Preparing for the 2016 Hugo Awards

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Wow. It’s been a really long time since I’ve written a blog post. Life got busy and I really fell out of the habit of writing book reviews and, consequently, blog posts. With that said, I feel the drive to start writing again as I start a new adventure (not that life is any less busy now than it was before).

With the 2015 Hugo Awards having been recently announced and all of the chaos finally dying down, I’m looking forward to next year’s awards (which I hope will be much more civilized). I have never nominated or voted for the Hugos, nor have I attended a Worldcon. I would like to change that in 2016. With all of the controversy surrounding 2015’s award, I feel more compelled than ever to increase my participation in the SFF community and to lend my voice in what small way I can.

My primary focus will be in the novel category, but I also plan to nominate and vote in several other categories. Since the beginning of the year, I’ve been keeping track of things like podcasts, movies, and television episodes that I’ve enjoyed. I’ve also noted artists and fan writers that I think are talented. I plan to continue this throughout the rest of the year and, with luck, I’ll have nominations for many of the categories.

The novel category is a little trickier because it involves a much greater time investment, but, starting now, I plan to read only novels published in 2015 through the rest of the year and probably into 2016. I’ve already read a couple (Firefight by Brandon Sanderson and The Autumn Republic by Brian McClellan) and I’m currently reading a couple more (Nemesis Games by James S.A. Corey and The Grace of Kings by Ken Liu).

I also compiled a list of 2015 novels that sound interesting, which I plan to attack with enthusiasm. I’ll divulge the list in a future post, along with updates and commentary on my progress. I hope this will help me to focus on my goals and prepare my nominations, but I also hope it will prove informative for other readers.

If you have any suggestions, please post them in the comments.