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04/12/2004 Entry: "Romantic SF up for 2004 Hugos, Campbell"

Paladin of SoulsThe nominations are in for this year's Hugo awards, one of Science Fiction & Fantasy's most prestigious honors, and on the list are two romantic SF works! One is Lois McMaster Bujold's novel, Paladin of Souls, and the other is Catherine Asaro's novella, "Walk in Silence". The Hugos are nominated and voted on by popular vote, so they really reflect the tastes of the active SF&F community. Also nominated are non-romantic-sf fiction by some of our favorite authors -- Neil Gaiman (Short Story) and Connie Willis (Novella).

On the same ballot, but not a Hugo (it is sponsored by Dell Magazines), is the "John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer" aka the Campbell. One of the nominees is Chris Moriarty, whose SPIN STATE has the romantic SF community all abuzz and on many of our to-be-read-soon piles.

--PALADIN OF SOULS review page
--PALADIN OF SOULS at Amazon
--SPIN STATE at Amazon

The complete list of 2004 nominees:

Best Novel (462 ballots)
Paladin of Souls — Lois McMaster Bujold (Eos)
Humans — Robert Sawyer (Tor Books)
Ilium — Dan Simmons (Eos)
Singularity Sky — Charles Stross (Ace Books)
Blind Lake — Robert Charles Wilson (Tor Books)

Best Novella (215 ballots)
"Walk in Silence" — Catherine Asaro (Analog, April 2003)
"Empress of Mars" — Kage Baker (Asimov's, July 2003)
"The Green Leopard Plague" — Walter Jon Williams (Asimov's, Oct.–Nov. 2003)
"Just Like the Ones We Used to Know" — Connie Willis (Asimov's, Dec. 2003)
"The Cookie Monster" — Vernor Vinge (Analog, Oct. 2003)

Best Novelette (243 ballots)
"Empire of Ice Cream" — Jeffrey Ford (Sci Fiction, scifi.com, Feb. 2003)
"Bernardo's House" — James Patrick Kelly (Asimov's, June 2003)
"Into the Gardens of Sweet Night" — Jay Lake (Writers of the Future XIX, Bridge, 2003)
"Hexagons" — Robert Reed (Asimov's, July 2003)
"Nightfall" — Charles Stross (Asimov's, April 2003)
"Legions in Time" — Michael Swanwick (Asimov's, April 2003)

Best Short Story (310 ballots)
"Paying It Forward" — Michael A. Burstein (Analog, Sept. 2003)
"A Study in Emerald" — Neil Gaiman (Shadows over Baker Street, Del Rey, 2003)
"Four Short Novels" — Joe Haldeman (Fantasy & Science Fiction, Nov. 2003)
"The Tale of the Golden Eagle" — David D. Levine (Fantasy & Science Fiction, June 2003)
"Robots Don't Cry" — Mike Resnick (Asimov's, July 2003)

Best Related Book (243 ballots)
Scores: Reviews 1993–2003 — John Clute (Beccon Publications, 2003)
Spectrum 10: The Best in Fantastic Contemporary Art — Cathy & Arnie Fenner (Underwood Books, 2003)
The Chesley Awards for SF & Fantasy Art: A Retrospective — John Grant, Elizabeth L. Humphrey, & Pamela D. Scoville (Artist's & Photographer's Press Ltd., 2003)
Dreamer of Dune: The Biography of Frank Herbert — Brian Herbert (Tor Books, 2003)
The Thackery T. Lambshead Guide to Eccentric & Discredited Diseases — Jeff Vandermeer & Mark Roberts (Night Shade Books, 2003)
Master Storyteller: An Illustrated Tour of the Fiction of L. Ron Hubbard — William J. Widder (Bridge, 2003)

Best Dramatic Presentation — Long Form (363 ballots)
28 Days Later (DNA Films/Fox Searchlight). Directed by Danny Boyle; written by Alex Garland.
Finding Nemo (Pixar/Walt Disney Pictures). Directed by Andrew Stanton & Lee Unkrich; screenplay by Andrew Stanton, Bob Peterson & David Reynolds; story by Andrew Stanton.
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (New Line Cinema). Directed by Peter Jackson; screenplay by Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens & Peter Jackson; based on the novel by J.R.R. Tolkien.
Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (Walt Disney Pictures). Directed by Gore Verbinski; screenplay by Ted Elliott & Terry Rossio; screen story by Ted Elliott, Terry Rossio, Stuart Beattie & Jay Wolpert.
X2: X-Men United (20th Century Fox/Marvel). Directed by Bryan Singer; screenplay by Michael Dougherty, Dan Harris & David Hayter; story by Zak Penn, David Hayter & Bryan Singer.

Best Dramatic Presentation — Short Form (212 ballots)
"Chosen" — Buffy the Vampire Slayer (Mutant Enemy Inc./20th Century Fox). Written and directed by Joss Whedon.
"Gollum's Acceptance Speech at the 2003 MTV Movie Awards" (Wingnut Films/New Line Cinema). Written and directed by Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens & Peter Jackson.
"Heart of Gold" — Firefly (Mutant Enemy Inc./20th Century Fox). Directed by Thomas J. Wright; written by Brett Matthews.
"The Message" — Firefly (Mutant Enemy Inc./20th Century Fox). Directed by Tim Minear; written by Joss Whedon & Tim Minear.
"Rosetta" — Smallville (Tollin/Robbins Productions/Warner Brothers). Directed by James Marshall; written by Al Gough & Miles Millar.

Best Professional Editor (319 ballots)
Ellen Datlow
Gardner Dozois
David Hartwell
Stanley Schmidt
Gordon Van Gelder

Best Professional Artist (241 ballots)
Jim Burns
Bob Eggleton
Frank Frazetta
Frank Kelly Freas
Donato Giancola

Best Semi-Prozine (199 ballots)
Ansible, ed. Dave Langford
Interzone, ed. David Pringle
Locus, ed. Charles N. Brown, Jennifer A. Hall, and Kirsten Gong-Wong
The New York Review of Science Fiction, ed. Kathryn Cramer, David G. Hartwell, and Kevin Maroney
Third Alternative, ed. Andy Cox

Best Fanzine (211 ballots)
Challenger, ed. Guy H. Lillian III
Emerald City, ed. Cheryl Morgan
File 770, ed. Mike Glyer
Mimosa, ed. Rich and Nicki Lynch
Plokta, ed. Alison Scott, Steve Davies, and Mike Scott

Best Fan Writer (260 ballots)
Jeff Berkwits
Bob Devney
John L. Flynn
Dave Langford
Cheryl Morgan

Best Fan Artist (190 ballots)
Brad Foster
Teddy Harvia
Sue Mason
Steve Stiles
Frank Wu

The John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer (192 ballots)
Jay Lake (second year of eligibility)
David D. Levine (second year of eligibility)
Karin Lowachee (second year of eligibility)
Chris Moriarty (first year of eligibility)
Tim Pratt (second year of eligibility)
Note: This award is not a Hugo; it is sponsored by Dell Magazines.

For more information about how the Hugos and Campbell work, go to the NoreasonCon website.


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