Cixin Liu's "Three Body Problem" is the first-ever translation to win Best Novel; meanwhile, the uprecedented effort to put together an organized slate of science fiction that appealed to sexist (Sad Puppies) and misogynist/white supremacist (Rabid Puppies) and homophobic (both) orthodoxy to sweep the Hugos was a flop.
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SF writer Nicola Griffith reports in from her Literary Prize Data, which is collating data on gender and genre awards (and showing a dismally predictable skew towards books by and about men and boys).
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Previous winners include Edward Snowden, Carl Malamud, Limor Fried, Laura Poitras, Hddy Lamarr, Aaron Swartz, Gigi Sohn, Bruce Schneier, Zoe Lofgren, Glenn Greenwald, Jon Postel and many others (I am immensely proud to have won one myself!).
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Best novel: Annihilation;, Jeff VanderMeer; Novella "Yesterday’s Kin," Nancy Kress; Novelette “A Guide to the Fruits of Hawai’i,” Alaya Dawn Johnson; Short story “Jackalope Wives,” Ursula Vernon; Movie Guardians of the Galaxy; YA Love Is the Drug, Alaya Dawn Johnson.
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The Locus Award -- nominated and voted by science fiction fans -- has published a particularly fine shortlist this year (in contrast to the hijacked Hugo Award ballot); I'm extremely proud to see my novella The Man Who Sold the Moon from Hieroglyph on the list.
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Citizenfour, Laura Poitras's brilliant documentary about Edward Snowden, won the Best Documentary Academy Award last night!
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The Copper Cylinder Prize, voted on by members of the Sunburst Award Society awarded best YA novel to Homeland; best adult novel went to Guy Gavriel Kay's River of Stars.
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The Electronic Frontier Foundation has opened the nominations for the 2014 Pioneer Award, which celebrates people who have contributed substantially to the health, growth, accessibility, or freedom of computer-based communications. Anyone can nominate, and the winners will be chosen by an independent and august jury. I am enduringly proud to have received the Pioneer Award, along with such luminaries as Limor "Lady Ada" Fried, Bruce Shneier, Bunnie Huang and Aaron Swartz.
Our friends at The Webby Awards
have announced this year's recipients! As they do every year, The Webby Awards 2014
celebrates well-known big sites and also fantastic indie operations I've never heard of before but look terrific. And special congratulations to BB pal Lawrence Lessig
who received a "Webby Lifetime Achievement" award! In my favorite category, "Weird," the Webby went to The .GIFYs
Last night, I was lucky enough to attend the announcement for The Arthur C Clarke Award shortlist
for best novel of 2013. The six books on the list are Nexus
by Ramez Naam; God's War
by Kameron Hurley; The Machine
by James Smythe; Ancillary Justice
by Anne Leckie; The Disestablishment of Paradise
by Phillip Mann and The Adjacent
by Christopher Priest. Of the six, my favorite is Nexus, which I reviewed
last year. Congrats to all the nominees! The Clarke winners will be announced on May 1.
I was a judge on this year's Science Seeker Awards, which honor great science writing being done online. The winners were just announced and you should really check out the whole list. It's full of great writing, including some names and blogs you've probably never read before.
I also want to draw your attention to a runner-up post that made a big impact on me. It's a piece by Jalees Rehman about what happens when scientists (and science journalists) settle for easy work and quick rewards instead of pushing themselves. The post introduced me to the concept of der innere Schweinehund, aka "the inner swine-dog", a fantastic German metaphor for the part of ourselves that prefers laziness over productivity, comfort over challenge, and routine over achievement. Everything is a battle against our own inner swine dog. It's a terribly German way of looking at things, but it resonated with me — and will probably resonate with anyone who has ever had to decide between checking Facebook and finishing an important task.
More importantly, reading about it in the midst of judging some really good science writing reminded me of how important that daily battle is. These Science Seeker Award Winning stories will educate you, scratch your itch for curiosity, and help you question your world. Those are incredibly important goals, and the only way we reach them is by fighting off the inner swine-dog.
There is a statue of the Innere Schweinehund in Bonn. Norbert Schnitzler took this photo of it for Wikimedia Commons.
I'm delighted to announce that my novel Pirate Cinema
is a finalist for this year's Prometheus Award, given by the Libertarian Futurist Society
. Winning the Prometheus for Little Brother
, and being nominated again for Makers
was a major honor, and I've got my fingers crossed for this year.
