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NESFA® 2008 Hugo Recommendations

5 April 2009 — daa

NESFA continues to maintain a list of Good Stuff to read. Any NESFA member who reads something that they would like to recommend to others to be considered for a Hugo nomination can add it to the list. We will publish it from time to time in Instant Message and on the nets. (Feel free to reproduce it provided you reproduce it intact!) It’s neither definitive nor complete, but it contains the stories, novels and non-fiction works that a bunch of well-read fans feel may be worthy of a Hugo nomination.

These are items published in 2008 and eligible for the Hugos to be presented at Anticipation, Aug. 6-10, 2009, in Montreal, Québec. The nominating deadline has now passed. For more about the Hugos, see

A discussion on the SMOFS mailing list has brought to our attention the fact that section 3.8.6 of the WSFS constitution is interpreted by at least some Hugo Administrators as a directive to silently discard nominations made in the “wrong” category of a group of categories differentiated by length (i.e., Novel / Novella / Novellette / Short Story or Dramatic Presentation Long / Short Form) unless there are unused slots in the “correct” category. This is especially problematic in the Dramatic Presentation categories, where it conflicts with the intuitive interpretation (which is encouraged by the current wording of the category definitions) that movies belong in Long Form and TV shows belong in Short Form. To be sure that your nominations in those categories are counted, it appears that you must either choose the category in which to nominate strictly by the length of the item being nominated or nominate fewer than the maximum allowed number of items in the other possible category.

