Category Archives: Hugos

To Go or Not To Go

I haven’t decided if I want to go to WorldCon 76. This is kind of silly. Last year I took an airplane halfway around the globe to attend. This year, it’s driving distance (San Jose), and I’m hesitating. The truth … Continue reading

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Kansas City, Mo

Nearly half a million people live in Kansas City, Missouri. The city hugs a curve of the Missouri River, and it’s close to the Kansas border, which makes things confusing for a tourist like me. Riding in a shuttle from … Continue reading

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WorldCon: The Dave Truesdale Thing

On Friday, August 19, the MidAmeriCon II staff expelled Dave Truesdale from WorldCon for violating the Con’s Code of Conduct. Truesdale is the editor of Tangent Online, and his publication was nominated for a Hugo in the best Fanzine category … Continue reading

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Goin’ to Kansas City

Wednesday morning: I wave to this woman. She says, “How ya doing?” “Great!” I say. “You here visiting?” I say, “What gave it away; my camera or the big goofy grin?” “A little of both,”she says. This is my hotel. … Continue reading

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Airport Dreams

I get up to the TSA security guy and hold out my boarding pass. He’s African American, probably in his late forties, dignified, deadpan and a little blase. He studies my pass. “You are in the wrong line,” he says. … Continue reading

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I’m Not Angry, I’m Just Disappointed… Actually, I’m Angry Too

Early in 2015, a random comment one of us at Fantasy Literature made in an e-mail conversation sparked a serious discussion about awards, and specifically the Hugos. Did we want to win awards? Generally, yes. Awards usually mean that people … Continue reading

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Hugos, 2016; A Bit of Self-Promotion

I’m not great at self-promotion, but self-promotion is necessary these days, and this time it’s not all about me. I want to let people know that the site I review for, Fantasy Literature, is eligible to be nominated (and even … Continue reading

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The Hugos, 2016; Some Good Novels

I’ve read four great SF novels this months, and three of them would be eligible for Hugo nominations. One I read as an ARC and it will not be released until 2016. The others, however, I recommend highly, depending on … Continue reading

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The Hugos, 2016: Persona by Genevieve Valentine

Here is a must-read 2015 novel by the author of Mechanique; Tales of the Circus Tresaulti, and The Girls of the Kingfisher Club. In Persona, Valentine attempts a full-throttle near-future science fiction novel, and nails it. In Persona, global politics … Continue reading

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Reading Suggestions; Hugo-Eligible in 2016

So far, the best fantasy novel of 2015 is Scott Hawkins’s The Library at Mount Char. Against the backdrop of a town that looks like Anywhere, USA — at least ’til you get up close — Hawkins unleashes an original … Continue reading

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