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The Hugo Award Winners

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Since I had been posting my voting record for the Hugo, I figured it was only fair to post the final results and how I feel about them.

BEST NOVEL – Ancillary Justice, by Ann Leckie (Orbit US / Orbit UK) Yay! Perfect. This novel is beautiful and all of you need to read it RIGHT NOW.

BEST NOVELLA – “Equoid” by Charles Stross (Tor.com, 09-2013) Eh…well, its well written but I don’t normally enjoy horror and this was rather gruesome for my taste. But no ill will.

BEST NOVELETTE –  “The Lady Astronaut of Mars” by Mary Robinette Kowal (maryrobinettekowal.com / Tor.com, 09-2013) Wish it had been the other, but this story is beautiful, so congrats Kowal.

BEST SHORT STORY – “The Water That Falls on You from Nowhere” by John Chu (Tor.com, 02-2013) YAY! Again, this story was just beautiful and you all need to read it right now.

BEST GRAPHIC STORY –  “Time” by Randall Munroe (xkcd) Yes, yes, yes! Congrats Randall, you deserve it. This was a truly unique piece of work.

BEST DRAMATIC PRESENTATION, LONG FORM – Gravity written by Alfonso Cuarón & Jonás Cuarón, directed by Alfonso Cuarón (Esperanto Filmoj; Heyday Films;Warner Bros.) Grumble grumble grumble…first true disagreement…this was nothing but trite disaster porn…

BEST DRAMATIC PRESENTATION, SHORT FORM – Game of Thrones “The Rains of Castamere” written by David Benioff & D.B. Weiss, directed by David Nutter (HBO Entertainment in association with Bighead, Littlehead; Television 360; Startling Television and Generator Productions) Eh, I’m not a Game of Thrones fan, I find it all just excessive and unnecessary, but whatever, people like it.

BEST PROFESSIONAL ARTIST – Julie Dillon, congrats, your art is stunning!

BEST FAN ARTIST – Sarah Webb, again, congrats!

And stuff I didn’t vote on…but congrats guys!

BEST RELATED WORK – “We Have Always Fought: Challenging the Women, Cattle and Slaves Narrative” by Kameron Hurley (A Dribble of Ink)

BEST EDITOR, SHORT FORM – Ellen Datlow

BEST EDITOR, LONG FORM – Ginjer Buchanan

BEST SEMIPROZINE – Lightspeed Magazine edited by John Joseph Adams, Rich Horton, and Stefan Rudnicki

BEST FANZINE – A Dribble of Ink edited by Aidan Moher

BEST FANCAST – SF Signal Podcast, Patrick Hester

BEST FAN WRITER – Kameron Hurley

JOHN W. CAMPBELL AWARD FOR BEST NEW WRITER – Sofia Samatar

The 2014 Hugo Award winners were announced on Sunday evening, August 17, at the ExCel Converntion Centre in London, England. The ceremony was hosted by Justina Robson, Geoff Ryman. Text-based CoverItLive coverage of the ceremony was provided through the Hugo Awards web site. Video streaming coverage was provided by Ustream.

The 2014 Hugo trophy base was designed by Joy Alyssa Day

See the Final Ballot Details for a full breakdown of votes, subsequent placements, and nomination counts.

New Interview and News!

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Hey guys! Sorry for my long absence. Between some health stuff and major projects, I just haven’t had much time to review books and the like, but I will be back soon! Probably with a less aggressive review schedule. But for now, have a news digest!

I was interviewed for Relate Magazine, you should check it out here! It was a lot of fun, and I think its a great magazine dedicated to helping young women have healthy views of themselves and their opportunities in life.

I had a lot of fun working with the Dirty Little Bookers a couple months ago as their first Calling All Indies award winner, and they just finished designing the badge to put up on our stuff, so check it out!

CALLING ALL INDIES! badge

From now until forever it’ll live in the sidebar as a point of pride.

For those of you on the mailing list, never fear, your free short stories will keep on coming. I’ve also been hard at work on the sequels to Undeliverable and Thea of Oz, so keep an eye out for those at the beginning of the next year.

If you’re getting ready to do Christmas presents, why not gift a book? Between Undeliverable and Thea of Oz, I can cover most literary tastes, and if you want to give something hand-made, why not check out my Etsy store? Lots of pretty things at reasonable prices!

I hope you all have had an awesome September, and are looking forward to October. I know I sure am. I’ve got some fun projects I’ll talk to you guys about in a few days!

Brief Respite

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Hello all, this last week was a doozy, including emergency grant proposals, book proposals, a bedbug infestation that my roommate brought back from NYC, all on top of a minor medical procedure. We’ll be back to our regularly scheduled posts next week. For now, I’m going to sleep…if I can ever get these phantom itches to go away…

To Review or Not Review

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I hadn’t been aware of this until recently, but, apparently, there is a problem with ‘review bullying’ on places like Amazon and Goodreads whereby authors and fellow reviewers suffer at the hands of angry people and trolls who use the review section as their bully pulpits. The most recent and egregious example would be a young romance author that received multiple one star reviews before her book was even out with people heaping on the abuse, including rape and death threats. And, when this story went public, a lot of people rallied around her, but there were still a bunch of people who continued to heap on the abuse in reaction to her supporters. As of now, this author has declined to publish her book…ever.

Now, there are two groups rallying around authors to try and stop this kind of behavior: Horror Writers Association and a Change.org petition signed by many high-profile authors. The two groups, however, are taking radically different approaches to the solution of this problem.

HWA has proposed, in an open letter to Bezos at Amazon, that they update their policies in regards to flagging and removing reviews that

  • indicates the customer has not read the book, but only a small portion of it, such as a free electronic sample;
  • includes spoilers which, once revealed, could significantly reduce interest in the work;
  • includes negative personal remarks about the author; and/or
  • is focused on the work’s price rather than its content.

The petition, on the other hand, is calling for an end to anonymity in Amazon reviews, allowing only people who had verified their identity to be allowed to post reviews. They feel this will remove the mask of anonymity that most trolls thrive behind and lead to more honest reviews.

After reading the evidence and the various commentaries, I have to say that I think HWA is headed in the right direction, and the petition is entirely wrong. The anonymity of the internet not only allows more freedom of expression (sometimes for the worse) it also protects users. I choose, on forums like Reddit, to use my real name as I also promote my writing on that site and it would be easy enough to figure out who I was anyway. But there are people who have difficult personal histories who may not want someone to stumble across their review of a book or product and then be able to find them. The petition is reactionary and not entirely thought out. By trying to stem the trolls in this manner, they are also punishing people who do not feel safe in having their identities hanging out there for all to see.

Thankfully, at this point, I have not suffered any of the kinds of abuses other authors have, but I know in due time I will receive those scathing and vitriolic comments and reviews. I hope when this happens, Amazon and Goodreads will have updated their policies to better enforce a community which protects the content creators from the angry people who are only there to make trouble and try and tear other people down.