Hugo Awards Nominee Seanan McGuire Nominated a Record Five Times

Seanan McGuire gets record five Hugo nominations

Nominees for this year’s Hugo Awards, science fiction’s most prestigious award, were announced simultaneously on Saturday at four conventions and via a number of online channels. But that’s not the big news: author Seanan McGuire has set a new record by being shortlisted five times in the awards.

Writing under her pseudonym Mira Grant, McGuire was shortlisted for the best novel Hugo for Blackout, the finale to her zombie trilogy, and for the best novella prize for San Diego 2014: The Last Stand of the California Browncoats – another story set in her zombie world in which the walking dead attack a comic book convention. As McGuire, she was shortlisted – twice – for the best novelette award, for the self-published In Sea-Salt Tears, about the daughter of two Selkies, and for Rat-Catcher, the story of a young prince of cats set in 1666 London, as well as for the best fancast.

That’s a lot. She posted her reaction on her blog admitting she’d “cried a lot” after hearing about her nominations.

Those of you with keen eyes may have noticed my name a time or two… I am grateful and honoured and terrified and fragile and amazed, because this ballot represents the best of 2012 in a very concrete way. I see so many works there that blew my mind, and I look forward to experiencing the rest. Thank you so much. I will try very hard not to let you down.

And she’s in good company, with other nominees for best novel including John Scalzi’s Redshirts, Kim Stanley Robinson’s 2312 and Lois McMaster Bujold’s Captain Vorpatril's Alliance. If she wins, she’ll join a group which includes Arthur C Clarke, Ursula K LeGuin and Isaac Asimov. Winners won’t be announced until the 1st of September, which will give a lot of the members of the World Science Fiction Society (and the rest of us) time to read all the entries.

It’s interesting to see so many nominations for one writer, but is it just a coincidence or a product of the modern publishing environment?

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Dean Fetzer is originally from a small town in eastern Colorado, but has lived in London, England, for the past 21 years. After a career in graphic design, he started a pub review website in the late 90’s; He left that in 2011 to concentrate on his thriller writing, as well as offering publishing services for authors, poets and artists. When not writing - or in the pub - he can be found in the theatre, live music venues and travelling.

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Michael.Eric.Snyder April 1, 2013 - 7:32am

Just curious as to what you mean by modern publishing environment. Can you provide a bit of context? Is she self publishing?


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Courtney from the Midwest is reading Monkey: A Journey to the West and a thousand college textbooks April 1, 2013 - 8:00pm

It mentions that at least one of her nominations was for a self-pubbed work. I'm guessing that the modern environment means the enormous pressure to produce, produce, produce, and publish, publish, publish, and sell, sell, sell. Everyone talks about staying relevant in a system flooded with authors who, for better or worse, are competing on the same stage.

So, yeah, I think it's a result of that. Kudos to her, though, for being capable of that much work.

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Michael.Eric.Snyder April 2, 2013 - 6:33pm

Hey Courtney thanks for responding. I was thinking it might have something to do with self-publishing, but I wasn't quite seeing the connection. I was thinking that self-publishing might make it harder to be noticed for awards like to Hugos. Like maybe, perhaps, it happened in spite of the modern publishing environment as opposed to because of it.