Monday, January 14, 2008

Difficulty of the Hugos

Since I have a membership in Worldcon I can nominate works for the Hugos. Unfortunately I have read very little that was published in the past year. I am remedying the gap by quickly hitting the library with lists of recommendations. Like reading the Ted Chiang novelette (by the Hugo definition) The Merchant and the Alchemist's Gate in the September 2007 edition of Fantasy and Science Fiction, but made available online. It was recommended by Abigail Nussbaum in her journal. I'm going to publish a list of what I'll be nominating later today and as you will all see it is a pathetic anemic thing. So I need anyone within range of this broadcast to point people at me to recommend things.

To answer a question that might otherwise be asked why don't I just use Hugo Recommend over on Livejournal or SF Awards Watch to make my list of things to look at and read? Well because I want more personal recommendations from people who are more closely associated with me by degrees of separation. And won't recommend William Gibson. More seriously I am using them, but I'm wondering if there is something more "Mishalak" that they might have missed.


Cheryl said...

When I ran the recommendation lists at Emerald City I used to associate people's names with their recommendations. I figured that would help people decide whether they might like a book. (For example, if Jane liked X and Y, and I liked Y, I should try X). However, I discovered that many people were reluctant to make recommendations if their names would be publicly associated with them. Which is why SFAWs can be anonymous (though you can leave a comment as well).

Mishalak said...

I don't get why people are nervous about being public about recommendations. If I think something is good enough to get a Hugo I'm going to say it to everyone I think I might have half a percent chance of influencing positively.

But then perhaps I am a crazy person.