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18
May

Orphan Black: “Ipsa Scientia Potestas Est” Review

**Spoilers** Orphan Black Season 2 Episode 5 “Ipsa Scientia Potestas Est”

Director:

Helen Shaver

Writer:

Tony Elliott

Review:

This episode opens to Rachel discovering Daniel’s body and decides to bring down Sarah. She also threatens to make Cosima suffer until Sarah is brought in. Sarah is still on her quest for answers while Kira is with her father, Cal. While Helena remains to be the cutest thing on the show, other than Kira. Cosima and Delphine make some new discoveries and the Prolitheans are trying to get Helena back to implant her with test tube baby.

Rachel seems to be one uptight b**** who thinks she is better than everyone else. I’m glad we got to see more of her in this episode and we were able to see how she reacts to Daniel’s death. And just as I had guessed, she was very very cold about it. In the wake of Daniel’s death she gives Paul a promotion and makes him her monitor to report to Dr. Leekie.

Sarah decides to take Helena with her to Fee’s (who shall now be called Brother Seestra) place to get her cleaned up and then Brother Seestra takes her to Art’s house where he questions her about Maggie. Sarah is just running around hunting for some more answers. Cosima discovers something new about Project Leda through Dr. Leekie who also disregards Rachel’s orders and administers the cure on Cos.

Helena escapes from Art’s place and goes to Maggie’s locker where she takes a sniper rifle and plans to kill Rachel. Sarah and Art find the Locker and find new clues about Project Leda. Then then find Helena, who has everything set up to kill Rachel. Sarah convinces her not to kill Rachel because they have Brother Seestra and she also tells her that she loves her (?).

Masalany’s performance as Helena, Sarah and Rachel was outstanding. Again, the last scene with Helena and Sarah when she stands in front of the rifle was brilliantly written and directed and performed. This episode was very good, and its only half way through the season. Alison is missing this episode and so was Mrs. S. But I’m glad that everyone’s arcs aren’t crammed into one 45-minute episode.

Again, the previews for the next episode look amazing!

Final Verdict:

8.5/10

12
May

Game of Thrones: “The Laws of God and Men” Review

**Spoilers** Game of Thrones Season 4 Episode 6 “The Laws of Gods and Men”

Director:

Alik Sakharov

Writer:

Bryan Cogman

Review:

This episode opens to Stannis and Davos at the Iron Bank where Stannis is declined financial aid by Tycho Nastoris. But, Davos finally convinces Tycho to provide the aid. They then decide to sail back to Westeros. Dany deals with being the Queen of Mereen and her Dragons cause trouble again.

Back in Westeros, Yara tries to take Theon back, but it backfires and she returns defeated and says that Theo is dead. Ramsay commends Reek (or Theon) for his loyalty and then gives him a new job. And in Kings Landing, Tyrion’s trial takes place.

Lets talk about the trial, shall we? In the books, the trial is a very important part that brings about a major change in Tyrion’s character and propels the character in a whole new direction. I was eagerly awaiting this scene because I was excited to see how they pull it off, and at the same time I was also scared because I didn’t want it to be ruined.

The  trial got the last fifteen minutes of the show.  It was without any interruptions and it was shown beautifully. From the moment Tyrion walks in, you know that everyone is going to go against him and throw him under the medieval bus (Or Dragon?). You can also see it on Tyrion’s tired and exhausted face that he knows it too. Jaime, as usual, tries to help Tyrion and avoid him being executed. I was surprised by Vary’s betrayal as it caught us off-guard, but it was a welcome surprise. But towards the end, Shae comes out and betrays him and he snaps. He gives his powerful speech of how he is guilty of being a dwarf and he has been on trial his whole life. The whole courtroom erupts at the end of his speech and he demands trial by combat.

Peter Dinklage should be given an Emmy, a Golden Globe, an Oscar, a BAFTA..Hell, any damn acting award should be given to this man for his powerful and amazing performance this episode. I am in awe of his talent and the way he keeps surprising us with the feat of his skills.

