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You can vote for the winner.  Members vote.  You can become a member.  There are several levels of membership.  I am not sure which would allow you to vote.  It looks like even the lowest level of membership can vote in the Hugo Awards.

The Hugo Awards doesn't use First to the Post voting 6 min. youtube.  The Hugo Awards uses Alternative Voting 4 min youtube .    

First the nominations.  Each member gets to nominate 5 nominations in each category (below). The nominations are totaled and the top 5 in each category then proceed to the final vote.

The final voting ballot is sent to the members.  They rank each category's nominees in order of preference.  When the ballots are counted if the first preference doesn't indicate a clear winner, then the 2nd preference is counted.  The 2nd preference is added to the first preference totals. The counting goes on from there.  It is very mathematical.  Jeffrey Copeland wrote a computer program to automate this process.  They calculate the final preference ranking all the way to 5th place.  I am heartened the people who are bringing us the future understand the why's and how's of Alternative voting.  I think we are a ways off from using it.


This Easter Sunday the finalists for each category were announced this afternoon.  I hope I get some of this right, I am pulling it off a live chat.  The "They Also Ran" list will not appear until after the Hugo Awards are awarded in August.   Here are the Nominees.

Best Novel:

Blackout/All Clear by Connie Willis (Ballantine Spectra)
Cryoburn by Lois McMaster Bujold (Baen)
The Dervish House by Ian McDonald (Gollancz; Pyr)
Feed by Mira Grant (Orbit)
The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms by N.K. Jemisin (Orbit)

Best Novella:
"The Lady Who Plucked Red Flowers beneath the Queen's Window" by Rachel Swirsky (Subterranean Magazine, Summer 2010)
The Lifecycle of Software Objects by Ted Chiang (Subterranean)
"The Maiden Flight of McCauley's Bellerophon" by Elizabeth Hand (Stories: All New Tales, William Morrow)
"The Sultan of the Clouds" by Geoffrey A. Landis (Asimov's, September 2010)
"Troika" by Alastair Reynolds (Godlike Machines, Science Fiction Book Club)

Best Novelette:
"Eight Miles" by Sean McMullen (Analog, September 2010)
"The Emperor of Mars" by Allen M. Steele (Asimov's, June 2010)
"The Jaguar House, in Shadow" by Aliette de Bodard (Asimov's, July 2010)
"Plus or Minus" by James Patrick Kelly (Asimov's, December 2010)
"That Leviathan, Whom Thou Hast Made" by Eric James Stone (Analog, September 2010)

Best Short Story:
"Amaryllis" by Carrie Vaughn (Lightspeed, June 2010)
"For Want of a Nail" by Mary Robinette Kowal (Asimov's, September 2010)
"Ponies" by Kij Johnson (, November 17, 2010)
"The Things" by Peter Watts (Clarkesworld, January 2010)

Best Related Work
Bearings: Reviews 1997-2001, by Gary K. Wolfe (Beccon)
The Business of Science Fiction: Two Insiders Discuss Writing and Publishing, by Mike Resnick and Barry N. Malzberg (McFarland)
Chicks Dig Time Lords: A Celebration of Doctor Who by the Women Who Love It, edited by Lynne M. Thomas and Tara O'Shea (Mad Norwegian)
Robert A. Heinlein: In Dialogue with His Century, Volume 1: (1907 – 1948): Learning Curve, by William H. Patterson, Jr. (Tor)
Writing Excuses, Season 4, by Brandon Sanderson, Jordan Sanderson, Howard Tayler, Dan Wells

Best Graphic Story:
Fables: Witches, written by Bill Willingham; illustrated by Mark Buckingham (Vertigo)
Girl Genius, Volume 10: Agatha Heterodyne and the Guardian Muse, written by Phil and Kaja Foglio; art by Phil Foglio; colors by Cheyenne Wright (Airship Entertainment)
Grandville Mon Amour, by Bryan Talbot (Dark Horse)
Schlock Mercenary: Massively Parallel, written and illustrated by Howard Tayler; colors by Howard Tayler and Travis Walton (Hypernode)
The Unwritten, Volume 2: Inside Man, written by Mike Carey; illustrated by Peter Gross (Vertigo)

