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A new Science Future Article!

by on Jul.20, 2011, under Announcements, Blog, Science, Science Future, Writing

There is another Science Future article over on Escape Pod.

Science Future: Harking Hugos

Go read it and check out the awesome Hugo nominated short stories it talks about!

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Hugo Nominations – Visual Media (Part 3 of 3)

by on Apr.25, 2011, under Articles, Films, News, Television, Videos, Visual Media, Writing

The Hugo Award Nominations are available

Man, do we have some great nominations this year. The Hugo Award is the leading award for excellence in the field of science fiction and fantasy. The Hugos are awarded each year by the World Science Fiction Society, at the World Science Fiction Convention. In part one I went over the novel, short stories, and relate work nominees. Part two I went over and speculated on the Best Graphic Novel category. Now let me go over the categories everybody is familiar with:

Best Dramatic Presentation, Long Form

Which in laymen’s terms is “The Movie” category. Nothing in this list should surprise you. Dramatic Presentation for Hugo Awards is another name for theatrical film.

  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1, screenplay by Steve Kloves; directed by David Yates (Warner)
  • How to Train Your Dragon, screenplay by William Davies, Dean DeBlois & Chris Sanders; directed by Dean DeBlois & Chris Sanders (DreamWorks)
  • Inception, written and directed by Christopher Nolan (Warner)
  • Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, screenplay by Michael Bacall & Edgar Wright; directed by Edgar Wright (Universal)
  • Toy Story 3, screenplay by Michael Arndt; story by John Lasseter, Andrew Stanton & Lee Unkrich; directed by Lee Unkrich (Pixar/Disney)

Really there isn’t a bad movie in this list. Long time readers of this blog will know, of course, that I’m throwing my weight behind Scott Pilgrim vs. the World. I love the movie. I love the comic for which it draws the majority of its ideas. The only movie that comes really close to beating that is How to Train Your Dragon. Both were excellent movies but Scott Pilgrim and is a perfect world, they’d both win and have it be meaningful.

Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form

Next we have our short form dramatic presentation, which can actually draw from anything. For example we have three particular episodes of Doctor Who:

  • Doctor Who: “A Christmas Carol,” written by Steven Moffat; directed by Toby Haynes (BBC Wales)
  • Doctor Who: “The Pandorica Opens/The Big Bang,” written by Steven Moffat; directed by Toby Haynes (BBC Wales)
  • Doctor Who: “Vincent and the Doctor,” written by Richard Curtis; directed by Jonny Campbell (BBC Wales)

All of them excellent episodes from the fifth season of Doctor Who. I’d actually have a hard time selecting only one of these.

But in comparison we have a short film, originally posted on you tube entitled:

Fuck Me, Ray Bradbury, written by Rachel Bloom; directed by Paul Briganti

Warning. The above video does have rather explicit lyrics, if the title didn’t tip you off to this.

This is both a surprise and not much of a surprise. The Hugo Awards are well-known for not being shy when it comes to the concept of sex and sexuality. The appreciation, humor, and appeal in the film is readily apparent.

And that is the last of my coverage of the nominations. There are, of course, many other categories including best editor, best fan writer, etc. Please take the time to look over the names and see if there is anybody you would like to congratulate.

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Hugo Nominations are up! (Part 2 of 3)

by on Apr.25, 2011, under Articles, Comics, News, Writing

The Hugo Award Nominations are available

Man, do we have some great nominations this year. The Hugo Award is the leading award for excellence in the field of science fiction and fantasy. The Hugos are awarded each year by the World Science Fiction Society, at the World Science Fiction Convention. Last time I went over the novel, short stories, and relate work nominees. Now let me go over my favorite category:

Best Graphic Story

My personal favorite category, best graphic novel. We have our three regulars once again duking it out.

Girl Genius, Volume 10: Agatha Heterodyne and the Guardian Muse, written by Phil and Kaja Foglio; art by Phil Foglio; colors by Cheyenne Wright (Airship Entertainment)

Schlock Mercenary: Massively Parallel, written and illustrated by Howard Tayler; colors by Howard Tayler and Travis Walton (Hypernode)

Fables: Witches, written by Bill Willingham; illustrated by Mark Buckingham (Vertigo)

I do love these three comics to death. It is sad to admit that I am actually behind on my Fables reading at the time of this writing as I collect the graphic novels. Girl Genius and Schlock Mercenary both present their stories for free on their website before being collected into graphic novels, which makes them far easier to catch up on but no less masterful in terms of storytelling.

On the other side we have two new comers:

  • Grandville Mon Amour, by Bryan Talbot (Dark Horse)
  • The Unwritten, Volume 2: Inside Man, written by Mike Carey; illustrated by Peter Gross (Vertigo)

I admit to knowing nothing of Grandville Mon Amour although I will likely be picking it up. I have heard and actually own The Unwritten, Volume 2, but have no actually read it yet. I know the story deals with the son of a writer of a successful line of children’s stories that turn out to possible not as make-believe as everyone thinks. I read Volume 1 and was really impressed and have been patiently waiting for more. I’m happy to see it is getting some recognition.

And as always it will be difficult for me to make a decision in this category. Girl Genius has won two years in a row so far but that doesn’t mean it shouldn’t win again. On the other hand the latest storyline of Schlock Mercenary really was mind blogging in that “I can’t believe he pulled that off” kinda of way. Having not read any of the other contestants I shouldn’t speculate too much on their strengths but The Unwritten had some potential I saw, in Volume 1, that might lead it somewhere.

Up next! The movies!

 

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Hugo Nominations are up! (Part 1 of 3)

by on Apr.25, 2011, under Articles, Books, News, Novels, Podcasts, Short Stories, Writing

The Hugo Award Nominations are available

Man, do we have some great nominations this year. The Hugo Award is the leading award for excellence in the field of science fiction and fantasy. The Hugos are awarded each year by the World Science Fiction Society, at the World Science Fiction Convention. Let me go over some of the ones I am excited about.

Best Novel

FEED is nominated!!

This actually came as light surprise to me. I am not used to having already read one of the year’s Hugo Award nominees for Best Novel. I’ve written about how the book is awesome.  FEED is by Mira Grant, the alter ego of Seanan McGuire and it has a sequel coming out, DEADLINE, on May 31st, a book I am anticipating as much as Ghost Stories by Jim Butcher. So congratulations  Ms. McGuire!

I haven’t read any of the other novels nominated but I do recognize one of the other authors nominated, Lois McMaster Bujold for her book Cryoburn.

Best Short Story

I have not read any of the short stories nominated, however I will be looking forward to Escape Pod in the coming weeks, as they typically make a point of releasing all five Hugo Nominated short stories on as podcasts.

Best Related Work

Speaking of podcasts, Writing Excuses: Season 4, has been nominated for Best Related Work. Created and staring , Brandon Sanderson, Howard Tayler, and Dan Wells, the podcast focuses on various topics related to writing and becoming an author while keeping any particular topic under fifteen minuets because, as they say: “Fifteen minutes long, because you’re in a hurry, and we’re not that smart.” Obviously you’re smart enough to get nominated for a Hugo. Congrats guys!

Part 2 and Part 3 of the Hugo Nominees will be posted in just a little bit!

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