Hugo Awards 2019?
April 2, 2019 6:47 AM - Subscribe

We talked about this last year, but nothing really got set up. Is anyone interested in having a club everything related to the hugo award nominees this year? If so, which categories? What posting schedule would make sense?

The hugo awards are now up.

Possible categories:
Short Stories
Graphic Story
YA Book
Presentation: Short Form
Presentation: Long Form
posted by dinty_moore (15 comments total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
Record of a Spaceborn Few and Spinning Silver both already have fanfare posts. So does Tess of the Road for the YA category. None of the other print media have a post, though most of the movies and most of the short form presentations do.
posted by dinty_moore at 7:03 AM on April 2, 2019

I don't know if I want to read all of them, but I definitely want to read some of them. If you have either a calendar for when you'll discuss them or an order, I'd enjoy joining in.
posted by Margalo Epps at 5:01 PM on April 2, 2019 [1 favorite]

I'll be reading most of the nominees in the main fiction categories once the voter's packet is released. I'll do Graphic Story if I've still got time after that before voting ends, but getting through 6 each of novels, novellas, novelettes, and short stories is a fair stack of reading. If we decide a reading order, I'd be happy to follow along, otherwise I'll pick my own and look for the threads afterwards.
posted by vibratory manner of working at 11:21 PM on April 2, 2019 [1 favorite]

I’m reading some based on the finalists announcement, so I’m interested. But I’m also slowed down/stalled by libraries rarely having audiobooks of what I want to read available when I want to read them. Just started Space Opera simply because it was available now!
posted by greermahoney at 5:52 PM on April 3, 2019

Okay, I'll try to figure out a posting schedule this weekend - probably spacing out the novels and interspersing some of the shorter/faster stuff. I'll skip the visual presentation sections.

Novels, novellas, and graphic novels probably all need their own posts, but would people rather have the short stories and novelettes grouped into one post or also posted separately?
posted by dinty_moore at 8:20 PM on April 3, 2019 [1 favorite]

For when we get there, links to the stories which are available for free online.

Best Novelette
“If at First You Don’t Succeed, Try, Try Again,” by Zen Cho (B&N Sci-Fi and Fantasy Blog, 29 November 2018)
“The Last Banquet of Temporal Confections,” by Tina Connolly (, 11 July 2018)
“Nine Last Days on Planet Earth,” by Daryl Gregory (, 19 September 2018)
The Only Harmless Great Thing, by Brooke Bolander ( Publishing)
“The Thing About Ghost Stories,” by Naomi Kritzer (Uncanny Magazine 25, November- December 2018)
“When We Were Starless,” by Simone Heller (Clarkesworld 145, October 2018)

Best Short Story

“The Court Magician,” by Sarah Pinsker (Lightspeed, January 2018)
“The Rose MacGregor Drinking and Admiration Society,” by T. Kingfisher (Uncanny Magazine 25, November-December 2018)
“The Secret Lives of the Nine Negro Teeth of George Washington,” by P. Djèlí Clark (Fireside Magazine, February 2018)
“STET,” by Sarah Gailey (Fireside Magazine, October 2018)
“The Tale of the Three Beautiful Raptor Sisters, and the Prince Who Was Made of Meat,” by Brooke Bolander (Uncanny Magazine 23, July-August 2018)
“A Witch’s Guide to Escape: A Practical Compendium of Portal Fantasies,” by Alix E. Harrow (Apex Magazine, February 2018)

The Only Harmless Great Thing doesn't appear to be available for free, but my library has copies, so maybe yours does too. I can't find “The Secret Lives of the Nine Negro Teeth of George Washington,” maybe you can?
posted by Margalo Epps at 11:38 AM on April 5, 2019 [5 favorites]

Thanks! The Secret Lives of the Nine Negro Teeth of George Washington is here (found via the author's website).
posted by dinty_moore at 12:32 PM on April 5, 2019 [1 favorite]

I think for this it might be nice to group the short stories together, so people can compare them if they like, talk about several at once.
posted by Margalo Epps at 6:45 PM on April 5, 2019 [1 favorite]

I agree about grouping the short stories. Novelettes I could go either way about in terms of split/lump
posted by vibratory manner of working at 7:47 PM on April 5, 2019 [1 favorite]

I'm going to group the Novelettes too, because that way I can post one Novel, Novella, or Graphic novel a week and end on 08/05/2019 (which is kind of cutting it close, but I haven't seen a date for when the voting closes yet, and worse come to worse I can bunch up the schedule a little). General rule I'm using is posting the sequel works later on, just in case anyone is going to try to catch up on earlier volumes in addition to reading the rest of the works.

I'll post a short stories catch-all later today, after creating the club.
posted by dinty_moore at 12:53 PM on April 6, 2019

(just in case anyone reading this is looking for the next hugo post - since Spinning Silver already has a fanfare post, I just added the tag. It's listed under the club posts now, but it also shows up with a July posting date)
posted by dinty_moore at 6:56 AM on April 15, 2019

Here are the links for the Dramatic Presentation categories, which are being discussed already in FanFare (note Dirty Computer isn't here; it was talked about on the blue but not the purple yet) -- not sure if someone wants to add tags or what have you to these.

Best Dramatic Presentation, Long Form
  • Annihilation, directed and written for the screen by Alex Garland, based on the novel by Jeff VanderMeer (Paramount Pictures / Skydance)
  • Avengers: Infinity War, screenplay by Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, directed by Anthony Russo and Joe Russo (Marvel Studios)
  • Black Panther, written by Ryan Coogler and Joe Robert Cole, directed by Ryan Coogler (Marvel Studios)
  • A Quiet Place, screenplay by Scott Beck, John Krasinski and Bryan Woods, directed by John Krasinski (Platinum Dunes / Sunday Night)
  • Sorry to Bother You, written and directed by Boots Riley (Annapurna Pictures)
  • Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, screenplay by Phil Lord and Rodney Rothman, directed by Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey and Rodney Rothman (Sony)
Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form
posted by Homeboy Trouble at 10:21 AM on April 26, 2019 [2 favorites]

The voter's packet is now available, if you, like me, were waiting on that. Download through the online voting page.
posted by vibratory manner of working at 12:41 PM on May 11, 2019 [1 favorite]

Okay, I've added the tag to all of the dramatic short and long form presentations - though I didn't add them to the discussion schedule. I can post Dirty Computer the first weekend of June?

Also, I just realized that the voting ends before our original posting schedule ended, so I've doubled everything that was scheduled from July 1 on - there will be two a week (on Monday and Thursday) instead of one.

(PS, the Voter's packet includes a download for the art book - it looks like it's mostly excerpts, but the excerpts are really really cool)
posted by dinty_moore at 2:41 PM on May 11, 2019

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