Novel (40,000 words or more)
MatterIain M. BanksOrbitvjd, jam, ies
Hell and EarthElizabeth BearRoc Tradeesa
Ink and SteelElizabeth BearRoc Tradeesa
City at the End of TimeGreg BearDel Reymlo
Little BrotherCory DoctorowTor, ed. by Patrick Nielsen Haydendgg
IncandescenceGreg EganNight Shade Booksvjd, ies
The January DancerMichael FlynnTor (no editor listed)jam
The Graveyard BookNeil GaimanHarperCollinsdaa, ca, dgg
PandemoniumDaryl GregoryDel Reyca, daa
The Night SessionsKen MacLeodOrbitca, daa, ies
The Quiet WarPaul McAuleyGollanczca, daa, vjd
Singularity’s RingPaul MelkoTor, ed. by David Hartwellca, po, daa, dgg
Fleet of WorldsLarry Niven & Edward M. LernerTor (no editor listed)mlo, dgg
Juggler of WorldsLarry Niven & Edward M. LernerTor (no editor listed)mlo
NationTerry PratchettHarperCollinsfo
House of SunsAlastair ReynoldsVictor Gollancz (UK)mlo, vjd
The Prefect (UK 2007; US 2008)Alastair ReynoldsGollanz (2007); Ace (2008)vjd, mlo, by, ca, ies, jam
Pirate SunKarl SchroederTor, ed. by David Hartwelljam, ca, mlo, daa, po
SuperpowersDavid J. SchwartzThree Rivers Pressshs
AnathemNeal Stephenson Wm Morrow (no editor listed)ies
In the Courts of the Crimson KingsS. M. StirlingTor (no editor listed)mlo, po, ca, daa, arl
Saturn’s ChildrenCharles StrossAcemlo, po, daa, jam, ged, ca, vjd
The Dragons of BabelMichael SwanwickTor, ed. by David Hartwellca, dgg
Novella (between 17,500 and 40,000 words)
The OverseerAlbert E. CowdreyF&SF, Mar 2008ca
The Demon TrapPeter HamiltonGalactic Empires, ed. by Gardner Dozoisca
The Luminous DepthsDavid HerterPS Publishingies
The Erdmann NexusNancy KressAsimov’s, Oct/Nov 2008ca
The Hob CarpetIan R. MacLeodAsimov’s Jun 2008ca, ies
Prisoners of the ActionPaul McAuley & Kim NewmanThe Del Rey Book of Science Fiction and Fantasy, ed. by Ellen Datlowca
The TearIan McDonaldGalactic Empiresca
Tenbrook of MarsDean McLaughlinAnalog, Jul/Aug 2008ca
TruthRobert ReedAsimov’s, Oct/Nov 2008ca
The Room of Lost SoulsKristine Kathryn RuschAsimov’s, Apr/May 2008ca
Wonjjiang and the Madman of PyongyangGord SellarTesseracts Twelveca
PinocchioWalter Jon WilliamsThe Starry Rift, ed. by Jonathan Strahanmlo
Novelette (between 7,500 and 17,500 words)
Ice WarStephen BaxterAsimov’s, Sept 2008jam, ca, mlo
Shoggoths in BloomElizabeth BearAsimov’s Mar 2008ca
The Golden OctopusBeth BernobichPostScripts Number 15, Summer 2008ies
If Angels FightRichard BowesF&SF, Feb 2008ca
ExhalationTed ChiangEclipse Two ed by Jonathan Strahanmlo
Guaranteed Not to Turn Pink in the CanThomas R. DulskiAnalog, Apr 2008ca
Crystal NightsGreg EganInterzone, Apr 2008mlo, ca
Shining ArmourDominic GreenThe Solaris Book of New Science Fiction, Volume Two, ed. by George Mannca
Pride and PrometheusJohn KesselF&SF, Jan 2008arl, ca, mlo
The Art of AlchemyTed KosmatkaF&SF, Jun 2008ca
Divining LightTed KosmatkaAsimov’s, Aug 2008ca, daa
The Man in the MirrorGeoffrey A. LandisAnalog, Jan/Feb 2008ca, mlo
LitanyRand B. LeeF&SF, Jun 2008ca, mlo
The English MutinyIan R. MacLeodAsimov’s, Oct/Nov 2008ca
The Red Planet LeagueKim NewmanGaslight Grimoiremlo, ca
Araminta, or, The Wreck of the AmphidrakeNaomi NovikFast Ships, Black Sailsca, daa, mlo
FuryAlastair ReynoldsEclipse Twoca
The Country of the YoungGord SellarInterzone, Dec 2008ca
Lester Young and the Jupiter’s Moons’ BluesGord SellarAsimov’s, Jul 2008ca
Following the PharmersBrian StablefordAsimov’s, Mar 2008ca
Short Story (less than 7,500 words)
BoojumElizabeth Bear & Sarah MonetteFast Ships, Black Sailsca
Here’s What I KnowDennis DanversRealms of Fantasy, Jun 2008arl
OrangeNeil GaimanThe Starry Rift ed by Jonathan Strahanmlo, ca, po
A Brief Guide to Other HistoriesPaul McAuleyPostscripts Number 15, Summer 2008ca
The Thought WarPaul McAuleyPostscripts Number 15, Summer 2008ca
The Adventure of the Southsea TrunkJack McDevittSideways in Crimeshs
His Master’s VoiceHannu RajaniemiInterzone, Oct 2008ca
The House Left EmptyRobert ReedAsimov’s, Apr/May 2008ca, mlo
ReunionRobert ReedF&SF, May 2008ca
Horse RacingMary RosenblumAsimov’s, Sep 2008ca, mlo
G-MenKristine Kathryn RuschSideways in Crimeshs
Dhuluma No MoreGord SellarAsimov’s, Oct/Nov 2008ca
From Babel’s Fall’n Glory We Fled…Michael SwanwickAsimov’s, Feb 2008ca
Related Book
Sparrow Number Six: Rick BerryRick BerryIDW Publishingca
H. Beam Piper: A BiographyJohn F. CarrMcFarlandca
The Seven Beauties of Science FictionIstvan Csicsery-Ronay Jr.Wesleyanvjd
Spectrum 15: The Best In Contemporary Fantastic ArtCathy Fenner & Arnie Fenner, eds.Underwood Booksca, mlo, dgg
Paint or Pixel: The Digital Divide in Illustration ArtJane FrankNonstop Pressca, ged
What It Is We Do When We Read Science FictionPaul KincaidBeccon Publicationsca, ies
Rhetorics of FantasyFarah MendlesohnWesleyanvjd, ies
Colonialism and the Emergence of Science FictionJohn RiederWesleyanvjd
The History of Science Fiction Palgrave (UK 2007)Adam RobertsMacMillanvjd
The Paintings of J. Allen St. John: Grand Master of FantasyJ. Allen St. JohnVanguardca
The Turtle MovesLawrence Watt-EvansBenBellashs
Graphic Story
JokerBrian AzzarelloLee BermejoDC Comicsca, daa
Aetheric MechanicsWarren EllisGianluca PagliaraniAvatarca, daa
Air (issues 1-5): Letters From Lost CountriesG. Willow WilsonM. K. PerkerVertigoca, daa
Dramatic Presentation Long Form (over 90 minutes) [times are mostly from]
Title Studio Length  
Cloverfield Bad Robot 85 min ca, daa, vjd
The Colour of Magic RHI Entertainment 191 min jam, ldtm
The Dark Knight Warner Brothers 152 min sls, dak, ca, daa, dgg, vjd, shs
The Fall Absolute Entertainment 117 min ca, daa
Hellboy II: The Golden Army Dark Horse Entertainment 120 min ca, daa, jam, vjd
Iron Man Dark Blades Films 126 min jam, ldtm, mlo, po, dgg, ca, daa, ged, vjd, shs
Låt den rätte komma in (Let the Right One In) EFTI 114 min ca, daa, vjd
El Orfanato (The Orphanage) Esta Vivo! Laboratorio de Nuevos Talentos 105 min ca, daa
Speed Racer Warner Brothers 135 min ca, daa
WALL-E Pixar 98 min jam, ca, daa, mlo, po, dgg, ged, vjd, shs
Dramatic Presentation Short Form (90 minutes or less) [times are mostly from]
Title Series / Studio Length  
Chuck Versus Tom Sawyer Chuck 40 min shs
Midnight Doctor Who 45 min jam, vjd
Silence in the Library / Forest of the Dead Doctor Who 88 min jam, ldtm, vjd, ca, daa
Stolen Earth / Journey's End Doctor Who 108 min jam, vjd
Turn Left Doctor Who 49 min jam, ldtm, vjd, ca, daa, po
Safe Fringe   ca, daa
season 2, episode 5 (UK 2007) Life on Mars (UK) 60 min jam
The Constant Lost 43 min ca, daa, po, jam
Commentary: The Musical Mutant Enemy ~45 min shs
Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog Mutant Enemy ~45 min vjd, ca, daa
Presto Pixar 5 min shs, mlo, daa, ged, vjd
Frescourts Pushing Dasies   shs
Outcast Star Gate: Atlantis   arl
Adrift Torchwood 50 min jam, ldtm
Fragments / Exit Wounds Torchwood 100 min jam
To the Last Man Torchwood 50 min ca, daa

