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March 28, 2007

2007 Hugo Nominations

Yes, I'm nominated. Try to find me. Here's the list:

Michael F. Flynn, Eifelheim (Tor)
Naomi Novik, His Majesty’s Dragon (Del Rey; also, Voyager, 1/06, as Temeraire)
Charles Stross, Glasshouse (Ace)
Vernor Vinge, Rainbows End (Tor)
Peter Watts, Blindsight (Tor)

“The Walls of the Universe” by Paul Melko (Asimov’s, April/May 2006)
“A Billion Eyes” by Robert Reed (Asimov’s, October/November 2006)
“Inclination” by William Shunn (Asimov’s, April/May 2006)
“Lord Weary’s Empire” by Michael Swanwick (Asimov’s, December 2006)
Julian: A Christmas Story by Robert Charles Wilson (PS Publishing)

“Yellow Card Man” by Paolo Bacigalupi (Asimov’s, December 2006)
“Dawn, and Sunset, and the Colours of the Earth” by Michael F. Flynn (Asimov’s, December 2006)
“The Djinn’s Wife” by Ian McDonald (Asimov’s, July 2006)
“All the Things You Are” by Mike Resnick (Jim Baen’s Universe, October 2006)
“Pol Pot’s Beautiful Daughter” by Geoff Ryman (F&SF, October/November 2006)

Short Story
“How to Talk to Girls at Parties” by Neil Gaiman (Fragile Things, William Morrow)
“Kin” by Bruce McAllister (Asimov’s, February 2006)
“Impossible Dreams” by Timothy Pratt (Asimov’s, July 2006)
“Eight Episodes” by Robert Reed (Asimov’s, June 2006)
“The House Beyond Your Sky” by Benjamin Rosenbaum (Strange Horizons, September 2006)

Related Book
Samuel R. Delany, About Writing: Seven Essays, Four Letters, and Five Interviews (Wesleyan University Press)
Joseph T. Major, Heinlein’s Children: The Juveniles (Advent: Publishing)
Julie Phillips, James Tiptree, Jr.: The Double Life of Alice B. Sheldon (St. Martin’s Press)
John Picacio, Cover Story: The Art of John Picacio (MonkeyBrain Books)
Mike Resnick & Joe Siclari, eds., Worldcon Guest of Honor Speeches (ISFiC Press)

Dramatic Presentation, Long Form
Children of Men. Screenplay by Alfonso Cuaron and Timothy J. Sexton. Directed by Alfonso Cuaron. (Universal Pictures)
Pan's Labyrinth Screenplay by Guillermo del Toro. Directed by Guillermo del Toro. (Picturehouse)
The Prestige. Screenplay by Jonathan Nolan and Christopher Nolan. Directed by Christopher Nolan. (Warner Brothers / Touchstone Pictures)
A Scanner Darkly. Screenplay by Richard Linklater. Directed by Richard Linklater. (Warner Independent Pictures)
V for Vendetta. Screenplay by The Wachowski Brothers. Directed by James McTeigue. (Warner Brothers)

Dramatic Presentation, Short Form
Battlestar Galactica, “Downloaded.” Writers Bradley Thompson and David Weddle. Directed by Jeff Woolnough. (NBC Universal/British Sky)
Doctor Who, “Army of Ghosts” and “Doomsday.” Written by Russell T. Davies. Directed by Graeme Harper. (BBC Wales/BBC1)
Doctor Who, “Girl in the Fireplace.” Written by Steven Moffat. Directed by Euros Lyn. (BBC Wales/BBC1)
Doctor Who, “School Reunion.” Written by Toby Whithouse. Directed by James Hawes. (BBC Wales/BBC1)
Stargate SG-1, “200.” Written by Brad Wright, Robert C. Cooper, Joseph Mallozzi, Paul Mullie, Carl Binder, Martin Gero, and Alan McCullough. Directed by Martin Wood. (Double Secret Productions/NBC Universal)

Editor, Long Form
Lou Anders (Pyr)
James Patrick Baen (Baen Books)
Ginjer Buchanan (Ace Books/Roc)
David G. Hartwell (Tor Books)
Patrick Nielsen Hayden (Tor Books)

Editor, Short Form
Gardner Dozois (The Year’s Best Science Fiction)
David G. Hartwell (Year’s Best SF / The New York Review of Science Fiction)
Stanley Schmidt (Analog)
Gordon Van Gelder (Fantasy and Science Fiction)
Sheila Williams (Asimov’s)

