What Did You Nominate for the 2016 Hugos?

View of the Hugo exhibit at Noreascon 3. Photo from Fanac.org.

View of the Hugo exhibit at Noreascon 3. Photo from Fanac.org.

Fans are welcome to share their Hugo nominating ballots in the comments.

Why? Because you could pick five things — and five is always a magical number around here!

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    All That Outer Space Allows (Apollo Quartet #4) – Ian Sales; Whippleshield Books, April (1)
    Binti – Nnedi Okorafor; Tor.com, September (16)
    “The Bone Swans of Amandale” – C. S. E. Cooney; Bone Swans, Mythic Delirium Books, July (8)
    The Builders – Daniel Polansky; Tor.com, November (3)
    “The Citadel of Weeping Pearls” – Aliette de Bodard; Asimov’s, October/November (7)
    A Day in Deep Freeze – Lisa Shapter; Aqueduct Press, April (1)
    “The Dead City” – Martha Wells; Stories of the Raksura, Volume Two, Night Shade Books, June (2)
    Envy of Angels (Sin du Jour #1) – Matt Wallace; Tor.com, October (7)
    “The Four Thousand, the Eight Hundred” – Greg Egan; Asimov’s, December (9)
    “Gypsy” – Carter Scholz; Fantasy & Science Fiction, November/December (7)
    “Inhuman Garbage” – Kristine Kathryn Rusch; Asimov’s, March (3)
    “Johnny Rev” – Rachel Pollack; Fantasy & Science Fiction, July/August (2)
    The Last Witness – K. J. Parker; Tor.com, October (5)
    “The Long Wait” – Allen M. Steele; Asimov’s, January (2)
    “The New Mother” – Eugene Fischer; Asimov’s, April/May (11)
    Of Sorrow and Such – Angela Slatter; Tor.com, October (4)
    “On the Night of the Robo-Bulls and Zombie Dancers” – Nick Wolven; Asimov’s, February (3)
    “The Pauper Prince and the Eucalyptus Jinn” – Usman T. Malik; Tor.com, April 22 (12)
    Penric’s Demon (World of the Five Gods #3.5) – Lois McMaster Bujold; Self-published, July (25)
    “Quarter Days” – Iona Sharma; GigaNotoSaurus, December (7)
    Rolling in the Deep – Mira Grant (Seanan McGuire); Subterranean Press, April (6)
    The Shadow of Elysium (The Shadow Campaigns #2.5) – Django Wexler; InterMix, May (1)
    The Shootout Solution (Genrenauts #1) – Mike R. Underwood; Tor.com, November (1)
    “Sleeping Dogs” – Adam-Troy Castro; Analog, July-August (1)
    Slow Bullets – Alastair Reynolds; Tachyon Publications, May (7)
    The Sorcerer of the Wildeeps – Kai Ashante Wilson; Tor.com, September (12)
    Speak Easy – Catherynne M. Valente; Subterranean Press, August (3)
    Sunset Mantle – Alter S. Reiss; Tor.com, September (5)
    Teaching the Dog to Read – Jonathan Carroll; Subterranean Press, April (1)
    “A Thousand Nights Till Morning” – Will McIntosh; Asimov’s, August (1)
    “Waters of Versailles” – Kelly Robson; Tor.com, June 10 (9)
    “What Has Passed Shall in Kinder Light Appear” – Bao Shu, trans. Ken Liu; Fantasy & Science Fiction, March/April (2)
    Witches of Lychford – Paul Cornell; Tor.com, August (13)
    “Wonderment in Death” (In Death #41.5) – J.D. Robb (Nora Roberts); Down the Rabbit Hole, Jove, September (1)
    Wylding Hall – Elizabeth Hand; Open Road, July (8)


