Best Series Hugo: Eligible Series from 2018

By JJ: To assist Hugo nominators, listed below are the series believed to be eligible as of this writing for the 2019 Best Series Hugo next year *†.

Each series name is followed by the main author name(s) and the 2018-published work.

Feel free to add missing series and the name of the 2018-eligible work in the comments, and I will get them included in the main post.

I just ask that suggesters (1) first do a Find on author surname on this page, to check whether the series is already on the list, and (2) then make an effort to verify that a series does indeed have 3 volumes, that it has a 2018-published work, and that it has likely met the 240,000 word threshold; in the past I have spent a considerable amount of time trying to verify suggested series, only to discover that they had fewer than 3 volumes, or nothing published in the current year, or weren’t anything close to 240,000 words (e.g., children’s books). Self-published works may or may not be added to the list at my discretion.

Note that the 2017 Hugo Administrator ruled that nominations for a series and one of its subseries will not be combined. Therefore, when nominating a subseries work, think carefully under which series name it should be nominated. If the subseries does not yet meet the 3-volume, 240,000 word count threshold, then the main series name should be nominated. If the subseries does meet that threshold, then the subseries name should probably be nominated. This will ensure that another subseries in the same universe, or the main series itself, would still be eligible next year if this subseries is a finalist this year.

Updated: The 2019 Hugo Administrators have announced that the 2017 Best Series Finalists, although the result of a one-time category, are subject to the same re-qualification requirements as the 2018 Best Series Finalists; bear that in mind when making your nominations.

Filer discussion of the eligible series can be found in the 2019 Hugo Awards Best Series Discussion post.

