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  1. LugaJetboyGirl-irra

    DC Worldcon 2021

    I am going.
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    NASFiC 2020 - Columbus OH

    Looks like I will be going to this if anyone wants to meet up.
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    Hugo Nominations and Awards - Onwards to 2020

    Oh, and George Martin's Wild Cards is eligible for Best Series due to Low Chicago, etc.
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    Hugo Nominations and Awards - Onwards to 2020

    For those who still have some spots on their nomination ballot, here's an open spreadsheet where people put their recs: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1pWyD-eQP_O6grT6aEUFJxm_qLcn7MCnTKQdFA4ajCu0/edit#gid=0
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    Hugo Nominations and Awards - Onwards to 2020

    I just finished Spinning Silver. I thought it was much better than Uprooted. I really enjoyed it (though I wouldn't call it groundbreaking). I wouldn't really characterize it as YA and think it is better nominated for the Hugo, not to mention the publisher lists it as adult lit (arbitrary, I know). I do agree that both it and Binti do blur the line, though, Binti especially, since it was much more a 'coming of age' story than Silver. Edit: I also suggest KD Edwards' The Last Sun (Novel and for the Campbell), for a solid urban fantasy.
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    Hugo Nominations and Awards - Onwards to 2020

    Ehn. I thought it was very entertaining but not Hugo worthy. It's a standard urban fantasy (inspired by one particular cultural tradition that has been generally overlooked), and it had some serious plot and characterization problems. It's got a five star average on Amazon which I just really don't think is warranted given its 'first novel' weaknesses.
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    Hugo Nominations and Awards - Onwards to 2020

    I recommend for nomination Adam Whitehead (Werthead) and the Wertzone for Best Fan Writer.
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    Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Romance v. 3.0

    Recently finished THE LAST SUN by K.D. Edwards. It's set in the present day, but a little while after a civil war between the families of previously hidden Atlantis wrecked the world. The Atlanteans now live in a new city on the US east coast because Atlantis is no longer inhabitable. They are organized into the Houses of the Tarot, with the family's head the Arcana. The Arcana are basically the closest thing to gods on the planet, with vast powers. The main character is the Scion of Sun House (the heir), but his entire House was destroyed when he was a teen and his family wiped out. He's barely started coming into his sun powers and has limited magic, so he and his best friend/body guard Brand support themselves by solving mysteries/problems as mercenaries (not military style, just find-lost-things or steal-shit-mercenaries). Meanwhile, all the Houses compete with each other as they get up to trouble in New Atlantis. I thought the world-building was very richly done, with an interesting social and cultural reality, magic system, and cast of characters. There's good queer representation. For a debut novel I think it was quite well done, although I am still not convinced on who the main love interest is supposed to be, which irks me, because I am firmly on one particular Team. Definitely recommend. (Content warning for sexual violence, though.)
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    Hugo Nominations and Awards - Onwards to 2020

    Dude. I don't care about what others will probably nominate or what you would have nominated last year. Tell us some actual books that you have read from 2018 that you think we should nominate. This is your chance to actually impact the nomination process.
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    Hugo Nominations and Awards - Onwards to 2020

    2018 : )
  11. LugaJetboyGirl-irra

    Hugo Nominations and Awards - Onwards to 2020

    Well, why don't you stop complaining and suggest some damn nominations, then? This is a thread for 2019 Hugo nominations! Show us your excellent taste and we can all move on with discussing actual books to nominate.
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    Hugo Nominations and Awards - Onwards to 2020

    That is an excellent question. If you look at the Worldcon YA Facebook page, she did all the graphics for that, including the 'congratulations nominees' graphic. Maybe we find some of her other fandom related stuff.
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    Hugo Nominations and Awards - Onwards to 2020

    I nominate Christine Rake of the BwB for Best Fan Artist. She has made some amazing graphics for con ribbons (and for conventions).
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    DUBLIN 2019: An Irish Worldcon August 15-19 2019

    Wow, that's lovely. I'll be staying at one of the hostels but this alone makes me want to show the con love by volunteering.
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    Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Romance v. 3.0

    That's...surprisingly accurate. I recently read Andrea Speed's paranormal romance/urban fantasy series Infected. Anyone read it? I really liked the way it treated shifters. (Cats only, btw.) It treats shifterhood as a medical condition and disease in a way unlike any shifter series I've come across. For example, its a virus, so instead of shifting during the full moon or at will, each person's monthly shifting schedule is based upon their personal viral cycle. The series basically explores aspects of the AIDs epidemic via shifters: no one knows where the infection originated, its transmitted through sex or needles (not bites), infected people are socially ostracized, it physically wrecks your body, and it's a death sentence. All the exotic and romanticized elements that you get in most shifter books are not here: no packs, no complicated social system, no cognizant human minds inside animal bodies, no special senses. For most of the month, you're a normal weak-ass human, and then during your viral cycle you have to be caged, pumped up with pain killers because of the shift, and if you escape you will kill everything you encounter (so the police are authorized to kill you on sight). (Okay, admittedly Roan is slightly different than other shifters.) I thought it was a refreshing, uncommon take on shifters, but a painfully real one. Also, I really loved the main character Roan, with his crankiness, loyalty, and music snobbery (never thought I'd read about a UF character who adores Pansy Division's 'Luv luv luv' as much as I do). He was a police officer, the token 'kitty cop,' but he was treated so shittily by the other cops that he became a private detective instead. If you were ever an anti-social, authority-hating teenager, Roan's your man.