23 Aug

What the alternate Hugo Ballot would likely have been

I haven’t seen anyone post something showing what the ballot for fiction would have looked like without the ballot stuffing, so here was my quick attempt to piece together what it would have been:

Best Novel

Ancillary Sword by Ann Leckie
The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison
The Three Body Problem by Liu Cixin
Lock In by John Scalzi
City of Stairs by Robert Jackson Bennet

Best Novella

The Slow Regard of Silent Things by Pat Rothfuss
The Regular by Ken Liu
Yesterday’s Kin by Nancy Kress
Grand Jete by Rachel Swirsky
The Mothers of Voorhisville by Mary Rickert

Best Novelette

The Day the World Turned Upside Down by Thomas Olde Heuvelt
Each to Each by Seanan McGuire
The Devil in America by Kai Ashante Wilson
The Litany of Earth by Ruthann Emrys
The Magician and Laplace’s Demon by Tom Crosshill

Best Short Story

The Jackalope Wives by Ursula Vernon
The Breath of War by Aliette de Bodard
The Truth About Owls by Amal El-Mohtar
When It Ends, He Catches Her by Eugie Foster*
A Kiss With Teeth by Max Gladstone*

JWC Award for Best New Writer
Wesley Chu
Andy Weir
Alyssa Wong
Carmen Machado
Django Wexler

Quick reactions:

Man, everyone go out and buy City of Stairs. I’m buying Robert Jackson Bennet drinks for a night the next time I run into him. Bennet: I witness you!

In Novella, Pat Rothfuss was amazing with Slow Regard. What a loss. Ken Liu is one our best short story writers alive today, a missed chance to honor him. Mary Rickert, she’s another stunning writer.

Novelette. Go read Kai Ashante Wilson. Now.

That short story ballot would have been diverse and amazing (hell, the whole ballot).

Max Gladstone, I witness you!

The JWC ballot would have been, also, amazing. Wong and Wexler are standouts. All in all, an amazing list of talent, go read these people.

Then, also go read the people who withdrew their stuff from the puppy slates:

Matthew David Surridge. His withdrawal placed Laura J. Mixon on the ballot, who ended up winning. Not possible without him.

Marko Kloos, who is responsible for placing Three Body Problem in the list. In fact, I might be being unfair in leaving his name off the alternate ballot. There’s a very good chance we’ll be seeing more of him in the future on lists.

Annie Bellet, who dropped out of the short story ballot.

This list was put together due to everyone emailing or texting me Annalee Flower’s pictures of the data.

Update: there’s now a link to the full stats PDF.

*Update: I’m told there’s a 5% rule that *maybe* knocks Eugie Foster and Gladstone off the ballot for short story above. I’m leaving them up as great stories to consider reading.