Best Dramatic Presentation (Long Form):
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1, screenplay by Steve Kloves; directed by David Yates (Warner)
How to Train Your Dragon, screenplay by William Davies, Dean DeBlois & Chris Sanders; directed by Dean DeBlois & Chris Sanders (DreamWorks)
Inception, written and directed by Christopher Nolan (Warner)
Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, screenplay by Michael Bacall & Edgar Wright; directed by Edgar Wright (Universal)
Toy Story 3, screenplay by Michael Arndt; story by John Lasseter, Andrew Stanton & Lee Unkrich; directed by Lee Unkrich (Pixar/Disney)

Best Dramatic Presentation (Short Form):
Doctor Who: "A Christmas Carol," written by Steven Moffat; directed by Toby Haynes (BBC Wales)
Doctor Who: "The Pandorica Opens/The Big Bang," written by Steven Moffat; directed by Toby Haynes (BBC Wales)
Doctor Who: "Vincent and the Doctor," written by Richard Curtis; directed by Jonny Campbell (BBC Wales)
Fuck Me, Ray Bradbury, written by Rachel Bloom; directed by Paul Briganti
The Lost Thing, written by Shaun Tan; directed by Andrew Ruhemann and Shaun Tan (Passion Pictures)

Best Editor (Short Form):
John Joseph Adams
Stanley Schmidt
Jonathan Strahan
Gordon Van Gelder
Sheila Williams

Best Editor (Long Form)
Lou Anders
Ginjer Buchanan
Moshe Feder
Liz Gorinsky
Nick Mamatas
Beth Meacham
Juliet Ulman

Best Professional Artist:
Daniel Dos Santos
Bob Eggleton
Stephan Martiniere
John Picacio
Shaun Tan

Best Semiprozine:
Clarkesworld, edited by Neil Clarke, Cheryl Morgan, Sean Wallace; podcast directed by Kate Baker
Interzone, edited by Andy Cox
Lightspeed, edited by John Joseph Adams
Locus, edited by Liza Groen Trombi and Kirsten Gong-Wong
Weird Tales, edited by Ann VanderMeer and Stephen H. Segal

Best Fanzine:
Banana Wings, edited by Claire Brialey and Mark Plummer
Challenger, edited by Guy H. Lillian III
The Drink Tank, edited by Christopher J Garcia and James Bacon
File 770, edited by Mike Glyer
StarShipSofa, edited by Tony C. Smith

Best Fan Writer:
James Bacon
Claire Brialey
Christopher J Garcia
James Nicoll
Steven H Silver

Best Fan Artist:
Brad W. Foster
Randall Munroe
Maurine Starkey
Steve Stiles
Taral Wayne

The John W. Cambell Award

   Saladin Ahmed
    Lauren Beukes
    Larry Correia
    Lev Grossman
    Dan Wells

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  •  So happy to see Bujold nominated, (8+ / 0-)

    though, to be honest, "Cryoburn" was far from her best.

    Thanks for the Hugo diary.

    "Hey Tony"--new recording up at da web site.

    by Crashing Vor on Mon Apr 25, 2011 at 05:45:26 AM PDT

  •  That's "John W. Campbell Award' (5+ / 0-)

    Joseph is the mythology guy.

    •  Dang, I knew I was going to do that. (5+ / 0-)

      I looked up John W. and found out he was the editor "Astounding Science Fiction (later called Analog Science Fiction and Fact)," I was going to talk about that.  The first thing I thought when I saw his name, is 'I didn't know the mythology guy was into Sci-Fi too.'

      I found out different, but my typing fingers didn't keep up.  Fixed it thanks.

