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  • Capt. Xerox 11:35 am on April 5, 2015 Permalink | Log in to leave a Comment
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    It's interesting to watch battling voting blocs attempt to manipulate the Hugo Awards. It’s getting to the point where I care less and less about who wins them. http://t.co/R1FaDLkfM4

     
    • Jeffrey Allan Boman 4:02 pm on April 26, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I just read this article (April 26, 2015). Personally, I think that personal politics shouldn’t mix with the fiction. That was why the last L. Ron Hubbard series was so bad (I won’t go on my Scientology rant…) Politics and cliques should not matter for the Hugo; good writing should.

    • Lazarus 3:24 pm on April 9, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Fascinating read. Their has always been a ‘clique’ factor and ‘who’s got the most fans willing to poney a nomination and/or vote’ factor to these awards. Not siding with either, I don’t see anything wrong going on here other than a few people rocking the craddle. I lost a lot of interest when pure fantasy (Harry Potter) started being nominated and winning. A lot of great novels have won, and I’ll always be curious regarding winners and nominees, but that about it. I have long set aside my pocket ‘Hugo’ list and trying to read all those books. I like the fact that this controversy may lead to lesser acclaimed (but perhaps just as deserving) writers will be read. The long term effect… we’ll just have to wait and see.

  • Capt. Xerox 11:24 am on February 6, 2015 Permalink
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    A fascinating look at how the Hugo Awares have become a political battleground. http://t.co/ddZLA9rg8v

     
  • Capt. Xerox 10:09 am on January 20, 2015 Permalink
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    Cinema Blend offers a list of sci-fi movies that it believes deserved Best Picture Oscar nominations. Do yo uagree? http://t.co/xppxgKqv9h

     
  • Capt. Xerox 2:33 pm on October 3, 2014 Permalink
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    Could Interstellar be the first sci-fi Best Picture Oscar winner, asks Metro. Without even seeing it, I doubt it. http://t.co/Ofc3899LgS

     
  • Capt. Xerox 2:12 pm on September 16, 2014 Permalink
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    William Gibson and Spider and Jeane Robinson are the first inductees to the Canadian SF&F Hall of Fame http://t.co/g8ObtumP6o

     
    • Lazarus 3:18 pm on September 30, 2014 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      The prior ‘lifetime achievement awards were the following:
      A.E. van Vogt (1980)
      Susan Wood (1981)
      Phyllis Gotlieb (1982)
      Judith Merril (1983 and 1986)
      Dennis Mullin (2008)
      Robert J. Sawyer (2013)

      So who are Susan Wood and Dennis Mullen? Never heard of them.

      While I don’t dispute Spider’s inclusion, including his late wife seems more like gesture for Spider than something based on merit. There are a few examples of others that would seem obviously more deserving of the honour.

  • Capt. Xerox 3:30 pm on August 20, 2014 Permalink
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    I didn't realize that Ancillary Justice is the first science fiction book to win the Hugo, Nebula and Clarke in the same year. I’m just glad the Wheel of Time series didn’t win the Hugo. http://t.co/jZ3IIsbj7v

     
    • Lazarus 1:06 am on August 29, 2014 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      1) “Assess” not “Access”. ;)
      2) Let me know on you’ve read it.
      I know that it’s what publishers (and probably authors as well) want and are demanding these days. I just don’t like it.
      P.S.: Betcha the law of diminishing returns applies as the series moves along. Can you name a planned trilogy which got better from one book to the next? Most start strong and then start fading.

    • Capt. Xerox 8:28 pm on August 25, 2014 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      It’s the reality of the book-publishing industry. Authors are expected to have books that can spin into multi-volume series if the first book is successful. It’s a lot easier to sell something with which people are already familiar. How many first books of new writers would you be willing to buy? Probably not very many because we are drawn to familiar names and series because we think it will lessen our disappointment.

      I will probably get around to reading this one since it has won so many awards, but I sometimes wonder if that is herd mentality. I guess I will have to read it to find out for myself if it lives up to the hype!

    • Lazarus 9:03 am on August 25, 2014 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      The coveted Triple Crown of SF. But I hate the fact that this is only the first installment of a trilogy. Can’t anyone just write a novel anymore? I hate being tied into a series when we don’t even know if the followups will be any good. Been burned before and I won’t even consider reading this one until I can access the whole series. By then I’ll probably even have forgotten about this. Unless the rest of the books get as much acclaim.

