Normally I do my end of year wrap up post in December, because it’s a good time to collect everything in one spot for when nomination season rolls around. I didn’t do that this year because I’d decided to recuse myself from eligibility for the Hugo awards.
Why? Because I know how few nominations it takes to skew something onto the ballot for short fiction. There’s so much of it published that it a handful of people can make the difference in getting something onto a ballot.
This is, incidentally, why it’s important to nominate and not just vote for awards. Your nomination actually carries more weight than your vote.
With that in mind, here are the works of mine that are not eligible for Hugo nomination this year.
- Of Noble Family — Tor
- “Doctor Faustus” — The Doll Collection (Tor)
- “Like Native Things” — Asimov’s
- “Grinding Time” — Popular Science
- “Midnight Hour” — Uncanny Magazine
- “Rockets Red” — Word Puppets
And I just want to say that this is really hard, because I think Of Noble Family is my best novel and “Midnight Hour” is… I think it’s one of the best things I’ve written. So, if I could ask you to at least read them? That would be lovely.
Now! Let’s talk about work that IS eligible. What are you excited about? Do you have an eligibility post? Then share it, please.
And nominate. Please, please nominate work that you love.