2011 Hugo Award Nominees

I'm aware that most SFF fans don't give a damn, but the 2011 nominees have just been announced.

Best Novel

Blackout/All Clear by Connie Willis (Ballantine Spectra)

Cryoburn by Lois McMaster Bujold (Baen)

The Dervish House by Ian McDonald (Gollancz; Pyr)

Feed by Mira Grant (Orbit)

The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms by N.K. Jemisin (Orbit)

As several people have already pointed out on various message boards, it is indeed a pretty weak list this year. Here's to hoping that Ian McDonald gets his hands on the award this year!

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5 commentaires:

Peter said...

One Hundred Thousand Kingdoms and Feed are both excellent, it can't be that weak a list, though I have not read the other books.

Ellie said...

Have to agree with the previous comment, both One Hundred Thousand Kingdoms and Feed are great. Rooting for either of those. Haven't read The Dervish House or Cryoburn. Blackout/All Clear were pretty good, but I probably wouldn't pick them as winners.

Steve Diamond said...


I'm glad I wasn't the only one underwhelmed by the list. While these books, on the whole, are good, there were quite a few that I considered far better. I nominated, so I have the right to complain! The thing is, since Connie Willis is nominated, I'm pretty sure it's an auto-win for her (just like next year the new Vernor Vinge book will auto-win). Meh. Such is the Hugos.

That said, I was very pleased with the Campbell noms. Both Larry Correia and Dan Wells are excellent, and are good friends.

Book Seller said...

I can't believe that out of everything Bujold has written Cryoburn makes the list. It's enjoyable, but, ya know, not exactly deep.

Danmark said...

"All Clear" is the conclusion to Hugo Award Winning Willis' latest novel of time travel. These books wonderfully combine my love of time travel stories with historical fiction about WWII. In "Blackout" Willis set up for us three Oxford historians from 2060 who have gone back to different parts of WWII to do research. One to Dunkirk, one to the countryside to which Londoners had evacuated their children and one to London during the Blitz. Other characters, such as a reporter sent to 1944 to blow up inflatable tanks, and a woman ambulance driver, may or may not be related or the same time travelers. Willis expertly weaves history with suspense as each historian confronts a situation where he/she may or may not have affected history. What if Mike saved a man at Dunkirk who was supposed to die? How would that affect the course of the war? Or even of mankind?