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The Hugo Voter Packet is out! 
17th-May-2017 10:46 am
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Alright, all you indoor sports fans, get your Hugos on! The Hugo packet has been released, and I'm now in the progress of downloading huge zip files onto my laptop so that I can unzip the packets and send the individual files where they need to go to live.

In case you might be interested in a large pile of good books on the cheap, consider that your supporting membership ($40) will purchase a crapton of ebooks, graphic novels, magazines, and other categories. According to Seanan McGuire's Twitter feed, her contribution to the Best Series category download has EVERY OCTOBER DAYE story ever written (up to the end of the nomination year), including 10 novels and 14 short stories. Thank you to Tor publishing house!

... My first goal is to get through the rest of the short stories and novelettes by the end of the week. (ETA: DONE!) Note that I've read *none* of the nominated novels, so I've got a mountain to climb in two months.

Edited to add the progress report:
Best Short Story - DONE (6/6)
Best Novelette - DONE with all I'm going to read (5/6)
Best Novella - 2/6
Best Novel - 0/6
Best Series - 2/6, just started The Craft Sequence


Best Novel (progress: 0/6)
All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders
A Closed and Common Orbit by Becky Chambers
Death’s End by Cixin Liu
Ninefox Gambit by Yoon Ha Lee
The Obelisk Gate by N. K. Jemisin
Too Like the Lightning by Ada Palmer

Best Novella (progress: 2/6)
Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire (read it, liked it)
Penric and the Shaman by Lois McMaster Bujold (read it, liked it)

The Ballad of Black Tom by Victor LaValle
The Dream-Quest of Vellitt Boe by Kij Johnson
A Taste of Honey by Kai Ashante Wilson
This Census-Taker by China Miéville

Best Novelette (progress: DONE with all I'm going to read)
“The Tomato Thief” by Ursula Vernon (read it online, liked it)
“You’ll Surely Drown Here If You Stay” by Alyssa Wong (read it online, liked it)
“The Art of Space Travel” by Nina Allan (read it online, liked it)
“Touring with the Alien” by Carolyn Ives Gilman (read it online. The fiction of the science was really weird, but the ending redeemed my effort of reading it.)
“The Jewel and Her Lapidary” by Fran Wilde. Very good, but oddly disjointed with the vignette interruptions.

Not read, not interested: "Alien Stripper Boned From Behind By The T-Rex" by Stix Hiscock

Best Short Story (progress: DONE)
“That Game We Played During the War” by Carrie Vaughn (read it online, loved it)
“The City Born Great” by N. K. Jemisin (read it online, loved it)
“Seasons of Glass and Iron” by Amal El-Mohtar (read it, liked it - it was part of The Starlit Wood: New Fairy Tales)
“Our Talons Can Crush Galaxies” by Brooke Bolander (read online here, I liked it but thought the presentation was poor.)
“A Fist of Permutations in Lightning and Wildflowers” by Alyssa Wong (read it online here, well written but not to my taste)
“An Unimaginable Light” by John C. Wright, an interesting take on an old theme.

Best Related Work (progress: 0/0)
The Geek Feminist Revolution by Kameron Hurley
The Princess Diarist by Carrie Fisher
Traveler of Worlds: Conversations with Robert Silverberg by Robert Silverberg and Alvaro Zinos-Amaro
The View From the Cheap Seats by Neil Gaiman
“The Women of Harry Potter” posts by Sarah Gailey
Words Are My Matter: Writings About Life and Books, 2000-2016 by Ursula K. Le Guin

Best Graphic Story (progress: 0/0)
Black Panther, Volume 1: A Nation Under Our Feet, written by Ta-Nehisi Coates, illustrated by Brian Stelfreeze
Monstress, Volume 1: Awakening, written by Marjorie Liu, illustrated by Sana Takeda
Ms. Marvel, Volume 5: Super Famous, written by G. Willow Wilson, illustrated by Takeshi Miyazawa
Paper Girls, Volume 1, written by Brian K. Vaughan, illustrated by Cliff Chiang, colored by Matthew Wilson, lettered by Jared Fletcher
Saga, Volume 6, illustrated by Fiona Staples, written by Brian K. Vaughan, lettered by Fonografiks
The Vision, Volume 1: Little Worse Than A Man, written by Tom King, illustrated by Gabriel Hernandez Walta

Best Series (progress: 2/6)
The Vorkosigan Saga by Lois McMaster Bujold (read all but two)
The October Daye Books by Seanan McGuire (read all of them)

The Craft Sequence by Max Gladstone
The Expanse by James S.A. Corey (we own the first few)
The Peter Grant / Rivers of London series by Ben Aaronovitch (we own them)
The Temeraire series by Naomi Novik (I think we own the first two..?)

Best Dramatic Presentation – Long Form (progress: 1/6)
Arrival, screenplay by Eric Heisserer based on a short story by Ted Chiang, directed by Denis Villeneuve (seen it, loved it)

Deadpool, screenplay by Rhett Reese & Paul Wernick, directed by Tim Miller
Ghostbusters, screenplay by Katie Dippold & Paul Feig, directed by Paul Feig
Hidden Figures, screenplay by Allison Schroeder and Theodore Melfi, directed by Theodore Melfi
Rogue One, screenplay by Chris Weitz and Tony Gilroy, directed by Gareth Edwards
Stranger Things, Season One, created by the Duffer Brothers

Best Dramatic Presentation – Short Form (progress: 0/0)
Black Mirror: “San Junipero”, written by Charlie Brooker, directed by Owen Harris
Doctor Who: “The Return of Doctor Mysterio”, written by Steven Moffat, directed by Ed Bazalgette
The Expanse: “Leviathan Wakes”, written by Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby, directed by Terry McDonough
Game of Thrones: “Battle of the Bastards”, written by David Benioff and D. B. Weiss, directed by Miguel Sapochnik
Game of Thrones: “The Door”, written by David Benioff and D. B. Weiss, directed by Jack Bender
Splendor & Misery [album], by Clipping

John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer (progress: 0/0)
Sarah Gailey
J. Mulrooney
Malka Older
Ada Palmer
Laurie Penny
Kelly Robson

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