Back in January I promised I'd give you a list of things I think are worthy of your consideration for the 2013 Hugo Awards ballot.
I'm going to break that promise.
I'm sorry! I got very busy. But you should know that the nomination period for the 2013 Hugo Awards is about to close. If you're a member of the 2012, 2013, or 2014 World Science Fiction Convention, you have until Sunday night to nominate things for the 2013 ballot. Details are here.
As I said in the beginning of January, the Hugo Awards are a reflection of what we, as science fiction fans, value in our entertainment. If something touched you this year, if you value it, then it's worthy of nomination. You're part of this community, and your voice should be heard. You don't need me to tell you what was awesome, because the awesome thing is that thing you remember, that thing that stuck with you, and which you recommended to others. And if you're thinking "Howard's just saying that to justify not making recommendations," then you've seen right through me, and are obviously brilliant enough to come up with your own nominations. And right now you're probably seeing through THAT ploy, too, but hey, there it is.
(Okay, fine. If you need suggestions, this thread on Scalzi's Whatever is full of 'em.)
In the joyous event that you're considering nominating any of my work, here is a list of everything I've been involved in which is eligible for nomination, and the categories under which they're eligible:
- Schlock Mercenary: Random Access Memorabilia
- "Schlock Mercenary: Coda in the Corona" (it's the bonus story at the end of Book 8.)
- "Flight of the Runewright" (available in Space Eldritch)
- Writing Excuses Season Seven (note: to my knowledge, Writing Excuses doesn't actually qualify as a fancast for the "Best Fancast" category. If it doesn't fit anywhere else, it's a "related work.")
Regular Writing Excuses guest, New York Times bestselling author Larry Correia was kind enough to plug my work over on Monster Hunter Nation, and he also provided a list of titles from oft-overlooked Baen books. In the spirit of pointing you at something awesome (totally NOT in token reciprocation) you should know that his rousing adventure Monster Hunter Legion is eligible for Best Novel this year. As Larry has pointed out, that novel appearing on the ballot would result in heads exploding. If you've read it and enjoyed it, you can blow things up!
Regardless of whether anything of mine is nominated, and whether or not heads explode, I'll be at the awards ceremony doing my part to prop up my friends and fellow-speculators.