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I've completed my Hugo ballot. My choices are behind the tag. Feel free to copy (as I know [profile] zyxwvut will -- he copies my ballots in real elections as well).



Best Novel

(2) Anathem by Neal Stephenson (Morrow; Atlantic UK)
(4) The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman (HarperCollins; Bloomsbury UK)
(1) Little Brother by Cory Doctorow (Tor Teen; HarperVoyager UK)
(5) Saturn's Children by Charles Stross (Ace; Orbit UK)
(3) Zoe's Tale by John Scalzi (Tor)
( ) No Award

Best Novella

(2) The Erdmann Nexus by Nancy Kress (Asimov’s Oct/Nov 2008)
(4) The Political Prisoner by Charles Coleman Finlay
(5) The Tear by Ian McDonald (Galactic Empires)
(3) True Names by Benjamin Rosenbaum & Cory Doctorow (Fast Forward 2)
(1) Truth by Robert Reed (Asimov's Oct/Nov 2008
( ) No Award

Best Novelette

(3) Alastair Baffle’s Emporium of Wonders by Mike Resnick (Asimov’s Jan 2008)
(4) The Gambler by Paolo Bacigalupi (Fast Forward 2)
(2) Pride and Prometheus by John Kessel (F&SF Jan 2008)
(5) The Ray-Gun: A Love Story by James Alan Gardner (Asimov’s Feb 2008)
(1) Shoggoths in Bloom by Elizabeth Bear (Asimov’s Mar 2008)
( ) No Award

Best Short Story

(3) 26 Monkeys, Also the Abyss by Kij Johnson (Asimov’s Jul 2008)
(2) Article of Faith by Mike Resnick (Baen’s Universe Oct 2008)
(5) Evil Robot Monkey by Mary Robinette Kowal (The Solaris Book of New Science Fiction, Volume Two)
(1) Exhalation by Ted Chiang (Eclipse Two)
(4) From Babel's Fall'n Glory We Fled by Michael Swanwick (Asimov’s Feb 2008)
( ) No Award

Best Related Book

( ) Rhetorics of Fantasy by Farah Mendlesohn (Wesleyan University Press)
( ) Spectrum 15: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art by Cathy Fenner & Arnie Fenner, eds. (Underwood Books)
( ) The Vorkosigan Companion: The Universe of Lois McMaster Bujold by Lillian Stewart Carl & John Helfers, eds. (Baen)
( ) What It Is We Do When We Read Science Fiction by Paul Kincaid (Beccon Publications)
( ) Your Hate Mail Will Be Graded: A Decade of Whatever, 1998-2008 by John Scalzi (Subterranean Press)
( ) No Award

[I hadn't read any of these, so didn't feel qualified to vote.]

Best Graphic Story

( ) The Dresden Files: Welcome to the Jungle Written by Jim Butcher, art by Ardian Syaf (Del Rey/Dabel Brothers Publishing)
( ) Girl Genius, Volume 8: Agatha Heterodyne and the Chapel of Bones Written by Kaja & Phil Foglio, art by Phil Foglio, colors by Cheyenne Wright (Airship Entertainment)
( ) Fables: War and Pieces Written by Bill Willingham, pencilled by Mark Buckingham, art by Steve Leialoha and Andrew Pepoy, color by Lee Loughridge, letters by Todd Klein (DC/Vertigo Comics)
( ) Schlock Mercenary: The Body Politic Story and art by Howard Tayler (The Tayler Corporation)
( ) Serenity: Better Days Written by Joss Whedon & Brett Matthews, art by Will Conrad, color by Michelle Madsen, cover by

Jo Chen (Dark Horse Comics)
( ) Y: The Last Man, Volume 10: Whys and Wherefores Written/created by Brian K. Vaughan, pencilled/created by Pia Guerra, inked by Jose Marzan, Jr. (DC/Vertigo Comics)
( ) No Award

[I hadn't read any of these, either. I've previously read Joss' Buffy comics, so I would assume his Serenity comics would be similar. The Buffy stuff didn't really grab me. And, while I know this is going to piss off some people, while I enjoy Girl Genius, I just don't think it's oh-my-god the greatest thing ever. I generally like Schlock Mercenary, but haven't read that much of it. Y: The Last Man looks intriguing, but I haven't actually read any of it. This general familiarity with some of the authors' works, but not any familiarity with the works in particular, seemed insufficient, so I decided not to vote in this category. Perhaps [profile] zyxwvut can lend me some help here -- you can change your ballot until 7/3.]

