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Orzel ’93 Seeks Input for Hugo Award Nominations

The 2007 Hugo Award trophy

In a post at his blog, Uncertain Principles, Chad Orzel ’93 is asking readers for their suggestions on who to nominate for the 2010 Hugo Awards:

[T]he Hugo Award nomination period ends in a bit more than a month (that’s part of why I’m reading the Gilman– lots of people have said things that make it sound potentially award worthy, and I liked his previous books). Which means this is probably a good time to renew my request for recommendations of things to nominate. The Locus recommended reading list is a little thin on books I might reasonably expect to like, and most of the ones I have read were pretty meh. And for short fiction, I’ve read the stuff from Short Story Club and that’s about it.

So, if you have Opinions and Ideas about what should be on the SF awards ballots, here’s your chance to (potentially) influence my vote. If there’s anything– novels, short fiction, etc.– that I simply must read and consider for nomination, leave a pointer to it in the comments, and I’ll make a reasonable effort to give it a shot. I can’t promise I’ll have time to read it– my book deadline isn’t long after the Hugo nomination deadline– and I certainly can’t promise to vote for it, but I’ll do what I can.

If you have no idea what this post is about, the Hugo Awards are the top awards for science fiction and fantasy writing. Named for Hugo Gernsback, the founder of the foundational science fiction magazine Amazing Stories, winners get a chrome rocket ship that hearkens back to the “golden age” of science fiction. To my knowledge, the most recent Eph to win a Hugo Award was David Hartwell ’63 as “Best Editor, Long Form” in 2009. But there are a number of Williams College personages writing science fiction and fantasy these days who are potential future winners.

Of course, for as little as $50, you can just get your own nomination and voting rights for the Hugos (and official confirmation of your geekhood), but I bet we’ve got some closet SF readers out there who might be willing to give Orzel a few suggestions even if they’re not shelling out on their own.