Noteworthy Works by Potential Campbell Nominees

(We do not make recommendations on these pages for the Hugo awards which are given to people (such as Best Editor or Best Artist), but for the Campbell Award for Best New Writer we do note recommended stories by people we believe to be eligible.)

TitleAuthorAppeared / Publisher
Destroyermen: Into the StormTaylor AndersonRocca
Ex-KopWarren HammondTorca
KopWarren HammondTorca
The Gone-Away World Nick HarkawayKnopfca
Mad KestrelMisty MasseyTorca
The Country of the YoungGord SellarInterzone, Dec 2008ca
Dhuluma No MoreGord SellarAsimov’s, Oct/Nov 2008ca
Lester Young and the Jupiter’s Moons’ BluesGord SellarAsimov’s, Jul 2008ca

Other Good Reads

Novel (40,000 words or more)
An Autumn WarDaniel AbrahamTor, ed. by James Frenkelpo
Warrior: The Time HuntersAngela KnightBerkleypal
Through the VeilShiloh WalkerBerkley Sensationpal
Novella (between 17,500 and 40,000 words)
Novelette (between 7,500 and 17,500 words)
Short Story (less than 7,500 words)
ShadeStephen GouldTor.comca, daa
Related Book
Graphic Story
The Dresden Files: Welcome to the JungleJim ButcherArdian SyafDabel Brothersdaa, ca
Dramatic Presentation Long Form (over 90 minutes) [times are mostly from]
Title Studio Length  
CJ7 Columbia Pictures Film Production Asia 86 min ca, daa
City of Ember Playtone 95 min ca, daa
The Dark Knight Warner Brothers 152 min po, mlo, jam
The Forbidden Kingdom Casey Silver Productions 113 min ca, daa
The Happening Barry Mendel Productions 91 min ca, daa
The Incredible Hulk Marvel Enterprises 112 min ca, daa
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull Paramount 122 min ca, daa, ged, mlo, jam
Journey to the Center of the Earth Walden Media 93 min ca, daa
Justice League: The New Frontier Warner Brothers Animation 75 min ca, daa, jam
The Spiderwick Chronicles The Kennedy / Marshall Company 96 min ca, daa

Dramatic Presentation Short Form (90 minutes or less) [times are mostly from]
Title Series / Studio Length  

Key to nominators:
ansl: Alice Lewis, arl: Tony Lewis, bsa: Brad Ackerman, by: Ben Yalow, ca: Claire Anderson, cjh: Chip Hitchcock, daa: Dave Anderson, dak: Debbie King, dea: Deb Atwood, dgg: David G. Grubbs, dmg: Deborah M. Geisler, ebh: Lisa Hertel, ec: Elisabeth Carey, esa: Ted Atwood, fo: Frank Olynyk; ged: Gay Ellen Dennett, ies: Ian Stockdale, jam: Jim Mann, js: Joe Siclari, jks: Joyce Scrivner, kp: Kelly Persons, ldtm: Laurie Mann, mdh: Mark Hertel, mlo: Mark Olson, pal: Paula Lieberman, pf: Pam Fremon, po: Priscilla Olson, rk: Rick Katze, sl: Suford Lewis, shs: Steven Silver, sls: Sharon Sbarsky, sp: Sheila Perry, tps: Tim Szczesuil, vjd: Vincent J. Docherty