Last year, I grumped about forgetting to nominate, and grumped nearly as much about forgetting to urge anyone within the sound of my voice to nominate (preferably things I like, but, what the hell, you can use your nomination power for anything you enjoyed, I suppose).
I will nominate, but, even more, I'm going to list things I'm considering nominating here -- and hope you folks will chime in on the comments. This might keep going up until the March 11th deadline; we'll see.
Locus typically has an exhaustive -- really, it contains pretty much everything that anyone might consider eligible and worthy -- list of Recommended Works every year, but that comes out in the February issue, which is still a couple of weeks away as I write this. I'll add a link, assuming I remember, once that list is up.
Categories are, with what I'm thinking about nominating as of the last time I updated this post:
Best Novel (40,000 words or more)
- Among Others by Jo Walton (my review)
Shades of Milk and Honey by Mary Robinette Kowal-- oops, originally published in 2010, so ineligible (my review)
- One of Our Thursdays Is Missing by Jasper Fforde (my review)
- A Dance with Dragons by George R.R. Martin
- Circle of Enemies by Harry Connolly (my review)
- The Quantum Thief by Hannu Rajaniemi (my review)
- haven't read any yet
Best Novelette (7,500 to 17,500 words)
- haven't read any yet
Best Short Story (up to 7,500 words)
- haven't read any yet
Best Related Work
- nothing comes to mind at the moment
Best Graphic Story
- Anya's Ghost by Vera Brosgol
Hereville: How Mirka Got Her Sword by Barry Deutsch-- Oops again! Another 2010 book. (my review)
- E.C. Segar's Popeye, Vol. 5: "Wha's a Jeep?" (my review)
- Hera: The Goddess and her Glory by George O'Connor (my review)
- Dear Creature by Jonathan Case (my review)
Best Dramatic Presentation "Long Form" (more than 90 minutes)
- Geez. Maybe Paul?
Best Dramatic Presentation "Short Form" (less than 90 minutes)
- I was going to nominate Cloud Cult's excellent album Light Chasers, which is both SFnal and not a big dumb Hollywood movie (of the kind that usually dominates this category), but I just checked, and it came out in 2010. Wah-wah.
- I would like to nominate things, both here and in the "long form" category, that aren't just big famous movies & TV shows, since the original aim of the DP awards was to honor all kinds of dramatic works -- convention speeches, concept albums, radio plays, and so on. It's become a tedious "what's your favorite Doctor Who episode this year?" category purely because of inertia.
Best Editor Short Form
- Haven't been reading short stuff this year, so I'll pass for now.
Best Editor Long Form
- I hope someone does the "who edited what novels" for 2011, since otherwise this is a tough category for all of us. I'll need to think about it before I nominate.
- But let me mention Jeremy Lassen, Editor-in-Chief of Night Shade Books -- I'm not sure (see above) which Night Shade titles are his hands-on books, and which belong to others, but NS has a great, quirky list and I haven't seen Jer called out in this category so far.
Best Professional Artist
- I don't see as many covers as closely as I did in my SFBC days, but I still want to personally nominate in this category based on actual covers published in the calendar year 2011, and urge everyone else to do the same.
- John Picacio continues to do great work, such as the cover of Ian McDonald's Planesrunner
- Other people who've done some neat stuff this year on the few books I actually have on hand here: Victor Koen, Michael Komarck, Jon Sullivan, Sam Weber, John Harris
- I'm not even sure what's eligible, so I think I'm waiting until the more faanish types -- maybe NESFA -- get their rec lists together.
- I really don't read fanzines, so I probably won't nominate in this category. That's an important point: it's perfectly fine to skip entire categories, or only nominate one or two things. But, if you're eligible to nominate, you really should nominate something -- whatever things you thought were really impressive about the SFnal stuff of 2011.
Best Fan Writer
- I'm eligible -- practically anyone who glancingly mentions SF once in a while is eligible, actually -- and I might just be self-centered enough to nominate myself this time around. If I do that, though, I really need to nominate other people as well -- otherwise, that's terribly rude.
Best Fan Artist
- I almost certainly will not nominate in this category, unless I think of someone on the webcomics side who should be here (and most of them aren't "fan artists" in the conventional sense).
- Putting them all into orbit would be a good start.
- I kid, I kid.
- I hate podcasts, so I'm not going to nominate here, either.
John W. Campbell (Not a Hugo!) Award for Best New Writer
- This is another category where it's vital to know who is eligible. Luckily, there's a standard reference for that at Writertopia. I'm not familiar with any of those names -- I haven't been reading much short fiction lately -- but it's a great place to check before finalizing your nominations.
I do expect to update this -- assuming I do manage to see/read/think about other Hugo-eligible stuff in the next two months -- but I also hope whoever is reading this will comment here and/or post on their own blogs/social media accounts to talk about the SF/Fantasy stuff from 2011 that they think is worthy of a Hugo.
The more people nominate, the better the process is -- so get to it!