    “Ambiguity Machines: An Examination” – Vandana Singh; Tor.com, April 29 (4)
    “And the Balance in Blood” – Elizabeth Bear; Uncanny, November (1)
    “And the Ends of the Earth for Thy Possession” – Robert B. Finegold; GigaNotoSaurus, July (1)
    “And You Shall Know Her by the Trail of Dead” – Brooke Bolander; Lightspeed, February (11)
    “The Animal Women” – Alix E. Harrow; Strange Horizons, January 12 (1)
    “Another Word for World” – Ann Leckie; Future Visions, Microsoft, November (13)
    “The Astrakhan, the Homburg, and the Red Red Coal” – Chaz Brenchley; Lightspeed, June (2)
    “Asymptotic” – Andy Dudak; Clarkesworld, June (1)
    “At the End of Babel” – Michael Livingston; Tor.com, July 1 (1)
    “Ballroom Blitz” – Veronica Schanoes; Tor.com, April 1 (2)
    “Bannerless” – Carrie Vaughn; The Apocalypse Triptych: The End Has Come, Broad Reach Publishing, May (1)
    “The Bastard Prompt”, China Miéville; Three Moments of an Explosion, Del Rey, August (1)
    “Black Dog” – Neil Gaiman; Trigger Warning: Short Fictions and Disturbances, William Morrow, February (2)
    “The Body Pirate” – Van Aaron Hughes; Fantasy & Science Fiction, July/August (3)
    “Bones of Air, Bones of Stone” – Stephen Leigh; Old Venus, Titan Books, March (2)
    “Botanica Veneris: Thirteen Papercuts by Ida Countess Rathangan” – Ian McDonald; Old Venus, Titan Books, March (14)
    “Burn Her” – Tanith Lee; Dancing Through the Fire, Fantastic Books, September (1)
    “By the Numbers” – Lynn Kilmore; Crossed Genres Magazine, July (1)
    “Caisson” – Karl Bunker; Asimov’s, August (2)
    “The Corpse Archives” – Kameron Hurley; Self-published, May (2)
    “The Deepwater Bride” – Tamsin Muir; Fantasy & Science Fiction, July/August (3)
    “Drinking with the Elfin Knight” – Ginger Weil; GigaNotoSaurus, April (2)
    “The Drowned Celestial” – Lavie Tidhar; Old Venus, Titan Books, March (1)
    Elektrograd: Rusted Blood – Warren Ellis; Self-published, August (1)
    “Empty” – Robert Reed; Asimov’s, December (3)
    “The End of the War” – Django Wexler; Asimov’s, June (5)
    “English Wildlife” – Alan Smale; Asimov’s, October/November (1)
    “Entanglements” – David Gerrold; Fantasy & Science Fiction, May/June (8)
    “Ether” – Zhang Ran (trans. Carmen Yiling Yan and Ken Liu); Clarkesworld, January (1)
    “Fabulous Beasts” – Priya Sharma; Tor.com, July 27 (1)
    “Folding Beijing” – Hao Jingfang (trans. Ken Liu); Uncanny, January/February (7)
    The Ghost Dragon’s Daughter – Beth Bernobich; Self-published, October (1)
    “Ginga” – Daniel José Older; Tor.com, May 20 (1)
    “Grandmother-nai-Leylit’s Cloth of Winds” – Rose Lemberg; Beneath Ceaseless Skies, June 11 (5)
    “The Great Pan American Airship Mystery, or, Why I Murdered Robert Benchley” – David Gerrold; Asimov’s, July (3)
    “The Grove” – Jennifer Foehner Wells; The Alien Chronicles, Windrift Books, January (1)
    “The Heart’s Filthy Lesson” – Elizabeth Bear; Old Venus, Titan Books, March (2)
    *“The House of Aunts” – Zen Cho; GigaNotoSaurus, December 2011 (1)
    “I Had No Head and My Eyes Were Floating Way Up in the Air” – Clifford D. Simak; I Am Crying All Inside and Other Stories: The Complete Short Fiction of Clifford D. Simak, Volume One, Open Road Media, June (1)
    “It Takes More Muscles to Frown” – Ned Beauman; Twelve Tomorrows 2016, MIT Technology Review, September (1)
    “Jamaica Ginger” – Nalo Hopkinson and Nisi Shawl; Stories for Chip, Rosarium, August (3)
    “The Ladies’ Aquatic Gardening Society” – Henry Lien; Asimov’s, June (2)
    “Little Men with Knives” – L. S. Johnson; Crossed Genres Magazine, July (1)
    “The Long Goodnight of Violet Wild” – Catherynne M. Valente; Clarkesworld, March & April (7)
    “The Lord of Ragnarök” – Albert E. Cowdrey; Fantasy & Science Fiction, September/October 2015 (1)
    “Machine Learning” – Nancy Kress; Future Visions, Microsoft, November (1)
    “The Machine Starts” – Greg Bear; Future Visions, Microsoft, November (1)
    “The Ministry of the Eye” – Dale Bailey; Lightspeed, April (1)
    “The Molenstraat Music Festival” – Sean Monaghan; Asimov’s, September (1)
    “My Last Bringback” – John Barnes; Meeting Infinity, Solaris, December (2)
    “Obits” – Stephen King; The Bazaar of Bad Dreams, Scribner, November (1)
    “Of Apricots and Dying” – Amanda Forrest; Asimov’s, December (1)
    “The Oiran’s Song” – Isabel Yap; Uncanny, September/October (1)
    “Our Lady of the Open Road” – Sarah Pinsker; Asimov’s, June (8)
    “Rattlesnakes and Men” – Michael Bishop; Asimov’s, February (1)
    “Red Legacy” – Eneasz Brodski; Asimov’s, February (1)
    “A Residence for Friendless Ladies” – Alice Sola Kim; Fantasy & Science Fiction, March/April (1)
    “Sacred Cows: Death and Squalor on the Rio Grande” – A. S. Diev; GigaNotoSaurus, May (2)
    “Saltwater Railroad” – Andrea Hairston; Lightspeed, July (4)
    “The Servant” – Emily Devenport; Clarkesworld, August (3)
    “So Much Cooking” – Naomi Kritzer Clarkesworld, November (18)
    Star Wars: The Perfect Weapon – Delilah Dawson; Del Rey, November (1)
    “The Tell” – David Brin; Future Visions, Microsoft, November (1)
    “This Evening’s Performance” – Genevieve Valentine; The Mammoth Book of Dieselpunk, Running Press, April (1)
    “The Tumbledowns of Cleopatra Abyss” – David Brin; Old Venus, Titan Books, March (6)
    “Utrechtenaar” – Paul Evanby; Strange Horizons, June 1 & 8 (1)
    “Violation of the TrueNet Security Act” – Taiyo Fujii, trans. Jim Hubbert; Lightspeed, July (1)
    “We Never Sleep” – Nick Mamatas; The Mammoth Book of Dieselpunk, Running Press, April (1)
    “We’re So Very Sorry for Your Recent Tragic Loss” – Nick Wolven; Fantasy & Science Fiction, September/October (1)
    “What Price Humanity?” – David VanDyke; There Will Be War, Volume X, Castalia House, December (1)


