Tag Archives: Hugo Awards

My Reading Challenges

I’ve talked about my reading challenges before, but not quite like this. This time, I’ve asked the Booktube community on YouTube for some help, since they’re a different group of people, though they tend to enjoy reading more young adult books than anything. But I asked anyway! Here’s the video.

Since I’ve asked before, here is the list I compiled from my blog readers. If you have more suggestions, that would be great! Let me know in the comments section.

Week in Review – May 15, 2016

Something to actually update on the writing side of things! More coming soon. But other than that, there have been some other interesting things going on. Some unrelated to the blog, and some related to another blog.

Reading

I did a little bit of reading. I’m now 41% finished Redemption Ark by Alastair Reynolds. More should be coming soon, and you’ll see why.

Writing

I started my writing studio/office project! I’m going to have things set up so that I can write in the privacy of a room filled with boxes. I’ll also be able to read in there, though I don’t think I’ll have much comfort yet. Also, I’ve started making proposals for freelance writing and proofreading. Hopefully, some income will be coming in.

Languages

I haven’t been doing anything with Duolingo in the past week. I really should. It only takes five minutes a day.

Canada

Not much to report, other than the fact that I’m getting interviews.

Videos

With the privacy I’ll be having in my office, I’ll be able to focus more on this. Lots of overdue videos. I’m not sure how many, but close to sixty!

The Blog

I had an interesting response on my Hugo Awards post. I admit I didn’t do a lot of research, but my response is probably what most people get from what they see in the news. While I can understand the Sad Puppies’ stance (they think the Hugo Awards are becoming too literary, among other things), I don’t agree with the tactics, especially by the Rabid Puppies and Vox Day. But this is just my opinion.

I also have to add one other thing about another blog of mine. I’ve started up a new blog! It’s the restaurant review blog I’ve been wanting to start, but it’s still being designed. I already have a couple restaurant reviews to do, and they’re both really good.

Studying

Nothing again!

The Next Week’s Goals

I hope to get the office set up a bit so I can start doing some writing, blogging, reading, and video-making in there. I’m hoping to get a couple freelance jobs, as well. I should focus on three book reviews I still need to do, and I’ll start doing reviews for a TV series or two. It looks like people want me to watch Sherlock, starring Butterscotch Cummerbund.

I mean Benedict Cumberbatch.

How was your week?

The Puppies Are at It Again

I have very little to say about the Sad Puppies and Rabid Puppies other than this: They are immature, sad people who have nothing better to do than sabotage a prestigious science fiction and fantasy award. I’m talking about the Hugo Awards. What happened? They got a short story named Space Raptor Butt Invasion by Chuck Tingle nominated. Congratulations, Puppies and Vox Day, you’ve trolled the Hugos yet again, and I find it rather irritating.

The big problem I have with the Puppies is that they are against diversity. And the comment Day made about N. K. Jemisin was rather insulting. Check out the entire article here.

I watched the awards ceremony last year. Many of the awards were not given out because people voted “no award.” It was a rather sad award ceremony. I can only predict a similar outcome this year.

What do you think about this whole situation with the Hugo Award and the Puppies? Let me know in the comments.

Getting Back on Track

My sister’s visit last month was great, but it has had a bit of a negative side effect. Some of my regular features have been disrupted. But it goes even beyond that. Much earlier than that. There are some things I need to get back to doing.

Blog Spotlights

I was doing blog spotlights before my sister came, and didn’t get back to doing it. I usually did them on Thursday. So maybe I should do one today, since it is Thursday.

Worldbuilding

It’s been a long time since I’ve done a worldbuilding post, and I have so much planned. Depending on the topic, it may take a lot of research, or more original ideas by myself. I want to get back to writing these.

Astronomy Quick Facts

I need to get back to profiling the moons of the solar system. But not only that, I have other Quick Facts series to start, including Geography, Dinosaurs, and Space Probes.

Hugo/Nebula Awards According to Goodreads

I started this, and didn’t really get back to it. I should continue with the next decade for the Hugo Award.

Japan Videos

I have so many to do! I need to get them up.

There are many other things I want to do, but I think these are the most important at the moment. Which ones are you looking forward to?

Watching the Hugo Awards

With all the controversy surrounding this year’s Hugo Awards, I found it interesting to watch the presentation of the awards on Livestream. If you want, you can watch it here.

The highlights were the multiple times they announced no winners due to a revolt against the Sad Puppies, a group of right-wing conservative science fiction authors who managed to nominate a bunch of hard sci-fi written by conservative authors who want nothing to do with female characters, gay and lesbian characters, or a growing international group of writers. Well, their efforts backfired, and several groups weren’t even awarded.

The big thing in these awards was that the winner, The Three Body Problem, by Liu Cixin, is the first translated novel to win the award. It was written by a Chinese author, and it looks pretty interesting.

Oh, and another thing, I loved the Dalek’s last line. Very funny. You have to see it.

What did you think of the awards, winners, and controversy?

The Hugo Awards as Chosen by Goodreads – 1950s

The Hugo Awards are a set of awards given to the best science fiction and fantasy works of fiction of the previous year. Since 1953, they’ve been given out more or less annually. They’re generally voted on by those supporting or attending the World Science Fiction Convention, or Worldcon. There are several categories.

But what would it be like if those who decided who the winners are were Goodreads members? I decided to find out how different the awards would be. I will only be covering novels for this. I will be posting the results by decade, starting with the 1950s.

The ’50s didn’t see many awards given, and the first few had no competition. They were just awarded, it seemed. No other nominees were listed for the first four. I will include them with their Goodreads ratings, though. So, let’s find out who the winners (new and old) are.

1953

The nominees were:

As it was the only listed nominee, the winner is still The Demolished Man.

thedemolishedman
Old winner
thedemolishedman
New winner

1955

The nominees were:

As it was the only nominee listed, the winner stays the same.

theforevermachine
Old winner.
theforevermachine
New winner.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1956

The nominees were:

Yet again, only one nominee listed, so the winner doesn’t change.

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Old winner.
doublestar
New winner.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1958

The nominees were:

This is the final year that only one nominee is listed. The winner is unchanged, of course.

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Old winner.
thebigtime
New winner.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1959

The nominees were:

For the first time, we have a list of nominees. This was a close one, but there is a new winner.

Old winner.
Old winner.
New winner.
New winner.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And that completes the 1950s. It’s not very exciting, since the award had just started, and we didn’t get to see many nominees for most of the years. However, after this, we will see many changes. It’s fascinating to see how different today’s reader’s opinion can change the winner of a prestigious award like the Hugo Award. Coming soon is the 1960s.

Do you agree with the change in 1959? Discuss the results in the comments below.

Hugo and Nebula Award Idea

I have this great idea for the Hugo and Nebula Awards.  It’s an idea that lit up in my mind a couple weeks ago, and I’ve been unable to stop thinking about it.  This is going to take a while to do because there are so many years that these awards have been given out.

Oh, this is such a good idea, I’m gleefully cackling to myself.  Well, not really, but just imagine I am.  Oh, but I won’t be telling you what it is.  I need to protect my idea.  Oh, yes.  My preciousssssss idea.

You’ll see what it is soon.  Those nasty Hobbitses won’t steal my precioussssss.