Saturday, August 01, 2015

Hugo Ballot: My #1s

I wasn't going to post my Hugo Award Ballot, or any portion of it, but then I saw John O'Neill's ballot over at Black Gate and I felt compelled to share mine. Like John, I'm only going to share my top vote in each category. Unlike John, I won't be writing a long post on why I voted the way I did. I'm happy to discuss the issue in person, but I find that the internet is no more conducive than the letters page of a Fanzine to productive dialog.

I will say that these are my honest opinions of the ballot as it exists. It is not my opinion of what the "best of SF/F last year was," and I've tried to remove politics from the equation. I will be the first to admit that my gaming hobby affected my voting once or twice. That said, there are a number of votes for No Award that are higher than I would expect when voting for a year's best award.

Best Novel

        Rank            ----------------------------
        1               Skin Game by Jim Butcher (Roc Books)

Best Novella
        Rank            -----------------------
        1               No Award

Best Novelette
        Rank            ----------------------------
        1               The Triple Sun: A Golden Age Tale by Rajnar Vajra (Analog, Jul/Aug 2014)
 
Best Short Story
        Rank            ----------------------------
        1               A Single Samurai by Steven Diamond (The Baen Big Book of Monsters, Baen)

Best Related Work

        Rank            ----------------------------
        1               The Hot Equations: Thermodynamics and Military SF Ken Burnside (Riding the Red
                         Horse, Castalia House)

Best Graphic Story

        Rank            ----------------------------
        1               Rat Queens Volume 1: Sass and Sorcery

Best Dramatic Presentation (Long Form)

        Rank            ----------------------------
        1               Edge of Tomorrow 

Best Dramatic Presentation (Short Form)

        Rank            ----------------------------
        1               The Flash: Pilot teleplay by Andrew Kreisberg & Geoff Johns, story by Greg Berlanti, Andrew Kreisberg & Geoff Johns, directed by David Nutter (Berlanti Productions, DC Entertainment, Warner Bros. Television; The CW)

Best Professional Editor (Short Form)

        Rank            ----------------------------
        1               Jennifer Brozek
   
Best Professional Editor (Long Form)

        Rank            ----------------------------
        1               Toni Weisskopf
     
Best Professional Artist

        Rank            ----------------------------
        1               Julie Dillon
     
Best Semiprozine

        Rank            ----------------------------
        1               Lightspeed Magazine

Best Fanzine

        Rank            ----------------------------
        1               Black Gate
   
Best Fancast

        Rank            ----------------------------
        1               No Award

Best Fan Writer

        Rank              
        1               No Award

Best Fan Artist

        Rank            ----------------------------
        No Vote      

The John W. Campbell Award (not a Hugo)

        Rank            ----------------------------
        1               Wesley Chu
 

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