Discussion in 'Science Fiction' started by Boreas, May 20, 2015.
Hugo shortlist announced
Thanks Tom! I really look forward to this. In fact I was doing wiki research on the award and its history just yesterday.
I'm currently reading last year's winner, The Fifth Season, and it is fantastic. First Hugo winner I can recall feeling that deserved the award.
Mike Levy - RIP
How to build your SF reference library - HG Wells
10 essential SF titles of the 2000s
5 of the best: Keith Roberts
It's awards season .. details of winners of various awards on the blog:
http://bestsciencefictionbooks.com/blog/bsfa-award-winners-2/ BSFA Awards
http://bestsciencefictionbooks.com/blog/philip-k-dick-award-winner/ Philip K Dick award
http://bestsciencefictionbooks.com/blog/aurealis-award-winners-announced/ Aurealis Awards
Locus Award Shortlists
Elsewhere - more news from across the interweb
5 of the best from Joanna Russ
10 essential SF titles from the 1900s
And lots and lots of good books this month ... check'em out, here and here.
Review | Alien Morning by Rick Wilbur
A History of Space Opera in 5 Titles
Awards | 2017 Sturgeon Award Shortlist for Short Fiction
Awards | 2017 Nebula Award Winners Announced
I liked A Long Way to a Small Angry Planet by Becky Chambers but I have yet to read her latest. I may have to pick it up.
I've been on the fence about trying this one out. There was so much hype around it, but when I read the description, it seemed completely filled with all the boring cliches to a t. I've heard it has good characterisation, but pretty much zero plot.
This is precisely what I have been told about this book. I still bought it for $1 though. I might have a go at it. Eventually.
The characters are the best part of the book but I read it as not too serious. I really enjoyed it for a buck. I never would have pegged the author for a Hugo nominee, though.
Best not to use awards as a yardstick for quality. In an age where new awards are created for every category or sub-category or sub-sub-category, and just about everyone seems to have been nominated for some award or the other, it all loses meaning. It's an award obsessed culture now as much as it is a celebrity obsessed one.
I chuckled because I got an alert this morning saying that I won the "Keeps Coming Back" trophy.
It seems the blog posts have not been updated for over two months. Here they are in one big list up to the most recent entry:
Awards | 2017 Nebula Award Winners
Awards | 2017 Sunburst Award Longlist Announced (for excellence in Canadian literature of the fantastic)
Awards | 2017 Aurora Award Longlist (from the Canadian Fantasy and Science Fiction Association)
Awards | 2017 Ditmar & Kurd Laßwitz Preis Awards (Australian & German)
Awards | Tidhar/Valente Win Campbell/Sturgeon Awards
Awards | 2017 Sidewise Award Shortlists (alternate history)
Awards | Catching Up: Awards (Locus, European SF Society Hall of Fame, SFRA, James White & Chesley winners)
Awards | Whitehead Wins Clarke Award
Awards | Awards Round-up (Sunburst shortlist + winners for Prometheus, Cordwainer Smith Rediscovery & Seiun Awards)
Awards | 2017 Dragon Award / Dragon Awards Update
Awards | 2017 Hugo Award Winners / Some Thoughts on the Hugo Results
Lists | 18 Mainstream Authors Shortlisted for SF Awards
Lists | 5 of the Best: Richard Cowper
Lists | ...And SF Novels Shortlisted for Mainstream Awards
Lists | 3 Books That Undermine Reality
Lists | 5 of the Best: D. G. Compton
Obituary: William Sanders (1942-2017)
Miscellaneous | 5 One-off SF Ideas
Miscellaneous | How to Build Your SF Reference Library: Modern Masters of Science Fiction (subject: monographs)
Miscellaneous | An SF Brexit?
Miscellaneous | The Best of the Year?
Monthly Releases | 10 Books to Look Forward to in June
Monthly Releases | 11 More Books to Enjoy in June
Monthly Releases | Exciting New Books for July, Part 1
Monthly Releases | Exciting New Books for July, Part 2
Monthly Releases | Exciting New Books for August, Part 1
Monthly Releases | Exciting New Books for August, Part 2
Reviews | Rosewater by Tade Thompson
Reviews | Childhood's End by Arthur C. Clarke
Reviews | The City and the Stars by Arthur C. Clarke
Reviews | The Rift by Nina Allen
Reviews | 2001: A Space Odyssey by Arthur C. Clarke
Apparently the Hugo Award folks are trying to prove Vox Day's point by always giving the awards to women and the same women year after year, as noted in Paul's post at the 2017 Nebula Award link above. He makes no mention of the irony therein but it's glaring.
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