  • Capt. Xerox 12:12 am on August 16, 2014 Permalink
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    I heartily endorse the winner of the 1939 Retro Hugo Award for best novel, but am dreading this year’s winner. http://t.co/sQfjK1DbxK

     
  • Capt. Xerox 9:46 pm on May 4, 2014 Permalink
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    This year's Hugo nominees are stirring up some controversy, which is nothing new, but it is even more than usual. http://t.co/AQtzL6wKXn

     
    • Lazarus 1:12 pm on May 7, 2014 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Fascinating read about what’s going on these days with the Hugos. A sad state of affairs.

      My first ‘huh?’ moment came years ago when the Harry Potter novels started appearing. My reaction was exactly what you said; “Don’t these belong on a World Fantasy ballot somewhere?”

      But even before that I’d figured out that favoritism rather than actual merit factored into the Hugos. It became evident as I got more familiar with the many classic novels I read over the years and then comparing those to the lists of former winners and nominees. While some books to time to blossom and being skipped over could be explained to the fact that these books just did not get a wide enough distribution at the time, other nomination lapses could not be so easily explained.

      I also remember smiling back at the 2009 Anticipation Worldcon when you boldly declared that Gaiman’s Graveyard book would win at the outset of the con. You were right of course and it was yet another nick in the credibility of the Hugos.

      But all this crap happening this year goes way beyond favoritism. Sounds like a war we’ve really already lost.

      Thanks for the link though.

    • Capt. Xerox 11:18 am on May 5, 2014 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I`ve been somewhat disappointed the past few years at some of the nominations for the Hugo Awards. I suspect certain fans are mobilizing to hijack the nomination process so that their favourites make it to the ballot. It`s nothing new, but social media is making it easier than ever.

      The idea that the entire Wheel of Time series can somehow make it to the best novels list just boggles my mind. And when I see volume 3 of some ongoing series get a nomination, I have to roll my eyes. Does the book stand alone or do you have to read the entire series before you can vote for it?

      I`ve also always had a pet peeve about the number of fantasy books that get nominated, but they do qualify within the rules. So why then are their World Fantasy Awards?

      Are the Hugos losing their relevancy?

  • Capt. Xerox 3:39 pm on May 2, 2014 Permalink
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    Will try to read this year's Hugo-nominated novels, although will pass on reading all of the Wheel of Time series! http://t.co/YhlaRxGeQn

     
  • Capt. Xerox 11:55 am on May 2, 2014 Permalink
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    Congrats to Ann Leckie for winning the Arthur C Clarke award with her debut novel Ancillary Justice. http://t.co/Rhf6yASqwc

     
  • Capt. Xerox 11:15 am on March 19, 2014 Permalink
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    How many of the 2014 nominees for the Arthur C. Clarke Award have you read? I have read zero and only know one name, Christopher Priest. http://t.co/zUg4vK0OC1

     
  • Capt. Xerox 10:10 am on March 4, 2014 Permalink
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    So is Gravity the first sci-fi film to ever win a Best Director Oscar or is it not even sci-fi, as some argue? http://t.co/xdWWL6aMM5

     
  • Lazarus 7:36 am on February 26, 2014 Permalink
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    The Nebula nominees for 2013 have been announced. Each year I recognize fewer and fewer writers. This year I only recognize 3 names, and of those I’ve only read books by two.

    http://www.sfwa.org/2014/02/2013-nebula-nominees-announced/

     

     
  • Capt. Xerox 9:42 am on December 10, 2013 Permalink
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    Samuel R. Delany is this year’s Damon Knight Memorial Grand Master Award winner. Can’t say I’m a big fan of his. http://ow.ly/rusn3 

     
  • Capt. Xerox 1:25 pm on October 11, 2013 Permalink
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    #scifi movies don’t traditionally do very well come Oscar time, but could Gravity change that? http://ow.ly/pJsif

     
  • Capt. Xerox 9:37 am on September 23, 2013 Permalink
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    Nice to see that Robert J. Sawyer is getting a lifetime achievement Aurora at this year’s Can-Con. Only the 4th ever. http://ow.ly/p4b8V

     
    • Lazarus 10:44 am on September 23, 2013 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Needless to say, I’ll be there. Any chance that the Cap will make an appearance? Without Con*cept, this is the next best local con. The can*con site has a prelim schedule up.

