Capricon Hugos Panel

I was at Capricon last weekend, and one of my panels was a discussion of the Hugos, with the panel giving some picks for what might go on our ballots.  Keep in mind that these are all potential picks collectively suggested by the panel and audience, and feel free to add your suggestions in the comments. There’s no attribution, because we can’t remember who suggested which one, but I can assure you that any time any of our OWN work was mentioned, it was done so by the other panelists. After which we awkwardly squirmed, as is right and good. Links are here where things are available online.

James Bacon kindly took notes, and I volunteered to post them.

2012 Hugo Awards: Potential Nominees Panel
– Saturday, 02-11-2012 – 10:00 am to 11:30 am – Birch A

James Bacon, John Klima, Lynne M. Thomas (M), Michael D. Thomas

Redwood and Wildfire by Andrea Hairston
The Hum and the Shiver  by Alex Bledsoe
Deathless by Catherynne M. Valente
The Quantum Thief by Hannu Rajaniemi
Mechanique: A Tale of the Circus Tresaulti by Genevieve Valentine
A Dance with Dragons by George R. R. Martin
Osama by Lavie Tidhar
Zoo City by Lauren Beukes
Kingdom of Gods by N. K. Jemison
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
Children of the Sky by Vernor Vinge
Rule 34 by Charlie Stross
Embassytown by China Mieville
11/22/63 by Stephen King


The Man Who Ended History: A Documentary by Ken Liu (Panverse Three)
Silently and Very Fast by Catherynne M. Valente (Clarkesworld and WSFA)
The Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow by Cory Doctorow (PM Press)
The Man Who Bridged the Mist by Kij Johnson (Asimov’s: excerpt only at link)


The Copenhagen Interpretation by Paul Cornell (Asimov’s)
The Choice by Paul McAuley (Asimov’s)
A Small Price to Pay for Birdsong by K.J. Parker (Subterranean)
Fields of Gold by Rachel Swirsky (Eclipse Four)

Covehithe by China Mieville [Not sure if this was a Novelette or a Short Story] (Guardian)

Short Stories
After the Apocalypse by Maureen McHugh (After The Apocalypse)
∞ mo by Darin Bradley (Electric Velocipede)
The Cartographer Wasps and the Anarchist Bees by E. Lily Yu (Clarkesworld)
The Bread We Eat in Dreams by Catherynne M. Valente (Apex Magazine)
The Paper Menagerie by Ken Liu (F&SF)
Goodnight Moons by Ellen Klages (Life on Mars)
Valley of the Girls by Kelly Link (Subterranean)
The Sandal-Bride by Genevieve Valentine (Fantasy Magazine)
Dolly by Elizabeth Bear (Asimov’s) [audio from StarShipSofa]

Best Related Work

SFE: The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction, 3rd ed. edited by John Clute, Peter Nicholls, David Langford, and many more.
Whedonistas: A Celebration of the Worlds of Joss Whedon by the Women Who Love Them edited by Lynne M. Thomas and Deborah Stanish [recced by James Bacon]

Best Graphic Story

American Vampire Vol. II by Scott Snyder, Rafael Albuquerque and Mateus Santolouco
Star Wars Art: Comics
The Unwritten vol 3 & 4 by Mike Carey and Peter Gross

Best Dramatic Short Form
Doctor Who: The Doctor’s Wife
Doctor Who: The Girl Who Waited
Being Human (USA): Going Dutch
Being Human (USA): A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Me Killing You

Best Dramatic Long Form
Game of Thrones Season 1
Whatnot [puppet show at Renovation WorldCon] Other Hand Productions

Best Fanzine
Argentus ed. Steven H Silver
Drink Tank ed. Christopher Garcia & James Bacon [recommended by Michael D. Thomas]
Banana Wings ed. Claire Brialey and Mark Plummer

Best Fancast
SF Squeecast [audience member rec]
The Coode Street Podcast
Galactic Suburbia
Radio Free Skaro

Best Fan Writer

Jim C. Hines
Steven H Silver
Claire Brialey
Christopher Garcia
James Bacon [recced by Michael D. Thomas]
Mike Glyer

…and then we ran out of time. Which means that it’s now up to you to tell us what we missed. 🙂 Comments are love.


About Lynne M. Thomas

Lynne M. Thomas is a nine time Hugo Award winning editor and podcaster. In her day job, she is Head of the Rare Book and Manuscript Library at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
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7 Responses to Capricon Hugos Panel

  1. Awww thank you for the Galactic Suburbia plug! (& I assume to thank Michael too).

    There were some amazing stories in Eclipse 4 last year, especially those by Nalo Hopkinson and Caitlin Kiernan.

    I’d also like to shout out God’s War by Kameron Hurley! Very glad to see you already mentioned Redwood & Wildfire, and Deathless, both fantastic books from last year.

    It was a REALLY GOOD YEAR for fiction, actually!


  2. Oh and I forgot to say, I would love people to consider Kathleen Jennings as Fan Artist this year! Her ongoing blog series ‘the Dalek Game’ has gone from strength to strength – I love her artwork but also the reminiscence about each book she uses as her theme per post.

    She’s done some good pro work too, especially the Small Beer Press cover of Delia Sherman’s (excellent!) The Freedom Maze, but I would be so happy to see Kathleen get some fan recognition for her adorable Daleks.


  3. I’d put forward When We Have Wings By Claire Corbett for first novel


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  5. Lynne says:

    @Sean: There’s only one novel category for the Hugos, although the Locus poll has a Best First Novel category…

    Thanks for the rec!



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