My actual votes for the 2011 Hugo

So here’s the vote I cast yesterday morning for this year’s Hugos. I would feel bad about handing out No Awards, but then I remember what I chore a lot of these stories were.

Best Novel

(1) Cryoburn by Lois McMaster Bujold (Baen)
(2) The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms by N.K. Jemisin (Orbit)
(3) No Award
(4) The Dervish House by Ian McDonald (Gollancz; Pyr)
(5) Blackout/All Clear by Connie Willis (Ballantine Spectra)
(6) Feed by Mira Grant (Orbit)

Best Novella

(1) “The Lady Who Plucked Red Flowers beneath the Queen’s Window” by
Rachel Swirsky
(2) “The Maiden Flight of McCauley’s Bellerophon” by Elizabeth Hand
(3) The Lifecycle of Software Objects by Ted Chiang
(4) “Troika” by Alastair Reynolds
(5) “The Sultan of the Clouds” by Geoffrey A. Landis

Best Novelette
(1) “Plus or Minus” by James Patrick Kelly
(2) No Award
(3) “The Jaguar House, in Shadow” by Aliette de Bodard
(4) “Eight Miles” by Sean McMullen
(5) “The Emperor of Mars” by Allen M. Steele
(6) “That Leviathan, Whom Thou Hast Made” by Eric James Stone

Best Short Story
(1) “For Want of a Nail” by Mary Robinette Kowal
(2) “The Things” by Peter Watts
(3) No Award
(4) “Amaryllis” by Carrie Vaughn
(5) “Ponies” by Kij Johnson

Best Graphic Story
(1) The Unwritten, Volume 2: Inside Man, written by Mike Carey; illustrated by Peter Gross
(2) Grandville Mon Amour, by Bryan Talbot
(3) Fables: Witches, written by Bill Willingham; illustrated by Mark
(4) No Award
(5) Girl Genius, Volume 10: Agatha Heterodyne and the
Guardian Muse, written by Phil and Kaja Foglio; art by Phil Foglio; colors
by Cheyenne Wright
(6) Schlock Mercenary: Massively Parallel, written and illustrated by Howard Tayler; colors by Howard Tayler and Travis Walton

Now for the fun part — handicapping! Nicholas Whyte put together a fascinating roundup of how various bloggers say they will vote. I think we’re going to be bitterly disappointed by most of the winners.

What I suspect will win:

Novel: Cryoburn
Novella: The Lifecycle of Software Objects
Novellette: “Plus Or Minus”
Short Story: “The Things”
Graphic Novel: Girl Genius