Friday, 29 April 2016
And So It Begins
It's the beginning of the Hugo Wars where the forces of lawful good versus chaotic evil. Oh sorry, that was the plot-line of Babylon 5. My bad.
Looking at the works there's a lot to like and my feeling remains the same: read the stories and if you like it vote for it. If not, then vote no award and ignore the political machinations. I can't help but pull on my cynic goggles and say that the only real winners here are those that benefit from the column inches in what passes for the mainstream press.
Anyway, a pick of some of my favourites on this years Hugo list.
First the Retro Awards
Novel: Slan by A.E. Van Vogt (Astounding Science-Fiction, Dec 1940).
Best Dramatic Presentation: The Thief of Bagdad written by Lajos Bíró and Miles Malleson, directed by Michael Powell, Ludwig Berger, and Tim Whelan (London Films, United Artists).
Hugo 2016 Nominees
Novel: Ancillary Mercy by Ann Leckie (Orbit)
Best Dramatic Presentation (Long Form): The Martian screenplay by Drew Goddard, directed by Ridley Scott (Scott Free Productions; Kinberg Genre; TSG Entertainment; 20th Century Fox).
Star Wars: The Force Awakens written by Lawrence Kasdan, J. J. Abrams, and Michael Arndt, directed by J.J. Abrams (Lucasfilm Ltd.; Bad Robot Productions; Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures).
And separately I'm pleased to see.
John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer: Andy Weir.
As for the whole brouhaha over who nominated what and why all I can say is that after four years of discussions by various people on the internet ranging from the famous to the obscure (I include myself in the obscure) I fail to see anyone changing their minds about their positions, which I take as a cue for saying, "we'll all have to agree to disagree."