NESFA 2012 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 2012 and eligible for the Hugos to be presented at Lone Star Con 3, August 29-September 2, 2013, in San Antonio, Texas.
  • Some items published outside the U.S. in prior years but first published in the U.S. in 2012 are also listed, since the Worldcon Business Meeting usually extends their eligibility for the Hugos.
  • The nominating deadline is 11:59pm EDT on March 10, 2013.
  • For more information about the Hugos, see theHugoAwards.org.
Novel (40,000 words or more)
Title Author Publisher  
Whispers Under Ground
Ben Aaronovitch
Del Rey
ca, daa, arl
Throne of the Crescent MoonSaladin AhmedDAWldtm
The Drowned Cities
Paolo Bacigalupi
Little, Brown
ca
The Hydrogen SonataIain M. BanksOrbitvjd, jam
Existence David Brin Tor vjd, arl
Captain Vorpatril's AllianceLois McMaster BujoldBaenjam, dgg
Caliban's War
James S. A. Corey
Orbit
ca, daa
Great North RoadPeter F. HamiltonMacmillan/DelReyvjd
Glamour In Glass
Mary Robinette Kowal
Tor
ca
Be My Enemy
Ian McDonald
Pyr
ca
Ashes of HonorSeanan McGuireDAW    by
Railsea
China Mieville
Ballantine DelRey
esa, jam
Hide Me Among The Graves
Tim Powers
Morrow
by, jam
The Long EarthTerry Pratchett & Stephen Baxter  HarperCollinsvjd
Blue Remembered EarthAlastair ReynoldsGollanczby, vid, jam, dgg     
Jack Glass
Adam Roberts
Gollancz
ca
2312Kim Stanley Robinson   Orbitjam
RedshirtsJohn ScalziTorvjd, dgg
Ashes of CandesceKarl Schroeder    Torjam, ca, daa
The Apocalypse CodexCharles StrossAce jam, vjd, dgg
The Coldest War
Ian Tregillis
Tor
ca
The Last Policeman
Ben H. Winters    Quirk
ca
 
Novella (between 17,500 and 40,000 words)
Title Author Appeared / Publisher  
"The Moon Belongs To Everyone"
Michael Alexander & K. C. Ball
Analog 12/2012
ca
"Hand of Glory"
Laird Barron
The Book of Cthulhu II
ca
"In the House of Aryaman, a Lonely Signal Burns"
Elizabeth Bear
Asimov's 1/2012
ca
"Twenty Lights to 'The Land of Snow'"
Michael Bishop
Going Interstellar
ca
On a Red Station, Drifting
Aliette do Bodard
Immersion Press
ca
"Unearthed" William Preston
Asimov's 9/2012
ca
"Eater-of-Bone"
Robert Reed
Eater-of-Bone
ca
"The Boolean Gate"
Walter Jon Williams
Subterranean
ca
 
Novelette (between 7,500 and 17,500 words)
Title Author Appeared  
"Holmes Sherlock: A Hwarhath Mystery"
Eleanor Arnason
Eclipse Online 11/12/12
ca
"The Girl-Thing Who Went Out For Sushi"
Pat Cadigan
Edge Of Infinity
ca, jam
"The Ghosts of Christmas"
Paul Cornell
tor.com 12/19/12
ca
"The Umbrella Man"
John G. M. Dard
F&SF 1-2/12
ca
"Close Encounters"
Andy Duncan
F&SF 9-10/2012; The Pottawatomie Giant & Other Stories
ca
"Siege Perilous"
Daniel Hatch
Analog 11/2012
ca
"The Boy Who Cast No Shadow"Thomas Olde Heuvelt Postscripts: Unfit for Edenvjd 
"Arbeitskraft"
Nick Mamatas
The Mammoth Book of Steampunk
ca
"Electrica"
Sean McMullen
F&SF 3-4/12
ca
"Ninety Thousand Horses"
Sean McMullen
Analog 1-2/2012
ca
"Nahiku West"
Linda Nagata
Analog 10/2012
ca
"The Contrary Gardener"
Christopher Rowe
Eclipse Online 10/8/12
ca
"The Last Run of the Coppelia"
Genevieve Valentine
Armored
ca
"Something Real"
Rick Wilber
Asimov's 4-5/2012
ca
 
Short Story (less than 7,500 words)
Title Author Appeared  
"Great-Grandmother in the Cellar"
Peter S. Beagle
Under My Hat
ca
"The Deeps of the Sky" Elizabeth Bear Edge of Infinity jam
"Blood Drive"
Jeffrey Ford
After
ca
"Rust With Wings"
Steven Gould
After
ca
"The Education of a Witch"
Ellen Klages
Under My Hat
ca
"Mono No Aware"
Ken Liu
The Future Is Japanese
ca
"Macy Minnot's Last Christmas on Dione, Ring Racing, Fiddler's Green, the Potter's Garden"
Paul McAuley
Edge of Infinity
ca
"The Black Feminist's Guide To Science Fiction Film Editing"
Sandra McDonald
Asimov's 12/12
ca
"Tyche and the Ants"
Hannu Rajaniemi
Edge of Infinity
ca
"Trauma Pod"
Alastair Reynolds
Armored
ca
"Vainglory"
Alastair Reynolds
Edge of Infinity
ca
 
