Hugo reading

I’ve plotted out my Hugo-reading in order that I might vote fairly when the time comes. Of course, if I kept up with the magazines better than I do, I shouldn’t have to “cram”. I’ve decided to read in the order of increasing length categories. In theory, once I’ve completed all the items in a category, I should have a pretty good idea of which I want to vote for, and how I’d rank them (as ranking them in order of preference is apparently how the voting works). Much of this fiction is available free online, and so I’ve provided links, where possible, in case non-subscribers want to read any.





  • The Yiddish Policemen’s Union by Michael Chabon (HarperCollins, Fourth Estate)
  • Brasyl by Ian McDonald (Gollancz; Pyr)
  • Rollback by Robert J. Sawyer (Tor; Analog Oct. 2006-Jan/Feb. 2007) 2
  • The Last Colony by John Scalzi (Tor)
  • Halting State by Charles Stross (Ace)

A few notes:

I rate these stories using my usual rating system, which is a scale of 0-5 with 1/2 point increments. Those items that appear in bold are items I’ve already read. Their rating appears in brackets at the end of the line. Items that are struck-through are items that I attempted to read, but just couldn’t get through. Sorry, Michael Chabon, it’s not you, it’s me, I’m sure.

Naturally, I’ll keep you posted on progress and I will post my final tally and the order in which I will vote in each category.

Incidentally, there are two categories in which I already know my votes:

Best Related Book: Breakfast In the Ruins: Science Fiction in the Last Millennium by Barry N. Malzberg.

Best Professional Editor, Short Form:

Stanley Schmidt
Sheila Williams
Ellen Datlow
Gordon Van Gelder
Jonathan Strahan

(Stan is long overdo for a win in this category, but that’s not why I’m voting for him. He’s recently published some great serials including: Rob Sawyer’s Rollback which is up for a Hugo.)

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