So the results are up. Some of you may remember I did some drive-by commentary on some of the nominees (novels, novellas, novellettes, short stories), so… meh. Biggest (pleasant) surprise here is Zen Cho’s win in the novellette category; I really loved that work but didn’t think it would win. So… yay for being wrong on that one.
Some more quick comments for the categories I didn’t get around to making proper posts on:
- Some major side-eye for Trail of Lightning coming in last for best novel. I wasn’t even particularly into the opening of this but yeah it did not deserve last.
An extremely unsurprised “meh” on the Centenal Cycle coming second in the best series category, since this was one of my biggest recent disappointment DNFs. It bills itself as a kind of thoughtful international political thriller thing but I couldn’t get over the fact that literally every character, regardless of where they were supposed to be from or what they did, thought and acted like that kind of middle-class American intellectual who thinks centrism is an edgy political position. But apparently works that reinforce extremely milquetoast pseudo-woke American takes are in vogue this year, so…
- AO3 won best related work at exactly the time I’m starting to reconsider my formerly uncritical love of the platform which… go figure. (Still deserved, however.)
- Monstress coming first in best graphic story
and Saga coming in last feels almost like a personal gift (sometimes I feel like I’m the only person in the universe who didn’t love Saga, pretty much purely for its constant casual misogyny which… no-one ever seems to mention wtaf?).Monstress deserves to win in this category for the “graphic” part alone.
- On the other hand, Sorry to Bother You coming last in dramatic long-form is a crime against humanity and both an argument for this entire category to be removed and an indictment of the intellectual vacuousness of the whole awards yes I will fight you on this.
- So are my personal friends not winning in the podcast category but, like, for a different reason.
- The Campbell still shouldn’t be called that.
… and that’s probably about it for reactions, really.
See you in 2020, I guess.