* ineligible series are preceded by an asterisk

  • Academy by Jack McDevitt, The Long Sunset
  • Adventures of Arabella Ashby by David D. Levine, Arabella, The Traitor of Mars
  • Age of Darkness by Stephen Aryan, Of Gods and Men (novella)
  • Alex Verus by Benedict Jacka, Marked
  • Aliens by Alex White, The Cold Forge
  • Alpennia by Heather Rose Jones, “Gifts Tell Truth” (novelette)
  • Alpha and Omega by Patricia Briggs, Burn Bright
  • Amaranthine Spectrum by Tom Toner, The Weight of the World and The Tropic of Eternity
  • Amaryllis by Carrie Vaughn, The Wild Dead (may not meet word count)
  • America Rising by William C. Dietz, Battle Hymn
  • Andrea Cort / Draiken by Adam-Troy Castro, Blurred Lives and A Stab of the Knife (novellas) (must be nominated under the main series, as the subseries has insufficient word count)
  • Anuket City (Clocktaur Wars/Swordheart) by T. Kingfisher (Ursula Vernon), The Wonder Engine and Swordheart
  • Apt Universe by Adrian Tchaikovsky, For Love of Distant Shores (collection with 3 new novellas), The Scent of Tears (anthology)
  • Arcadia Project by Mishell Baker, Imposter Syndrome
  • Ars Numina by Ann Aguirre, The Wolf Lord
  • Assiti Shards (1632) by Eric Flint and a cast of thousands: by Paula Goodlett and Eric Flint and Gorg Huff, 1637: The Volga Rules
  • Attack on Titan by Rachel Aaron, Garrison Girl
  • Bel Dame Apocrypha by Kameron Hurley, Apocalypse Nyx (collection)
  • *Binti by Nnedi Okorafor, Binti: The Night Masquerade (ineligible due to insufficient word count)
  • Black Company by Glen Cook, Port Of Shadows
  • Book of the Black Earth by Jon Sprunk, Blade and Bone
  • Blood of Earth by Beth Cato, Roar of Sky
  • Bound Gods by Rachel Dunne, The Shattered Sun
  • Bryant & May by Christopher Fowler, Hall of Mirrors
  • Cainsville by Kelley Armstrong, Rough Justice (novella)
  • Celaena / Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas, Kingdom of Ash
  • Centenal Cycle by Malka Older, State Tectonics
  • Chronicles of Elantra by Michelle Sagara, Cast in Deception
  • Chronicles of St. Mary’s by Jodi Taylor, An Argumentation of Historians
  • Claw by M. D. Lachlan, The Night Lies Bleeding
  • Cobra / Cobra Rebellion by Timothy Zahn, Cobra Traitor
  • Commonweal by Graydon Saunders, Under One Banner
  • Confederation / Peacekeeper by Tanya Huff, The Privilege of Peace
  • Conqueror’s Trilogy by Kiersten White, Bright We Burn
  • Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas, A Court of Frost and Starlight
  • Custard Protocol by Gail Carriger, Competence
  • Daniel Faust by Craig Schaefer, The Neon Boneyard
  • Dark Alchemy by Laura Bickle, Witch Creek
  • Dark Gifts by Vic James, Bright Ruin
  • Demon Cycle by Peter V. Brett, Barren (novella)
  • Devil’s West by Laura Anne Gilman, Red Waters Rising
  • Diving Universe by Kristine Kathryn Rusch, Searching for the Fleet, and novellas The Rescue of the Renegat, Lieutenant Tightass, and Dix
  • Doctor Who: by Russell T. Davies, Rose; by Jenny T Colgan, The Christmas Invasion; by Steven Moffat, The Day of the Doctor; by Paul Cornell, Twice Upon A Time
  • Dorina Basarab, Dhampir by Karen Chance, Shadow’s Bane
  • Draconis Memoria by Anthony Ryan, The Empire of Ashes
  • Dread Empire’s Fall / Praxis by Walter Jon Williams, The Accidental War
  • Earthsea by Ursula K. LeGuin, The Books of Earthsea: The Complete Illustrated Edition
  • Echoes of the Fall by Adrian Tchaikovsky, The Hyena and the Hawk
  • Eight Worlds by John Varley, Irontown Blues
  • Elemental Masters by Mercedes Lackey, The Bartered Brides
  • Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir, A Reaper at the Gates
  • Ethshar by Lawrence Watt-Evans, Stone Unturned
  • Every Day by David Levithan, Someday
  • Extraordinary Adventures of the Athena Club by Theodora Goss, European Travel for the Monstrous Gentlewoman
  • Firefly by James Lovegrove with Nancy Holder, Big Damn Hero
  • Folk of the Air by Holly Black, The Cruel Prince and The Lost Sisters (novella)
  • Foreigner by C.J. Cherryh, Emergence
  • Forgotten Realms / Drizzt by R. A. Salvatore, Timeless
  • Fractured Europe by Dave Hutchinson, Europe at Dawn
  • Frontlines by Marko Kloos, Points of Impact
  • Gaia Chronicles by Naomi Foyle, Stained Light
  • Gates of the World by K.M. McKinley, The Brass God
  • Gods & Monsters / Rupert Wong by Cassandra Khaw, Food of the Gods and Rupert Wong and the Ends of the Earth (novella)
  • Godserfs by N.S. Dolkart, A Breach in the Heavens
  • Goredd / Seraphina by Rachel Hartman, Tess of the Road
  • Great Library by Rachel Caine, Smoke and Iron
  • Green Rider by Kristen Britain, The Dream Gatherer
