There are quite a few 2015 Hugo Finalists that I’m not likely to get to. I typically don’t read much eligible material within the year. Most of my reading is older stuff. I read more eligible material this past year than I have since high school. This would be my ballot as of now.
Best Novel – empty because I’ve not read any of the finalists. Had it been listed I would have voted for Brad Torgersen’s The Chaplain’s War.
- Ancillary Sword, Ann Leckie (Orbit US/Orbit UK)
- The Dark Between the Stars, Kevin J. Anderson (Tor Books)
- The Goblin Emperor, Katherine Addison (Sarah Monette) (Tor Books)
- Skin Game, Jim Butcher (Orbit UK/Roc Books)
- The Three Body Problem, Cixin Liu, Ken Liu translator (Tor Books)
Best Novella – Pale Realms of Shade was the best in my opinion. I didn’t get around to Big Boys Don’t Cry or Flow.
- Big Boys Don’t Cry, Tom Kratman (Castalia House)
- “Flow”, Arlan Andrews, Sr. (Analog, 11-2014)
- One Bright Star to Guide Them, John C. Wright (Castalia House)
- “Pale Realms of Shade”, John C. Wright (The Book of Feasts & Seasons, Castalia House)
- “The Plural of Helen of Troy”, John C. Wright (City Beyond Time: Tales of the Fall of Metachronopolis, Castalia House)
Best Novelette – empty, I haven’t read any of these.
- “Ashes to Ashes, Dust to Dust, Earth to Alluvium”, Gray Rinehart (Orson Scott Card’s InterGalactic Medicine Show, 05-2014)
- “Championship B’tok”, Edward M. Lerner (Analog, 09-2014)
- “The Day the World Turned Upside Down”, Thomas Olde Heuvelt, Lia Belt translator (Lightspeed, 04-2014)
- “The Journeyman: In the Stone House”, Michael F. Flynn (Analog, 06-2014)
- “The Triple Sun: A Golden Age Tale”, Rajnar Vajra (Analog, 07/08-2014)
Best Short Story – Totaled is the best of this list, though Turncoat was also excellent and I really liked On A Spiritual Plain and The Parliament of Beasts and Birds. Had she not withdrawn it Goodnight Stars by Annie Bellet would have been my first choice.
- “On A Spiritual Plain”, Lou Antonelli (Sci Phi Journal #2, 11-2014)
- “The Parliament of Beasts and Birds”, John C. Wright (The Book of Feasts & Seasons, Castalia House)
- “A Single Samurai”, Steven Diamond (The Baen Big Book of Monsters, Baen Books)
- “Totaled”, Kary English (Galaxy’s Edge Magazine, 07-2014)
- “Turncoat”, Steve Rzasa (Riding the Red Horse, Castalia House)
Best Related Work – Why Science is Never Settled gets my vote, though Transhuman and Subhuman was also excellent. I haven’t read the other three.
- “The Hot Equations: Thermodynamics and Military SF”, Ken Burnside (Riding the Red Horse, Castalia House)
- Letters from Gardner, Lou Antonelli (The Merry Blacksmith Press)
- Transhuman and Subhuman: Essays on Science Fiction and Awful Truth, John C. Wright (Castalia House)
- “Why Science is Never Settled”, Tedd Roberts (Baen.com)
- Wisdom from My Internet, Michael Z. Williamson (Patriarchy Press)
Best Graphic Story – empty, this isn’t my kind of category
- Ms. Marvel Volume 1: No Normal, written by G. Willow Wilson, illustrated by Adrian Alphona and Jake Wyatt, (Marvel Comics)
- Rat Queens Volume 1: Sass and Sorcery, written by Kurtis J. Weibe, art by Roc Upchurch (Image Comics)
- Saga Volume 3, written by Brian K. Vaughan, illustrated by Fiona Staples (Image Comics))
- Sex Criminals Volume 1: One Weird Trick, written by Matt Fraction, art by Chip Zdarsky (Image Comics)
- The Zombie Nation Book #2: Reduce Reuse Reanimate, Carter Reid (The Zombie Nation)
Best Dramatic Presentation, Long Form – Guardians of the Galaxy was an easy choice for me. I did enjoy Edge of Tomorrow (up until the last 5 minutes) and Captain America was fun as well. I haven’t seen Lego Movie or Interstellar yet.