Professional Artist
Bob Eggleton
Donato Giancola
Stephan Martiniere
John Jude Palencar
John Picacio

Ansible, ed. Dave Langford
Interzone, ed. Andy Cox
Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet, ed. Gavin J. Grant & Kelly Link
Locus, ed. Charles N. Brown, Kirsten Gong-Wong, & Liza Groen Trombi
The New York Review of Science Fiction, ed. Kathryn Cramer, David G. Hartwell, & Kevin J. Maroney

Banana Wings ed. Claire Brialey & Mark Plummer
Challenger ed. Guy Lillian III
The Drink Tank ed. Christopher J. Garcia
Plokta ed. Alison Scott, Steve Davies, & Mike Scott
Science-Fiction Five-Yearly ed. Lee Hoffman, Geri Sullivan, & Randy Byers

Fan Writer
Chris Garcia
John Hertz
Dave Langford
John Scalzi
Steven H. Silver

Fan Artist
Brad W. Foster
Teddy Harvia
Sue Mason
Steve Stiles
Frank Wu

John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer (not a Hugo)
Scott Lynch
Sarah Monette
Naomi Novik
Brandon Sanderson
Lawrence M. Schoen

List gacked from Making Light.

Posting the list now; comments to come in a separate entry in just a few minutes.

Posted by john at March 28, 2007 10:14 PM

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Joe Sherry | March 28, 2007 10:23 PM


Steve Buchheit | March 28, 2007 10:25 PM

Woohoo! Fan writer! Congrats. Although, you know, Dave Langford, whatcha gonna do? Here's hoping you're the first to break the streak (no dis to Mr. Langford).

the idiot bonehead who had to be lead by the nose to the rules.

Jenny Rae Rappaport | March 28, 2007 10:37 PM

Congrats, John! =)

And phew, I can finally talk to people about Lawrence Schoen being nominated for the Campbell... (he's my client and I've known for over a week, but haven't been able to say a word about it!).

Gabriel Malor | March 28, 2007 10:38 PM

List gacked from Making Light.

I don't believe I've seen that use of "gacked" before. Did you mean ganked or maybe yoinked? Isn't gacked like a drug thing?

Patrick Nielsen Hayden | March 28, 2007 10:39 PM

John means "gunselled."

Jenny Rae Rappaport | March 28, 2007 10:44 PM

I prefer "yoinked" myself.

Christian | March 28, 2007 11:05 PM

I know this may sound ignorant, but what is a "Fan Writer"?

Ray Alderman | March 28, 2007 11:06 PM

Good to see Michael Flynn getting some love. I've enjoyed his stuff in the past.

Novik for Campbell and Best Novel? She's three books into her series and it already had the movie rights optioned by Peter Jackson. Ok it's good stuff by I gotta say, we are left hanging at the end of the third book. I didn't think she was still new enough to qualify for the Campbell. Learn something new and all that.

Cassie | March 28, 2007 11:11 PM

I just started Eifelheim tonight, and I have In the Country of the Blind half done beside my bed. Michael Flynn is quickly becoming one of my favorite writers. Why don't you interview him for your other blog?

Fanwriter, hunh? Are fan writers allowed to be SWFA presidents?

Djscman | March 28, 2007 11:21 PM

1) I thought "gacked" was a term from the children's television program "Double Dare", which implies a state of immersion in goo, slime, or filth.

2) Fan writer, hey, what gives? Is that for the Rough Guide to Sci-Fi Movies, or interviewing authors here on the Whatever, or the Heinlein homages, or what?

John Scalzi | March 28, 2007 11:26 PM


I presume it's for what I write here, plus the Author Interviews.

Andrew | March 28, 2007 11:30 PM

Fan writer means "Whoever you think is a fan, who writes things". In theory, a guy who saw BSG once and signs his name on credit card receipts is eligable.

Deimos | March 28, 2007 11:30 PM

Fan Writer, does this mean writer of fan fiction? Did someone decode your alias for Star Trek slash? =)

Nina A | March 28, 2007 11:41 PM

Congrats John! And a big W00T! for Blindsight,which just rocks.

Steve Nagy | March 28, 2007 11:47 PM

Congratulations on the nom.

When I didn't see your name up top, I jumped to the bottom expecting it there.

Djscman | March 28, 2007 11:56 PM

(forgot to add) Yes, congratulations!

Patrick Nielsen Hayden | March 28, 2007 11:58 PM

"Are fan writers allowed to be SWFA presidents?"

