Friday, March 30, 2007

Hugo Ballots Released

The SFWA website has announced the release of the ballots for this year's Hugo Awards for best science fiction and fantasy. You can read the ballot here.

Nominees include the likes of Michael Flynn's Eifelheim, which I'm sure will make Claw of the Conciliator happy. Naomi Novik's His Majesty's Dragon is on the list, and it's also on my living room floor, so I guess I better go read that one. Charles Stross's Glasshouse, which I keep promising to talk about but never do, is also up there. Boo!

So, recently converted sf writer John C. Wright commented somewhere or other that whenever he talks about his Christianity, he lowers his chances of winning a Hugo. We have two books up here that I know depict Christianity: Eifelheim and Glasshouse (and His Majesty's Dragon probably does too). Eifelheim, Elliot tells us, gives a thoughtful and generous depiction, whereas Glasshouse, I can tell you, gives an ugly and simple-minded parody on par, or even sub-par, with Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale. Shall we be cynics for once and bet on Glasshouse for the award? You go ahead and mull that over.
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