Dany is struggling with her dragons and Hizdhar Zo Loraq comes to ask for the proper burial of his father who was crucified by Dany. The dragon looks amazing and we can see her control over them failing.  At Dreadfort, Yara comes to rescue her brother but find him to be lost. He is afraid of her and doesn’t seem to return. Seeing this, you realise how broken Theon is and he truly has become Reek. Theon, truly, is dead.

Even after writing this, I still am in awe of that Trial Scene..

Final Verdict:

9/10

11
May

Orphan Black: “Governed as It Were by Chance”

**Spoilers** Orphan Black Season 2 Episode 4 “Governed as It Were by Chance

Director:

David Frazee

Writer:

Russ Cochrane

Review:

The episode continues from the last episode where the car Sarah was in, was hit by a large truck. It turns out that it was Cal’s truck. In the time it’s taken Sarah and Rachel’s Lawyer to get to the intersection, Cal found a safe place for Kira, got a new ride and came another way and bashed into the car. This was strange because I don’t see same plot-holes in Orphan Black.

Cal demands answers from Sarah but she refuses. She leaves Kira with him and decides to find Mrs. S and to get some answers about Project Leda. Alison, on the other hand, wakes up in rehab and doesn’t remember checking her self in. She calls Felix who convinces her to stay a while.

Helena doesn’t remember her wedding night and Gracie decides that she has had enough and attempts to kill Helena. But, Helena prevails and strangles Gracie leaving her unconscious and then escapes, where she comes across Art who is taking pictures of the whole area.

In the meanwhile Sarah makes her way to Mrs. S’s apartment and tries to find some answers. Felix, as always, helps her and Cosima drops by too. We learn A LOT about Project Leda through this. Sarah then makes her way to Rachel’s apartment where she encounters the lawyer, again. He ties her up and wants to kill her. But, Helena comes to the rescue and saves Sarah and then asks for her help. While all of this is happening, Mrs. S goes searching for Carlton, the man who brought Sarah to her.

And in the final scene, we see the prolitheans’ lab where it seems they are growing a test tube baby with Helena as the mother.

This episode was great! Definitely a step up from the previous episode. Felix seems to be the link between the three clones and acts as a support for most of them. His scenes with Alison are, as always, sweet and amazing. Cal tries to be fatherly towards Kira and bonds with her while waiting for Sarah to return. Tatiana’s performance as both Helena and Sarah was superb. Especially when both are in the same scene and Sarah is afraid of Helena but she just wants to be comforted.

I’m really happy with this episode and I’m dying to know more about Leda and Mrs. S..

Final Verdict:

8/10

5
May

Orphan Black: “Mingling Its Own Nature With It” Review

**Spoilers** Orphan Black Season 2 Episode 3 “Mingling Its Own Nature With It”

 

Director:

T.J. Scott

 

Writer:

Alex Levine

Review:
This weeks episode sees Sarah on the run, Alison is still dealing with the after-effects of Aynsley’s death, Cosima and Delphine continue making ‘crazy science’ and discover something new, and finally Helena is welcomed into the family.
In this episode Sarah, Felix and Kira are on the run from everyone while Rachel’s lawyer is still pursuing them. Sarah takes them to a cabin which turns out to be owned by Cal, a man from Sarah’s past. He turns out to be Kira’s father. And Felix leaves them to come back to Alison for her Musical. Rachel’s Lawyer finally finds Sarah and she is separated from Kira…..again.
Alison, on the other hand, has discovered that Donnie is her monitor and is also preparing for her musical ‘Blood Ties.’ Angie is trying to get some information from Alison, but fails. Alison while performing falls off the stage.
Delphine shows Cosima the video diary of another clone who was the first to show symptoms of the respiratory disease. This was six months before and Katja and had died three days ago. They examine the body and make some new discoveries (‘Crazy Science’)
Helena is held up with the Prolitheans and well… She is forced into marriage.
Honestly, this episode wasn’t as good as the last two. Firstly, Sarah just got Kira back, I don’t see why they had to separate them so soon. Cosima and Delphine’s arc was quite…boring, really. On the bright side, we did get a new clone. I’m unclear as to where Felix is going now. I loved the brother-sister thing Fee and Sarah had going on, and in this episode, it seems to have ended. The whole Helena arc was quite messed up and the end of her arc rubbed me the wrong way. But the ending of this episode has got me excited for the next episode and also the preview.

