The 2012 Hugo award nominees were announced last week - I feel as though I haven’t really read enough SFF last year to be able to comment knowledgeably (same with the RITAs, I admit). The most interesting aspect (to me) is that Seanan McGuire (aka Mira Grant) had four nominations in different categories – wow.
Of the Best Novel nominations, I have James A Corey‘s LEVIATHAN WAKES in my TBR pile, and Hilcia recommends – I plan on starting it soon-ish (by the way, Hils got two Hugo nominees right, so I’m impressed!). She also recommends China Miéville‘s EMBASSYTOWN - this has less appeal to me at the moment. On the other hand, I’ve never read any of his works, so I could be missing out! I’m probably not going to read George RR Martin‘s A DANCE WITH DRAGONS, as it’s the fifth in a long-ish series, and I don’t see myself reading the first four. Similarly with Mira Grant‘s DEADLINE (despite my love for Seanan McGuire’s October Daye books), I’ve not read the first in the trilogy, so I’m not planning on picking that up. That leaves Jo Walton‘s AMONG OTHERS, and again the premise doesn’t appeal to me (though I do like the articles she writes at Tor.com).
So that’s that for me and the Best Novel nominees – I’d love to hear your opinions on them if you’ve read any (or even if you haven’t!).
As for the Short Story nominees, they’re all available online and John Scalzi (who is one of them) has kindly provided links. I need to check them out.
And finally, I have to say I’ve never heard of any of the John W Campbell nominees before this, which makes me feel as though I’ve been living under a rock.
While we’re on the SFF theme, Fantasy Cafe has been hosting a Women in SF&F Month, with some great contributions from authors and readers alike. I did the link-clicking thing and came across this list of female SF authors by Jessica @ Sci-Fi Fan Letter. It’s a good resource, though I’m not looking to actively read books written by female authors. If anything, I probably read too many female authors (by-product of being a romance reader, possibly?) – if I wanted to aim for more gender diversity, I would have to consciously try and read more books written by males. Having said that, Jessica’s point was that while there are a lot of females writing SF, you may not always guess that from award nominee listings.
And the pre-13 release buildup for Kelley Armstrong‘s final Otherworld book continues – remember when I had a bit of a moment about the free story only available in the hardcover versions? She announces an e-only pack [ETA: new link], probably released in June – it’ll be $1.99 for this:
Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue
This is the promotion I’ll be running (me, not my publishers) for the bonus pack. With the e-book pack, you’ll receive:
1) something old - Stalked (the 10,000* word Elena & Clay honeymoon story reprinted from My Big, Fat Supernatural Honeymoon)
2) something new – a still-untitled 10,000* word Eve story set before Thirteen
3) something borrowed – first 50 pages of Thirteen/13
4) something blue – Xaviere is doing fun “police lineup” style character bookmarks, one for the gals (Elena, Paige, Eve, Jaime, Hope, Savannah) and one for the guys (Clay, Lucas, Kristof, Jeremy, Karl, Adam). The characters are dressed in blue (hey, I had to get it in there somehow!) I’m doing a limited print run of both. If you email me your receipt for the purchase of the bonus pack, I’ll mail you a pair of bookmarks, at least one of them signed. Because the bookmarks are a limited edition, I do have to “cap” this promo, but it’ll be a high cap, likely 1500, which shouldn’t be a problem if the only way to hear about it is through me
I’m on the fence – it’s nice in the sense she doesn’t have to do it and you know, I love Eve, but as I’ve already have MY BIG FAT SUPERNATURAL HONEYMOON, it’s really $2 for a short story. I think I’ll wait and see.
Also, if you haven’t already heard, she has another new novella coming out with Subterranean Press – FORBIDDEN will be released in December.
And finally, a couple of links I tweeted earlier this week:
- Seanan McGuire‘s put up a free short story in her InCryptid universe called NO PLACE LIKE HOME - I know I’m still on the fence on the Verity Price books, but I really like these prequel shorts. I’ve a soft spot for Jonathan and Fran.
- Mary Jo Putney talks about romance in Lois McMaster Bujold‘s Vorkosigan universe @ Heroes & Heartbreakers. Warning: it’s spoilerific, but a great essay. I loved this paragraph:
The Vorkosiverse is a feast of relationships, not just romances. I love how cousins Miles and Ivan interact as evil brothers who nonetheless trust each other unconditionally. The way marriages mature and change. The way the boy emperor, Gregor, grows into his insanely demanding role. Cordelia, Aral, Gregor, Mark—there are so many marvelous characters who are defined as much by their relationships as by their actions.