Mark Gritter (markgritter) wrote,
Mark Gritter

Brillant! [sic]

At dinner last night we were bemoaning the sorry state of the Hugo award nominations, when I had a flash of demented inspiration. Kickstarter + social networking + ranked-choice voting + fantasy sport drafts == get all your friends to vote for their favorite new works, bet on the results, and spin off a little extra cash for the winning artists!

(Not to mention that the costs of just ballot-stuffing the Hugo nomination process is surprisingly low!)

Also related: Firing a Hugo Award from a Railgun.

On the other hand, a lot of the good books we had come up with were either 2009 or 2011. "The Fuller Memorandum" (Charles Stross) is better than two or three of the books on the Hugo List. I can't really recommend the new Iain Banks wholeheartedly, although it did show up on a few best-of-the-year lists. "Thicker than Water" (Mike Carey) is one that Marissa liked better than I did, but it was a solid novel (and certainly better put-together than Cryoburn.)

I think the final collected volume of "Planetary" probably deserves a spot--- it was a satisfying ending to a good series. Fables' "Witches" was sort of meh to me, although Unwritten is good to be on the list. Girl Genius is a fan favorite but I don't think the latest installment is necessarily award-worthy.

Three "Doctor Who" nominations is at least two too many; I was surprised "Supernatural" didn't garner any nominations, but Marissa explained to me that the demographics are all wrong. "Eureka" could have a spot.
Tags: books, humor, science fiction
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