  • Guild Hunter by Nalini Singh, Archangel’s Prophecy
  • *Haden Universe by John Scalzi, Head On (ineligible due to insufficient word count, per author’s statement)
  • Hail Bristol / Farian War by K. B. Wagers, There Before the Chaos (must be nominated under the main series, as the subseries has insufficient word count and/or volumes)
  • Halcyone Space by L.J. Cohen, A Star in the Void
  • Harry Potter / Fantastic Beasts by J.K. Rowling, The Crimes of Grindelwald (must be nominated under the main series, as the subseries has insufficient word count and/or volumes)
  • Heirs of Alexandria by Eric Flint and Dave Freer, All the Plagues of Hell
  • Hell Divers by Nicholas Sansbury Smith, Deliverance
  • Heroine Complex by Sarah Kuhn, Heroine’s Journey
  • Honorverse / Manticore Ascendant by David Weber, Uncompromising Honor, Timothy Zahn and Thomas Pope, A Call to Vengeance
  • Illuminae Files by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff, Obsidio
  • Imperials by Melinda Snodgrass, The Hidden World
  • In Death by J.D. Robb, Dark in Death and Leverage in Death
  • *InCryptid by Seanan McGuire, Tricks for Free (ineligible due to being a finalist in 2018 and having insufficient new word count and/or volumes to requalify)
  • Innsmouth Legacy by Ruthanna Emrys, Deep Roots
  • Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman, The Mortal Word
  • Iron Druid Chronicles by Kevin Hearne, Scourged
  • Ishmael Jones by Simon R. Green, Murder in the Dark
  • Jake Ross by Ben Bova, Power Failure
  • Jane Hawk by Dean Koontz, The Crooked Staircase
  • Jane Yellowrock by Faith Hunter, Dark Queen
  • Jerry Cornelius by Michael Moorcock, Pegging the President
  • Kate Daniels by Ilona Andrews (Ilona and Gordon Andrews), Magic Triumphs
  • Kitty Katt by Gini Koch, Aliens Abroad
  • Kris Longknife by Mike Shepherd, Commanding
  • Kylara Vatta / Vatta’s Peace by Elizabeth Moon, Into the Fire (must be nominated under the main series, as the subseries has insufficient word count and/or volumes)
  • *Lady Astronaut by Mary Robinette Kowal, The Calculating Stars and The Fated Sky (ineligible due to insufficient word count at 238,581 words)
  • Lady Helen by Alison Goodman, The Dark Days Deceit
  • Laundry Files by Charles Stross, The Labyrinth Index
  • Legends of the First Empire by Michael J. Sullivan, Age of War
  • *Legion by Brandon Sanderson, Lies of the Beholder (novella) (ineligible due to insufficient word count)
  • Liaden Universe by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller, Neogenesis
  • Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fall of Gondolin
  • Machineries of Empire by Yoon Ha Lee, Revenant Gun
  • Magic ex Libris by Jim C. Hines, “Imprinted” (novelette)
  • Majestic-12 / MJ-12 by Michael J. Martinez, Endgame
  • Maradaine / Streets of Mardaine / Maradaine Elite by Marshall Ryan Maresca, Lady Henterman’s Wardrobe and The Way of the Shield (must be nominated under the main series, as the subseries have insufficient word counts and/or volumes)
  • Merchant Princes / Empire Games by Charles Stross, Dark State (must be nominated under the main series, as the subseries has insufficient word count and/or volumes)
  • Miriam Black by Chuck Wendig, The Raptor & The Wren
  • Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs, A Map of Days
  • Monster Hunter International / Monster Hunter Memoirs by Larry Correia and John Ringo, Saints
  • Mortal Engines / Hungry City by Philip Reeve, Night Flights (collection)
  • Motherless Children by Glen Hirshberg, Nothing to Devour
  • *Murderbot Diaries by Martha Wells, Artificial Condition and Rogue Protocol (ineligible due to insufficient word count)
  • Nick Medea by Richard A. Knaak, Black City Dragon
  • Nightshades by Melissa F. Olson, Outbreak
  • Nightside by Simon R. Green, Night Fall (this novel ends both the Nightside and Secret History series)
  • October Daye by Seanan McGuire, Night and Silence and Suffer a Sea-Change (novella)
  • Odyssey One by Evan Currie, Odysseus Ascendant
  • Olympus Bound by Jordanna Max Brodsky, Olympus Bound
  • Others by Anne Bishop, Lake Silence
  • PERN by Anne McCaffrey and Gigi McCaffrey, Dragon’s Code
  • Planetfall by Emma Newman, Before Mars
  • Point / Astreiant by Melissa Scott, Point of Sighs
  • Polity / Rise of the Jain by Neal Asher, The Soldier (must be nominated under the main series, as the subseries has insufficient word count and/ or volumes)
  • Powder Mage / Gods of Blood and Powder by Brian McClellan, Wrath of Empire (must be nominated under the main series, as the subseries has insufficient word count and/ or volumes)
