Ten Hugo-nominated novels:
- The Curse of Chalion by Lois McMaster Bujold
- The Lathe of Heaven by Ursula K. Le Guin
- The Yiddish Policemen's Union by Michael Chabon
- Dorsai! by Gordon R. Dickson
- The Butterfly Kid by Chester Anderson
- The Boat of a Million Years by Poul Anderson
- The Squares of the City by John Brunner
- The Time Ships by Stephen Baxter
- The Robots of Dawn by Isaac Asimov
- The Forbidden Tower by Marion Zimmer Bradley
You know, I've read The Yiddish Policemen's Union, and while I liked it a lot, I certainly wouldn't have nominated it for a Hugo Award. That's because it's not a science fiction novel, nor is it a fantasy novel. It's an alternate history, and under certain circumstances -- when they're written by established science fiction or fantasy authors like Phillip K. Dick (who won a Hugo in 1963 for his "Nazis win WWII" novel The Man in the High Castle or, evidentally, Michael Chabon -- they get nominated for Hugos. Lesser authors, which is to say authors who don't write science fiction or fantasy, like, say, Phillip Roth or Vladamir Nabokov, need not apply.
This year's crop of Hugo nominees also includes a pair of nods for John Scalzi, one in a pro category and the other in a fan category. Nice one. Of course, that they even have fan categories is but one of the many reasons I consider the Hugo Awards to be little more than a joke. Oh well.