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Only 11 days until Hugo Nominations are due, and I'm still sorting through my list of titles, deciding what I'm going to nominate, figuring out what authors I read compulsively had titles out in 2013, etc., etc. I'm used to nominating for the Mythopoeic Fantasy Awards, which require a single-book nomination to stand alone, so entries in the "Kate Daniels" series or the "Kitty the Werewolf" series aren't eligible. Not so with the Hugos! The stand-alone quality is not a judge of merit. (Notably, I'm behind on the Kitty books, which is why I haven't listed one below. I've no doubt that the two published in 2013 are awesome and worthy of consideration!)

Taking into account what a "typical WorldCon voter" is expected to be like (see Jim Hines on Larry Correia on Alex Dally MacFarlane; my comment is, of course, tongue in cheek), here are some of the pieces and people currently on my whittling-down list:

Campbell eligible:
Max Gladstone
Shawna Mlawski
Mark H. Williams
Brian McClellan

Short stories:
"Drona's Death" Max Gladstone, xoxo Orpheus
"The Best We Can" Carrie Vaughn, Tor.com
"Stranger vs. the Malevolent Malignancy" Jim Hines, Unidentified Funny Objects 2
“The Life Expectancy of Cockroaches” by Michelle Muenzler, Crossed Genres
"Galatea Odysseus" Madeline Miller, xoxo Orpheus
"The Squid Who Fell in Love with the Sun," Ben Loory, xoxo Orpheus

Novels:
Two Serpents Rise by Max Gladstone
Sleepless Knights by Mark H. Williams
Pen Pal by Francesca Forrest
Codex Born by Jim Hines
Promise of Blood by Brian McClellan
Cold Copper by Devon Monk
Magic Rises by Ilona Andrews
Hammer of Witches by Shawna Mlawski

Graphic novels:
RASL by Jeff Smith
Saga vol 2 by Brian K. Vaughn and Fiona Staples
Hawkeye vol 1 by Matt Fraction and David Aja

Editors:
Moshe Feder
Marco Palmieri
Stacy Whitman
Erika Tsang

Dramatic Long Form:
Choice of the Deathless by Max Gladstone -- notably, this is an interactive novel game app, which may mean this isn't technically the category for it, but there's some buzz this year about nominating games for this category, and I'm all for that.

I'm still poking around the Internet to make sure I haven't miscategorized 2013 titles in my head as belonging to other years. What books and stories are appearing in your nominations lists (if you're voting), or which would you pick (if you're not)?

Date: 2014-03-21 03:02 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] cerebralpaladin.livejournal.com
May have mentioned this before, but I really think Ann Leckie's _Ancillary Justice_ deserves a Novel nomination.

Date: 2014-03-22 02:38 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] alanajoli.livejournal.com
Oh, you did! You're not the only person who's mentioned it, and I won't be surprised if it's on the ballot. I'm not sure I'll get it read in the next 10 days though!

Date: 2014-03-21 03:41 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] asakiyume.livejournal.com
Thank you m'dear--and I shall be checking out the others you mention.

Date: 2014-03-22 02:38 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] alanajoli.livejournal.com
Great! That's my favorite part of nominating books is hoping that others will enjoy them as much as I did. :)

Date: 2014-03-22 12:13 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] wild-patience.livejournal.com
PEN PAL is free for Kindle right now. I just bought it.

Date: 2014-03-22 02:39 am (UTC)

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