Hugo Awards 2019

For discussion of the 2019 Hugo Award nominees

Posts for this club should be tagged: hugoawards2019_club.

August 19

Hugo Award Winners 2019

The Hugo award winners have been announced! Talk about the awards ceremony, speculate on how rankings shook out, talk about the Hugos in a meta way, or just cheer/whinge as necessary. Winners inside in case you don't want to be spoilered. [more inside]
posted by j.r at 9:59 AM - 4 comments

July 22

Book Comparison Discussion

A place to compare any of the novels, novellas, graphic novels, short and long form presentations, or whatever else for the Hugos. [more inside]
posted by dinty_moore at 1:40 PM - 7 comments

July 18

Book: Artificial Condition (Murderbot Diaries #2)

It has a dark past – one in which a number of humans were killed. A past that caused it to christen itself “Murderbot”. But it has only vague memories of the massacre that spawned that title, and it wants to know more. Teaming up with a Research Transport vessel named ART (you don’t want to know what the “A” stands for), Murderbot heads to the mining facility where it went rogue. What it discovers will forever change the way it thinks…
posted by dinty_moore at 6:38 AM - 12 comments

July 15

Book: Revenant Gun (Machineries of the Empire #3)

Shuos Jedao is awake.... and nothing is as he remembers. In his mind he’s a teenager, a cadet—a nobody. But he finds himself in the body of an old man, a general controlling the elite forces of the hexarchate, and the most feared—and reviled—man in the galaxy. Hexarch Nirai Kujen orders Jedao to reconquer the fractured hexarchate on his behalf even though Jedao has no memory of ever being a soldier, let alone a general. Surely a knack for video games doesn't qualify you to take charge of an army? Soon Jedao learns the situation is even worse. The Kel soldiers under his command may be compelled to obey him, but they hate him thanks to a massacre he can't remember committing. Kujen's friendliness can't hide the fact that he's a tyrant. And what's worse, Jedao and Kujen are being hunted by an enemy who knows more about Jedao and his crimes than he does himself..
posted by dinty_moore at 6:50 AM - 4 comments

July 11

Book: Saga Volume 9

The multiple Eisner Award-winning series returns with a spacefaring adventure about fake news and genuine terror. Warning: Feelings. Collects SAGA #49-54 [more inside]
posted by dinty_moore at 6:45 AM - 3 comments

July 8

Book: Beneath the Sugar Sky (Wayward Children #3)

Beneath the Sugar Sky, the third book in McGuire's Wayward Children series, returns to Eleanor West's Home for Wayward Children in a standalone contemporary fantasy for fans of all ages. When Rini lands with a literal splash in the pond behind Eleanor West's Home for Wayward Children, the last thing she expects to find is that her mother, Sumi, died years before Rini was even conceived. But Rini can’t let Reality get in the way of her quest – not when she has an entire world to save! (Much more common than one would suppose.) If she can't find a way to restore her mother, Rini will have more than a world to save: she will never have been born in the first place. And in a world without magic, she doesn’t have long before Reality notices her existence and washes her away. Good thing the student body is well-acquainted with quests... A tale of friendship, baking, and derring-do. [more inside]
posted by dinty_moore at 6:32 AM - 11 comments

July 1

Book: Paper Girls Volume 4

The mind-bending, time-warping adventure from Brian K. Vaughan and Cliff Chiang continues, as intrepid newspaper deliverer Tiffany is launched from the prehistoric past into the year 2000! In this harrowing version of our past, Y2K was even more of a cataclysm than experts feared, and the only person who can save the future is a 12-year-old girl from 1988. (Issues 16 - 20), colors by Matt Wilson.
posted by dinty_moore at 6:49 AM - 4 comments

June 24

Book: Binti: The Night Masquerade

Binti has returned to her home planet, believing that the violence of the Meduse has been left behind. Unfortunately, although her people are peaceful on the whole, the same cannot be said for the Khoush, who fan the flames of their ancient rivalry with the Meduse.
posted by dinty_moore at 7:12 AM - 2 comments

June 17

Book: The Calculating Stars

On a cold spring night in 1952, a huge meteorite fell to earth and obliterated much of the east coast of the United States, including Washington D.C. The ensuing climate cataclysm will soon render the earth inhospitable for humanity, as the last such meteorite did for the dinosaurs. This looming threat calls for a radically accelerated effort to colonize space, and requires a much larger share of humanity to take part in the process. Elma York’s experience as a WASP pilot and mathematician earns her a place in the International Aerospace Coalition’s attempts to put man on the moon, as a calculator. But with so many skilled and experienced women pilots and scientists involved with the program, it doesn’t take long before Elma begins to wonder why they can’t go into space, too.
posted by dinty_moore at 7:13 AM - 13 comments

