheila Williams (Asimov’s)

Best Professional Artist
(230 ballots cast)
Jim Burns
Bob Eggleton
Donato Giancola
Stephan Martiniere
John Picacio
Michael Whelan

John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer of 2004 or 2005
[Not a Hugo Sponsored, Dell Magazines]
(186 ballots cast)
K.J. Bishop (2nd year of eligibility)
Sarah Monette (2nd year of eligibility)
Chris Roberson (2nd year of eligibility)
Brandon Sanderson (1st year of eligibility)
John Scalzi (1st year of eligibility)
Steph Swainston (2nd year of eligibility)
(There are six nominees due to a tie for fifth place)

3 thoughts on “Hugo Noms announced”

  1. Despite the low levels of women nominees, the number of categories with a woman winner last year was almost exactly 50%. (The number of categories with a male winner was a bit higher due to some joint wins.)
    Actually, what I find intriguing about the gender balance is what you see when you look at the Campbell. For the last five years or so, I think I’m right in saying that the percentage of women nominees has consistently been at 50% or more, and it’s usually been a woman that’s won. (Last few winners: Elizabeth Bear, Jay Lake, Wen Spencer, Jo Walton, Kristine Smith, Cory Doctorow, Nalo Hopkinson, Mary Doria Russell.) Yet when it comes to the main fiction categories, voters seem to be sticking with the men they know. What gives?

  2. I half-thought there were more women nominees last year _because_ of the winners. (Then I counted.)
    What you’re saying about the Campbell is fascinating and a welcome trend. I don’t have an answer for your better question of why this doesn’t seem to carry over to the other categories though.

  3. Maybe the people who nominate for the Campbell aren’t exactly the same voters as those who nominate for the Hugo categories. It does seem that the number of Campbell ballots cast is smaller.
    I wonder if any trends could be found by examining the list of also-rans, i.e. the fiction works that were nominated but didn’t make the final ballot. How quickly, on average, does a Campbell nominee climb the Hugo nomination ladder? Do male Campbell nominees climb faster than female ones? Someone should crunch the numbers.

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