Hugo-eligible suggestions?

Dec. 14th, 2014 05:16 pm
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In pursuit of doing productive stuff with my weekend that is not actually "working on Yuletide" (yes, yes, I'll get there), I went back through the stuff I've read on GoodReads to see what would be eligible for a Hugo nomination in the coming year (since I signed up to vote last year, I get to nominate this year I THINK IS HOW IT WORKS?) Then I figured I should do some organization of my future reading to get in as much SFF published in 2014 so that I have some kind of basis to nominate from.

So far I have three novels that I have read on my "at this point I think this is Hugo-worthy" list: 1. The Girl with all the Gifts by M.R. Carey (I just finished this, which is what prompted the list making; 'reasonably science-based zombie apocalypse fiction, with great characters and some amazing twists on tropes, sort of "Never Let Me Go" meets "The Passage," but better than either of them, a majority female cast including an awesome woman of color, if any of this appeals to you go read);

2. The Magician's Land by Lev Grossman -- or possibly the whole trilogy if it's eligible for nomination in that form;

3. The Mirror Empire by Kameron Hurley. I've also got a to-read list of stuff that will probably get lots of nominating votes, including Jeff Vandermeer's Southern Reach trilogy, Katherine Addison's The Goblin Emperor, E. Bear's Steles of the Sky and Robert Bennett's City of Stairs Scalzi's Lock In and of course Ancillary Sword (I'm saving this to reread back to back with Ancillary Justice WHEN I HAVE TIME, lolol). So that's a decent reading list (and includes some books I already bought when I was feeling optimistic...) but of course I'm leaving off stuff that I haven't heard about. Also, note, that's a bunch of white people (they might not all be, but as far as I know...)

Basically -- rec me stuff that was published in 2014, particularly novels and novellas, with a strong preference for work by writers of color/ queer writers/ marginalized or otherwise under-the-radar stuff that you think deserves more attention than it got. Tell me why you like the stuff, too, of course, and why I might like it because that should help it get to the top of the pile. This is for Sci-Fi Fantasy, of course, but the Hugos seem to have a fairly generous definition of those categories. Also, I think YA and middle grade eligible/ in the same category as everything else (didn't Harry Potter win at least once?), though nothing that I've listed here is considered YA as far as I know. But I'm open to that too!

ETA: Re: wanting more writers of color, I'm going to do my own homework too, I swear, I just noticed the list I had accumulated through whatever usual means was very white and I am trying to consciously counter that.

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Dec. 10th, 2014 04:26 pm
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 Hi all!  It's been awhile since we had some activity here.

I'm working on editing my book, and I'm drawing a blank on...... sort of brotherly fighting.

Here's the situation (this is all in the past, backstory for one of my POV characters):

I have two guys, who aren't actually brothers, who live on a pirate ship. The captain has a kind of Peter Pan complex, and tends to take kids in on his ship. The younger boy (Y) was about two when he got on, the older boy (O) got on about eight years later, when he was 12 (Y would have been about 8). O is a bit of a scientist (using the technology from their world), and Y is more the adventurer type, and the favorite of the captain ("father"). The "mother" is also a scientist, and kind of a mentor for O. Y did all sorts of things that irritated O, like playing with his experiments, stabbing his notes, etc. and usually got away with nothing more than a slap on the wrist because the captain likes him, and he's just being a kid. The "mother" is kind of on O's side, but still isn't going to treat Y too harshly (And these aren't the only people in the boat, or even the "family", just the most relevant ones).

What kind fantasies so you think O might have for taking revenge on Y? I'm at a point over a decade later, where O is seeing Y again for the first time in a decade, and Y is fast asleep. Unfortunately, all the revenge fantasies I can think of are probably a little too extreme for O (i.e. slitting his throat, tying him up and presenting him as a trophy....actually, I think most of the others involve death. O's a little dark.) The setting (alt-world, sort of technologically based on late 19th century America) doesn't really allow for him drawing on Y's face with a marker, which is about the only non-extreme idea I can come up with. Also, he is looking for Y, on the captain's command, but not exactly looking forward to seeing him again. 

Any ideas are welcome, even extreme ones. Considering what his captain wants, I don't think he's actually going to play out any of his fantasies - he doesn't really have time, and he doesn't want Y to see him -  but I thought it would be nice for him to reflect on a couple of them. 
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The Tiptree Motherboard
Karen Joy Fowler (ex officio), Jeanne Gomoll, Ellen Klages, Alexis Lothian, Pat Murphy, Debbie Notkin, Jeffrey D. Smith

Given the recent changes in WisCon leadership, the Tiptree Award motherboard has been asked if our relationship to WisCon will change. The relationship between the two organizations, whose passions and intentions are so strongly aligned, remains vibrant.

The Tiptree Award owes so much about its existence and success to WisCon that people sometimes get confused about where the award leaves off and WisCon begins. So let’s clarify.

The Tiptree Award was originally announced at WisCon in 1991, at founding mother Pat Murphy’s guest of honor speech (Pat cooked up the idea with Karen Joy Fowler). Pat was instantly surrounded by WisCon attendees who wanted to help, and who spent most of the next year fund-raising and generating ideas. The award is named for James Tiptree, Jr., a pseudonym and persona of Alice Sheldon for many years, and it recognizes works of speculative fiction which explore and expand gender roles.

Pat Murphy holding check of seed money for the Tiptree Award
Pat Murphy holding $1800.

In 1992, the first winners (Eleanor Arnason’s A Woman of the Iron People and Gwyneth Jones’s The White Queen) were announced at WisCon. The award ceremony included a marvelous skit in which WisCon founder Diane Martin, in the role of Alice Sheldon, put on a mustache and an overcoat and slyly provided Sheldon’s work to publishers without revealing Sheldon’s gender. SF3 (WisCon’s parent organization) presented a generous $1800 in award seed money, in the form of a three-foot long check.

Over the ensuing years, the Tiptree Award became more formal, and stopped being run out of Pat’s private checking account. As a registered 501(c)(3) corporation with its own “motherboard,” the Tiptree Award does not have any official relationship to WisCon or SF3, although over the years many people have worked on, volunteered for, and been in the leadership of both organizations, either at the same time or sequentially.

The motherboard has arranged in the past and may arrange in the future to host award ceremonies at conventions other than WisCon; however, WisCon is uniquely situated in the center of the country, at a perfect time of year, and with a very supportive audience, so we anticipate coming back frequently even if not annually.

The Tiptree Award auction has been a feature of WisCon’s Saturday night entertainment for many years, although the first auction was not at a WisCon, but at a Readercon. Ellen Klages, our hilariously engaging auctioneer, has been a WisCon guest of honor, and is a Tiptree Award motherboard member. Some of the proceeds of the auction flow through WisCon’s treasury to the Tiptree Award, while others go directly into Tiptree accounts. All proceeds are used for travel and monetary awards for the winners, plus other Tiptree Award projects.

In the past, we have also donated auction proceeds as “seed money” for other Wiscon daughter organizations (Broad Universe and The Carl Brandon Society are two examples), and used funds to help members of the Tiptree community who are in need.  The volunteers of the WisCon art show graciously supervise and manage Tiptree Award auction items for viewing on Saturday, and handle sale of t-shirts, cookbooks  and Space Babe tattoos throughout the weekend; that money also flows through WisCon to the Tiptree Award accounts.

We are all looking forward to the 2015 auction. Coincidentally, 2015 is the 100th birthday of Alice Sheldon; the motherboard will work with WisCon’s programming team to include appropriate recognitions and celebrations of this milestone in WisCon programming.

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