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Hugo Awards 2018: How (Some) Bloggers Are Voting

For most of the last few years I've done a survey of bloggers' votes for the four traditional Hugo written fiction categories: see 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013 and 2011. This has only rarely been an accurate guide to the winners - 2016 was the only year when the consensus of bloggers that I found actually reflected the vote, whereas in 2011 I missed in all four categories. So this is little more than a way-the-wind-is-blowing exercise. But it may still be of interest.

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Short Stories

Twenty-two different bloggers here, with a couple of clear front-runners. Going from bottom to top:

1 vote for “Clearly Lettered in a Mostly Steady Hand,” by Fran WildeCollapse )

1.83 votes for “Carnival Nine,” by Caroline M. YoachimCollapse )

2 votes for Nebula-winning “Welcome to your Authentic Indian Experience™,” by Rebecca RoanhorseCollapse )

3.5 votes for “Sun, Moon, Dust” by Ursula VernonCollapse )

6.33 votes for Locus-winning “The Martian Obelisk,” by Linda NagataCollapse )

8.33 votes for “Fandom for Robots,” by Vina Jie-Min PrasadCollapse )


Novelettes

Seventeen bloggers here, with a wide spread of preferences and several expressing considerable difficulty in making up their minds. My own vote is for the clear front-runner. Others are not that far behind.

0.33 votes for “Children of Thorns, Children of Water,” by Aliette de BodardCollapse )

1.25 votes for “Extracurricular Activities,” by Yoon Ha LeeCollapse )

2.42 votes for “The Secret Life of Bots,” by Suzanne PalmerCollapse )

2.75 votes for “Small Changes Over Long Periods of Time,” by K.M. SzparaCollapse )

3.58 votes for “A Series of Steaks,” by Vina Jie-Min PrasadCollapse )

6.67 votes for “Wind Will Rove,” by Sarah PinskerCollapse )


Novellas

Fifteen bloggers here, with votes almost evenly split between two finalists, only one of the other four getting a single top preference. Again, my own vote is with the front-runner.

0 votes for Binti: Home, by Nnedi Okorafor
0 votes for Down Among the Sticks and Bones, by Seanan McGuire
0 votes for River of Teeth, by Sarah Gailey

1 vote for The Black Tides of Heaven, by JY YangCollapse )

6.5 votes for Locus- and Nebula-winning All Systems Red, by Martha WellsCollapse )

7.5 votes for "And Then There Were (N-One)", by Sarah PinskerCollapse )


Novels

Only eleven votes to report here - intriguingly, more than half of them are for a single finalist, and each of the other five gets one each, by far the clearest concentration of support in any of the categories.

1 vote for Locus-winning The Collapsing Empire, by John ScalziCollapse )

1 vote for New York 2140, by Kim Stanley RobinsonCollapse )

1 vote for Provenance, by Ann LeckieCollapse )

1 vote for Raven Stratagem, by Yoon Ha LeeCollapse )

1 vote for Six Wakes, by Mur LaffertyCollapse )

6 votes for Locus- and Nebula-winning The Stone Sky, by N.K. JemisinCollapse )

I found a certain amount of discussion of the other 2018 Hugo categories as well, but for now I'm looking only at these four. I have found no discussion (other than my own) of the Retro-Hugos.

If I have the energy, I'll do an update to this post in early August.