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Old 08-09-2012, 12:05 AM   #1
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World Fantasy Award Nominees

via http://www.wfc2012.org/pr-wfawards01.html

Novel
• Those Across the River, Christopher Buehlman (Ace)
• 11/22/63, Stephen King (Scribner; Hodder & Stoughton as 11.22.63)
• A Dance with Dragons, George R.R. Martin (Bantam; Harper Voyager UK)
• Osama, Lavie Tidhar (PS Publishing)
• Among Others, Jo Walton (Tor)

Novella
• "Near Zennor", Elizabeth Hand (A Book of Horrors)
• "A Small Price to Pay for Birdsong", K.J. Parker (Subterranean Winter 2011)
• "Alice Through the Plastic Sheet", Robert Shearman (A Book of Horrors)
• "Rose Street Attractors", Lucius Shepard (Ghosts by Gaslight)
• Silently and Very Fast, Catherynne M. Valente (WSFA Press; Clarkesworld)

Short Fiction
• "X for Demetrious", Steve Duffy (Blood and Other Cravings)
• "Younger Women", Karen Joy Fowler (Subterranean Summer 2011)
• "The Paper Menagerie", Ken Liu (F&SF 3-4/11)
• "A Journey of Only Two Paces", Tim Powers (The Bible Repairman and Other Stories)
• "The Cartographer Wasps and the Anarchist Bees", E. Lily Yu (Clarkesworld 4/11)

Anthology
• Blood and Other Cravings, Ellen Datlow, ed. (Tor)
• A Book of Horrors, Stephen Jones, ed. (Jo Fletcher Books)
• The Thackery T. Lambshead Cabinet of Curiosities, Ann & Jeff VanderMeer, eds. (Harper Voyager US)
• The Weird, Ann & Jeff VanderMeer, eds. (Corvus; Tor, published May 2012)
• Gutshot, Conrad Williams, ed. (PS Publishing)

Collection
• Bluegrass Symphony, Lisa L. Hannett (Ticonderoga)
• Two Worlds and In Between, Caitlín R. Kiernan (Subterranean Press)
• After the Apocalypse, Maureen F. McHugh (Small Beer)
• Mrs Midnight and Other Stories, Reggie Oliver (Tartarus)
• The Bible Repairman and Other Stories, Tim Powers (Tachyon)

Artist
• John Coulthart
• Julie Dillon
• Jon Foster
• Kathleen Jennings
• John Picacio

Special Award Professional
• John Joseph Adams, for editing - anthology and magazine
• Jo Fletcher, for editing - Jo Fletcher Books
• Eric Lane, for publishing in translation - Dedalus books
• Brett Alexander Savory & Sandra Kasturi, for ChiZine Publications
• Jeff VanderMeer & S.J. Chambers, for The Steampunk Bible

Special Award Non-Professional
• Kate Baker, Neil Clarke, Cheryl Morgan & Sean Wallace, for Clarkesworld
• Cat Rambo, for Fantasy
• Raymond Russell & Rosalie Parker, for Tartarus Press
• Charles Tan, for Bibliophile Stalker blog
• Mark Valentine, for Wormwood
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Old 08-09-2012, 07:17 AM   #2
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Why does that damn wasp and bee thing keep getting nominated. It's okay, but nothing special. It must be the title???
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Yes, I read that for the Hugos and really didn't get it.

In fact most of the Hugo short fiction was downright poor, I thought. Luckily there was one thing in each category that I kind of liked. It's a shame I don't read any new short fiction. I'm not going to be able to nominate anything better next year.

I must get started on Osama one of these days, too.
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Does 11/22/63 really qualify as Fantasy?

And I'm guessing ADwD will undeservedly win Best Novel.
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Since World Fantasy Awards are picked by a panel of judges, I always find it difficult to guess who will win. This year's judges are: John Berlyne, James P. Blaylock, Stephen Gallagher, Mary Kay Kare and Jacques Post.
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This year's judges are: John Berlyne, James P. Blaylock, Stephen Gallagher, Mary Kay Kare and Jacques Post.
Surely Blaylock's going to go with Powers—unless William Ashbless is a last minute write-in.
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Most of those books I've never seen or heard of. Guess I don't hang around with the right Fantasy crowd.
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Most of those books I've never seen or heard of. Guess I don't hang around with the right Fantasy crowd.
Ha! Ya gotta quit slumming and get with it!
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In fact most of the Hugo short fiction was downright poor, I thought. Luckily there was one thing in each category that I kind of liked. It's a shame I don't read any new short fiction. I'm not going to be able to nominate anything better next year.

I must get started on [I
Osama[/I] one of these days, too.
I thought the novella Hugo category was pretty good and the worst novella was better than the best novelette and the best short story.

I also ought to read Osama. It is waiting for me on one of my eInk readers.
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I thought the novella Hugo category was pretty good and the worst novella was better than the best novelette and the best short story.

I also ought to read Osama. It is waiting for me on one of my eInk readers.
I thought Osama was pretty good. Very strange, I didn't like the main character, but it still made turn the pages (or rather click the page forward button).

At the moment, I got stuck concerning my Hugo & Nebula reading. I should perhaps abandon Kiss Me Twice by Mary Robinette Kowal. I just can't seem to get into it and always find excuses to read something else.

I realize that I have actually read three out of five in the novel category of the World Fantasy Award Nominees: Osama, Among Others and A Dance With Dragons. I have heard of the other two, but not read them.

One of the short story nominees was one of my favorites last year: Younger Women by Karen Joy Fowler. Just don't read it if you are a fan of Twilight.

Recently, I finished After the Apocalypse by Maureen McHugh, which was pretty good, too. I have also read about half of the Tim Powers collection, maybe I should dig that one out again and finish it...
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One of the short story nominees was one of my favorites last year: Younger Women by Karen Joy Fowler. Just don't read it if you are a fan of Twilight.

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Oooooh! I'll have to read it then!

http://subterraneanpress.com/magazin...ren_joy_fowler
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Does 11/22/63 really qualify as Fantasy?
Hard to ascertain without proper context, but you think it more belongs to science fiction? Thrillers?

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And I'm guessing ADwD will undeservedly win Best Novel.
It's by a panel of judges so I'd probably say unlikely. That might be the most-voted novel but since this is by jury, not a likely guarantee (unlike something like the Hugos).
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Since World Fantasy Awards are picked by a panel of judges, I always find it difficult to guess who will win. This year's judges are: John Berlyne, James P. Blaylock, Stephen Gallagher, Mary Kay Kare and Jacques Post.
Congrats! Rooting for you guys and Cat!
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Thanks Marella for the mention and Kenny for the link (I wouldn't have looked it up myself) - I really enjoyed that!
Sorry for not posting the link. I tend to forget that not everybody knows that all the stories at Subterranean Online are free... I have been hunting for free stories for too long myself, I suppose.

Glad you enjoyed it.
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