Final Verdict:
7.5/10

28
Apr

Orphan Black: “Governed by Sound Reason and True Religion” Review

**Spoilers** Orphan Black Season 2 Episode 2 “Governed by Sound Reason and True Religion”

 

Director:

John Fawcett

 

Writer:

Karen Walton & Graeme Manson

Review:

This week’s Orphan Black opens to Helena being treated at the hospital where the Prolitheans are also present. We then see Art being inducted into the clone club and then they go out to locate Kira. They reach a motel where Sarah finds a trail leading to the laundry room and from there she is taken to Kira. Turns out, Kira had been taken to a safe location by Mrs. S and staged it to look like an abduction. Cosima is being tempted by Dyad and Dr. Leekie to make “crazy science” with Delphine and she also meets Rachel. Alison, on the other hand, figures out that Donnie is her monitor and deals with Aynsley’s death.
The episode was quite good, and it also answers some of the questions from the premiere. Mrs. S has taken on the role of being a bad-ass this week. At first, I did find it weird that Sarah got Kira back so quickly, but towards the end of Sarah’s scenes, I’m happy they did that. Now there is more room for surprises. But still, we don’t know if Mrs. S is actually on Sarah’s side.
What I didn’t like was that they have under-utilised Felix. In the two episodes we’ve seen, he hasn’t really had his own thing. He just seems to be the support for Alison and the others. But now, I hope that something more happens since Sarah, Kira and Felix have decided to run away.
Two episodes in and Orphan Black Season 2 is still going good. And from the preview for the next episode, it seems like there’s a new clone!

Final Verdict:
8.5/10

27
Apr

A to Z Challenge: “Watchmen”

A to Z Challenge: “W is for Watchmen”

Watchmen is one of the greatest graphic novels every written and my personal favourite too. It was written by Alan Moore and the art is by Dave Gibbons. It’s the only Graphic Novel listed in Time’s 2005 “All-Time 100 Greatest Novels” list.
Watchmen is about a dystopian alternate timeline where Vigilantes have been outlawed, but some work for the government while Rorschach still works outside the law. After Edward Blake is murdered and it is discovered that he is The Comedian, Rorschach digs deeper and finds out that someone is killing Superheroes.
The reason I love Watchmen is that it’s unique. The art, the colouring, the back stories and also the story within the story. The usage of the nine panel grid makes it even more beautiful because of the symmetry, and the repeating symbolic motif of the smiley face.
The other reason I love it is because that every time you read it, you can discover something new. There have also been many books written about watchmen, analysing every panel and deciphering that masterful work.

In the end, we are left with one question: Who watches the watchmen?

23
Apr

A to Z Challenge: “Tru Calling”

A to Z Challenge: “T is for Tru Calling”

Tru Calling premiered in 2004 on FOX and was cancelled in 2005, 6 episodes into its second season. It one of those shows that many people are unaware of, and that is criminal. It starred Eliza Dushku, after her success on Buffy and Zach Galifianakis before he became famous as a comedian and it was created by Jon Harmon Feldman. The show follows Tru Davies, a woman who works at the city morgue. In the course of her job, the bodies of dead people start talking to Tru, asking her for help. Tru then finds herself reliving their last day alive, trying to keep their death from happening.

I saw it around the same time when it aired on Star World India. And I really really loved it. The premise was so interesting and it had the potential to be a great series. But the Big Bad Fox went and cancelled it for some stupid reason. Tru Calling is still one of my all time favourite shows and one of the best that ever was. It really upsets me that another great show was lost to the Big Bad Fox (the other being Firefly).

Some years ago, I discovered Doris Egan’s LiveJournal entry about his plans for the future episodes. After reading it, I feel bad that it was cancelled and it showed real promise.

