Well WorldCon is almost here! For me this means tomorrow as I am not arriving until around noon. This is a bit annoying, I think we made this decision when the website seemed to suggest things wouldn’t start till the afternoon and now they are earlier, but it’s still going to be a fantastic weekend so I can’t complain too much!
So before I go, here’s a roundup of the things I voted for, copied from my last voting form with some notes on each category and why I picked that order. I will skip over giving more info on the categories I have separate posts for and just link to those instead.
- Spinning Silver
- Record of a Spaceborn Few
- The Calculating Stars
- Trail of Lightning
- Revenant Gun
- Space Opera
- The Tea Master and the Detective
- The Black God’s Drums
- Beneath the Sugar Sky
- Artificial Condition
- Binti: The Night Masquerade
- Gods, Monsters, and the Lucky Peach
- “The Last Banquet of Temporal Confections”
- “If at First You Don’t Succeed, Try, Try Again”
- “Nine Last Days on Planet Earth”
- “When We Were Starless”
- “The Thing About Ghost Stories”
- The Only Harmless Great Thing
- “A Witch’s Guide to Escape: A Practical Compendium of Portal Fantasies”
- “The Secret Lives of the Nine Negro Teeth of George Washington”
- “The Court Magician”
- “The Tale of the Three Beautiful Raptor Sisters, and the Prince Who Was Made of Meat”
- “The Rose MacGregor Drinking and Admiration Society”
- Monstress, Volume 3: Haven
- Paper Girls, Volume 4
- Saga, Volume 9
- Black Panther: Long Live the King
I had to pick Monstress for this one, I absolutely adore this series. It’s one of the ones I actually nominated for the Hugos so not voting for it would just have been really weird. Honestly if you are not reading this weird monster/magic series I highly recommend it. Excellent characters, intriguing plot, amazing worldbuilding and artwork that will blow your mind on top of it all.
- Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
- Black Panther
- A Quiet Place
- Avengers: Infinity War
- Sorry to Bother You
This was a pretty good category for me, the only one I haven’t seen is the one on the bottom. Picking a winner was tough, these are all excellent nominations, but for me Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse stole the show. I hadn’t been that bothered from the trailers, but when my friends started raving about it I took myself off to see it and I am soooo glad I did because it was fantastic. My only complaint is that I would have loved more female representation in it, though what was there was good.
Black Panther is absolutely superb film with a complex villain at the centre of it, the sort we don’t see very often. Also Shuri and the other women of Wakanda are fabulous. This film blew the lid off of female representation in Marvel movies, it’s just excellent.
- Doctor Who: “Demons of the Punjab”
- Doctor Who: “Rosa”
- The Good Place: “Janet(s)”
- The Good Place: “Jeremy Bearimy”
I hadn’t seen the other two nominations (I have tried watching The Expanse twice now and I keep getting fed up and stopping, sorry but it doesn’t work for me), so I voted for the ones I had seen. This was also a hard choice, some damn good episodes from two excellent shows.
Doctor Who, I had given up watching Who years ago actually, I had gotten increasingly annoyed by a number of things but when they announced Jodie Whittaker as the Doctor I knew I had to go back. I mean, a female doctor was not something I was going to miss and the show did not disappoint me. It was fantastic to see the show focus more on historial lessons and what they can teach us now, something that was at the heart of why the show was created in the first place, and those two episodes are fantastic examples of it. I had a hard choice deciding which to go with, but in the end, for me Demons was a stronger episode.
And of course I love The Good Place. Who knew you could make a comedy that mixes philosophy into things? They did an actual trolley problem joke, I mean, wow!
- Galen Dara
- Victo Ngai
- Charles Vess
- Yuko Shimizu
- Jaime Jones
- John Picacio
Such a fabulous collections of artwork, when I was looking through the samples we were given in our pack, my jaw dropped at several points. Obviously this particular choice is very personal, but for me this order worked the best, though choosing between my top two was a very difficult choice.
- Likhain (Mia Sereno)
- Grace P. Fong
- Spring Schoenhuth
- Ariela Housman
- Meg Frank
- Sara Felix
All of these are also exceptionally talented and worth a look, again, this one is very personal choice and I would recommend having a look at all of their work if you have a chance to.
- Jeannette Ng
- R.F. Kuang
- S.A. Chakraborty
I will admit that my choice in this one came down to which of the second year eligibility candidates that I had read I liked the most. Don’t get me wrong, Rebecca is a fantastic wrier (and I honestly think she’s probably going to win it), but I kinda want her to win next year so that one of the others manages to get one of the awards.
That being the case the others are both excellent writers, but I absolutely adore Under the Pendulum Sun, so for me it had to be that one.
And there we have it, all done with the Hugos! Well, I may post up some thoughts on the winners once the award ceremony is done with, we shall have to see.
Not sure when I will next post as I am not betting that I will get much time for an update whilst in Dublin, but I will see what I can do. Otherwise I hope I shall have some more review posts up for you next week when I am home.
And if anyone reading this is at WorldCon, or will be there, and you see a Mairi White on a badge belonging to a woman with long brown hair and pale skin, that’s probably me so say hi!