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2012 Hugo Awards Short List

So the Hugo Awards Short List was announced over a Easter.  I was one of the team running Swancon, so other than a quick congratulations to the Galactic Suburbia Crew on their nomination, I haven’t had time to think about the Hugos, until now.

First whether it’s due to the specific Short List this year, the Ditmar Wank from last year, this year’s Tin Ducks awards at Swancon, this year’s Ditmar nominations, or a combination of all of these, I’m quite interested in the Hugo Awards this year, and intend to participate as fully as anyone, geographically located in Australia, can.

For me, that means buying a supporting membership to Chicon 7, getting the Hugo Voting Packet (contains copies of most of the short listed works), reviewing as much of the material as I can before the voting deadline, and then voting from as informed and widely read / viewed / listened position as possible.

I’ve now sorted my Chicon 7 supporting membership, and whilst I’m waiting for the Hugo Packet to be sent, have decided to start with the  Best Fancast category, as the podcasts are easily accessible. Of particular note, this is a new, once-off category, as the Chicon 7 crew have taken advantage of the World Science Fiction Society rules to have it as an individual category for this year. Personally, I hope it’s an ongoing category, or at least implemented for a several year trial period like Best Graphic Story was (which expires this year, unless renewed at Chicon 7).

Short listed in this Best Fancast category are:

The Coode St Podcast – Jonathan Strahan & Gary K. Wolfe
Galactic Suburbia Podcast  – Alisa Krasnostein, Alex Pierce, and Tansy Rayner Roberts (presenters) and Andrew Finch (producer)
SF Signal Podcast
– John DeNardo and JP Frantz (presenters), Patrick Hester (producer)
SF Squeecast
– Lynne M. Thomas, Seanan McGuire, Paul Cornell, Elizabeth Bear, and Catherynne M. Valente
StarShipSofa
– Tony C. Smith

Galactic Suburbia have suggested podcast episodes 32, 36 and 47 as their ‘picks of 2011′ for review.
SF Squeecast has suggested Episode 7 via email, and say that will be the one they link to in the Hugo Voter Packet.
@JonathanStrahan has suggested episodes 65, 71, 74 and one at random of Coode St via Twitter.
@StarShipSofa has suggested episodes 214, 228 & 232 via Twitter.
@atfmb has suggested episodes 26, 30, 49 and 94 of SF Signal via Twitter.

I’ll be listening to those episodes and also their most recent episodes for review – let me know if you have any specific 2011 episode recommendations on top of these.

In case it’s not obvious, I’m quite looking forward to this year’s Hugo voting, and hope to blog each category as I review them.

How’s everyone else feeling about the Hugo Awards?

Prk

Edit: Updated to include recommended episodes for all nominees.
Edit: Updated to include links to episodes.

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