June 10

Book: Monstress Volume 3

Maika has spent most of her life learning how to fight, but how will she fare when the only way to save her life...is to make friends? Written by Marjorie Liu, art by Sana Takeda.
posted by dinty_moore at 3:44 PM - 2 comments

June 3

Book: The Black God's Drums

Creeper, a scrappy young teen, is done living on the streets of New Orleans. Instead, she wants to soar, and her sights are set on securing passage aboard the smuggler airship Midnight Robber. Her ticket: earning Captain Ann-Marie’s trust using a secret about a kidnapped Haitian scientist and a mysterious weapon he calls The Black God’s Drums.
posted by dinty_moore at 6:55 AM - 2 comments

Movie: Janelle Monae: Dirty Computer

An Android, Jane 57821, attempts to break free from the constraints of a totalitarian society that forcibly makes Jane comply with its homophobic beliefs. [more inside]
posted by dinty_moore at 6:49 AM - 4 comments

May 27

Book: Trail of Lightning

While most of the world has drowned beneath the sudden rising waters of a climate apocalypse, Dinétah (formerly the Navajo reservation) has been reborn. The gods and heroes of legend walk the land, but so do monsters. Maggie Hoskie is a Dinétah monster hunter, a supernaturally gifted killer. When a small town needs help finding a missing girl, Maggie is their last—and best—hope. But what Maggie uncovers about the monster is much larger and more terrifying than anything she could imagine.
posted by dinty_moore at 1:42 PM - 11 comments

May 20

Book: Abbott

While investigating police brutality and corruption in 1970s Detroit, journalist Elena Abbott uncovers supernatural forces being controlled by a secret society of the city’s elite. By Saladin Ahmed, line art by Sami Kivelä, colors by Jason Wordie
posted by dinty_moore at 6:40 AM - 1 comment

May 13

Book: Gods, Monsters, and the Lucky Peach

In 2267, Earth has just begun to recover from worldwide ecological disasters. Minh is part of the generation that first moved back up to the surface of the Earth from the underground hells, to reclaim humanity's ancestral habitat. She's spent her entire life restoring river ecosystems, but lately the kind of long-term restoration projects Minh works on have been stalled due to the invention of time travel. When she gets the opportunity take a team to 2000 BC to survey the Tigris and Euphrates rivers, she jumps at the chance to uncover the secrets of the shadowy think tank that controls time travel technology.
posted by dinty_moore at 6:21 AM - 5 comments

May 6

Book: Space Opera

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy meets the joy and glamour of Eurovision in Catherynne M. Valente's science fiction spectacle, where sentient races compete for glory in a galactic musical contest…and the stakes are as high as the fate of planet Earth.
posted by dinty_moore at 7:02 AM - 16 comments

May 4

Book: Hugo Nominated Novelettes

All of the novelettes (stories between 7,500 and 17,500 words) that were nominated for a Hugo this year. [more inside]
posted by dinty_moore at 10:32 AM - 11 comments

April 29

Book: Black Panther: Long Live the King

As the Black Panther and an Avenger, T'Challa has had to save the world time and again - but those duties pale in comparison to his responsibilities as king of Wakanda. As the nation rebuilds in the wake of revolution, T'Challa finds his people besieged by a massive monster tearing through the country, leaving a trail of destruction in its wake! Written by Nnedi Okorafor and Aaron Covington, art by André Lima Araújo, Mario Del Pennino and Tana Ford
posted by dinty_moore at 6:37 AM - 1 comment

April 22

Book: The Tea Master and the Detective

Welcome to the Scattered Pearls Belt, a collection of ring habitats and orbitals ruled by exiled human scholars and powerful families, and held together by living mindships who carry people and freight between the stars. In this fluid society, human and mindship avatars mingle in corridors and in function rooms, and physical and virtual realities overlap, the appearance of environments easily modified and adapted to interlocutors or current mood.
posted by dinty_moore at 7:12 AM - 9 comments

April 8

Book: On a Sunbeam

2019 Hugo Nominee for Best Graphic Story: A webcomic where a ragtag crew travels to the deepest reaches of space, rebuilding beautiful, broken structures to piece the past together. Two girls meet in boarding school and fall deeply in love―only to learn the pain of loss. [more inside]
posted by dinty_moore at 9:16 AM - 8 comments

April 6

Book: Hugo Nominated Short Stories

A discussion of the shorts stories nominated for a Hugo this year [more inside]
posted by dinty_moore at 7:00 PM - 16 comments

April 2

Hugo Awards 2019?