  • Queens of Renthia by Sarah Beth Durst, Queen of Sorrow
  • Railhead by Philip Reeve, Station Zero
  • Ray Electromatic by Adam Christopher, I Only Killed Him Once
  • Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton, Hero at the Fall
  • Red Rising by Pierce Brown, Iron Gold
  • Revelation Space by Alastair Reynolds, Elysium Fire
  • *Rivers of London / Peter Grant by Ben Aaronovitch, Lies Sleeping (ineligible due to being a finalist in 2017 and having insufficient new word count and/or volumes to requalify)
  • Rowankind by Jacey Bedford, Rowankind
  • Saga of Recluce by L.E. Modesitt, Outcasts of Order 
  • Sandman Slim by Richard Kadrey, Hollywood Dead
  • Secret History by Simon R. Green, Night Fall (this novel ends both the Nightside and Secret History series)
  • Shadow by Lila Bowen (aka Delilah S. Dawson), Treason of Hawks
  • Shadow Campaigns by Django Wexler, The Infernal Battalion
  • Shannara by Terry Brooks, The Skaar Invasion
  • Sin du Jour by Matt Wallace, Taste of Wrath (novellas) (series contains 7 novellas and 1 novelette; author has verifed that it meets the word count)
  • Song of Ice and Fire by George R.R. Martin, Fire and Blood
  • Song of Shattered Sands by Bradley P. Beaulieu, A Veil of Spears
  • Star Trek: Discovery: by Dayton Ward, Drastic Measures; by James Swallow, Fear Itself
  • Star Trek: The Next Generation by Dayton Ward, Available Light
  • Star Trek: The Original Series by David A. Goodman, The Autobiography of Mr. Spock
  • Star Trek: Prometheus by Bernd Perplies and Christian Humberg, The Root of All Rage and In the Heart of Chaos
  • Star Trek: Voyager by Kirsten Beyer, Architects of Infinity
  • Star Wars: by Jason Fry, The Last Jedi; by Daniel José Older, Last Shot; by E.K. Johnston, Queen’s Shadow; by Rae Carson, Solo: Most Wanted; by Mur Lafferty, Solo: A Star Wars Story
  • Star Wars: Thrawn by Timothy Zahn, Thrawn: Alliances
  • *Starfire (Tor.com) by Spencer Ellsworth, Memory’s Blade (ineligible due to insufficient word count)
  • Starfire (Baen) by David Weber, Steve White, Shirley Meier, and Charles E. Gannon, Oblivion
  • *Sunflowers by Peter Watts, The Freeze-Frame Revolution (novella) (ineligible due to insufficient word count)
  • Sword of Truth / Nicci Chronicles by Terry Goodkind, Shroud of Eternity and Siege of Stone
  • Tale of the Five by Diane Duane, The Levin-Gad (novella)
  • Tau Ceti Agenda by Travis S. Taylor, Bringers of Hell
  • *Tensorate by JY Yang, The Descent of Monsters (ineligible due to insufficient word count)
  • Themis Files by Sylvain Neuvel, Only Human
  • Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake, Two Dark Reigns
  • Tortall Universe / Numair Chronicles by Tamora Pierce, Tempests and Slaughter (must be nominated under the main series, as the subseries has insufficient word count and/ or volumes)
  • Tufa by Alex Bledsoe, The Fairies of Sadieville
  • Valdemar by Mercedes Lackey, The Hills Have Spies and Choices (anthology)
  • Uglies / Impostors by Scott Westerfeld, Impostors (must be nominated under the main series, as the subseries has insufficient word count and/or volumes)
  • Vampire Chronicles by Anne Rice, Blood Communion
  • Verity Fassbinder by Angela Slatter, Restoration
  • *Villains by V.E. Schwab, Vengeful (probably ineligible due to insufficient word count)
  • *Voidwitch Saga by Corey J. White, Static Ruin (ineligible due to insufficient word count)
  • *Vorkosigan Saga by Lois McMaster Bujold, The Flowers of Vashnoi (novella)(permanently ineligible due to being the winner of the Series award in 2017)
  • Warhammer 40K / The Horus Heresy by a cast of gazillions, Ruinstorm, Fulgrim, Ferrus Manus, Jaghatai Khan, Wolfsbane, and Slaves to Darkness
  • Wayfarers by Becky Chambers, Record of a Spaceborn Few
  • *Wayward Children by Seanan McGuire, Beneath the Sugar Sky (ineligible due to insufficient word count)
  • Web Shifters by Julie E. Czerneda, Search Image and The Only Thing to Fear (novella)
  • Wild Cards by George R.R. Martin and a cast of thousands, Texas Hold ‘Em; edited by Melinda Snodgrass, Low Chicago (anthology); by Bradley Denton and Caroline Spector, The Flight of Morpho Girl (novella)
  • The Wounded Kingdom by RJ Barker, King of Assassins
  • Xeelee Sequence by Stephen Baxter, Xeelee: Redemption
  • Xuya Universe by Aliette de Bodard, The Tea Master and the Detective (novella) (series consists of 25 short fiction works, including 3 novellas; author has verifed that it meets the word count)
  • Yesterday’s Kin by Nancy Kress, If Tomorrow Comes and Terran Tomorrow
  • Zeros by Scott Westerfied, Margo Lanagan, and Deborah Biancotti, Nexus

