The Hugo awards were announced last Saturday, while I was sleeping off the effects of my hard work at Blues N Brews. And if you compare the winners to how I cast my ballot, you can probably infer how I feel about the whole process. But I’ll talk about it a little anyway.
I mean, look at this!
Blackout/All Clear by Connie Willis (Ballantine Spectra)
The Lifecycle of Software Objects by Ted Chiang (Subterranean)
“The Emperor of Mars” by Allen M. Steele (Asimov’s, June 2010)
Best Short Story
“For Want of a Nail” by Mary Robinette Kowal (Asimov’s, September 2010)
Best Graphic Story
Girl Genius, Volume 10: Agatha Heterodyne and the Guardian Muse, written by Phil and Kaja Foglio; art by Phil Foglio; colors by Cheyenne Wright (Airship Entertainment)
The winners of the three out of five categories were works I couldn’t even finish. The other two were stories I liked, but wasn’t exactly blown away by. The whole process yielded exactly one story I loved and a couple of graphic novels I enjoyed. You know what? I really don’t want to talk about it.