    “The Adjunct Professor’s Guide to Life After Death” – Sandra McDonald; Asimov’s, October/November (1)
    “…And I Show You How Deep the Rabbit Hole Goes” – Scott Alexander; author’s website, June 2 (5)
    “And to the Republic” – Rachel Kolar; Crossed Genres Magazine, February (1)
    “The Apartment Dweller’s Bestiary” – Kij Johnson; Clarkesworld, January (1)
    “Asymmetrical Warfare” – S. R. Algernon; Nature, March 26 (1)
    “Bomber’s Moon” – Simon R. Green; Operation Arcana, Baen, March (1)
    “Broken-Winged Love” – Naru Dames Sundar; Strange Horizons, October 5 (1)
    “Bucket List Found in the Locker of Maddie Price, Age 14, Written Two Weeks Before the Great Uplifting of All Mankind” – Erica L. Satifka; Lightspeed, June (2)
    “The Buzzard’s Egg” – China Miéville; Three Moments of an Explosion, Del Rey, August (1)
    “Capitalism in the 22nd Century or A.I.r.” – Geoff Ryman; Stories for Chip, Rosarium, August (1)
    “Cat Pictures Please” – Naomi Kritzer; Clarkesworld, January (21)
    “Catcall” – Delilah Dawson; Uncanny, July/August 2015 (1)
    “The Cellar Dweller” – Maria Dahvana Headley; Nightmare, June (1)
    “City of Ash” – Paolo Bacigalupi; Matter, July 27 (1)
    “Consolation” – John Kessel; Twelve Tomorrows 2016, MIT Technology Review, September (1)
    “Cremulator” – Robert Reed; Clarkesworld, August (1)
    “Cupid and Psyche at the Caffé Sol Y Mar” – José Iriarte; Fireside Magazine, October (1)
    “Damage” – David D. Levine; Tor.com, January 21 (13)
    “Dark Matter” – Pippa Goldschmidt; I Am Because You Are, Freight, October (1)
    “Dave the Mighty Steel-Thewed Avenger” – Laura Resnick; Urban Fantasy Magazine, February (3)
    “Doors” – Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam; Interzone, May (1)
    “Elephants and Corpses” – Kameron Hurley; Tor.com, May 13 (2)
    “Emergence” – Gwyneth Jones; Meeting Infinity, Solaris, December (1)
    “The Empress in Her Glory” – Robert Reed; Clarkesworld, April (3)
    “eyes I dare not meet in dreams” – Sunny Moraine; Cyborgology, June 2 (5)
    “The Falls: A Luna Story” – Ian McDonald; Meeting Infinity, Solaris, December (1)
    “The First Gate of Logic” – Benjamin Rosenbaum; Stories for Chip, Rosarium, August (1)
    “Forestspirit, Forestspirit” – Bogi Takács; Clarkesworld, June (1)
    “The Game of Smash and Recovery” – Kelly Link; Strange Horizons, October 17 (5)
    “Ghosts of Home” – Sam J. Miller; Lightspeed, August (2)
    “The Great Silence” – Allora & Calzadilla with Ted Chiang; E-Flux Journal, May (4)
    “Hadley Full of Hate” – Michael Hernshaw; The Sockdolager, Summer (1)
    “Hello, Hello” – Seanan McGuire; Future Visions, Microsoft, November (7)
    “Hic Sunt Monstra” – Brian Trent; Galaxy’s Edge, September (2)
    “Hold-Time Violations” – John Chu; Tor.com, October 7 (1)
    “Hungry Daughters of Starving Mothers” – Alyssa Wong; Nightmare, October (6)
    “I am Graalnak of the Vroon Empire, Destroyer of Galaxies, Supreme Overlord of the Planet Earth. Ask Me Anything.” – Laura Pearlman; Flash Fiction Online, April (6)
    “If on a Winter’s Night a Traveler” – Xia Jia, trans. Ken Liu; Clarkesworld, November (1)
    “In Libres” – Elizabeth Bear; Uncanny, May/June (1)
    “Influence Isolated, Make Peace” – John Chu; Lightspeed, June (1)
    “It Brought Us All Together” – Marissa Lingen; Strange Horizons, July 13 (2)
    “Jury Duty” – Jim Butcher; Unbound: Tales by Masters of Fantasy; Grim Oak Press, December (1)
    “Kaiju maximus®” – Kai Ashante Wilson; Fantasy Magazine Queers Destroy Fantasy! special issue, December (2)
    “The King in the Cathedral” – Rich Larson; Beneath Ceaseless Skies, February 5 (1)
    “The Light Brigade” – Kameron Hurley; published on Patreon in May and in Lightspeed in November (2)
    “The Lily and the Horn” – Catherynne M. Valente; Fantasy Magazine Queers Destroy Fantasy! special issue, December (2)
    “Limestone, Lye, and the Buzzing of Flies” – Kate Heartfield; Strange Horizons, February 16 (1)
    “Little Fox” – Amy Griswold; Fantastic Stories of the Imagination, June (2)
    “Madeleine” – Amal El-Mohtar; Lightspeed, June (3)
    “Men of Unborrowed Vision” – Jeremiah Tolbert; Lightspeed, January (1)
    “The Merger” – Sunil Patel; The Book Smugglers, June (1)
    “Meshed” – Rich Larson; Clarkesworld, February (2)
    **“Midnight Hour” – Mary Robinette Kowal; Uncanny, May/June (2)
    “Monkey King, Faerie Queen” – Zen Cho; Kaleidotrope, Spring (7)
    “Monologue of a Universal Transverse Mercator Projection” – Yumeaki Hirayama, trans. Nathan A. Collins; Hanzai Japan, Haikasoru, October (1)
    “A Murmuration” – Alastair Reynolds; Interzone, March/April (6)
    “Mutability” – Ray Naylor; Asimov’s, June (1)
    “The Myth of Rain” – Seanan McGuire; Lightspeed, May (1)
    “Never Chose This Way” – Shira Lipkin; Apex, July (1)
    “Nine Thousand Hours” – Iona Sharma; Strange Horizons, April 20 (1)
    “Nothing Is Pixels Here” – K. M. Szpara; Lightspeed, June (1)
    “Oral Argument” – Kim Stanley Robinson; Tor.com, December 7 (2)
    “Pictures from the Resurrection” – Bruce Sterling; Meeting Infinity, Solaris, December (1)
    “Planet Lion” – Catherynne M. Valente; Uncanny, May/June (1)
    “Please Undo This Hurt” – Seth Dickinson; Tor.com, September 16 (4)
    “Pockets” – Amal El-Mohtar; Uncanny, January/February (1)
    “Pocosin” – Ursula Vernon; Apex, January (18)
    “Points of Origin” – Marissa Lingen; Tor.com, November 4 (1)
    “Probably Definitely” – Marissa Lingen; Strange Horizons, August 3 (1)
    “Rat Catcher’s Yellows” – Charlie Jane Anders; Press Start to Play, Penguin Random House, August (1)
    *“Razorback” – Ursula Vernon; Apex, January 2016 (1)
    “Sea Change” – Kimberly Unger; Galaxy’s Edge, September (1)
    “Seven Wonders of a Once and Future World” – Caroline M. Yoachim; Lightspeed, September (3)
    “The Shape of My Name” – Nino Cipri; Tor.com, March 4 (1)
    *“Sinners, Saints, Dragons, and Haints, in the City Beneath the Still Waters” – N. K. Jemisin; The Company He Keeps: Postscripts 22/23, PS Publishing, September 2010 (1)
    “Skin in the Game”, Elizabeth Bear; Future Visions, Microsoft, November (1)
    “The Smog Society” – Chen Qiufan, trans. Ken Liu and Carmen Yiling Yan; Lightspeed, August (1)
    “Summer at Grandma’s House” – Hao Jingfang, trans. Carmen Yiling Yan; Clarkesworld, October (1)
    “Tea Time” – Rachel Swirsky; Lightspeed, December (1)
    “Tear Tracks” – Malka Older; Tor.com, October 21 (1)
    “Tender” – Sofia Samatar; OmniVerse, August (1)
    “Things You Can Buy for a Penny” – Will Kaufman; Lightspeed, February (4)
    “This Is the Way the Universe Ends: With a Bang” – Brian Dolton; Fantasy & Science Fiction, March/April (1)
    “Three Cups of Grief, by Starlight” – Aliette de Bodard; Clarkesworld, January (3)
    “The Three Resurrections of Jessica Churchill” – Kelly Robson; Clarkesworld, February (1)
    “The Thyme Fiend” – Jeffrey Ford; Tor.com, March 11 (1)
    “The Ticket Taker of Cenote Zací” – Benjamin Parzybok; Strange Horizons, February 2 (1)
    “Time Bomb Time” – C. C. Finlay; Lightspeed, May (3)
    “To Die Dancing” – Sam J. Miller; Apex, November (2)
    “Today I Am Paul” – Martin L. Shoemaker; Clarkesworld, August (7)
    “Tomorrow When We See the Sun” – A. Merc Rustad; Lightspeed, December (3)
    “Trickier with Each Translation” – Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam; Lightspeed, June (1)
    “Tuesdays” – Suzanne Palmer; Asimov’s, March (1)
    “Tuesdays with Molakesh the Destroyer” – Megan Grey; Fireside Magazine, January (1)
    “Two to Leave” – Yoon Ha Lee; Beneath Ceaseless Skies, May 28 (1)
    “Two-Year Man” – Kelly Robson; Asimov’s, August (1)
    “A Walkabout Amongst the Stars” – Lezli Robyn; Mission: Tomorrow, Baen, November (1)
    “The Way Home” – Linda Nagata; Operation Arcana, Baen, March (2)
    “Werewolf Loves Mermaid” – Heather Lindsley; Lightspeed, September (1)
    “Who Will Greet You at Home” – Lesley Nneka Arimah; The New Yorker, October 26 (2)
    “Wooden Feathers” – Ursula Vernon; Uncanny, November/December (13)
    “You Have Always Lived in the Castle” – Cat Rambo; Daily Science Fiction, April 22 (1)