* no warranties are made about series eligibility (or lack thereof) based on word count

† no warranties are made about the presumed quality (or lack thereof) of listed series

154 thoughts on “Best Series Hugo: Eligible Series from 2018

  1. Swordheart by T Kingfisher, not sure if there’s an official title for the but the cover says “return to the world of Clockwork Boys” so I guess that will do for now.

    It’s set in the world but not directly connected. The afterword suggests further books linked to this one are coming.

    Word counts for the three books to date are roughly 70,000, 89,000 and 121,000 so comfortably over 240,000.

    For the record, Lies Sleeping by Ben Aaranovitch was 99,331 words and Lies Sleeping was 29,862, which confirms what’s already listed above – that it isn’t yet re-eligible.

  2. Regarding Earthsea – Dave McCarty (this year’s Hugo Admin) ruled Summer in Orcus as sufficiently changed to qualify this year due to the chapter illustrations added in the book version (the on-line version itself was ineligible due to the last installment being published in 2016). Assuming Nicholas Whyte (next year’s Hugo Admin) would be of a similar mind, Charles Vess’s illustrations for the new Earthsea book could possibly be enough to qualify it.

    But we don’t have to rely on that. The Books of Earthsea: The Complete Illustrated Edition contains one short story not published elsewhere, and another one that, as far as I can tell, was published this year for the first time in a magazine, qualifying Earthsea for Best Series without regard to illustrations.

    Also, I’m wondering what Vernon is calling her new Series. Is it really “The World of Clockwork Boys”? Clocktaur Wars is a good overarching title for the Duology but I don’t think Swordheart, while set in the same universe, has anything to do with the actual clocktaur wars? (I have only read the first four words of the book, then fell asleep over my tablet due to jetlag and not enough sleep.)

    I also wonder what other books K. B. Spangler edited that came out this year.

    (This comment doesn’t have enough parenthesis.)

  3. For the moment, until we get a definitive series name from the author, I’m calling the T. Kingfisher series Anuket City, because that’s the element all three works have in common (it only narrowly defeated Gnole World in the naming sweepstakes).

  4. @Mark (kitteh): “For the record, Lies Sleeping by Ben Aaranovitch was 99,331 words and Lies Sleeping was 29,862, which confirms what’s already listed above – that it isn’t yet re-eligible.”

    I presume you mean The Furthest Station for the 29K word count. Thanks for the info!

  5. I don’t think it’s any kind of spoiler to say that Swordheart has a few brief references to the Clocktaur War but has no direct connection to the first two books.

  6. added:
    Age of Darkness by Stephen Aryan, Of Gods and Men (novella)
    Alpennia by Heather Rose Jones, “Gifts Tell Truth” (novelette)
    Bound Gods by Rachel Dunne, The Shattered Sun
    Earthsea by Ursula K. LeGuin, The Books of Earthsea: The Complete Illustrated Edition
    Rowankind by Jacey Bedford, Rowankind

  7. Does anyone know what the word count is for the 2018 book Firefly: Big Damn Hero? I was wondering if the series might be eligible, considering the TV scripts were published, there was the movie novelization and all the graphic novels too.

