NESFA 2011 Hugo Recommendations

NESFA continues to maintain a list of Good Stuff to read. Any NESFA member who reads something that they would like to recommend to others to be considered for a Hugo nomination can add it to the list. We will publish it from time to time in Instant Message and on the nets. (Feel free to reproduce it provided you reproduce it intact!) It's neither definitive nor complete, but it contains the stories, novels and non-fiction works that a bunch of well-read fans feel may be worthy of a Hugo nomination.

  • These are items first published (or first published in English) in 2011 and eligible for the Hugos to be presented at Chicon 7, August 30-September 3, 2012, in Chicago, Illinois.
  • Some items published outside the U.S. in prior years but first published in the U.S. in 2011 are also listed, since the Worldcon Business Meeting usually extends their eligibility for the Hugos.
  • The nominating deadline is 2:59am EDT 12 March 2012 (23:59 PDT 11 March 2012). (The 31 March PDT date announced to some people, and which briefly appeared here, is wrong.)
  • For more information about the Hugos, see theHugoAwards.org.
Novel (40,000 words or more)
Title Author Publisher  
 Zoo City
Lauren Beukes
Angry Robot US (extended eligibility)
ies
Ready Player One
Ernest Cline
Crown
arl
11/22/63 Stephen King     Scribner vjd
7th Sigma Steven Gould
Tor
ca, dgg
The Restoration Game
Ken MacLeod
Pyr (extended eligibility)
ies
A Dance With Dragons
George R. R. Martin Bantam
jam, arl, dgg
Planesrunner
Ian McDonald
Pyr
ca
Embassytown
China Mieville
Del Rey
ca, ies, jam
Snuff
Sir Terry Pratchett
Harper
arl
The Quantum Thief
Hannu Rajaniemi
Tor (extended eligibility)
by, ca, daa, dgg, ies, jam 
The Wise Man's Fear Patrick Rothfuss DAW jam
Terminal WorldAlastair Reynolds    Gollancz/Ace (extended eligibility) vjd, jam, by
WWW:WONDER
Robert J. Sawyer
Ace
arl
Reamde
Neal Stephenson
William Morrow
arl
Rule 34
Charles Stross
Ace
arl, dgg
The Children of the Sky  Vernor Vinge Tor jam, dgg, by
Among Others Jo Walton Tor vjd, ies, jam
Goliath Scott Westerfeld
Simon Pulse
ca, daa, jam
Vortex
Robert Charles Wilson
Tor
ca
 
Novella (between 17,500 and 40,000 words)
Title Author Appeared / Publisher  
The Silver Wind
Nina Allan
Interzone 233
ies
Gravity Dreams
Stephen Baxter
PS Publishing
ca, ies
The Adakian Eagle
Bradley Denton
Down These Strange Streets
ca, daa
The Man Who Ended History: A Documentary
Ken Liu
Panverse Three
ca
The Choice
Paul McAuley
Asimov's (Feb 2011)
ca
The Heavenly Fox
Richard Parks
PS Publishing
ies
The Ants of Flanders Robert Reed
F&SF (Aug 2011)
ca
Angel of Europa
Allen Steele
Suberranean Press
ca
Jesus and the Eightfold Path
Lavie Tidhar
Immersion Press
ca
 
Novelette (between 7,500 and 17,500 words)
Title Author Appeared  
Paradise Is a Walled Garden
Lisa Goldstein
Asimov's (Aug 2011)
arl, ca
Jak and the Beanstalk
Richard A. Lovett
Analog (Jul/Aug 2011)
ca
Digging
Ian MacDonald
Life on Mars
ca
The Vorkuta Event
Ken MacLeod
The New and Perfect Man
ca
Enigma
Sean McMullen
Analog (Jan/Feb 2011)
ca
The Boneless One
Alec Novala-Lee
Analog (Nov 2011)
ca
Kawataro
Alec Novala-Lee
Analog (Jun 2011)
ca
The Boy Who Cast No Shadow Thomas Olde Heuvelt Postscripts: Unfit for Eden vjd 
Surf
Suzanne Palmer
Asimov's (Dec 2011)
ca
A Response From EST17 Tom Purdom
Asimov's (Apr/May 2011)
ca
The Old Man and the Martian Sea Alastair Reynolds
Life on Mars
ca, jam
Throwness
Adam Roberts
The New and Perfect Man
ca
Laika's Ghost
Karl Schroeder
Engineering Infinity
ca, jam
On Chryse Plain    Stephen BaxterLife on Mars  jam
 