- Captain America: The Winter Soldier, screenplay by Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely, concept and story by Ed Brubaker, directed by Anthony Russo and Joe Russo (Marvel Entertainment, Perception, Sony Pictures Imageworks)
- Edge of Tomorrow, screenplay by Christopher McQuarrie, Jez Butterworth, and John-Henry Butterworth, directed by Doug Liman (Village Roadshow, RatPac-Dune Entertainment, 3 Arts Entertainment; Viz Productions)
- Guardians of the Galaxy, written by James Gunn and Nicole Perlman, directed by James Gunn (Marvel Studios, Moving Picture Company)
- Interstellar, screenplay by Jonathan Nolan and Christopher Nolan, directed by Christopher Nolan (Paramount Pictures, Warner Bros. Pictures, Legendary Pictures, Lynda Obst Productions, Syncopy)
- The Lego Movie, written by Phil Lord & Christopher Miller, story by Dan Hageman, Kevin Hageman, Phil Lord & Christopher Miller, directed by Phil Lord & Christopher Miller (Warner Bros. Pictures, Village Roadshow Pictures, RatPac-Dune Entertainment, LEGO System A/S, Vertigo Entertainment, Lin Pictures, Warner Bros. Animation (as Warner Animation Group))
Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form – empty as I haven’t seen any of these.
- Doctor Who: “Listen”, written by Steven Moffat, directed by Douglas Mackinnon (BBC Television)
- The Flash: “Pilot”, teleplay by Andrew Kreisberg & Geoff Johns, story by Greg Berlanti, Andrew Kreisberg & Geoff Johns, directed by David Nutter (The CW) (Berlanti Productions, DC Entertainment, Warner Bros. Television)
- Game of Thrones: “The Mountain and the Viper”, written by David Benioff & D. B. Weiss, directed by Alex Graves ((HBO Entertainment in association with Bighead, Littlehead; Television 360; Startling Television and Generator Productions)
- Grimm: “Once We Were Gods”, written by Alan DiFiore, directed by Steven DePaul (NBC) (GK Productions, Hazy Mills Productions, Universal TV)
- Orphan Black: “By Means Which Have Never Yet Been Tried”, ” written by Graham Manson, directed by John Fawcett (Temple Street Productions, Space/BBC America)
Best Editor, Short Form – Mike Resnick is among the best of all time.
- Jennifer Brozek
- Vox Day
- Mike Resnick
- Edmund R. Schubert (Withdrew after ballot finalized)
- Bryan Thomas Schmidt
Best Editor, Long Form – hard for me to pick between Toni Weisskopf and Jim Minz, but a slight edge to Toni.
- Vox Day
- Sheila Gilbert
- Jim Minz
- Anne Sowards
- Toni Weisskopf
Best Professional Artist – empty, not really my kind of category.
- Julie Dillon
- Kirk DouPonce
- Nick Greenwood
- Alan Pollack
- Carter Reid
Best Semiprozine – empty, not really my kind of category.
- Abyss & Apex, Wendy Delmater editor and publisher
- Andromeda Spaceways In-Flight Magazine, Andromeda Spaceways Publishing Association Incorporated, 2014 editors David Kernot and Sue Bursztynski
- Beneath Ceaseless Skies, edited by Scott H. Andrews
- Lightspeed Magazine, edited by John Joseph Adams, Stefan Rudnicki, Rich Horton, Wendy N. Wagner, and Christie Yant
- Strange Horizons, Niall Harrison, editor-in-chief
Best Fanzine – empty, not really my sort of category
- Black Gate, edited by John O’Neill (Withdrew after ballot finalized)
- Elitist Book Reviews, edited by Steven Diamond
- Journey Planet, edited by James Bacon, Christopher J Garcia, Colin Harris, Alissa McKersie, and Helen J. Montgomery
- The Revenge of Hump Day, edited by Tim Bolgeo
- Tangent SF Online, edited by Dave Truesdale
Best Fancast – empty
- Adventures in SciFi Publishing, Brent Bower (Executive Producer), Kristi Charish, Timothy C. Ward & Moses Siregar III (Co-Hosts, Interviewers and Producers)
- Dungeon Crawlers Radio, Daniel Swenson (Producer/Host), Travis Alexander & Scott Tomlin (Hosts), Dale Newton (Host/Tech), Damien Swenson (Audio/Video Tech)
- Galactic Suburbia Podcast, Alisa Krasnostein, Alexandra Pierce, Tansy Rayner Roberts (Presenters) and Andrew Finch (Producer)
- The Sci Phi Show, Jason Rennie
- Tea and Jeopardy, Emma Newman and Peter Newman
Best Fan Writer – Hard to pick here, but slight edge to Dave Freer over Cedar Sanderson and Amanda Green.
- Dave Freer
- Amanda S. Green
- Jeffro Johnson
- Laura J. Mixon
- Cedar Sanderson
Best Fan Artist – empty
- Ninni Aalto
- Brad W. Foster
- Elizabeth Leggett
- Spring Schoenhuth
- Steve Stiles
The John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer – Kary English was the most entertaining. Jason Cordova is quite good as well.
Award for the best new professional science fiction or fantasy writer of 2013 or 2014, sponsored by Dell Magazines. (Not a Hugo Award, but administered along with the Hugo Awards.)
- Wesley Chu*
- Jason Cordova
- Kary English*
- Rolf Nelson
- Eric S. Raymond