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? [more inside]
posted by dinty_moore at 6:47 AM - 15 comments

December 14

Movie: Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

Spider-Man crosses parallel dimensions and teams up with the Spider-Men of those dimensions to stop a threat to all reality. [more inside]
posted by D.Billy at 8:34 PM - 137 comments

December 6

The Good Place: Janet(s)  Season 3, Episode 9

Eleanor, Chidi, Tahani and Jason are in a new place. Michael and Janet try to get information on how the points work.
posted by numaner at 5:50 PM - 186 comments

November 11

Doctor Who: Demons of the Punjab  Season 11, Episode 6

India, 1947. The Doctor and her friends arrive in the Punjab, as India is being torn apart. While Yaz attempts to discover her grandmother's hidden history, the Doctor discovers demons haunting the land. Who are they, and what do they want?
posted by fearfulsymmetry at 11:57 AM - 91 comments

October 21

Doctor Who: Rosa  Season 11, Episode 3

Montgomery, Alabama, 1955. The Doctor and her friends find themselves in the Deep South of America. As they encounter a seamstress by the name of Rosa Parks, they begin to wonder whether someone is attempting to change history. [more inside]
posted by fearfulsymmetry at 12:00 PM - 101 comments

October 18

The Good Place: Jeremy Bearimy  Season 3, Episode 4

The group explores the three main branches of ethical thought. [more inside]
posted by numaner at 6:05 PM - 144 comments

July 26

Book: Record of a Spaceborn Few

Return to the sprawling universe of the Galactic Commons, as humans, artificial intelligence, aliens, and some beings yet undiscovered explore what it means to be a community in this exciting third adventure in the acclaimed and multi-award-nominated science fiction Wayfarers series, brimming with heartwarming characters and dazzling space adventure. Hundreds of years ago, the last humans on Earth boarded the Exodus Fleet in search of a new home among the stars. After centuries spent wandering... [more inside]
posted by jeather at 2:57 PM - 9 comments

July 19

Book: Spinning Silver

Miryem, the daughter of a softhearted moneylender in a small village in Lithvus, takes over her father's business to keep her family from starving. As she steps into this role effectively, she attracts the notice of an Old One, a powerful Staryk lord from a kingdom of winter and magic, who presses her to spin silver into gold for him. The ensuing action draws in two other young women pushing at the limits of the roles they were born in--Wanda, a farmgirl from Miryem's village, and Irina, a duke's daughter with her own connection to magical beings--along with a prosperous Jewish family in the large city Vyšnia, the tsar himself, and a wide range of characters with a keen interest in how long winter will last, from squirrels to powerful beings of magic. [more inside]
posted by miles per flower at 12:29 PM - 9 comments

July 8

Movie: Sorry to Bother You

In an alternate present-day version of Oakland, telemarketer Cassius Green discovers a magical key to professional success, propelling him into a macabre universe. [more inside]
posted by migurski at 7:23 AM - 75 comments

June 28

The Expanse: Congregation & Abaddon's Gate  Show Only   Season 3, Episode 13

Things move fast, for everyone being stuck in one place. It's a special double-episode season finale! (Note: this thread covers episodes 12 and 13) [more inside]
posted by Bora Horza Gobuchul at 2:59 AM - 73 comments

April 24

Movie: Avengers: Infinity War

Iron Man, Thor, the Hulk and the rest of the Avengers unite to battle their most powerful enemy yet -- the evil Thanos. On a mission to collect all six Infinity Stones, Thanos plans to use the artifacts to inflict his twisted will on reality. The fate of the planet and existence itself has never been more uncertain as everything the Avengers have fought for has led up to this moment. [more inside]
posted by smoke at 10:52 PM - 662 comments

April 6

Movie: A Quiet Place

A family of four must navigate their lives in silence after mysterious creatures that hunt by sound threaten their survival. If they hear you, they hunt you.
posted by gladly at 8:39 PM - 72 comments

February 23

Movie: Annihilation

A biologist signs up for a dangerous, secret expedition where the laws of nature don't apply.
posted by phunniemee at 5:16 PM - 116 comments

February 11

Movie: Black Panther

T'Challa, the new ruler of the advanced kingdom of Wakanda, must defend his land from being torn apart by enemies from outside and inside the country.
posted by paper chromatographologist at 5:21 PM - 437 comments