Short Story (less than 7,500 words)
Title Author Appeared  
Martian HeartJohn BarnesLife on Mars jam
The Invasion of Venus
Stephen Baxter
Engineering Infinity
ca, jam
Chumbolene
Bill Johnson
Analog (Nov 2011)
ca
The Best Science Fiction of the Year Three
Ken MacLeod
Solaris Rising
ca
The Surface of Least Scattering
Ken MacLeod
trsf #1
ca, daa
An Empty House With Many Doors Michael Swanwick Asimov's (Apr/May 2011) ca
 
Related Book
Title Author Publisher  
The Unsilent Library: Essays on the Russell T. Davies Era of the New Doctor Who Simon Bradshaw, Antony Keen, and Graham Sleight Science Fiction Foundation jam 
Pardon This Intrusion:  Fantaskia in the World Storm
John Clute
Beccon Publications
ies
Spectrum 18
Cathy Fenner & Arnie Fenner
Underwood Books
ca, dgg
Jar Jar Binks Must Die
Daniel M. Kimmel
Fantastic Books
ca, arl, daa, dgg, jam
Murray Leinster: The Life and Works
Billee J. Stallings & Jo-An J. Evans
McFarland
ca
Hardware: The Definitive SF Works of Chris FossChris FossTitan Booksjam
Masters of Science Fiction and Fantasy ArtKaren HaberRockport Publishersjam, dgg
 
Graphic Story
Title Author Artist Publisher  
The Unwritten (vol 4): Leviathan
Mike Carey
Peter Gross
Vertigo
jam, ca
Knight and Squire Paul Cornell Jimmy Broxton DC jam, ca, daa
Captain Swing and the Electrical Pirates of Cindery Island
Warren Ellis
Raulo Caceres
Avatar
ca, daa
American Vampire (vol 2)
Scott Snyder
Rafael Albuquerque
Vertigo
ca, daa
American Vampire (vol 3)
Scott Snyder
Rafael Albuquerque et al
Vertigo
ca
Batman: The Black Mirror
Scott Snyder
Jock, Francesco Francavilla
DC
ca
 
Dramatic Presentation Long Form (over 90 minutes)
Title Series / Studio Length  
The Adjustment Bureau Universal 106 min [IMDB] ca, daa, jam, ebh, dgg, by
Another Earth Fox Searchlight 92 min [IMDB] vjd
Attack the Block Big Talk Pictures 88 min [IMDB] vjd
Captain America: The First Avenger
Marvel
124 min [IMDB]
ca, daa, dgg
Contagion Warner 106 min [IMDB] vjd, ca, daa, dgg, jam
Game of Thrones (Season 1) HBO  600 min vjd, jam, by, ebh, dgg, ldtm
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II Warner 130 min [IMDB] jam, ldtm, vjd, ca, daa, dgg
Hugo  Paramount 126 min [IMDB] vjd, ca, daa, ebh, cjh, jam
Melancholia     Zentropa 130 min [IMDB] vjd
Midnight in Paris
Gravier Productions etc?
94 min [IMDB] cjh
Paul Relativity Media 104 min [IMDB] jam, ldtm, ebh
Rise of the Planet of the Apes 20th Century Fox 105 min [IMDB] vjd
Source Code Vendome Pictures 93 min [IMDB] jam, ldtm, ca, daa, vjd, dgg
Super 8 Bad Robot 112 min [IMDB]
ca, daa, dgg
X-Men: First Class 20th Century Fox 132 min [IMDB]
jam, ca, daa, dgg
 
