Some Hugo nominations, part one

With less than a week until Hugo nominations close, I thought I’d share some of my nominations. I actually have strong feelings about some of the categories (Best Dramatic Long Form), and I am quite excited by the chance to recognize some of the best work in speculative fiction going by the Young Adult category.

Best Dramatic Presentation, Long Form – A year in which Hollywood blockbusters were unusually strong on the SFF front means a difficult year to narrow things down. I don’t watch a lot of TV, which makes it easier.

  • Wonder Woman, dir. Patty Jenkins
  • Get Out, dir. Jordan Peele
  • Colossal, dir. Nacho Vigalondo – One of my favorite movies of 2017, its savvy use of genre tropes to present an indictment of toxic masculinity and to elevate a female character whose likability is questionable at best deserves all the accolades.
  • Star Wars: The Last Jedi, dir. Rian Johnson – Normally a Star Wars nom would be automatic and humdrum, but with all the drama from certain corners of the internet over this film having female characters and expanding our understanding of the Force once again, this one is worth mentioning specifically, not least because it subverts all of the other Star Wars films (except maybe Rogue One) beautifully.
  • Kimi no na wa (Your Name), dir. Makoto Shinkai – Made eligible for this year by special resolution, this isn’t my favorite of Shinkai’s films, but it’s definitely the one that struck a cord in people, maybe because it’s the only one with a happy ending. It deserves recognition by the Hugos, unquestionably.

Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form – A strong year for genre TV means a lot of trouble narrowing things down. Star Trek: Discovery features on this list twice as I try to split my nominations between episodes I think will get a critical mass and those which are better standalone TV.

  • The Handmaid’s Tale, “Offred”
  • Star Trek: Discovery, “Magic to Make the Sanest Man Go Mad”
  • Star Trek: Discovery, “What’s Past Is Prologue”
  • The Good Place, “The Trolley Problem”

Mira Grant, Into the Drowning Deep (2017)

Seanan McGuire is so prolific a writer that following her career comprehensively would probably be a full-time job in and of itself. I’m a committed fan of her Toby Daye series, but I’m less committed to her other works; I’ve read some of the Newsflesh books but none of her other Mira Grant books. This one, about killer mermaids, is apparently a sequel to an earlier novella, but I can attest that you can read it independently.

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Strange Horizons prize draw + The City of Brass

First things first: as the longest month ever draws to a close, Strange Horizons is running its annual prize draw! Now spun off from the fundraising drive, a contribution of $1 buys you a chance to win one of many, many prizes.

I’m trying to get into the habit of writing shorter reviews again, so without further ado, here’s my thoughts on S.A. Chakraborty’s The City of Brass (2017).

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2017 in Review

The Strange Horizons reviewers have posted our collective reflections on the year in this week’s issue; I’m featured in part three. I’m already compiling a list of things to put on my 2018 TBR stack, and kicking myself for forgetting to mention Get Out and Colossal as two of last year’s best spec fic-adjacent (ish) films. If you haven’t seen them, you should.

Strange Horizons fund drive 2017

Having just filed my latest review, it’s time to put in a plug for the 2017 Strange Horizons fund drive! Now on Indiegogo for your funding convenience, it’s your chance to support the work of the magazine and its excellent volunteers. The reward tiers include ebooks of the magazine and various items of swag–personally, I’m looking forward to drinking out of the logo mug.

The work of the magazine depends on the support of its readers, so now’s the time to show your appreciation and your desire for that work to continue.