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I've ended up more preoccupied with tracking Q's fluid intake this weekend than the Hugo results (boo sick children) but some quick comments. I am in general very pleased with the winners; Fifth Season is a little bit like Three-Body Problem in that I didn't personally like it but I'm very happy to see the Hugo voters like it. Jemisin is a great writer who deserves recognition and I think it's a good outcome for the field. Lots of other stuff I liked a lot in the winners, yay!

Of interest in the long lists: they apparently did move Sorcerer of the Wildeeps to the novella category, I was curious what would happen with that (I wonder if I should take it as a precedent for nominating in future years?). "Pauper Prince" and "So Much Cooking" and Nimona would probably all have made it without the rabids. Some other people have analyzed numbers and concluded that there were a lot more rabid nominators than rabid voters, suggesting that people may not want to keep paying $50 indefinitely to spite-interfere.

I'm not sure what I think of EPH and 3SV and 5&6 all passing - I'm a little worried that we haven't seen analysis of what EPH would do in the dramatic presentation categories, although I guess it's more important to un-break the written categories than not break the dramatics. 3SV sounds like a giant pain but I guess we'll see. I'm glad they amended 4&6 to 5&6 just so it doesn't feel like I'm losing a nomination slot. I don't know, I guess I'm glad that we're going to try a bunch of improvements? (Hm, 3SV is just passed on to next year, so next year we're going to do EPH and 5&6 without it, I wonder if it won't ratify if people feel like next year's ballot turns out okay.)
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I have finally seen Mad Max: Fury Road. I can't argue that it did many things right and many things well (notably not the sound balance, we tried turning it up for the talking and down for the fighting but I still couldn't make out half the dialogue) but it wasn't really my thing and I'm glad I didn't spend a theater outing on it.

I liked the Alyssa Wong story "The Fisher Queen" so I can vote for her for the Campbell with a clear conscience; I didn't care for "Hungry Daughters of Starving Mothers". Not my thing, to continue a theme here.

I guess I still need to read some magazine issues, for Editor Short and Semipro? Getting close to done though.
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A couple of things I believe to be true: no matter what happens with the Hugos, some assholes are going to say it was exactly what they wanted, and claim it as an excuse to do more assholish things. No matter what I do with my voting, someone I respect would think I was doing the wrong thing, since there are reasonable competing schools of thought on this. No matter what happens with the Hugos, for a lot of people any results from this year are always going to have a little implicit asterisk by them. No matter what I do with my voting, I will be happier if the outcomes I hope for in my heart of hearts come true than if something else happens.

Partial ballot and some reasoning behind the cut.
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Folding Beijing, Hao Jingfang trans. Ken Liu, novelette. I thought this was awesome - vivid and substantive - and I'm not willing to not vote for it on account of the assholes having nominated it.

Space Raptor Butt Invasion, Chuck Tingle, short story. Speaking of assholes. (ba-dum.) I read a fair bit of m/m pwp, and this did not strike me as particularly great for that genre. I don't mean to knock the genius of "Slammed In The Butt By My Hugo Award Nomination" or "Pounded By The Pound: Turned Gay By The Socioeconomic Implications Of Britain Leaving The European Union" or "Living Inside My Own Butt For Eight Years, Starting A Business And Turning A Profit Through Common Sense Reinvestment And Strategic Targeted Marketing" but... enh.

Perfect State, Brandon Sanderson, novella. Interesting-enough MLP: Friendship Is Optimal-esque scenario, but I was bothered by Sanderson's uncritical use of a reproductive coercion storyline to further the plot. (Like, really? brains in jars, living otherwise-idealized lives, but they still have to *what*? I feel like maybe this is a place where a woman author might have noticed how deeply icky and violating that is, while a dude author like Sanderson just thought it was funny?) Also Melhi is Molly, yeah?

Slow Bullets, Alastair Reynolds, novella. A bunch of interesting elements here but somehow it didn't quite hang together for me.

Sandman Overture, Neil Gaiman + artists, graphic. Duuuuude. We'd had this on the bookshelf for awhile and I finally read it and you know how sometimes you're just like, man, authors should not try to revisit their works, stop poking it, it was good but you're making it worse? Not the case here. Gaiman & his team still have the juice, what a fucking capstone.
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So, hey, lots of categories in which I don't need to do any additional reading this year! I do intend to finally watch Mad Max: Fury Road, read Sandman: Overture if I can ever figure out which bookshelf we put it on, and make at least a stab at Seveneves. Might also read the Sanderson and Reynolds novellas if they're in the packet and don't require a lot of long-series-context to make sense.

I won't go through a full breakdown of What Came From Where (you can see the nominee list here and the Rabid Nuisance list here). Like last year, I very much look forward to seeing the full nominee lists, my guess is that there's some pretty great stuff in nominees 6-10 that it's sad to not have the opportunity to vote for. Fingers crossed for E Pluribus Hugo and an improved situation next year.
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Nominations close tomorrow; currently pretty happy with my effort except for not having read more graphic works. I now have the new Jay Hosler book in hand...
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Two weeks until nominations close! I have actually gone and filled out my ballot, although I'm still investigating works in some categories. This is my ballot so far. (People who think it's tacky to share your nominations before the ballot closes shouldn't click on the cut link here.)

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