  8. The print version of this year’s Hugo nomination form has been released and confirms that, as in 2018, the 2017 finalists will not be eligible this year unless they’ve added enough installments and words since the end of 2016.

  9. Goobergunch: The print version of this year’s Hugo nomination form has been released and confirms that, as in 2018, the 2017 finalists will not be eligible this year unless they’ve added enough installments and words since the end of 2016.

    Thanks for calling attention to that. I’m surprised, but pleased, that they were willing to rule on this in advance. I guess they were not happy about how many series they had to disqualify off the ballot last year.

  10. added:
    Firefly by James Lovegrove, Big Damn Hero
    Heirs of Alexandria by Eric Flint and Dave Free, All the Plagues of Hell
    Odyssey One by Evan Currie, Odysseus Ascendant
    Polity / Rise of the Jain by Neal Asher, The Soldier (must be nominated under the main series, as the subseries has insufficient word count and/ or volumes)
    Queens of Renthia by Sarah Beth Durst, Queen of Sorrow

  11. According to Seanan McGuire’s tweet yesterday, you can add her October Daye series to the list: “And like, there’s a LOT of Toby at this point. The series is actually eligible for the Hugo Award for Best Series again this year, because I’ve added that much material (even when you discount the Patreon stories as being of limited availability).”

  12. Someone has posted on Twitter that the Deverry series by Katharine Kerr is eligible, but I don’t see an entry on ISFDB published in 2018. Can anyone confirm that a 2018 work was published for that series?

  13. I know that she is taking care of a husband with dementia, and that owning their house makes getting any financial assistance difficult (and you wouldn’t dare sell it, because the proceeds wouldn’t keep you in a rental very long!), and that has taken precedence over writing for her. It’s a sad situation, and one that so many people are facing right now. 🙁

    https://www.patreon.com/KatharineKerr

  14. Well, here’s an interesting hiccup that WSFS will probably need to address at the next Business Meeting:

    The author confirms that the Rivers of London series word counts are:
    The Hanging Tree – 95,000 words
    The Furthest Station – 30,000 words
    Lies Sleeping – 99,000 words

    The Hanging Tree was published in the UK in November 2016 and in the U.S. in January 2017. My reading of the rules is that the “published in the U.S. for the first time” exemption applies to individual works, but not to a series as a whole, and that for the additional word count of 240,000 words to re-qualify for nomination in a series, The Hanging Tree would not count, since it was published prior to 2018.

    This is something that next year’s Hugo Admin should probably start thinking about now, because they are almost certainly going to have to rule on it next year, given that the novella The October Man is coming out this March.

  15. The Hanging Tree is what actually made it eligible for best series in 2017, right? That would have been based on its UK publication. So the same book cannot count as additional material.

    So just like a single work that actually got nominated based on a non-US pub date, it’s not eligible again on US publication.

  16. Laura: The Hanging Tree is what actually made it eligible for best series in 2017, right? That would have been based on its UK publication. So the same book cannot count as additional material.

    I was thinking that there had been a second entry that year, but you’re right, that book’s UK release is what made it eligible in 2017, so its US word count can’t be used toward the next 240,000-word re-qualification.

    And WSFS is still going to need to address a change in the rules for that next August, for cases where a series has two books in one year, one of which is non-US only.

  17. Yes, when a series becomes a finalist, the last work considered part of the series as nominated should be specified on the ballot. That way there’s no question what counts as additional. And also just so voters know what they should and should not be considering if there is already additional material available.

  18. You may already know this, but Jesi Lipp is the WSFS Business Meeting Chair this year and Linda Deneroff is Secretary again.
    wsfs@dublin2019.com

    ConZealand hasn’t listed their WSFS or Business Meeting people on their web site as yet. I think the Div Head might be Colette Fozard? From vague memories of a conversation at Worldcon 76? If so, Colette is probably busy with Dublin in 2019 right now.

