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Saturdays in Books

Reviews of speculative fiction, YA, middle grade, and graphic novels, along with stray thoughts, links, and pictures.

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The SFWA European Hall of Fame: Sixteen Contemporary Masterpieces of Science Fiction from the Continent
Kathryn Morrow, James K. Morrow

2018 Hugo Ballot: Best Skipped Categories

This is part of a series of posts reviewing categories in this year's Hugo ballot. I'll be discussing the entries, the voter packet, and my ballot. I've nominated and voted most years since 2011, when I figured out that all I had to do was join Worldcon to get to do so.


I'm giving myself permission to not vote in every damned category this year. While there are many I love, there are some that are just outside of my interest in ranking. This year, I am skipping the following categories:


Best Fancast

The Coode Street Podcast, presented by Jonathan Strahan and Gary K. Wolfe

Ditch Diggers, presented by Mur Lafferty and Matt Wallace

Fangirl Happy Hour, presented by Ana Grilo and Renay Williams

Galactic Suburbia, presented by Alisa Krasnostein, Alexandra Pierce and Tansy Rayner Roberts; produced by Andrew Finch

Sword and Laser, presented by Veronica Belmont and Tom Merritt

Verity!, presented by Deborah Stanish, Erika Ensign, Katrina Griffiths, L.M. Myles, Lynne M. Thomas, and Tansy Rayner Roberts


Best Editor – Short Form

John Joseph Adams

Neil Clarke

Lee Harris

Jonathan Strahan

Lynne M. Thomas & Michael Damian Thomas

Sheila Williams


Best Editor – Long Form

Sheila E. Gilbert

Joe Monti

Diana M. Pho

Devi Pillai

Miriam Weinberg

Navah Wolfe


I'm also currently on the fence about Best Dramatic Presentation Short Form and Best Related Work. The former because of availability for 2 of the nominees (and my unwillingness to pay for them for reasons). I'll probably just go ahead and pay for the one and get the free trial for the other, though. I'm just putting it off in case one appears on a streaming service I already use.


The latter because of time constraints. I'd just rather be reading YA and series category stuff. But some of the books in BRW look so very good! No. I just don't have enough time to give them a fair shake. Onto the unread pile with it!


Best Related Work

Crash Override: How Gamergate (Nearly) Destroyed My Life, and How We Can Win the Fight Against Online Hate, by Zoë Quinn (PublicAffairs)

Iain M. Banks (Modern Masters of Science Fiction), by Paul Kincaid (University of Illinois Press)

A Lit Fuse: The Provocative Life of Harlan Ellison, by Nat Segaloff (NESFA Press)

Luminescent Threads: Connections to Octavia E. Butler, edited by Alexandra Pierce, and Mimi Mondal (Twelfth Planet Press)

No Time to Spare: Thinking About What Matters, by Ursula K. Le Guin (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

Sleeping with Monsters: Readings and Reactions in Science Fiction and Fantasy, by Liz Bourke (Aqueduct Press)