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The 2016 Hugo Awards

The 2016 Hugo Awards have been presented! I’ve been interested in seeing how this went because of the Puppies movement. Well, there were a couple awards that weren’t awarded, and Space Raptor Butt Invasion did come in third place for Best Short Story.

The categories I was most interested in are Best Novel and The John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer. They were won by The Fifth Season by N. K. Jemisin and Andy Weir respectively.

These days, people question the validity of The Hugo Awards because of various reasons I won’t be going into. However, I am curious about people’s reaction to the winners. What do you think of the results? Let me know in the comments below.

New Books Have Arrived

For the first time in quite some time, I got new books! Here they are:

These are all highly rated books on Goodreads or books I’ve been wanting to get for a long time. Five fantasy and four science fiction. They are:

  • Consider Phlebas, The Player of Games, and Use of Weapons, by Iain M. Banks.
  • The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms by N. K. Jemisin
  • The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss
  • The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson
  • Mistborn: The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson
  • Theft of Swords by Michael J. Sullivan
  • The Martian by Andy Weir

Nice to have these books in my collection now. I look forward to reading them all.

Which ones are you most interested in? Let me know in the comments.

 

The Martian: Self-published to Book and Movie Deal

Andy Weir’s The Martian is one of those success stories that indie authors love to hear about, or rather, would love to happen to them.

You see, Andy Weir started out by posting chapters of The Martian on his blog for anyone to read for free.  He then decided to sell it for $0.99 on Amazon. Then things got crazy. It was so popular that it got picked up by a traditional publisher, and then within a week, he had a movie deal. And now that the movie’s coming out, it appears that critics are saying this may be one of the best movies of the year.

Wow.

Read about the whole story here. What I wrote above is just a highly condensed version. And here’s the movie trailer.

This should give hope to a lot of indie authors who want to make it big. It can happen. But they have to be realistic. This kind of thing is extremely rare. I would love for something like this to happen to me, of course. I think any indie author would love it.

As for the book (and the movie), the things I hear about it is that the science used in the story is what sets it apart from many other science fiction novels. It uses real science. I love that kind of science fiction. It’s one reason I loved Kim Stanley Robinson’s Red Mars.

Any indie authors out there hoping for Andy Weir-like success?

The Martian

The first trailer for the movie The Martian is now out.  Here it is.

It’s based on a novel by the same name, a novel I really want to read. I absolutely loved Kim Stanley Robinson’s Red Mars. And now this movie comes along. I want to see it so very much. The novel by Andy Weir is highly rated on Goodreads, and is a Goodreads Choice 2014 winner. Sounds good, doesn’t it?

So, Matt Damon is the main character in this movie. Batman vs. Superman is also coming, starring Ben Affleck. These childhood friends have a couple potential blockbuster movies. Who’s going to win? In my mind, The Martian is what I want to see the most.