Related Book
Title Author Publisher  
An Exile on Planet Earth: Articles and Reflections
Brian Aldiss
Bodleian Library
ca
Science Fiction: The 101 Best Novels1985-2010
Damien Broderick & Paul DiFilippo
Non-Stop Press
ca, jam
On Conan DoyleMichael DirdaPrinceton University Pressjam
Spectrum 19: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art
Cathy Fenner & Arnie Fenner
Underwood Books
ca, dgg
Chicks Unravel Time: Women Journey Through Every Season of Doctor Who
L. M. Myles & Deborah Standish
Mad Norwegian Press
ca
Reflections: On the Magic of Writing
Diana Wynne Jones
Greenwillow
ca
 
Graphic Story
Title Author Artist Publisher  
The Battle of Blood and Ink: A Fable of the Flying City
Jared Axelrod
Steve Walker
Torca, daa
The Unwritten (volume 6): Tommy Taylor and the War of Words
Mike Carey & Peter Gross
M. K. Perker
Image
ca, daa
Saucer Country (volume 1): Run
Paul Cornell
Ryan Kelly
Vertigo
ca, daa, jam
The Manhattan Projects (volume 1)
Jonathan Hickman
Nick Pitavro
Image
ca, daa
Cinderella: Fables Are Forever
Chris Roberson
Shawn McManus
Vertigo
ca, daa, jam
Batman: The Court of Owls (volume 1)
Scott Snyder
Greg Capullo
DC
ca, daa
Grandville Bete Noir
Bryan Talbot
Bryan Talbot
Dark Horse
ca, daa
Saga (volume 1)
Brian K. VaughanFiona StaplesImagejam, ca, daa
Peter Panzerfaust (volume 1): The Great Escape
Kurtis Wiebe
Tyler Jenkins
Image
ca, daa
 
Dramatic Presentation Long Form (over 90 minutes)
Title Series / Studio Length  
Avengers Assemble/Marvel's The AvengersMarvel/Disney143 minvjd, jam, ca, daa, ebh, ged, dgg
Chronicle20th Century Fox 83 min vjd
Cloud AtlasCloud Atlas Productions172 minjam, ldtm
Game of Thrones, Season 2HBO    
jam, ldtm, dgg
John CarterDisney132 min vjd, jam, ebh, ged
LooperDMG Entertainment119 min [IMDB]ca, daa, ldtm, dgg
The Cabin in the WoodsMutant Enemy/Lionsgate95 minvjd, ca, daa
The Hunger Games Lionsgate 142 minjam, vjd, ca, daa, ldtm
The Pirates! In an Adventure With ScientistsAardman/Columbia88 minvjd
The Secret World of Arrietty
Studio Ghibli
94 min [IMDB]
ca, daa, ged
The Hobbit: An Unexpected JourneyNew Line/MGM169 minjam, vjd, ca, daa
 
Dramatic Presentation Short Form (90 minutes or less)
Title Series / Studio Length  
Chronicle
20th Century Fox
84 min [IMDB]ca, daa
Sound of My Voice
20th Century Fox
85 min [IMDB]ca, daa
The Pirates! In an Adventure With Scientists
Aardman
88 min [IMDB]ca, daa
The War Child
Being Human / BBC
57 min    
by, jam
The Final Frontier
Castle
44 min
by, ca, daa, jam, ldtm
Letters of TransitFringe / Fox 43 minvjd, ca, daa, jam
Asylum of the DaleksDoctor Who44 minjam, by, ldtm, ebh
Dinosaurs on a SpaceshipDoctor Who44 minjam
The Angels Take Manhattan
Doctor Who
44 min
arl
Just Another Day
Eureka

ged, ebh
The Sword in the Stone
Merlin    86 min    by 
The Diamond of The DayMerlin89 min    by 
Robot & Frank
Sony
89 min [IMDB]ca, daa
Safety Not Guaranteed
Sony
86 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  
Destroyermen: Iron Gray Sea
Taylor Anderson
Roc
ca, daa
Rising Sun
Robert Conroy
Baen
ca
Taft 2012
Joseph Heller
Quick Books
ca
Thieftaker
D. B. Jackson
Tor
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  
"Beanball"
Henry Garfield
Final Fenway Fiction
ca
 
Related Book
Title Author Publisher  
       
 
Graphic Story
Title Author Artist Publisher  
         
 
Dramatic Presentation Long Form (over 90 minutes)
Title Studio Length  
Avengers Assemble/Marvel's The Avengers Marvel/Disney 143 min
by
The Amazing Spider-man Columbia  jam
 
Dramatic Presentation Short Form (90 minutes or less)
Title Series / Studio Length  
The Angels Take ManhattanDr Who     44 minby, jam 
The DisirMerlin 44 min by
The Drawing of The Dark Merlin44 min    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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