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    Alex + Ada (entire finished series) – Jonathan Luna and Sarah Vaughn; Image Comics, 2014-2015 (1)
    Alice Grove (2015 pages) – webcomic by Jeph Jacques (1)
    Astro City, Vol. 12: Lovers Quarrel – Kurt Busiek (writer), Brent Anderson (artist), and Sean Phillips (artist); Vertigo, November (1)
    The Autumnlands, Vol. 1: Tooth and Claw – Kurt Busiek (writer) and Benjamin Dewey (artist); Image, June (7)
    Bitch Planet, Vol. 1: Extraordinary Machine – Kelly Sue DeConnick (writer) and Valentine De Landro (artist); Image, October (6)
    Buying Time (chapter 7) – webcomic by Casey Johnson (1)
    Castle Hangnail – Ursula Vernon; Dial, April (2)
    Chew, Vol. 9: Chicken Tenders – John Layman (writer) and Rob Guillory (artist); Image, March (1)
    Chew, Vol. 10: Blood Puddin’ – John Layman (writer) and Rob Guillory (artist); Image, August (1)
    Descender, Vol. 1: Tin Stars – Jeff Lemire (writer) and Dustin Nguyen (artist); Image, September (2)
    DORD – Jeph Jacques; webcomic, October 14-November 19, 2015 (1)
    Drive™: Act One – Dave Kellett; webcomic, chapter concluded August 8, 2015 (1)
    East of West, Vol. 4: Who Wants War? – Jonathan Hickman (writer) and Nick Dragotta (artist); Image, June (1)
    Erfworld (2015 pages) – webcomic by Rob Balder (writer), David Hahn (artist), and Xin Ye (artist) (1)
    Girl Genius: The City of Lightning (The Second Journey of Agatha Heterodyne #2) – Phil and Kaja Foglio; webcomic January 19-November 23, 2015 (1)
    “The Groom” – Emily Carroll; online, July 10 (2)
    Gunnerkrigg Court, Vol. 5: Refine – Tom Siddell; Archaia, August (2)
    Hamster Princess: Harriet the Invincible – Ursula Vernon; Dial, August (1)
    Harrow County, Vol. 1: Countless Haints – Cullen Bunn (writer) and Tyler Crook (artist); Dark Horse, December (1)
    Hawkeye, Vol. 4 – Matt Fraction (writer), David Aja et al. (artists); Marvel, 2012-2015 (1)
    Hereville: How Mirka Caught a Fish – Barry Deutsch; Amulet Books, November (1)
    Lazarus, Vol. 3: Conclave – Greg Rucka (writer) and Michael Lark (artist); Image, March (3)
    Loki: Agent of Asgard (complete) – Al Ewing (writer), Lee Garbett (artist), and Jorge Coelho (artist); Marvel, 2014-2015 (1)
    Lumberjanes, Vol. 1: Beware the Kitten Holy – Noelle Stevenson, Grace Ellis, Shannon Watters, and Brooke A. Allen; BOOM! Box, April (4)
    Lumberjanes, Vol. 2: Friendship to the Max – Noelle Stevenson, Grace Ellis, Shannon Watters, and Brooke A. Allen; BOOM! Box, October (1)
    Manifest Destiny, Vol. 2: Amphibia & Insecta – Chris Dingess (writer) and Matthew Roberts (artist); Image, January (1)
    Monstress (2015 issues) – Marjorie M. Liu (writer) and Sana Takeda (artist); Image (1)
    Ms. Marvel, Vol. 2: Generation Why – G. Willow Wilson (writer), Adrian Alphona (artist), and Jake Wyatt (artist); Marvel, April (8)
    Ms. Marvel, Vol. 3: Crushed – G. Willow Wilson (writer), Takeshi Miyazawa (artist), and Elmo Bondoc (artist); Marvel, June (1)
    Nimona – Noelle Stevenson; Harper Collins, May (5)
    O Human Star (2015 pages) – webcomic by Blue Delliquanti (2)
    Oglaf (2015 pages) – webcomic by Trudy Cooper and Doug Bayne (3)
    Order of the Stick (2015 pages) – webcomic by Rich Burlew (2)
    The Oven – Sophie Goldstein; Adhouse Books, April (1)
    Questionable Content (2015 pages) – webcomic by Jeph Jacques (1)
    Rat Queens 2: The Far Reaching Tentacles of N’rygoth – Kurtis J. Wiebe (writer), Roc Upchurch (artist), and Stjepan Šeji? (artist); Image, May (4)
    Saga, Vol. 5 – Brian Vaughan (writer) and Fiona Staples (artist); Image, September (8)
    The Sandman: Overture – Neil Gaiman (writer) and J.H. Williams III (artist); Vertigo, November (9)
    Schlock Mercenary, Book 15: Delegates and Delegation – Howard Tayler; webcomic, March 16, 2014 – March 29, 2015 (1)
    The Sculptor – Scott McCloud; First Second Books, February (15)
    Sex Criminals, Vol. 2: Two Worlds, One Cop – Matt Fraction (writer) and Chip Zdarsky (artist); Image, February (1)
    Sorcery 101 (Chapter 35: “Taken”) – Kel McDonald; webcomic, January 6, 2015 – February 19, 2015 (1)
    Stand Still, Stay Silent, Book I – Minna Sundberg; webcomic, November 1, 2013 – February 25, 2015 (12)
    Star Wars: Shattered Empire – Greg Rucka (writer) and Marco Checchetto (artist); Marvel, November (1)
    Step Aside, Pops: A Hark! A Vagrant Collection – Kate Beaton; Drawn and Quarterly, September (1)
    Strong Female Protagonist (Issue 5) – webcomic by Brennan Lee Mulligan (writer) and Molly Ostertag (artist) (2)
    Thor, Vol. 1: The Goddess of Thunder – Jason Aaron (writer), Russell Dauterman (artist), and Jorge Molina (artist); Marvel, May (3)
    The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage – Sydney Padua; Pantheon Books, April (9)
    Trees, Vol. 1: In Shadow – Warren Ellis (writer) and Jason Howard (artist); Image, February (2)
    The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl, Vol. 1: Squirrel Power – Ryan North (writer) and Erica Henderson (artist); Marvel, September (1)
    The Wicked + The Divine, Vol. 2: Fandemonium – Kieron Gillen (writer) and Jamie McKelvie (artist); Image, July (1)
    Widdershins: Green-Eyed Monster – Kate Ashwin; webcomic, March 31, 2014 – February 4, 2015 (1)
    Wilde Life (Volume One) – Pascalle Lepas; webcomic, August 9, 2014 – April 13, 2015 (2)
    Wytches, Vol. 1 – Scott Snyder (writer) and Jock (artist); Image, June (1)
    The Young Protectors: Engaging the Enemy (Chapter 3) – Alex Woofson (writer) and Adam DeKraker (artist); webcomic, November 22, 2013 – April 14, 2015 (1)


