2012 Hugo Award Nominees Announced

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Congratulations to the recently-announced finalists for the 2012 Hugo Awards, which were announced Saturday.

The winners will be announced in August at the World Science Fiction Society’s Chicon 7 convention in Chicago.

While there are plenty of works and authors on the list I’m not familiar with, there are more than a few that have garnered GeekDad attention in the past:

Jeff VanderMeer and S. J. Chambers’ The Steampunk Bible is a nominee in the Best Related Work category, as is season six of the Writing Excuses podcast, which features Glamour in Glass author Mary Robinette Kowal and Schlock Mercenary writer/illustrator Howard Tayler.

Kowal is also a nominee in the Best Novella category, and Tayler is a nominee in Best Graphic Story.

The Best Graphic Story field also includes Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez’ Locke & Key Volume 4: Keys To The Kingdom, and Fables Vol 15: Rose Red, by Bill Willingham and Mark Buckingham.

Catherynne M. Valente is a nominee in the Best Novella and Best Fancast categories.

Randall Munroe, creator of xkcd, is up for Best Fan Artist, and The Stepsister Scheme author Jim C. Hines is up for Best Fan Writer.

John Scalzi – who will be the toastmaster at this year’s Hugo ceremony – is also a Best Short Story finalist.

Dramatic Presentation Long Form finalists are: Captain America: The First Avenger, Game of Thrones (Season 1), Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, Hugo, and Source Code.

Dramatic Presentation Short Form finalists predictably include three episodes of Doctor Who‘s sixth series: “The Doctor’s Wife,” “The Girl Who Waited” (my own personal favorite since “Blink”), and “A Good Man Goes to War.” “The Drink Tank’s Hugo Acceptance Speech” is also a finalist in this category, but I was extremely pleasantly surprised to see “Remedial Chaos Theory,” an episode of NBC’s Community, in the mix.

You can read the entire list of finalists at The Hugo Awards website.

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