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The Flaming Geeks Book of Geeky Trivia - http://amzn.to/geekytrivia1 - is totally eligible for a Hugo for Best Related Work.

And I totally just told you so!

Also, if you'd like a free copy in whatever format for your awards-consideration, just let me know.
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The list of nominees is here.

Shweta Narayan ([livejournal.com profile] shweta_narayan), N. K. Jemisin ([livejournal.com profile] nojojojo), and Jennifer Pelland ([livejournal.com profile] jenwrites) to name just an awesome few!

Not only a fairly good representation of women on the lists, but writers of color as well.

Good luck, guys!!
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Congratulations to the Hugo nominees! In particular, N. K. Jemisin and Ann VanderMeer!

Full list here.

I have to say, I hope Star Trek wins, because the other movies are crap. (Caveat: I know nothing about Moon. But the _other_ movies are definitely crap!)

And I have to go for a Dr. Who ep winning as well, because.. well, crap! Though there have certainly been stronger Dr. Who eps in past years.

Looking forward to reading some of those Best Related Books.
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The Carl Brandon Society has (finally) announced winners for the 2006 and 2007 Parallax and Kindred Awards.

2006 Parallax: Mindscape by Andrea Hairston
2007 Parallax: The Shadow Speaker by Nnedi Okorafor
2007 Kindred: From the Notebooks of Doctor Brain by Minister Faust

They're having the award ceremony at Arisia. (Hopefully because they're saving 2008 and 2009 for Wiscon? Maybe?)

If you have no idea what I'm talking about, head on over here: http://www.carlbrandon.org/
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The Locus Awards Finalists are posted right on over here.

Go Cory!

Some books there I definitely need to read. I was eyeing Powers at the library today.
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Today's the last day to vote for the Locus Awards. You don't have to be a subscriber or a professional or anything. I haven't voted myself, as I think I've only read one or two of the pieces on any of the lists. I don't know the um.. 'rules' of voting. Do people vote for things because they read them and liked them, even if they hadn't read the others in the category? Do people vote for authors even if they haven't read that particular story? Is it okay to vote for only one category and not fill in the rest of the ballot?

In other award news, the Tiptree Award winner and honors list was posted to the Wiscon lj community.

Notably on the list is Interfictions, edited by Delia Sherman and Theodora Goss.

Lots of things to add to my to-read list!

For the curious, here's a link to the James Tiptree, Jr. Literary Award page.
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Here's the list of 2008 Hugo Nominees. Some good names, of course. The "Best Related Book" category looks like it has some interesting reads in it. I haven't read anything on the entire list, I don't believe.

So, due to my illiteracy, the list that stood out the most to me was "Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form"; like all the other rabid fanbeings. "Blink" is an absolutely awesome Dr. Who episode and I wouldn't be surprised if it won. But it's up against another Dr. Who episode and a Torchwood episode. The really awesome thing though is that there's a Star Trek: New Voyages episode nominated. (Which is apparently now called Star Trek: Phase II. Oookay.)

I think I only watched one episode, though I may have watched two. I haven't been to that website in a long time. Catching up will be something to do on a rainy weekend.
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On the heels of my last post, the Lambda Awards have just posted the list of this year's finalists. Credit where credit is due, I discovered this from Science Fiction Awards Watch after a Google search.

Wicked Gentlemen, Ginn Hale (Blind Eye Books)
A Companion to Wolves, Sarah Monette and Elizabeth Bear (Tor Books)
Spaceman Blues: A Love Song, Brian Francis Slattery (Tor Books)
The Dust of Wonderland, Lee Thomas (Alyson Books)
Ha'penny, Jo Walton (Tor Books)

That's got to be a record for Tor. They've had novels appear before, but three out of five!

I may have to start browsing the bookshelves by publisher in more categories than just manga.

Spaceman Blues was edited by Liz Gorinsky, who came to talk to us at Clarion. So I may have to put that at the top of my shopping list.

There are many other categories, so you can see the full list of finalists here.
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Keyan said in a comment on my last post that she heard awards don't make a difference to book sales anymore. I think that was said at Clarion, Keyan. I just can't remember who said it. It may have been editor, agent, or one of our instructors.

I've been thinking about awards. Awhile ago, I start compiling a list of award winners so that I could work my way through the list and, hopefully, find some great books. The lists included the Hugo Awards, the Nebula Awards, the James Tiptree Jr. Awards, and even the Newbery Medals. I also just added the Spectrum Awards and the Lambda Awards. (I thought about adding the Carl Brandon Society Awards (Parallax and Kindred), but could only find one year's worth.)

Considering all of these lists, I think I'm less likely to seek out books from the Newbery Awards or even from the Hugo and Nebula Awards than from the others. The Newbery Awards are too full of mainstream stories. I prefer genre. Yet the Hugos and Nebulas are also pretty broad. Any sort of science fiction or fantasy work might show up there, from military sf to epic fantasy to space opera to hard sf. And while there are works in each of those subgenres that I like, I can't be sure I'll like a particular one, not even just because it won an award.

I've been reading The Long Tail by Chris Anderson and I think it comes down to niches. Science fiction and fantasy exploring gender themes? I'm there. Science fiction and fantasy stories with gay themes or lesbian protagonists? Odds are pretty good I'll like it, or at least find it interesting. Do I have other interests and themes I like? Of course I do. I just haven't found awards for them yet. Best Science Fiction or Fantasy Story Featuring Kids at a School published in 2007. Where's that award?

The Long Tail says that editors and publishers are pre-filters, and with the advent of print-on-demand and even e-books, those pre-filters are becoming less important. Not that I think they'll go away entirely. It means we need more post-filters. How do you sort out the good stuff from all the crap that's being generated now? One of the answers is Award Lists.

But I think the Award Lists need to go more niche. One wonders why it took so long to come up with the Carl Brandon Society Awards, but I think the Tiptree and Carl Brandon are just the vanguard of niche science fiction and fantasy awards. And I look forward to it. It'll help me find the good stuff with the themes I'm interested in.

I just think awards are going to help the midlist more than those books that are already rising to the top. So, hurrah for the midlist!
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I just found this on the Feminist SF blog.

World Fantasy Awards Judges Announced - oh look, all men

"[...]the World Fantasy Award judges are:
Peter Coleborn
Robert Hoge
Dennis L. McKiernan
Mark Morris
Steve Pasechnic


Look, I'm not saying that a group of white guys can't judge the World Fantasy Awards properly. Again, I am sure they are great. But it is 2008, people. 2008 and the arbiters of what is best are still a bunch of white men."

I thought Fantasy was more fifty-fifty, or even skewed more towards female writers and editors. So.. where are they?

Three judges might be a statistical anomaly, but, seriously, five?
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Just saw this on the Carl Brandon Society blog. They're taking nominations for the 2007 Parallax and Kindred Awards. The deadline is July 31st, so if you're thinking about nominating something, do it NOW.

The following is taken straight from their Awards page:

The Carl Brandon Parallax Award is given to works of speculative fiction created by a person of color. Nominees must provide a brief statement self-identifying as a person of color; creators unwilling to do so will not be considered for this award.

The Carl Brandon Kindred Award is given to any work of speculative fiction dealing with issues of race and ethnicity; nominees may be of any racial or ethnic group.

So go do it already. As far as I know, anyone can nominate a work. It has to have been published in 2006 though.


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