    The Alfies – presentation at Sasquan by George R. R. Martin (3)
    All Our Worlds (a searchable database of diverse speculative fiction) – Kate Diamond; created in January 2015 (1)
    The Anatomy of Curiosity – Maggie Stiefvater, Tessa Gratton, and Brenna Yovanoff; Carolrhoda Lab, October (1)
    Archive of Our Own, a project of the Organization for Transformative Works (Eylul Dogruel, Cat Meier, et al., directors) (1)
    The Art of Language Invention: From Horse-Lords to Dark Elves, the Words Behind World-Building – David J. Peterson; Penguin, September (2)
    The Art of The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien – Wayne G. Hammond and Christina Scull; Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, October (1)
    Back to the Future: The Ultimate Visual Dictionary – Michael Klastorin and Randal Atamaniuk; Harper Design, October (1)
    *Bandersnatch: C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, and the Creative Collaboration of the Inklings – Diana Pavlac Glyer; Kent State University Press, January 2016 (1)
    Companion Piece: Women Celebrate the Humans, Aliens and Tin Dogs of Doctor Who – L. M. Myles and Liz Barr (editors); Mad Norwegian Press, April (2)
    The Compleat Discworld Atlas – Terry Pratchett and The Discworld Emporium, with art by Peter Dennis; UK only: Transworld, October (2)
    Crimson Peak: The Art of Darkness – Mark Salisbury; Insight Editions, October (1)
    Dangerous Games: What the Moral Panic over Role-Playing Games Says about Play, Religion, and Imagined Worlds – Joseph P. Laycock; University of California Press (3)
    Death Rays and the Popular Media, 1876-1939: A Study of Directed Energy Weapons in Fact, Fiction and Film – William J. Fanning, Jr.; McFarland, November (1)
    “A Detailed Explanation” – Matthew David Surridge; published in Black Gate on April 4 (4)
    Disney Read-Watch – Mari Ness; series of posts on Tor.com, starting April 9 (1)
    Downfall (a storytelling game) – Caroline Hobbs; first available November 29 (1)
    Drama and Delight: The Life and Legacy of Verity Lambert – Richard Marson; UK only: MiWK Publishing, April (2)
    E Pluribus Hugo – Keith “Kilo” Watt, Jameson Quinn, et al. (3)
    Empire of Imagination: Gary Gygax and the Birth of Dungeons & Dragons – Michael Witwer; Bloomsbury, October (3)
    The Fangirl’s Guide to the Galaxy: A Handbook for Girl Geeks – Sam Maggs, illustrated by Kelly Bastow; Quirk Books, May (1)
    Galactic Journey blog – The Traveler (Gideon Marcus) (1)
    Geek Knits: Over 30 Projects for Fantasy Fanatics, Science Fiction Fiends, and Knitting Nerds – Toni Carr, with photos by Kyle Cassidy; St. Martin’s Griffin, June (3)
    “Guided by the Beauty of Their Weapons: An Analysis of Theodore Beale and His Supporters” – Phil Sandifer; blog post at Social Justice Rogues, April 22, 2015 (2)
    Guided by the Beauty of Their Weapons: Notes on Science Fiction and Culture in the Year of Angry Dogs – Phil Sandifer; Eruditorium Press, December (1)
    A History of Epic Fantasy – Adam Whitehead; The Wertzone, August 23-December 24 (4)
    “I’m Not Broken” – Annalee Flower Horne; online February 25, and in Invisible 2: Personal Essays on Representation in SF/F, May (1)
    Internet Archive – Brewster Kahle (digital librarian) (1)
    Invisible 2: Personal Essays on Representation in SF/F – Jim C. Hines (editor); Self-published, May (5)
    John Scalzi Is Not a Very Popular Author and I Myself Am Quite Popular: How SJWs Always Lie About Our Comparative Popularity Levels – Theophilus Pratt (Alexandra Erin); Self-published, August (10)
    Letters to Tiptree – Alexandra Pierce and Alisa Krasnostein (editors); Twelfth Planet Press, August (24)
    Modern Masters of Science Fiction: Frederik Pohl – Michael R. Page; University of Illinois Press, October (1)
    Modern Masters of Science Fiction: Lois McMaster Bujold – Edward James; University of Illinois Press, August (4)
    Modern Masters of Science Fiction: Ray Bradbury – David Seed; University of Illinois Press, March (1)
    Myke Cole/Sam Sykes Twitter interactions (1)
    NeuroTribes: The Legacy of Autism and the Future of Neurodiversity – Steve Silberman; Avery, August
    Perilous and Fair: Women in the Works and Life of J. R. R. Tolkien – Janet Brennan Croft and Leslie A. Donovan (editors); Mythopoeic Press, January (1)
    Queers Destroy Science Fiction!, Lightspeed Magazine special issue, guest-edited by Seanan McGuire, June (1)
    “A Response to Brad Torgersen” – Eric Flint; blog post on June 9 (2)
    Rocket Talk Podcast – Justin Landon (host) (1)
    Sad Puppies Review Books – Alexandra Erin; series at Blue Author Is About to Write, May 5-June 3 (3)
    The Secret Loves of Geek Girls – Hope Nicholson; Bedside Press, December (1)
    “The Series Series: Why Do We Do This to Ourselves? I Can Explain!” – Sarah Avery; Black Gate, November 18 (2)
    The Singing Bones – Shaun Tan; Australia only: Allen & Unwin, October (1)
    Space Helmet for a Cow: The Mad, True Story of Doctor Who, Volume 1, 1963-1989 – Paul Kirkley; Mad Norwegian Press, March (1)
    Speculative Fiction 2014: The Year’s Best Online Reviews, Essays and Commentary Renee Williams and Shaun Duke (editors); Book Smugglers Publishing, May (2)
    TARDIS Eruditorum (the entire blog) – Philip Sandifer; finished in February 2015 (1)
    These Are the Voyages: TOS, Volumes 1-3 – Marc Cushman; Jacobs Brown Press, volume 3 published in January 2015 (1)
    Thing Explainer: Complicated Stuff in Simple Words – Randall Munroe; Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, November (2)
    Tropes vs. Women in Video Games (2015 episodes) – Anita Sarkeesian (1)
    The Unique Legacy of Weird Tales: The Evolution of Modern Fantasy and Horror – Justin Everett and Jeffrey Shanks; Rowman & Littlefield, October (1)
    Welcome to the Doomsphere: Sad Puppies, Hugos, and Politics – Matthew M. Foster; Self-published, December (1)
    The Wheel of Time Companion – Robert Jordan, Harriet McDougal, Alan Romanczuk, and Maria Simons; Orbit, November (5)
    Women of Wonder: Celebrating Women Creators of Fantastic Art – Cathy Fenner, with an introduction by Lauren Panepinto; Underwood Books, May (4)
    You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost): A Memoir – Felicia Day; Touchstone, August (12)

    Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine (1)
    Apex Magazine (1)
    Beneath Ceaseless Skies (9)
    The Book Smugglers (7)
    The Cascadia Subduction Zone (1)
    Cast of Wonders (1)
    *Clarkesworld (1)
    Crossed Genres (1)
    Daily Science Fiction (2)
    Escape Pod Norm Sherman (3)
    Fantastic Stories of the Imagination (1)
    Flash Fiction Online (1)
    GigaNotoSaurus Rashida J. Smith (6)
    Goblin Fruit (1)
    Grimdark Magazine (1)
    Interzone Andy Cox (6)
    Kaleidotrope (1)
    Lackington’s (1)
    Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet (1)
    *Lightspeed (2)
    The New York Review of Science Fiction (4)
    Omenana (1)
    PodCastle (2)
    Pornokitsch (3)
    Strange Horizons (9)
    Uncanny (17)

    John Joseph Adams [Lightspeed, Nightmare, anthologies] (13)
    Sana Amanat [Marvel Comics, including Ms. Marvel] (1)
    Scott H. Andrews [Beneath Ceaseless Skies] (1)
    Christopher Barzak [Interfictions] (2)
    John Gregory Betancourt [Wildside Press, Weirdbook] (1)
    Neil Clarke [Clarkesworld] (1) (10)
    Andy Cox [Interzone] (1)
    Ellen Datlow [Tor.com, The Best Horror of the Year, two horror anthologies] (12)
    Gardner Dozois [Old Venus, The Year’s Best Science Fiction, The Mammoth Book of Best New SF] (5)
    Carl Engle-Laird [Tor.com] (5)
    C. C. Finlay [The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction] (9)
    Jaym Gates [Exalted] (1)
    David Gatewood [Dark Beyond the Stars and two other anthologies] (1)
    Liz Gorinsky [Tor.com] (1)
    Paula Guran [The Year’s Best Science Fiction & Fantasy Novellas, 5 horror anthologies] (2)
    Lee Harris [Tor.com] (4)
    David Hartwell [The New York Review of Science Fiction] (1)
    Patrick Nielsen Hayden [Tor.com] (2)
    Rich Horton [The Year’s Best Science Fiction & Fantasy] (1)
    David Longhorn [Supernatural Tales] (1)
    Seanan Maguire [Queers Destroy Science Fiction! special issue of Lightspeed] (1)
    **George R. R. Martin [Old Venus] (1)
    Bridget McGovern [Tor.com] (1)
    Silvia Moreno-Garcia [She Walks in Shadows] (1)
    Chinelo Onwualu [Omenana] (1)
    Joshua Palmatier and Patricia Bray [Temporally Out of Order] (1)
    Diana M. Pho [Tor.com] (1)
    Joseph S. Pulver [Cassilda’s Song and other Lovecraftian publications] (1)
    Nisi Shawl [Stories for Chip] (3)
    Jason Sizemore [Apex Magazine] (3)
    Rashida J. Smith [GigaNotoSaurus] (2)
    Shawn Speakman [Blackguards, Unbound] (1)
    David Steffen [The Long List Anthology] (1)
    Jonathan Strahan [Meeting Infinity] (4)
    Lynne M. Thomas and Michael Damian Thomas [Uncanny] (6)
    Ann VanderMeer [Tor.com, 2 anthologies] (6)
    Ann and Jeff VanderMeer [The Bestiary, Sisters of the Revolution] (1)
    Wendy N. Wagner [Queers Destroy Horror! special issue of Nightmare] (1)
    Sean Wallace [Clarkesworld, The Dark] (1)
    Ian Whates [Solaris Rising] (1)
    Sheila Williams [Asimov’s Science Fiction] (8)

    Jennifer Brehl [Harper Voyager] (1)
    Rebecca Brewer [Ace/Roc] (1)
    Malcolm Edwards [Orion] (4)
    Moshe Feder [Tor] (1)
    Marc Gascoigne [Angry Robot] (1)
    Leslie Gelbman [Berkley] (1)
    Sheila Gilbert [DAW] (15)
    Diana Gill [Ace/Roc] (2)
    Liz Gorinsky [Tor] (9)
    Anne Lesley Groell [Bantam Spectra] (11)
    Lee Harris [Tor.com] (2)
    **David Hartwell [Tor] (4)
    Patrick Nielsen Hayden [Tor] (4)
    Jenni Hill [Orbit] (1)
    Will Hinton [Orbit] (1)
    Jane Johnson [Harper Voyager] (7)
    Ross E. Lockhart [Word Horde] (1)
    Harriet McDougal Rigney [The Wheel of Time Companion] (2)
    Beth Meacham [Tor] (2)
    Tim O’Connell [Knopf] (1)
    Bella Pagan [Tor] (1)
    Marco Palmieri [Tor] (8)
    Diana M. Pho [Tor] (2)
    Devi Pillai [Orbit] (11)
    Anne Sowards [Ace/Roc] (6)
    Tricia Narwani [Del Rey] (1)
    Jessica Wade [Ace/Roc] (1)
    Miriam Weinberg [Tor] (6)
    Toni Weisskopf [Baen] (2)
    Will Hinton [Orbit] (2)

    These compilations are based on contributions from 60 Filers.

  8. @Vasha

    Thank you for all your hard work!

    60 Filers, really? I wonder if that’s a large enough sample to provide a reasonable facsimile of the highest vote-getters in the overall ballot (absent Puppy mischief, that is).

  9. I got a batch of emails containing all my 3/31 changes to the ballot. Huzzah!

  10. I’m imagining a poor little server somewhere, steaming gently under the load.

  11. I got about 5 emails in quick succession, all from 3/31, with one in the middle containing my last submission. Yeah!

    Thanks to Vasha for the lists!

