Aug. 23rd, 2015

Back in April, in this post, I noted that the people most hurt in this year's Hugo controversy were those who had been pushed off the ballot to make room for the nominees from the two Puppy slates. This is what I proposed:

1) Over the next four months, set aside a little money each month. Whatever you can afford, nothing more.

2) Once the figures are released, I (and, I hope, others) will create and post, as widely as possible, the Puppy-Free Ballot (PFB). In each Hugo or Campbell category, the PFB will list the top five (or more, in case of ties) nominees that did not appear on either Puppy slate.

3) Within the limits of your budget, choose actions from this list:

- Buy nominated PFB Novels
- Buy nominated PFB Graphic Novels
- Buy nominated PFB Related Works
- Buy anthologies that contain nominated PFB Novellas, Novelettes, and Short Stories
- Subscribe to magazines that contain nominated PFB Novellas, Novelettes, and Short Stories
- Subscribe to nominated PFB Semiprozines
- Buy works by PFB Campbell nominees
- Buy works edited by PFB Editor nominees (both Long and Short Form)
- Buy books or prints by nominated PFB Artists

And now it's time for me to follow through on step 2. I've thought about it, and in the interest of making both my life and yours a little easier, I'm going to modify that plan just a little. All I'll be listing here is those works that should have made it on to the Hugo final ballot, but didn't.

Best Novel
City of Stairs, by Robert Jackson Bennett
Lock In, by John Scalzi

Best Novella
Grand Jete (The Great Leap), by Rachel Swirsky
The Mothers of Voorhisville, by Mary Rickert
The Regular, by Ken Liu
The Slow Regard of Silent Things, by Patrick Rothfuss
Yesterday's Kin, by Nancy Kress

Best Novelette
The Devil in America, by Kai Ashante WIlson
Each to Each, by Seanan McGuire
The Litany of Earth, by Ruthana Emrya
The Magician and Laplace's Demon, by Tom Crosshill

Best Short Story
The Breath of War, by Aliette de Bodard
Jackalope Wives, by Ursula Vernon
A Kiss with Teeth, by Max Gladstone
The Truth About Owls, by Amal El-Mohtar
When it Ends, He Catches Her, by Eugie Foster

Best Related Work
Chicks Dig Gaming, edited by Jennifer Brozak, Robert Smith?, and Lars Pearson
Invisible: Personal Essays on Representation in SF/F, edited by Jim Hines
Shadows Beneath: The Writing Excuses Anthology, by Brandon Sanderson et. al.
Tropes vs. Women in Video Games, by Anita Sarkeesian (This is a series of YouTube videos. Be aware that if you follow the link, the first video will start playing.)
What Makes This Book So Great, by Jo Walton

Best Graphic Story
Saga, Volume 4, by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples

Best Dramatic Presentation, Long Form
Big Hero 6
Snowpiercer
X-Men: Days of Future Past

Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D: "Turn, Turn, Turn"
Game of Thrones: "The Lion and the Rose"
The Legend of Korra: "The Last Stand"

Best Editor, Short Form
John Joseph Adams
Neil Clarke
Ellen Datlow
Jonathan Strahan
Sheila Williams

Best Editor, Long Form
Liz Gorinsky
Lee Harris
Patrick Nielsen Hayden
Beth Meacham
Anne Perry

Best Professional Artist
Galen Dara
Stephan Martiniere
Chris McGrath
John Picacio

Best Semiprozine
The Book Smugglers, edited by Ana Grilo and Thea James
Interzone, edited by Andy Cox

Best Fanzine
A Dribble of Ink, edited by Aiden Moher
The Drink Tank, edited by Vanessa Applegate, James Bacon, and Christopher J. Garcia
File 770, edited by Mike Glyer
Lady Business, edited by Renay and Jodie

Best Fancast
The Coode Street Podcast, by Jonathan Strahan and Gary K. Wolfe
The Skiffy and Fanty Show, by Shaun Duke, Julia Rios, Paul Weimer, Mike Underwood, David Annadale, Rachael Acks, and Jen Zink
Verity!, by Deborah Stanish, Erika Ensign, Katrina Griffiths, L.M. Myles, Lynne M. Thomas, and Tansy Rayner Roberts

Best Fan Writer
Liz Bourke
Natalie Luhrs
Abigail Nussbaum
Mark Oshiro

Campbell Award
Usman T. Malik
Carmen Maria Marchado
Django Wexler
Andy Weir
Alyssa Wong

NOTE: I'm including an extra name in the Campbell list because Andy Weir may be ineligible for the same reason that his novel "The Martian" was ineligible - it was first (self) published in 2012.

If any of the names or links here are incorrect, or there's a better link for a particular nominee, please let me know in comments, and I'll correct it.

Many, many thanks to all the online publishers of short fiction, who made it possible to link to most of the short fiction nominees for free. They are:

Apex Magazine
Beneath Ceaseless Skies
Clarkesworld
Daily Science Fiction
Lightspeed
Strange Horizons
Subterranean Press
Tor

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