    (Also, I thought ConZealand was going to raise their rates for upgrade from Supporting to Attending at the end of 2018 but their web site says we can’t upgrade yet due to technical difficulties so I shan’t worry that I haven’t gotten an e-mail yet. Assuming we do upgrade. We haven’t decided yet.)

    I’ve started my Hugo noms. So far Earthsea and Alpennia are on Best Series. Contemplating the rest.

  19. Goobergunch, AhHA! They have two pages and I was looking at the other one. Thanks.

    And yes, it is Lipp. Sorry Jesi! My brain knew that but my fongers have a mind of their own.

  20. To muddy the waters further on Rivers of London (sorry both for the content and for that pun), there were four graphic novel volumes published in 2017 and 2018: Black Mould, Detective Stories, Cry Fox and Water Weed. I doubt that the four of them combined would contribute the same word count as The Hanging Tree, however.

  21. I think that any Hugo Admin is going to rule that first publication, regardless of country, will be counted as publication year — the alternative would be saying “you can’t nominate your favorite series until next year, because last year’s book hasn’t been published in the U.S. yet”, and no Hugo Admin is going to take that approach.

    So Rivers of London is going to need another novel in addition to this year’s novella before it qualifies again.

  22. Given a scenario where a series makes the finals but doesn’t win. Three years later Book 6 is published in the UK, which brings the installment and word count to the point where the series is eligible again. I agree that if it gets enough nominations that year to make the finals, it’s a finalist. If it loses again, then it’s not eligible again until installment and word counts are again met. Book 9 or whatever.

    However, what if it doesn’t make the finals that year and the following year Book 6 is published in the US? Is that series still eligible to be nominated based on the US publication of Book 6?

    3.4.2: Works originally published outside the United States of
    America and first published in the United States of America in the previous calendar year shall also be eligible for Hugo Awards.

    I’d say yes, as both Book 6 and the Series itself is a “work”.

    Note: I am not a Hugo Admin, nor do I play one on TV.

  23. ULTRAGOTHA: However, what if it doesn’t make the finals that year and the following year Book 6 is published in the US? Is that series still eligible to be nominated based on the US publication of Book 6? I’d say yes, as both Book 6 and the Series itself is a “work”.

    I’d tend to agree with you, but obviously the Hugo Category Committee is going to have to put some serious thought into how the word count qualifying rules are worded.

    I can tell you right now there are going to be some Rivers of London fans next year insisting that the 2017 U.S. publication of The Hanging Tree should be counted since the series had other qualifying works in 2016. Sorry, but no.

    Frankly, I think that nominators should spread the love around to other series instead of nominating all of the previous finalists again, but I’m sure that’s too much to ask. 🙄

  24. On the subject of spreading the love, I’m a little concerned to see the note against Best Series doesn’t mention the Vorkosigan Saga being ineligible due to its win in the “pilot” year, though it treats the rest of the pilot year finalists as subject to the same rules as the regular category. Do we know if that’s an oversight or a known loophole? If it’s the latter, and The Flowers of Vashnoi puts it back on the ballot, that would be pretty frustrating for those who want to see the category succeed beyond recognition of the same few works.

  25. Arifel: Do we know if that’s an oversight or a known loophole?

    I saw that when I accessed my ballot, and based on Whyte’s various rulings during the 2017 Hugo nomination process (which he documented extensively), and the fact that he’s declared the non-winning 2017 finalists as subject to the category rules, I’m quite sure that it’s an oversight, and that he would rule The Vorkosigan Saga as permanently ineligible now.

    The advance ruling that he posted on the ballot — stating that he’s considering the 2017 one-time category finalists to be the same as finalists from the ongoing Series category finalists, and therefore subject to the same re-qualification rules — is really unprecedented. Historically, Hugo Admins have never done something like that. And I for one applaud him for it.

  26. I’m less worried about seeing the Vorkosigan Saga appear again on the longlist (people do tend to be satisfied once they’ve won after all) but I do expect to see McGuire’s October Daye series back. Other repeat possibilities from the 2017 and/or 2018 longlists are Cherryh’s Foreigner series, Stross’ Laundry Files, and Martin’s Wild Cards series.