Every year, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association announces its nominees for the Golden Globe Awards, the junior prom that takes place in the high school gym to the Academy Awards' senior prom that takes place in a fancy banquet hall. And every year, there is something to be annoyed or confused about. This year is no exception, especially in the television categories, unless you think Best Comedy or Musical nominee Smash is a better show than Community or Veep, and Best Drama nominee The Newsroom was better than Mad Men. (Even though both Mad Men and The Walking Dead were pretty inconsistent last season, despite some truly golden moments. Cheers, non-nominee Jared Harris.) At least the movie categories were a little easier to stomach. Top nominees this year: Lincoln, Django Unchained, and Argo. Read the full list of nominees at the official site of the Golden Globes, which will air Sunday, January 13 at 8:00 PM (Eastern) on NBC. (via The Golden Globes)
If you're traveling (or just hanging out and bored) today, here's a delightful collection of kick-ass science journalism to fill your hours
. The American Association for the Advancement of Science recently announced the winners of this year's Kavli Science Journalism Awards. At the announcement site, you'll find links to all the winners, including: Michelle Nijhuis' excellent reporting on deadly white-nose syndrome; a PBS NOVA documentary on genetic medicine; and a radio story for the show "BURN: An Energy Journal" discussing the complicated future of nuclear power after Fukushima.
Nominations are open for the Electronic Frontier Foundation's annual Pioneer Awards, which are given out "to recognize leaders on the electronic frontier who are extending freedom and innovation in the realm of information technology." The nominations are open to the general public until August 6.
What does it take to be a Pioneer? There are no specific categories, but nominees must have contributed substantially to the health, growth, accessibility, or freedom of computer-based communications. Their contributions may be technical, social, legal, academic, economic or cultural. This year’s pioneers will join an esteemed group of past award winners that includes World Wide Web inventor Tim Berners-Lee, security expert Bruce Schneier, open source advocate Mozilla Foundation, and privacy rights activist Beth Givens.
I was privileged to receive the Pioneer Award in 2007, an honor that remains one of my proudest.
Pioneer Award Nominations Are Now Open
Laura sez, "Podcast nominations are open until June 1, 2012 for the Seventh Annual Parsec Awards
which recognize excellence in speculative fiction podcasting. The awards were founded in 2005 by New York Times bestselling author Tracy Hickman, podcasting guru and author Mur Lafferty, and Farpoint Media founder Michael Mennenga. Given each year at Dragon*Con in Atlanta, Georgia, the awards recognize those whose works mark the pinnacle of this form of new media and give hours of entertainment to their audience. This year there are 17 categories recognizing stories, full cast productions, audio dramas, videos, content creation, fan and newscasts, fact behind the fiction casts, new podcasters, music, and more."
Last night saw the announcement of the 2012 nominees for science fiction's prestigious Hugo Award. It's a particularly fine ballot, reflecting a record number of nominating ballots (wisdom of the crowds and all that). Included on the ballot are our own moderator Avram (as part of the team that publishes The New York Review of Science Fiction) and one of my all-time favorite books, Among Others. Also noteworthy: the much-deserved John W Campbell Award nomination (for best new writer) for the fabulous Mur Lafferty, a nomination for the indispensable Science Fiction Encyclopedia, Third Edition, a nomination for IO9's Charlie Jane Anders's story Six Months, Three Days, and a fourth nomination for much-favored Fables graphic novels.
Best Novel (932 ballots)
Among Others by Jo Walton (Tor)
A Dance With Dragons by George R. R. Martin (Bantam Spectra)
Deadline by Mira Grant (Orbit)
Embassytown by China Miéville (Macmillan / Del Rey)
Leviathan Wakes by James S. A. Corey (Orbit)
Best Novella (473 ballots)
Countdown by Mira Grant (Orbit)
“The Ice Owl” by Carolyn Ives Gilman (The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction November/December 2011)
“Kiss Me Twice” by Mary Robinette Kowal (Asimov's June 2011)
“The Man Who Bridged the Mist” by Kij Johnson (Asimov's September/October 2011)
“The Man Who Ended History: A Documentary” by Ken Liu (Panverse 3)
Silently and Very Fast by Catherynne M. Valente (WSFA)
Best Novelette (499 ballots)
“The Copenhagen Interpretation” by Paul Cornell (Asimov's July 2011)
“Fields of Gold” by Rachel Swirsky (Eclipse Four)
“Ray of Light” by Brad R. Torgersen (Analog December 2011)
“Six Months, Three Days” by Charlie Jane Anders (Tor.com)
“What We Found” by Geoff Ryman (The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction March/April 2011)
Best Short Story (593 ballots)
“The Cartographer Wasps and the Anarchist Bees” by E. Lily Yu (Clarkesworld April 2011)
“The Homecoming” by Mike Resnick (Asimov's April/May 2011)
“Movement” by Nancy Fulda (Asimov's March 2011)
“The Paper Menagerie” by Ken Liu (The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction March/April 2011)
“Shadow War of the Night Dragons: Book One: The Dead City: Prologue” by John Scalzi (Tor.com)
Hugo Nominees 2012