Best Dramatic Presentation, Long Form

( ) The Dark Knight Christopher Nolan & David S. Goyer, story; Jonathan Nolan and Christopher Nolan, screenplay; based on characters created by Bob Kane; Christopher Nolan, director (Warner Brothers)
( ) Hellboy II: The Golden Army Guillermo del Toro & Mike Mignola, story; Guillermo del Toro, screenplay; based on the comic by Mike Mignola; Guillermo del Toro, director (Dark Horse, Universal)
( ) Iron Man Mark Fergus & Hawk Ostby and Art Marcum & Matt Holloway, screenplay; based on characters created by Stan Lee & Don Heck & Larry Lieber & Jack Kirby; Jon Favreau, director (Paramount, Marvel Studios)
( ) METAtropolis edited by John Scalzi; Elizabeth Bear, Jay Lake, Tobias Buckell, John Scalzi, and Karl Schroeder, writers (Audible Inc.)
( ) WALL-E Andrew Stanton & Pete Docter, story; Andrew Stanton & Jim Reardon, screenplay; Andrew Stanton, director (Pixar/Walt Disney)
( ) No Award

[I had only seen one of the works in this category, Iron Man, which of course was awesome. But I didn't feel right voting for it when I hadn't seen even one of the others, so I didn't vote. I suspect it will get the award, anyway.]

Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form

( ) "The Constant," (Lost) Carlton Cuse & Damon Lindelof, writers; Jack Bender, director (Bad Robot, ABC studios)
( ) Doctor Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog Joss Whedon, & Zack Whedon, & Jed Whedon, & Maurissa Tancharoen, writers; Joss Whedon, director (Mutant Enemy)
( ) "Revelations," (Battlestar Galactica) Bradley Thompson & David Weddle, writers; Michael Rymer, director (NBC Universal)
( ) "Silence in the Library" / "Forest of the Dead," (Doctor Who) Steven Moffat, writer; Euros Lyn, director (BBC Wales)
( ) "Turn Left," (Doctor Who) Russell T. Davies, writer; Graeme Harper, director (BBC Wales)
( ) No Award

[I had seen two of the items from this category, Dr. Horrible and Revelations. My feelings about the last season of Battlestar Galactica have been made amply known. I can state definitively that Dr. Horrible was better than Revelations. But I decided that familiarity with only two of five works was insufficient, and left this one blank as well. Maybe [profile] zyxwvut can help me out a little here, too.]

Best Editor, Short Form

( ) Ellen Datlow
( ) Stanley Schmidt
( ) Jonathan Strahan
( ) Gordon Van Gelder
( ) Sheila Williams
( ) No Award

[While I have a great deal of respect for both Stan Schmidt and Ellen Datlow, I don't know any of the others. Thus, I again felt that my knowledge in this category was insufficient and that others would be more qualified to vote.]

Best Editor, Long Form

( ) Lou Anders
( ) Ginjer Buchanan
( ) David G. Hartwell
( ) Beth Meacham
( ) Patrick Nielsen Hayden
( ) No Award

Best Professional Artist

( ) Daniel Dos Santos
( ) Bob Eggleton
( ) Donato Giancola
( ) John Picacio
( ) Shaun Tan
( ) No Award

Best Semiprozine

( ) Clarkesworld Magazine edited by Neil Clarke, Nick Mamatas, & Sean Wallace
( ) Interzone edited by Andy Cox
( ) Locus edited by Charles N. Brown, Kirsten Gong-Wong, & Liza Groen Trombi
( ) The New York Review of Science Fiction edited by Kathryn Cramer, Kris Dikeman, David G. Hartwell, & Kevin J. Maroney
( ) Weird Tales edited by Ann VanderMeer & Stephen H. Segal
( ) No Award

[I'm not familiar with any of the nominees in any of these categories, so I thought it best to leave them blank.]

Best Fan Writer

(1) Chris Garcia
( ) John Hertz
( ) Dave Langford
( ) Cheryl Morgan
( ) Steven H Silver
( ) No Award

Best Fanzine

( ) Argentus edited by Steven H Silver
( ) Banana Wings edited by Claire Brialey and Mark Plummer
( ) Challenger edited by Guy H. Lillian III
(1) The Drink Tank edited by Chris Garcia
( ) Electric Velocipede edited by John Klima
( ) File 770 edited by Mike Glyer
( ) No Award

Best Fan Artist

( ) Alan F. Beck
( ) Brad W. Foster
( ) Sue Mason
( ) Taral Wayne
(1) Frank Wu
( ) No Award

[In these three categories, again, I wasn't terribly familiar with a lot of the nominees, but I do love the work of my friends Chris and Frank, and so felt justified in voting for them.]

John W. Campbell Award

( ) Aliette de Bodard
( ) David Anthony Durham
( ) Felix Gilman
( ) Tony Pi
( ) Gord Sellar
( ) No Award

[Once again, no information, so left blank.]

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