    I do wish we’d get a new mix of finalists, though.

  27. Regardless of how Nicholas would rule on the Vorkosigan Series, and also regardless of how much I adore it, I won’t be nominating it again. A) it won and B) one novella is not enough for me to re-consider it even if it is somehow eligible.

    I very much like the transparency Nicholas Whyte has brought to the Hugo Admin process and hope other Admins emulate him.

  28. ULTRAGOTHA: I very much like the transparency Nicholas Whyte has brought to the Hugo Admin process and hope other Admins emulate him.

    I feel the same way. Whyte’s administration of the awards have certainly highlighted for me the differences in the way the most recent Admins have run the awards. You can look at what went on each year and pretty much tell who the admin was.

  29. JJ: I can tell you right now there are going to be some Rivers of London fans next year insisting that the 2017 U.S. publication of The Hanging Tree should be counted since the series had other qualifying works in 2016. Sorry, but no.

    I see there were some graphic novels released in 2016. However, I’m positive that the 2017 Hugo Packet material listed The Hanging Tree in its info on the series finalists. So it’s pretty clear that Hugo admin considered it part of the series at that time based on the 2016 UK publication. Not that people won’t try anyway.

  30. The 2017 Hugo packet included an excerpt of Midnight Riot.

    It also included a reading guide, which listed The Hanging Tree. So I’d say the installment and word count for this series’s re-eligibility starts with things published anywhere *after* The Hanging Tree.

    Not an admin, etc….

  31. ULTRAGOTHA:

    Do you know if the reading guide mentioned the graphic novels? I definitely remember The Hanging Tree on there, but I don’t remember if the graphic novels were listed.

    Not that they couldn’t be considered part of the series since I see they are additional stories and not adaptations of the books. But just that Hugo admin might have been thinking of The Hanging Tree as the only qualifying work from 2016.

  32. I’m pretty sure that the Series Reading Guides in the Hugo Packet were not intended to be used as definitive “These are the works, and the only works, which contributed to this series’ eligibility” documents; they also listed forthcoming works which had been announced but not yet been published, and the Packet Coordinator said that they created them and asked the authors to okay them.

    Things I wanted to change or improve, and how I did that:
    … The new Series Category, and lack of a way to evaluate it:
    I created a “Reading Order” document for each Series containing both the long and short fiction titles, and sent these to the authors for approval/ corrections. (One finalist provided their own, along with their packet submission, so I just used that.)

  33. This is what’s in the .pdf:

    Chronological Order:
    1: Midnight Riot
    (UK title: Rivers of London)
    “The Home Crowd Advantage*
    2: Moon over Soho
    “The Domestic”*
    3: Whispers Underground
    “The Cockpit”*
    4: Broken Homes
    5: Foxglove Summer
    “The Loneliness of the Long Distance Granny”*
    “The Furthest Station” (forthcoming June 2017)*
    “King of the Rats” (Cityread London video)*
    6: The Hanging Tree
    “A Rare Book of Cunning Device”*
    * = Short fiction.

    I mistyped above. Anything that came out after “A Rare Book of Cunning Device” should be counted for re-eligibility, IMO. (Assuming that was the last thing published.)

  34. JJ, I think any work available the year the series made the finals counts, whether in the list or not. Anything published after that year would count for the next period of eligibility. I don’t think it works if, for example, The Hanging Tree was available in 2016 and also counts for the word count to make the series eligible again. Even with it being published in the US in 2017.

    But yeah, the Hugo Committee should probably take a look at this and tidy it up.

    ETA: Ah, I didn’t know that re Cunning Device, so yes.

  35. No, I agree the packet info shouldn’t be taken as the absolute final word on the series. Just curious about it as a possible indication of what was considered part of the series at the time. But since it had post-2016 stuff on it anyway, that doesn’t work.

    As I said earlier, it would be good to designate the last qualifying installment on the ballot with each series finalist.

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  38. Wayfarer Series by Becky Chambers, Record of a Spaceborn Few published in 2018. Previous two were The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet and A Closed and Common Orbit. They are my favorites and I hope everyone put Becky Chambers in this category.

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