  12. @Cora: You’re benefitting from the international dominance of English. I wish German-language books were as available here. Strange Horizons had a review of Die Haarteppichknüpfer (The Carpet Makers) that made me want to read the original, but I put off buying a costs-an-arm-and-a-leg copy; I only recently learned that the nearest university library has a copy. It’s a darned good library for many of my interests, like folk music and folklore; for speculative fiction (texts and criticism), it’s hit-or-miss, but here’s a hit.

    (Any other recommendations for German spec fic? I know you have lots of recommendations. Someday I may go to Germany to visit my relatives there and bring back a sackful of books.)

    Sorry, didn’t see this before, Vasha, so here’s a somewhat belated answer:

    Die Haarteppichknüpfer has a fairly recent paperback edition in Germany, which is available at Amazon DE for a reasonable price. I have no idea about the shipping charges, though.

    Andreas Eschbach, author of Die Haarteppichknüpfer, is a good bet for German SF anyway, as is the late Wolfgang Jeschke. Germany’s bestselling SF author is Frank Schätzing, though his novels are marketed as mainstream thrillers. I actually prefer Limit to the better known Der Schwarm (The Swarm).

    For newer authors, there is Myra Çakan (I hope this works). I’m also very fond of Dietmar Dath, who not just writes very offbeat SF novels like Die Abschaffung der Arten (which was shortlisted for the German book award), Pulsarnacht, Feldevaye, Waffenwetter or Das versteckte Sternbild, which he wrote under the pen name David Dalek, but is also an excellent reviewer for the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung and wrote my all-time favourite reviews of the two Avengers movies. Oh yes, and he translated Joe R. Lansdale and Paul di Filippo into German.

    For fantasy, there is Berhard Hennen, whose novel Die Elfen (The Elves) actually was on someone’s Hugo nomination list here. Walter Moers’s Zamonien novels, Die 13 1/2 Leben des Käpt’n Blaubär (The 13 1/2 Lives of Captain Bluebear), Die Stadt der Träumenden Bücher (The City of Dreaming Books) and Das Labyrinth der Träumenden Bücher (The Labyrinth of Dreaming Books), are great offbeat fantasy. The narrator/author of the latter two is a dragon named Hildegund von Mythenmetz.

    For older works, we also have Michael Ende, author of Die Unendliche Geschichte (The Neverending Story), Momo, Der Spiegel im Spiegel and the children’s classic Jim Knopf und Lukas, der Lokomotivführer (it’s from 1960 and therefore rather dated, but was one of the first German children’s books with a protagonist of colour). Otfried Preußler is mainly known for his children’s fantasies, but he also wrote a great YA dark fantasy set during the 30 years war named Krabat. For more modern YA, Cornelia Funke is excellent.

    If you’re into really depressing eco-apocalypses, where pretty much everybody dies, try Gudrun Pausewang, particularly Die letzten Kinden von Schewenborn (nuclear war plus aftermath) and Die Wolke (nuclear power station meltdown plus aftermath). Both are from the 1980s and therefore a bit dated.

  13. Thanks, Cora! I hadn’t thought about children’s books, but of course I’ve read a bunch of those, including Michael Ende (Momo read about 10 times over), and others from the 80s and before. Also Die Wolke — hair-raising, yes (what with the main character’s entire family getting killed), but it ends on an upbeat note, “I survived and I’m going to be OK”. My relatives were active in the big anti-nuclear movement around that time. Also, more recently, I’ve read Die Stadt der Träumenden Bücher and its predecessor Ensel und Krete, and didn’t care for them; somehow Moers seems unpleasantly cynical to me.

    For adult science fiction and fantasy, I’ve read Felidae; can’t exactly say I liked it, but it’s memorable, in a violent way. Also a couple of historical fantasies by Kai Meyer (a bit bland perhaps). I’m pretty sure I’ve read something by Jeschke but I can’t recall what.

    Among older authors, I have a fondness for Leo Perutz. But one author I particularly appreciated was Barbara Neuwirth, whose book of short stories, Dunkler Fluß des Lebens, contains some extremely interesting (and feminist) ones. Have you read her?

    Thanks for recommending Myra Çakan and Dietmar Dath; they look quite interesting. (I am a fan of Ransmayr’s Die letzte Welt, so I don’t consider being “literary” an obstacle in good fantasy.) And you just reminded me that I had been wanting to read Krabat.

  14. And, oh yeah, Stein und Flöte — that one was just painfully didactic. I guess that’s why you didn’t recommend it…

  15. Cora and Vasha –
    I really appreciate all the German links. I lived in Germany for six years as a child, but went to an international school that was English-speaking, and never really got fluent in German. I would love to start reading German for fun, so I appreciate the help in figuring out how to do that.

    I do really wish things were available on my kindle because of how easy it is to look up unfamiliar words with my cursor. I understand though that the current constraints on publishers mean I usually can’t get recent German-language books that way. I did buy Heidi, by Johanna Spyri, on my kindle, which was presumably available because it was out of copyright.

    I will have to bite the bullet, though, and just get paper editions of some of the books you two are recommending. So thanks for a place to start with that!

  16. German books? I’d go for Es muß nicht immer Kaviar sein by Johannes Mario Simmel. Simply brilliant and also pacifistic in it its outlook. Plus cooking recipes. I’ve read it 7-8 times now.

    Not SF or F though.

  17. German books? I’d go for Es muß nicht immer Kaviar sein by Johannes Mario Simmel. Simply brilliant and also pacifistic in it its outlook. Plus cooking recipes. I’ve read it 7-8 times now.

    Not SF or F though.

    I have something of a mixed relationship to Johannes Mario Simmel’s books, because growing up in the 1970s and 1980s, his books were ubiquitous on every family’s bookshelves along with Heinz G. Konsalik, Marie Louise Fischer and Uta Danella. Of these bookshelf standards, Simmel is the best and “Es muss nicht immer Kaviar sein” is one of his best books.

    Johannes Mario Simmel started out as a magazine journalist and his plots were often ripped from the headlines of the time. He also had a quite unique style, which is similar to the style of magazine features at the time. That makes him very readable.

    Most of Simmel’s novels are a weird mix of thriller, romance and melodrama, often with Cold War spy plots. However, a few of his novels cross over into SF territory, e.g. “Und Jimmy ging zum Regenbogen” (And Jimmy went to the rainbow) or “Doch mit den Clowns kamen die Tränen” (But with the clowns came the tears), both of which are about biological superweapons among a lot of other things, while “Liebe ist die letzte Brücke” (Love is the final bridge) is about hackers and cyber warfare. I think Simmel also wrote a novel about cloning, but I can’t find it right now.

    And of course, he had some of the best titles this side of Harlan Ellison.

