Reviews of speculative fiction, YA, middle grade, and graphic novels, along with stray thoughts, links, and pictures.
This is old news by now, but I was driving home from Indianapolis during the ceremony and haven't had a chance to post it yet. To make up for that, I'm providing links again (to the piece/excerpt/description of winning works, as applicable, and the website or interview of winning people), and a link to the ballot statistics.
BEST NOVEL - Ancillary Justice, by Ann Leckie (Orbit US / Orbit UK) [Excerpt]
BEST NOVELLA - “Equoid” by Charles Stross (Tor.com, 09-2013)
BEST NOVELETTE - “The Lady Astronaut of Mars” by Mary Robinette Kowal (maryrobinettekowal.com / Tor.com, 09-2013) [If you aren't familiar with the events referenced in the intro, here is a link.]
BEST SHORT STORY - “The Water That Falls on You from Nowhere” by John Chu (Tor.com, 02-2013)
BEST GRAPHIC STORY - “Time” by Randall Munroe (xkcd)
BEST DRAMATIC PRESENTATION, LONG FORM - Gravity written by Alfonso Cuarón & Jonás Cuarón, directed by Alfonso Cuarón (Esperanto Filmoj; Heyday Films;Warner Bros.)
BEST DRAMATIC PRESENTATION, SHORT FORM - Game of Thrones “The Rains of Castamere” [links to wiki summary of episode, spoilers, duh] written by David Benioff & D.B. Weiss, directed by David Nutter (HBO Entertainment in association with Bighead, Littlehead; Television 360; Startling Television and Generator Productions)
BEST EDITOR, SHORT FORM - Ellen Datlow
BEST EDITOR, LONG FORM - Ginjer Buchanan [links to interview excerpt with the recently retired Buchanan]
BEST PROFESSIONAL ARTIST - Julie Dillon [note: still a few hours left to back her KickStarter]
BEST FANZINE - A Dribble of Ink edited by Aidan Moher
BEST FANCAST - SF Signal Podcast, Patrick Hester
BEST FAN WRITER - Kameron Hurley
BEST FAN ARTIST - Sarah Webb
JOHN W. CAMPBELL AWARD FOR BEST NEW WRITER - Sofia Samatar
As behind as I am, I see quite a few winners haven't yet updated their websites with the news. Somehow that makes me feel better about the world.
Some thoughts on that link:
- Ancillary Justice didn't just win - it freaking destroyed the competition. Remember this next time someone declares a subgenre dead, claims women don't write science fiction, or dismisses the idea of a significant fan base existing for stories not starring white dudes. This novel has been racking up the awards, and I couldn't be happier.
- Fandom voted No Award over Beale's story. Enough said.
- Shining Girls only just missed being on the novel ballot. Holy shit. Actually, only one of the novels I nominated didn't make the list included in the report. But this one was 2 votes short of the final ballot!