Dramatic Presentation Short Form (90 minutes or less)
Title Series / Studio Length  
The Wolf-Shaped Bullet Being Human 57 min by, jam, po
Attack the Block
Big Talk Pictures 88 min [IMDB]
ca, daa, dgg
Lysergic Acid Diethylamide Fringe 45 min ca, daa, jam
The Doctor's Wife Doctor Who 45 min jam, arl, dgg
A Good Man Goes to War Doctor Who 45 min jam, ldtm, by
The Girl Who Waited Doctor Who 45 min jam, by, arl, po
The Wedding of River Song
Doctor Who
45 min
arl, jam, by, dgg
The Coming of Arthur     
Merlin 86 min
by, jam
The Sword in the Stone    
Merlin86 min
by
Death of the Doctor  The Sarah Jane Smith Adventures 48 min jam
The Darkest Hour
Summit Entertainment
89 min [IMDB]
ca, daa

Length: The complete running time excluding previews, promotional trailers, commercials, public service announcements, or other extraneous material, based on the first general release of the item. According to some recent Hugo Administrators, nominations made in Long Form of items running 90 minutes or less, or in Short Form of items running over 90 minutes, will be ignored unless they can be moved to the other category without increasing the number of nominations there beyond five. Most recent Hugo administrators, however, have said that they do not do this and will honor the nominators wishes for works that are within the 20% overlap boundary (that is, less than 108 minutes).

IMDB: The running time is from the Internet Movie Database.

Noteworthy Works by Potential Campbell Nominees

(We do not make recommendations on these pages for the Hugo awards which are given to people (such as Best Editor or Best Artist), but for the Campbell Award for Best New Writer we do note recommended stories by people we believe to be eligible.)

Title Author Appeared / Publisher  
       

Other Good Reads

Novel (40,000 words or more)
Title Author Publisher  
Midnight Riot
Ben Aaronovitch
Del Rey
ca, daa
Moon Over Soho
Ben Aaronovitch
Del Rey
ca, daa
Firestorm (Destroyermen)
Taylor Anderson
Roc
ca, daa
Phoenix Rising
Pip Ballantine & Tee Morris
Harper Voyager
ca, daa
Ashes
Ilsa J. Bick
Egmont
ca
Farlander
Col Buchanan
Tor
arl
Heartless
Gail Carriger
Orbit
daa, jam, po
7th Sigma
Steven Gould
Tor
daa
The Dewey Decimal System
Nathan Larson
Akashic Books
ca
Ghost Country
Patrick Lee
Harper
ca, daa
Up Against It
M. J. Locke
Tor
ca
Low Town
Daniel Polansky
Doubleday
ca
Ganymede
Cherie Priest
Tor
ca, daa
Revolution World
Katy Stauber
Night Shade Books
ca
       
 
Novella (between 17,500 and 40,000 words)
Title Author Appeared  
       
 
Novelette (between 7,500 and 17,500 words)
Title Author Appeared  
       
 
Short Story (less than 7,500 words)
Title Author Appeared  
       
 
Related Book
Title Author Publisher  
       
 
Graphic Story
Title Author Artist Publisher  
         
 
Dramatic Presentation Long Form (over 90 minutes)
Title Studio Length  
       
 
Dramatic Presentation Short Form (90 minutes or less)
Title Series / Studio Length  
 Lancelot du Lac
 Merlin  43  by
 

Key to nominators: ansl: Alice Lewis, arl: Tony Lewis, bsa: Brad Ackerman, by: Ben Yalow, ca: Claire Anderson, cjh: Chip Hitchcock, daa: Dave Anderson, dak: Debbie King, dea: Deb Atwood, dgg: David G. Grubbs, dmg: Deborah M. Geisler, ebh: Lisa Hertel, ec: Elisabeth Carey, esa: Ted Atwood, fo: Frank Olynyk; gdm: Gary McGath, ged: Gay Ellen Dennett, ies: Ian Stockdale, jac: JoAnn Cox, jam: Jim Mann, js: Joe Siclari, jks: Joyce Scrivner, kp: Kelly Persons, ldtm: Laurie Mann, mdb: M. David Blake, mdh: Mark Hertel, mlo: Mark Olson, pal: Paula Lieberman, pf: Pam Fremon, po: Priscilla Olson, rk: Rick Katze, sl: Suford Lewis, shs: Steven Silver, sls: Sharon Sbarsky, sp: Sheila Perry, tps: Tim Szczesuil, vjd: Vincent J. Docherty

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