      • Capt. Xerox 9:30 pm on September 23, 2013 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Sadly, I don’t think I’ll be able to make it. It conflicts with the kids’ hockey schedules so it will be hard to get away. Nice to see the convention continues to grow. I don’t expect Montreal will see a replacement for Con*Cept any time soon.

  • Capt. Xerox 10:41 pm on May 20, 2013 Permalink
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    Kim Stanley Robinson’s 2312 has won the Nebula. I’m actually reading it right now. I’m waiting for it to get better. http://t.co/OW4Gu6u2yE

     
  • Capt. Xerox 2:09 pm on May 3, 2013 Permalink
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    The Guardian has a nice write-up on the winner of the Arthur Clarke award. http://t.co/lqD2qPLcWR

     
  • Capt. Xerox 11:31 am on April 5, 2013 Permalink
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    Clarke award shortlist is taking some heat for its all-male nominees list. Wouldn’t bother me if it was all-femae. http://t.co/75AGMrvWGX

     
  • Capt. Xerox 5:56 pm on April 1, 2013 Permalink
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    Seanan McGuire, aka Mira Grant, garnered 5 Hugo nominations this year. Perhaps she’ll even win one. http://t.co/yuFUnESDHj

     
    • Lazarus 2:00 pm on April 3, 2013 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      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.

    • Lazarus 1:17 pm on April 2, 2013 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      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.

      • Capt. Xerox 8:24 am on April 3, 2013 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        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?

  • Capt. Xerox 5:51 pm on April 1, 2013 Permalink
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    I am not inspired by the nominated novels for the 2013 Hugos. Perhaps my opinion will change once I read them all. http://t.co/bsV5wmjSWa

     
    • Capt. Xerox 10:04 pm on April 1, 2013 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Ugh. I am not impressed by the list of Hugo nominees for best novel this year.

      Blackout by Mira Grant is book three of a trilogy in which I was unable to finish the first two because I was too bored by them. Can we move on from zombies already?

      Captain Vorpatril’s Alliance is book umpteen by Lois McMaster Bujold in her Vorkosigan series. I’ve fallen out of touch with the series so have no clue if it can be read as a standalone.

      2312 by Kim Stanley Robinson scares me as everything I’ve read by him was turgid and this one looks like a brick.

      Throne of the Crescent Moon by Saladin Ahmed is a fantasy novel. I’m not normally a great fan of fantasy books, but will give this one a try.

      Redshirts by John Scalzi is the only one of the books that I have already read and don’t really know what the fuss is about. It was entertaining, but fairly forgettable.

  • Capt. Xerox 1:54 am on March 1, 2013 Permalink
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    This year’s Nebula nominees are out, but I always find it hard to get excited by them. I prefer Hugo winners. http://t.co/ppw56lxY96

     
  • Capt. Xerox 2:18 am on February 22, 2013 Permalink
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    I am a bad fan. I haven’t seen a single one of the movies nominated for best #scifi for the Saturn Awards. http://t.co/5LL3TAdVsE

     
  • Capt. Xerox 1:28 pm on October 24, 2012 Permalink
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    Time to nominate your favourite #scifi or #fantasy #tv show for the People’s Choice Awards. I’m picking Doctor Who. http://t.co/N3Gmu6aS

     
  • Capt. Xerox 1:32 am on September 4, 2012 Permalink
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    I wasn’t online to see the livestreamed Hugo ceremony, but it sounds like a lot of people tried, but got booted off. http://t.co/r2z02yRs

     
    • Lazarus 1:20 pm on September 4, 2012 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      On the bright side, I believe that the entire show will be available for viewing at some point. I always found it odd that every time I went there were noticable professional camera crews filming these awards and could never find the video even for sale afterwards. I would really like to watch the 2003 show which had a very good speech by Spider Robinson. There were film crews at some of the more notable panels in L.A. as well. I clearly remember the Harlan Ellison ‘show’ being filmed and pretty sure the cameras were rolling for Bradbury. I hope these surface some day.

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