  •  BTW -- I counted the awards ... (6+ / 0-)

    ... given to women and men since the Hugos began in the mid-50's, as part of a presentation "Women in Science Fiction."
    The S-F genre was generally a Boys Club once, despite C.L. Moore and Leigh Brackett pounding out tales in the same bullpens as the guys, not to mention Mary Shelley.
    The first woman to win a Hugo was Anne McCaffery in 1966, but she tied with Phillip Jose Farmer.
    Ursula K. LeGuin was the first to win with no ifs ands or buts in 1969.

    It took awhile, but the ratio of men to women winning in all categories of awards finally got reasonably close to 50-50 by the 90's -- but I also included the Nebula Awards, which have a much smaller voting base.

    Looks like the trend is holding.

    the more we are told we cannot do, the more "serious" or "courageous" we consider the messenger -- HA!

    by MT Spaces on Mon Apr 25, 2011 at 06:52:31 AM PDT

    •  I wonder if it is because of the voting. (5+ / 0-)

      They do a complicated, special program written for, vote count.  All members rank their choice.  The winner is chosen more fairly but in a considerably more complicated method than a simple, first past the post, winner take all.

      I saw a table describing this phenomenon but it didn't look so good.  It was very hard to see.

      •  "Locus" used to call it ... (4+ / 0-)
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        ... the "Australian System" of voting -- meaning aggregated numbers etc.

        My memory says it was pretty widely used by the early 80's. The 50/50 trend started to develop then, in my very non-scientific survey -- made twenty years later.

        Growing up, I recall the Hugos as a phenomenon of the biggest S-F convention, with lobbying going on for many months, rank favoritism, and winner-take-all ballots.

        You could be dead-on correct!

        The fan pool was very small compared to now, and I lived in the remote backwaters.

        the more we are told we cannot do, the more "serious" or "courageous" we consider the messenger -- HA!

        by MT Spaces on Mon Apr 25, 2011 at 08:31:26 AM PDT

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  •  Doctor Who (2+ / 0-)
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    I'm quite sick of "Doctor Who" being nominated for 2 or 3 episodes each year. Don't get me wrong. I like the show and those are very good episodes, but they should stick to one nomination per show. Give something else a chance too.

  •  thanks for showing me how out of touch I am; (4+ / 0-)
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    of the books, I love Connie Willis, and know almost nothing beyond her.

    I have long had a practice of buying any novel that won both Hugo and Nebula awards. But I haven't checked recently for double-winners.

    Besides Willis I adore Mieville, Gibson, Gaiman, and most Stephenson (I found Cryptonomicon and The Baroque Cycle mesmerizing, but still haven't finished Anathem).

    So who else, and what books especially, do I need to look at to start catching up with the 21st century?

    "Problems can't be solved by the same level of thinking that created them" Einstein

    by Brecht on Mon Apr 25, 2011 at 07:51:17 AM PDT

    •  My book list has expanded so much (2+ / 0-)
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      since I started doing this series.  There is so much out there I don't even have time for Net Flix.  And, I haven't even done the New York Times 100 best books list yet.

      •  I recently compiled a list of 292 authors/novels (3+ / 0-)
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        working from the NYT list, Waterstone's top 100, and three books about books.

        It's fantasy/sci-fi that I'm particularly looking for.

        So if anyone has favorite new authors they'd rank with Willis, Mieville, Gibson and Gaiman, I'd love to hear some names.

        Thanks, 88kathy. If you're that voracious, I'll watch for books you recommend in the future.

        "Problems can't be solved by the same level of thinking that created them" Einstein

        by Brecht on Mon Apr 25, 2011 at 08:29:55 AM PDT

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        •  Science Fiction is something I haven't kept up (2+ / 0-)
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          with.  As ashamed as I am to admit it, I haven't read Ursla K. Le Guin.  Maybe someday I will grow up and read her.  Ask around here in other R&BLers.  There are many who know everything about Sci-Fi.

