Seanan McGuire, aka Mira Grant, garnered 5 Hugo nominations this year. Perhaps she’ll even win one. http://t.co/yuFUnESDHj
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The Harry Potter win (and I believe there were other HP books nominated in other years but did not win) has always really bothered me. While I agree that some works straddle the SF/Fantasy fence, these are clearly Fantasy and should have only been considered for such awards.
I think the real problem is that when you look at it closely there are only a few thousand fans that actively participate in the nomination and final voting process that you can’t get away from these questionable works getting into the mix.
That is quite a feat regardless if she is the ‘real deal’ (Future grand master?) or just on some writing streak. I hate to bring it up but with the open submission process there is always the possibility that there was some orchestrated and organized effort by her fans. But I’m pretty sure we are all already aware of the pitfalls and vagaries of Hugo voting.
I’m more concerned about the Captain’s other post regarding this year’s lineup for best novel. I agree with everything he has to say notwithstanding the personal assessments as I have not read any (as usual). I was hoping that Scalzi’s novel fared better in his eyes, but even I consider Scalzi hit or miss. Oh well.
As for my CBIP: “Different Seasons” by Stephen King. Four novellas, including “The Body” (filmed as “Stand By Me”), “Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption” (need I say more), and “Apt Pupil” which was another one made into a movie that even I did not know about. I’m a bit late coming to the game, but I must say that I’m certainly enjoying and appreciating King more and more.
I’ve often wondered if there were organized campaigns to get writers nominated. Lois McMaster Bujold seems to be nominated without fail and how did a Harry Potter book ever win the Hugo?
More worrying to me is that only three short stories were nominated because no other stories received enough votes. Is that a comment on the state of the short-fiction market?
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