Silly rabbit. I point you to the late Terry Carr, fine writer, all-time great SF editor, the man behind the Ace "Science Fiction Specials" series, also the editor of the SFWA Forum in the late 1960s. Consummate professional. Mentor to many of us. Much missed.

Also: Hugo winner, Best Fan Writer, 1973.

It is possible that the history of the SF world is a tad more complicated than you think.

Steven | March 29, 2007 12:23 AM

As I said in private e-mail, congratulations and welcome to the club.

Cassie | March 29, 2007 12:28 AM

I'm fairly certain it's more complicated than it was back when I was going to cons.

I'm just bemused.

mythago | March 29, 2007 12:45 AM


Madeline F | March 29, 2007 01:45 AM

Yes! Congrats on your nomination! You do put out a lot of quality fan writing on your blogs!

Bill Shunn | March 29, 2007 06:04 AM

Congratulations, John! Way to go!

John | March 29, 2007 07:50 AM

Jeez, Watts, Vinge, and Charlie! All awesome. Haven't read the other 2 novel(ists), I guess I should correct that.

Good luck to all, including the Fan Writer!

Lawrence M. Schoen | March 29, 2007 08:01 AM

Okay, John, if you had to choose, which would it be? Best Fan Writer or SFWA Prez?

John Scalzi | March 29, 2007 08:10 AM

Well, one's a trophy and one is actual work, Lawrence. I don't think the two are comparable.

cathy | March 29, 2007 09:05 AM

Having been a Whovian since age 12, i'm pleased about the show's domination of the drama short form category.

And congrats on your nomination.

Alex von Thorn | March 29, 2007 11:27 AM

"Fan writer" is a person who writes for fanzines or other non-professional (i.e. non-paid) fan publications. This includes people who write for convention publications, and people who write fannish websites and blogs.

"Gack" is "v. - to steal, snatch, grab, or otherwise take something into one's possession" (Urban Dictionary). Commonly in reference to Internet content, so a synonym for "cut-and-pasted".

Congrats on the nomination, John.

hnu | March 29, 2007 11:29 AM

Congrats for the nomination. I'd like to see you beat Dave Langford, but I would have liked it better to see you actually win the thing with THE GHOST BRIGADES... Who knows, if you're elected president, people will hear about you more and maybe next year you'll be there with THE LAST COLONY...

Miscellaneous Steve | March 29, 2007 11:38 AM

I was going to take a break from my yearly Hugo Nominees Reading Project this year because, well, I expected that most of the nominees would be untranslated Japanese novels (though I'm wondering if that will be next year, what with sigificantly fewer English-reading Worldcon memebers to do the nominating and all). Now, however, I'll have to start reading. I've only read one of the nominated novels so far...but my copy of Blindsight came in the mail on Tuesday, so I figure I'll start the project in earnest with that.

Stephen Granade | March 29, 2007 12:27 PM

Hey, lookit that. Congratulations to you and the other Hugo nominees!

Hal O'Brien | March 29, 2007 12:46 PM

Ray Alderman, re Novik: Yes, she's had three novels published. Turns out, though, they were all published within a few months of each other -- ie, within a single year. (Take a look at the copyright pages, and make note of the months.)

So, Novik for the Campbell? Heck, yeah. For exactly the reasons you state -- her first year of eligibility, and she has three novels, one Hugo nomination among them, Jackson's movie deal, and being written up in the New York Times. That's probably the biggest debut year since Barry Longyear ("Enemy Mine"'s Hugo and Nebula, and the Campbell).

Hal O'Brien | March 29, 2007 12:53 PM

"Yes, I'm nominated. Try to find me."

Maybe it's something in the cadence, but this reminds me of Stan Freberg about Geo. Washington: "That's George for ya, talks up a storm with those wooden teeth! But comes time to sign the parchment-o-roonie, try and find him."

As may be -- Congratulations, mazeltov, etc. Here's hoping you can slay the Inertia of the Hugo Electorate, re Langford.

Mark | March 29, 2007 01:03 PM

Just looking at the list (before your comments were posted) I was struck that it could well be a North American Worldcon - no sign it's in Japan. When it was in the U.K. or (to a lesser extent) Australia there were signs of location in the nominations.

Several members of the Nippon 2007 committee have mentiioned to me that Japanese fans do not typically sign up well in advance for cons. They join at the last minute. I suppose a partial explanation could be that the great mass of members from Japan have not yet joined. It's tough to tell from the Nippon website. But it's still very strange.

And congratulations, John.

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