Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Hugo Eligibility

You know, if you had told me thirty years ago that in 2020 I would be able to write up a list of multiple things of mine that were Hugo eligible, it would have blown my mind. Probably even more mind-blowing would have been the idea that what gets nominated will be a bunch of people I'm friends and acquaintance with.   That remains wild to me, even to this day.
But, hey, if you are nominating, let me steer you to some of my things that are, in fact eligible.

BEST NOVEL: Both  A Parliament of Bodies and Shield of the People were novels that came out in 2019, so they are both eligible for Best Novel.  Though, if we're being honest, I'm very much not expecting that.  Both books, very well received, but there's been no such buzz on them.  But if you think they deserve to be nominated, I would be deeply honored.

BEST SERIES: From my understanding, by the wording of the award rules and how the various sub-series interact, that all of the Maradaine Saga is eligible as a whole, and that would be the best way to nominate the series, if that was your interest.  Again, I would be deeply honored if you think the interweaving of four series into one setting has been an endeavor worthy of your vote.   Maybe you want to wait until People of the City comes out to see if I stick the landing there?  If so, I respect that.  I would love to be honored here, but I understand I need to earn it.

BEST RELATED WORK: I did put up the ArmadilloCon 41 Toastmaster Speech for everyone to read after Martha Wells asked me to, and it is a speech I'm very proud of.  I was asked to say a bunch of kind things about the community of SFF and the people in it-- especially and specifically the guests of honor like Martha-- and I spoke from my heart, and if that reached you, I'm glad.

BEST FANCAST: Ok, friends, this is probably the big hat shake on my part.  Last year I launched Worldbuilding for Masochists with Alexandra Rowland and Rowenna Miller and it has been a delight to do, and I think we've done really good work making a podcast that is fun to listen to and gives a lot of insight into the worldbuilding process.  I really think this is work that is worthy of your nomination.  Please, if you've not yet checked it out, head on over and give it serious consideration. 
Also, if we get nominated, Alex and Rowenna have carte blanche on my Hugo Ceremony outfit.  Tell me you don't want to see that.

That's all I've got!  If you can nominate, go forth and nominate with your whole heart.  And, if you can't, consider the value of getting a supporting membership for 2021 so you can nominate next year. 

Tuesday, February 25, 2020


So, five years ago, I launched the Maradaine Saga with THE THORN OF DENTONHILL, in which magic-student-by-day, vigilante-by-night, full-time beautiful idiot Veranix Calbert fought his war against the Fenmere drug cartel.  Next came A MURDER OF MAGES, the first of the Maradaine Constabulary, where ex-spy working mother Satrine Rainey teams up with untrained mage Minox Welling as Inspectors Third Class to investigate a string of ritualized murders of circles mages.

The next year, we put out THE ALCHEMY OF CHAOS, where Veranix's double life was pushed to the edge and he juggled stopping drug sales, keeping the Aventil gangs in check, fending off assassins all while taking exams. Then AN IMPORT OF INTRIGUE, where Satrine and Minox investigate the extremely complicated murder of a Fuergan dignitary, facing ghosts of Satrine's past and the danger of Minox's future.  We followed this up switching gears with THE HOLVER ALLEY CREW, the first of the Streets of Maradaine, where Asti and Verci Rynax have to return to their heist-pulling ways when their home and shop are burned down.  Then the first crossover book, THE IMPOSTERS OF AVENTIL, where the actions of Thorn imposters get the attention of the Constabulary, so Veranix has to both confront the imposters and Minox and Satrine.

We return to the Streets of Maradiane with LADY HENTERMAN'S WARDROBE, where Asti & Verci and their crew follow their path of revenge against the people who started the fire, leading them to a nobelman's home and a dangerous enemy from Asti's past.  Next came the beginning of the Maradaine Elite, with THE WAY OF THE SHIELD, where pacifist warrior Dayne Heldrin meets Tarian initiate Jerinne Fendall, and they work together to stop a revolutionary uprising against the Parliament. 
Then the third Maradaine Constabulary, A PARLIAMENT OF BODIES, where Satrine and Minox investigate a horrific, sadistic killer who created an exhibit of death on the Parliament floor, and Dayne and Jerinne work with them to stop the killer.   In SHIELD OF THE PEOPLE, Dayne and Jerinne discover a plot against the free election of the Parliament, and work to protect the voice of the people of Maradaine.
NOW, there is THE FENMERE JOB-- which comes out TOMORROW-- in which Asti & Verci strive to stop a drug shipment from hitting their neighborhood, but The Thorn shows up with his own agenda. Now the stage is fully set...