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2020 Hugos
« on: May 01, 2020, 03:28:13 PM »
The short list was announced earlier this month, see here:
http://www.thehugoawards.org/hugo-history/2020-hugo-awards/

As usual, I don't know that many.
I'm glad that Watchmen have 2 episodes nominated, that series was superb! I also watched Worlds of Ursula K. Le Guin, a great documentary (still available on BBC iplayer).

Have people read The Ten Thousand Doors of January, Alix E. Harrow? I keep hearing about this one and wondered if it was something I'd like...
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Re: 2020 Hugos
« Reply #1 on: May 02, 2020, 01:22:04 AM »
I'm really sad that Priory of the Orange Tree isn't on the list, that book was so well done. I suspect it's the perceived YA-fantasy bias operating against it.

Very glad to see both Gideon and A Memory Called Empire on there, both well deserved imho.

Really sad that Silver in the Wood didn't make the novella list, but happy to see Emily Tesh on the Astounding shortlist. (Loving that entire list, honestly. Great worthy names, all of them.)

Somewhat ironic that of the Best Editor (longform) list, Diana Pho (I know) and Navah Wolfe (I think) have both been let go from their publishing houses in the past year. (Navah may have shifted from Saga of her own volition, I am not clear on the details there.)

Regarding Ten Thousand Doors of January, I haven't read it, but there was a discussion on the Be The Serpent podcast about it - it's very much about portal fantasy, sort of digging into the themes and tropes around that. Which is not something I'm particularly into, so I've not put it on my list, but I also hear lots and lots of good things about it.

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Re: 2020 Hugos
« Reply #2 on: May 02, 2020, 03:45:10 AM »
I’ve read Ten Thousand Doors of January it’s an interesting book with an intriguing concept and and engaging narrator. Ultimately, though I think it promised more than it wound up delivering.
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Re: 2020 Hugos
« Reply #3 on: May 02, 2020, 08:12:10 AM »
Several novels that are on my to-read list, so that's nice.

But...

Rise of Skywalker?? ???
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Re: 2020 Hugos
« Reply #4 on: May 02, 2020, 10:52:21 AM »
Several novels that are on my to-read list, so that's nice.

But...

Rise of Skywalker???

This. And Captain Marvel? *vomits emoji*

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Re: 2020 Hugos
« Reply #5 on: May 03, 2020, 11:45:00 AM »
These two novellas are on my kinde and need to read ASAP: This Is How You Lose the Time War, by Amal El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone and To Be Taught, If Fortunate, by Becky Chambers

For the Madalorian I think I would have gone for Sanctuary.  Love the The Magnificent 7 riffs of that episode.  But either of the two Watchmen espisodes would be great choices,.

Long form- can't really see past Avengers End Game for that one. Past that it wasn't a great year for Sci Fi related films - but Spider Man: Euro Trip can feel a bit aggrieved not to get a nom. 

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Re: 2020 Hugos
« Reply #6 on: May 03, 2020, 02:48:20 PM »
I've read both those novellas and they are very good, but I think I'd put Time War as my personal favourite, despite being a total Becky Chambers fanboy.
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Re: 2020 Hugos
« Reply #7 on: May 03, 2020, 03:38:29 PM »
I've read Memory Called Empire and Ten Thousand Doors of January. I liked them both, but didn't love either. I doubt I would have nominated them, although I've only just read the latter, so that would have been too late anyway.

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Re: 2020 Hugos
« Reply #8 on: May 03, 2020, 04:05:18 PM »
A Memory Called Empire absolutely deserves to win. It's the only novel nominee I've read, but The Light Brigade intrigues me too. The Expanse would get my vote in series, but Planetfall is good as well.

Drama I think will go to Endgame and Watchmen, but I'd vote Rise of Skywalker and The Expanse/Good Place.

As usual, I'm not familiar with most of the nominees, which tend to skew heavily American and/or politically interested. The drama categories are a little different, but having looked around, there's very little on the lists I would describe as 'fun.' Speaking of politics, I'm a little disappointed in seeing *That Speech* up for an award in Best Related Work.

I'm not entirely sure how you can be nominated for best new author twice, but I hope R F Kuang wins it this year. I still haven't got around to The Dragon Republic yet, but Poppy War was amazing.
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Re: 2020 Hugos
« Reply #9 on: May 04, 2020, 05:07:30 AM »
I'm not entirely sure how you can be nominated for best new author twice...

The award is open for the first two years of an author's career, because eligibility starts with first professional sale, so that might just be one thing - just one short story, even! Widening to two years gives the opportunity to consider more material - lots of shorts, or a few longer pieces - to consider as a whole. Usually, because of this, the shortlist is heavy on 2nd-year candidates, and winning in your first year of eligibility is an extra special thing. (Though honestly, the sheer weight of words Jenn Lyons has put out in her first year of eligibility... wow!)