  18. Thanks, Cora! I hadn’t thought about children’s books, but of course I’ve read a bunch of those, including Michael Ende (Momo read about 10 times over), and others from the 80s and before. Also Die Wolke — hair-raising, yes (what with the main character’s entire family getting killed), but it ends on an upbeat note, “I survived and I’m going to be OK”. My relatives were active in the big anti-nuclear movement around that time. Also, more recently, I’ve read Die Stadt der Träumenden Bücher and its predecessor Ensel und Krete, and didn’t care for them; somehow Moers seems unpleasantly cynical to me.

    Yes, Die Wolke has an upbeat ending of sorts, though Die letzten Kinder von Schewenborn doesn’t. They are very typical of the anti-nuclear (both weapons and power) movement of the 1980s and 1990s.

    Moers is indeed rather cynical. It comes out even more in his comics work such as “Das kleine Arschloch” (a title that would probably get this post filtered, if it were in English) and “Adolf, du alte Nazi-Sau” (would probably also get me filtered, plus it’s exactly what it sounds like).

    For adult science fiction and fantasy, I’ve read Felidae; can’t exactly say I liked it, but it’s memorable, in a violent way. Also a couple of historical fantasies by Kai Meyer (a bit bland perhaps). I’m pretty sure I’ve read something by Jeschke but I can’t recall what.

    I’ve forgotten to mention Felidae, but then I read it approx. 25 years ago. It permanently ruined me for US-style cat cozies. Kai Meyer is indeed a tad bland, as is Kerstin Gier, author of YA paranormals.

    Among older authors, I have a fondness for Leo Perutz. But one author I particularly appreciated was Barbara Neuwirth, whose book of short stories, Dunkler Fluß des Lebens, contains some extremely interesting (and feminist) ones. Have you read her?

    I’m pretty sure I read some of Barbara Neuwirth’s stories at some point, probably at university, but I can’t recall any titles now. If you like Barbara Neuwirth, you might also enjoy “Die Wand” (The Wall) by Marlen Haushofer, another Austrian feminist writer and occasional SFF author. “Die Wand” offers a similar scenario to Stephen King’s “Under the Dome”, a woman is suddenly trapped behind an impenetrable barrier. Then it becomes a curious mix of speculative fiction and Heimatroman, as the protagonist adopts various animals and lives the simple country life on her own.

    Thanks for recommending Myra Çakan and Dietmar Dath; they look quite interesting. (I am a fan of Ransmayr’s Die letzte Welt, so I don’t consider being “literary” an obstacle in good fantasy.) And you just reminded me that I had been wanting to read Krabat.

    Krabat is indeed excellent, especially since historical fantasy set during the Thurty Years War is so rare.

  19. @stfg
    Heidi and Johanna Spyri’s other works are very dated, since they date from the 19th century. I remember bouncing hard off Heidi and Gritli as a kid.

    On the other hand, I loved Karl May’s adventure novels as a kid, but again they’re very dated (and already were, when I was a kid) with problematic racial and ethnic stereotypes and of course really dense 19th century prose and descriptions of the US West that make it obvious he was never there. Though you should be able to find Karl May e-books for free, since they’re public domain.

    Here is something of a German language public domain treasure, courtesy of the German Project Gutenberg: http://gutenberg.spiegel.de/autor/walther-kabel-1357 Some works by Walther Kabel, Weimar era writer of crime and adventure novels who comitted suicide, when the Nazis banned his works. Because of the ban and related book burning, Kabel’s works were very hard to find for many years. Back in the day, I wrote an essay about German pulp characters for Jess Nevin’s pulp hero database site, which also included quite a bit about Walther Kabel, since he was one of the best German pulp writers of that era. Years later I still got e-mails from very old people who remembered reading Kabel in their youth. Thankfully, the digital revolution has made this forgotten author available again.

    Talking of German pulp fiction, I know that a lot of modern German language pulp fiction is available in e-book form in the Kindle store. For science fiction, there is Perry Rhodan, though you’ll probably have to scroll through umpteen English translations. I’d start with the Perry Rhodan Neo reboot, otherwise you’ll be hopelessly lost.

    Geisterjäger John Sinclair, a horror/proto-urban-fantasy series about a supernatural investigator, is available in the US Kindle store as well. The author is Jason Dark (really Helmut Rellergerd). Professor Zamorra is another supernatural investigator pulp series. There is also a series called Geister-Krimi, which are standalone supernatural mysteries.

    Maddrax is another pulp series along those lines. It’s basically Buck Rogers meets Mad Max meets Conan with an accidental time traveler who lands in a Barbarian post-apocalyptic future. Also available in e-book form in the US.

    Die schwarzen Perlen is a gothic pulp series about a young woman investigating her mysterious past and the disappearance of her mother. Irrlicht and Gaslicht are also series of standalone romantic gothics.

    German pulp fiction like Perry Rhodan, John Sinclair et al is nowhere near great literature, but they’re cheap, easy to read, fun and a nice way to pass a train ride. They are novella length, since the print versions are sold as digest sized magazines at newstands. The e-book versions are all available in the US Kindle store and probably other e-book stores as well.

    If anyone wants recommendations for German pulp fiction of other genres (e.g. crime, mystery, western, romance, melodrama), let me know. I’m something of a German pulp scholar.

  20. I forgot to tick the box.

    Another recent German speculative fiction novel some might enjoy is “Er ist wieder da” by Timur Vernes (He’s back), in which Hitler suddenly wakes up in 2011 and winds up becoming a comedy star, since people mistake him for a brilliant parody.

  21. Seconding the recommendation to watch Raumpatrouille – Die phantastischen Abenteuer des Raumschiffs Orion. Still surprisingly watchable for a show that turns fifty this year. Plus, Raumpatrouille permanently ruined me for most military science fiction.

  22. Raumpatrouille also spawned a series of books – 145 of them! – though their quality, well, is debatable, and they drifted further away from the original “Orion universe” as time passed, including as the books were updated for re-publication through the years. Ah well! As they say – nostalgia isn’t what it used to be 🙂

  23. No. The official finalists (that is, the top five vote getters) have yet to be announced. This was an informal straw poll of a tiny fraction of the electorate, which will number somewhere in the thousands.

    However, someone has said they voted for you, so there’s that.

  24. @Galactic Journey, if you bought a supporting membership in MidAmeriCon II, you would be able to vote on the Hugos. We just finished the nominations stage, but the final voting won’t begin until May, and you could still participate in that if you wanted. I’m guessing the voting will continue through July some time, but I haven’t seen the exact dates.

  25. I’m afraid we didn’t buy this year 🙁 We didn’t know how to do it until too late. The last WorldCon we attended was in 2007 (Yokohama–that was fantastic!)

    We’ll buy membership next year, though.

    Thank you for the clarification! Perhaps I’ll make the ballot again next year.

  26. You can still buy a supporting membership for this year. It will allow you to vote on the finalists which will be announced later this month. The only deadline you missed was being able to nominate for this year.

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