It's award eligibility season! Nominations are now open for both the Nebulas and the Hugos. Nebula nominations are open until February 15th for SFWA members only. Hugo nominations are open until March 11th, and to quote the website: "Nominations are open to members of the current year's Worldcon, the members of the past year's Worldcon, and, starting with the 2012 Hugo Awards, the members of the following year’s Worldcon." This means that if you had a membership to Renovation, you are eligible to nominate. If you didn't, you have until January 31st to purchase a membership for Chicon if you want nominating as well as voting rights on this year's ballot.
Anyway, this is what I did in 2011. If you are eligible to nominate, please consider these works, as well as many others by many awesome people.
One Salt Sea
Deadline (as Mira Grant)
Countdown (as Mira Grant)
Through This House
"The Tolling of Pavlov's Bells."
"Gimme a 'Z'!"
"The Alchemy of Alcohol."
"Apocalypse Scenario #683: The Box." (as Mira Grant)
"Crystal Halloway and the Forgotten Passage."
Of these short stories, many of which I am very proud of, "The Tolling of Pavlov's Bells" can be read for free at Apex Magazine, "Uncle Sam" can be read for free at The Edge of Propinquity, and "Crystal Halloway and the Forgotten Passage" can be read for free at Fantasy Magazine (soon to merge with Lightspeed Magazine, which may change the way they archive things, I don't know).
Best Related Work:
I'm serious. According to the Hugo website, this category is..."Awarded to a work related to the field of science fiction, fantasy, or fandom, appearing for the first time during the previous calendar year or which has been substantially modified during the previous calendar year. The type of works eligible include, but are not limited to, collections of art, works of literary criticism, books about the making of a film or TV series, biographies and so on, provided that they do not qualify for another category." I believe that filk albums would thus be "related works," not dramatic presentations. Also, the idea cracks me up.
The SF Squeecast, in which I babble about all things awesome with Paul Cornell, Cat Valente, Elizabeth Bear, and Lynne Thomas.
I think that's everything. 2011 was amazing for me, publication-wise, and I am so happy and so pleased that all of you were there with me. And now, to quote the lovely Cat, who reminded me to make this post myself...
Quoth Cat: "A final note: you do not have to go to Worldcon to nominate and vote for the Hugos. You can buy a supporting membership for $50 and get that perk. I realize $50 is a lot to express an opinion, but every year we hear complaints about the ballot and every year I hope that my generation will vote a little more, because the Hugos are kind of a bellwether for the field, and I want new crackly risktaking goodness in there, too. Since I have no control over the price of the supporting membership all I can say is—give it a thought, if you have the scratch."
So if you have the funds and you want the voice, consider it. You could be a part of science fiction history.
Happy New Year!