I can hear you already. “Oh, noooo! She’s at it again! Not more Hugo stuff, please!” Well, yes, more Hugo stuff, but this is completely different. This is Hugo 2016.
Okay, well, not completely different. It’s a little bit different. Remember how I said if we don’t want to have a slate foisted on us, we’d better nominate? Well, if you decide you are interested in nominating, I’m going to help you by pointing you to books and stories I think are Hugo-2016 worthy.
Here are the eligibility requirements: It has to have been published for the first time in 2015, and it has to be excellent work.
Here are my expectations: This is a Suggested Reading list. I’m not asking anyone to nominate a book because I said it was good (because that’s a slate). I’m suggesting you read it and decide for yourself.
I will have read most of the works I post about. In some cases, I will not have read them myself (for example, I still haven’t read Cixin Liu), but I’ve read good reviews. I will point you to those reviews.
I will try to be clear what category I think the piece I’m discussing would fit.
I might also link to other sites who are doing the same type of thing. The pro-slate group that calls itself Sad Puppies 4 is already hard at work, and here’s their link. There are a couple of mega-fans who have set up sites. Here’s one, by Ken Marable. As I find others I’ll provide those too.
Let’s get out those nominations!