There Hugo again

By Phil Plait | March 20, 2009 10:30 am

Well, nuts. I just found out that Death from the Skies! did not garner a Hugo nomination. Oh well. I have more books up my brain. Thanks to everyone who voted for it.

But My Close Personal Friend John Scalzi&#153 got three noms! Whoa.

The books that did get the nod in the category I would have blown away the competition in are:

Best Related Book

  • Rhetorics of Fantasy by Farah Mendlesohn (Wesleyan University Press)
  • Spectrum 15: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art by Cathy Fenner & Arnie Fenner, eds. (Underwood Books)
  • The Vorkosigan Companion: The Universe of Lois McMaster Bujold by Lillian Stewart Carl & John Helfers, eds. (Baen)
  • What It Is We Do When We Read Science Fiction by Paul Kincaid (Beccon Publications)
  • Your Hate Mail Will Be Graded: A Decade of Whatever, 1998-2008 by John Scalzi (Subterranean Press)

Wait, what’s that last one?


I mean, congrats John! Go eat some bacon. You deserve it.

Also, Doctor Who got two nominations for "Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form": "Silence in the Library/Forest of the Dead" and "Turn Left". Wow, that’s a tough choice. But those are both up against "Dr. Horrible", so we’ll see how that goes.


Comments (8)


    It’s a fix, if ever I saw one!

  2. Oh, sure, a huge meteor hits the Earth, proving your book prescient, and then how silly will everyone feel?!

  3. Maybe it scared everyone too much? lol I loved it, one of my favs.

  4. Nemo

    I think your books are too much Science and not enough Fiction for a Hugo.

  5. MadScientist

    That’s OK, I hear wheatgrass isn’t as painful as the Hugo.

  6. Trucker Doug

    I nominated you!

    For Dramatic Short Form, I’m voted for “Dr. Horrible” simply because it is *not* another episode of Dr. Who or BSG. Dr. Horrible was smart, funny, original and distributed in a way that brought as much attention as the content.

    I’m just annoyed that Alastair Reynolds didn’t get a Best Novel nod for “The Prefect”. Easily one of the best SF novels I’ve read in years.

  7. Naomi

    Oh, damn. I was hoping Fires of Pompeii would also get a nod.

    I’m going for Turn Left, I think. Moffat is awesome, but SitL/FotD weren’t the best he’s ever done, and he’s already won three times in a row! Let’s go with Turn Left, for being AMAZING.


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