          •  Thanks. I'm sure I'll find answers in time. (3+ / 0-)
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            As for LeGuin, The Dispossessed showed up on some of my lists, and The Left Hand of Darkness is highly thought of. But my own pick would be to read at least the first three books of the Earthsea trilogy, with the heart of a youth.

            "Problems can't be solved by the same level of thinking that created them" Einstein

            by Brecht on Mon Apr 25, 2011 at 09:00:35 AM PDT

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        •  Re: (3+ / 0-)
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          Iain M. Banks writes some pretty cool and very imaginative stuff. The Culture novels have many interesting ideas - and by far the best starship names of all books. Start with "Consider Phlebas" and "Use of Weapons". They are mostly stand-alone, but sometimes share a few elements here and there.

          Some of this non sci-fi novels are highly acclaimed too:

          If you're into hard sci-fi, then Stephen Baxter is worth a look. But his books are mostly about ideas and thus very thin on characterization or drama.

          Anathem was great. I put it aside for a while too for some reason, though it wasn't really because of the book itself. Not entirely satisfied with the conclusion, but the world he built is just stunning in scope and imagination.

          •  Steve84, thanks for the suggestions (3+ / 0-)
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            You're completely right about Iain M. Banks, I've read about 4 of his, and they were all enjoyable reads and thought-provoking. I'll certainly look for Consider Phlebas and Use of Weapons.

            As Iain Banks, his non-sci-fi name, I was blown away by The Bridge - but I am a sucker for dreams, symbolism, and the shadowy regions between life and death; and those make up much of the book. The one that appears on 'Best Book' lists is The Wasp Factory. From the first few pages it already looks compelling. It also makes Lord of the Flies look like a book for children. I've got a friend who adores his writing but, after suffering The Wasp Factory, only reads his M. books.

            Your verdict on Anathem ("Not entirely satisfied with the conclusion, but the world he built is just stunning in scope and imagination") was my own, on every book Stephenson wrote before Cryptonomicon.

            As for Baxter, I think Asimov and Borges showed that you can write compellingly on pure ideation, but only if your ideas are highly original, and very carefully thought through and articulated. I will certainly look into Baxter.

            "Problems can't be solved by the same level of thinking that created them" Einstein

            by Brecht on Mon Apr 25, 2011 at 05:10:44 PM PDT

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            •  Another one (3+ / 0-)
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              Oh Mary Oh, Brecht, 88kathy

              Dan Simmons's Hyperion cantos. Also an awesome universe and a story that is huge in scope. But with very human characters too. It's described as space opera, which is true, but while it doesn't focus much on real science as such (though I love how relativistic time dilation plays an important role), there is still plenty of technical detail for his own ideas. And lots to think about considering the inspiration and source of the stories.

              The first two books "Hyperion" (a Hugo Award winner btw) and "The Fall of Hyperion" are just great. The followup "Endymion" and "The Rise of Endymion" aren't quite on the same level, but still worth reading

              •  One caveat (0+ / 0-)

                Dan Simmons is anti-Muslim.  However, he's an excellent writer.

                If you're looking for more suggestions, there were a couple of lists in the initial "Boycott Orson Scott Card" thread.  All well worth checking out.

                •  Re: (0+ / 0-)

                  The difference is that Card is much more vocal in public and also lets it shine through in his books. I don't see Simmons's opinions on this influencing his work that much. Yeah, there is a violent jihad in the background story of Col. Kassad. But the Catholic Church is portrayed as just as violent in the Endymion books.

                  But no need to discuss this here. Plenty about it in the thread you referenced.

                •  Sorry, slow reply, only just saw this (0+ / 0-)

                  Yes, I will go back and look in that diary, thanks very much Ellid.

                  "Problems can't be solved by the same level of thinking that created them" Einstein

                  by Brecht on Wed Apr 27, 2011 at 01:21:19 PM PDT

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  •  I read Ponies (3+ / 0-)
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    off of and it really stuck in my head. I both wish it luck and don't wish to reread it ;)

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