It’s the end of 2012, and it’s been a fun year when it comes to writing things. I’ve got a couple of projects that are eligible for the Hugo Awards this year:
Best Related Work:
Awarded to a work related to the field of science fiction, fantasy, or fandom, appearing for the first time during the previous calendar year or which has been substantially modified during the previous calendar year. The type of works eligible include, but are not limited to, collections of art, works of literary criticism, books about the making of a film or TV series, biographies and so on, provided that they do not qualify for another category.
A Brief History of Speculative Fiction: In 2012, I’ve looked at some of the founding figures of science fiction. 2013 is going to be a fun year: I’ve only scratched the surface. Here’s the posts that I’ve published:
- A Meeting in Geneva: The Birth of ‘Frankenstein’
- The Strange Tale of Edgar Allan Poe and Jules Verne
- Ray Bradbury, 1920-2012
- H.G. Wells and the Decline of Empires
- Jules Verne’s Moonshot
- Looking Far, Far into the Future: Olaf Stapledon
- Adapting Philip K. Dick in ‘Total Recall’ and more
- Hugo Gernsback: To Great Heights and Down Again
- Rounding out the Science Romances
- Exploring Lost Worlds: Arthur Conan Doyle’s Professor Challenger
- A Brief History of the Vampire Novel
- Revisiting Bram Stoker’s Horror Masterpiece, ‘Dracula’
- H.P. Lovecraft and the Other
- A Kind of Fairy Tale: George MacDonald
- J.R.R. Tolkien and the Great War
- There and Back Again: A Hobbit’s Tale
- T.H. White’s ‘Once and Future King’
Best Fan Writer:
This is another person category. Note that it does not just apply to writing done in fanzines. Work published in semiprozines, and even on mailing lists, blogs, BBSs, and similar electronic fora, can be including when judging people for this Award. Only work in professional publications should not be considered.
My work for Kirkus doesn’t apply for this one, but my various interviews, reviews and commentary written in 2012 for SF Signal and Lightspeed Magazine do qualify. I don’t know that my work here will reach the nomination stage, but I am rather happy with the work that I’ve done for the various websites out there. SF Signal is eligible again as Best Fanzine, which it won for it’s writing in 2011, as well as it’s podcast (which was nominated in 2011). Lightspeed Magazine is eligible for Best Semiprozine (nominated twice). It goes without saying that a large number of Lightspeed’s stories first published in 2012 are eligible, and editor John Joseph Adams is eligible for Best Editor, Short Form. I’d recommend all of the above for the awards in which they’re eligible.