For the fans, if there are any, here are the journal entries:

First one  Second One

Aditioinally, here is some extra information from wikipedia:

Other plotlines would include Tru’s boyfriend Jensen becoming more and more fascinated by death after her narrowly saving his life when he was fated to die. He would eventually become a serial killer and she would be forced to ask Jack for help in killing him to stop his reign of terror. Jack and Tru’s father would cite this as justification for them stopping Tru from saving people, that she is messing with pre-destination. Harrison would discover that his father is in league with Jack but is torn in deciding whose side to take given what happened to Tru’s boyfriend. Davis’ fake girlfriend Carrie Allen who was arranged by Jack and Richard to divide him from Tru begins to genuinely care for him and a romance develops between them. However, he discovers that she really did kill her violent and abusive husband and must decide whether or not to turn her in. He also discovers that Tru’s mother was supposed to be her mentor as Richard is to Jack but with her dead he now takes the role. Tru and Jack would find themselves beginning to experience other anomalies in reality allowing for more variations on the standard storyline (as was hinted in the last few episodes), including being able to take other people with them on the “rewinds” and explore parallel dimensions. Jack and Tru would become involved in a bank siege in which Jack and her father use a mysterious journal in order to pick which hostages will die. Afterwards Jack would begin a relationship with a beautiful motorcycle cop he meets during the incident and his feelings for her make him question the morality of his actions and his monk-like solitary existence. The last corpse to ask for Tru’s help is that of her 12-year-old half sister. Tru succeeds in saving her, and when Jack attempts to stop her, he is killed by Tru’s father, who cannot bear to let his youngest child die, whatever else he believes. The series would end on a cliffhanger with Jack’s corpse in the morgue asking Tru to save him.

22
Apr

A to Z Challenge: “Star Trek”

A to Z Challenge: “S is for Star Trek”

My dad helped me discover Star Trek when it used to come on the Hallmark channel. My earliest memory of Star Trek is a scene from Star Trek: The Next Generation where Worf is teleported out of a ship. This, mind you, was many years back; over ten years. I’m almost definitely sure that it was Star Trek that peaked my interest in sci-fi. I think, it was my formal introduction into science fiction.

What interests me about Star Trek is its concept. Star Trek: The Original Series dealt with Captain Kirk’s five year mission of exploration on the USS Starship Enterprise. That was followed by Star Trek The Animated Series which continues the five year mission. Star Trek The Next Generation ran for seven season and featured Captain Picard on the new Starship Enterprise. And then came Star Trek Deep Space Nine, which featured a Space Station instead of a starship in the Milky Way. And then, Star Trek Voyager (my favourite), which sent a whole starship into uncharted territory. And finally, Star Trek Enterprise – a prequel series (lets not talk about this, shall we?).

All the shows have one main goal, exploration. Discovering new worlds. And to boldly go where no one has gone before. I’m not going to tell you that the show was perfect, it is not without its faults and many people keep pointing out its scientific inaccuracies. But it gave us some very interesting concepts, and brilliant aliens and some memorable villains.

 

21
Apr

Game of Thrones: “Breaker of Chains” Review

**Spoilers!**

Game Of Thrones Season 4 Episode 3 “Breaker of Chains” Review

Director:

Alex Graves

Writer:

David Benioff & D. B. Weiss

Review:

Breaker of Chains continues from where the last episode ended – The death of King Joffery. Tyrion is taken into custody and Ser Dontos helps Sansa escape. She is brought to Littlefinger who, very subtly (or maybe it is just me) tells her that the necklace was planted, and helps cementing the fact that he and Olenna were behind Joff’s death. I am now excited for the future of Sansa’s character.

Davos returns for a bit in this episode where Stannis finds out that the King is dead. Meanwhile, back in Kings Landing, Tywin tutors Tommen on being a good king and Jaime right next to the body of their dead child forces Cersei, into sex. It is this scene that makes me realise that bringing Jaime back before the wedding was not a very good decision. In the book, the same scene was more powerful and didn’t feel like a random sex scene. Tywin ‘interrogates’ Oberyn and mentions for he first time that he studied poisons hence lending him the title The Red Viper and the scene also sets up a duel I am most excited for!

Arya and The Hound had another encounter this week and this time it didn’t go too well. Arya, as always, was smart and tried to get out as easily and with as few casualties as possible, but The Hound doesn’t share her smarts. Perhaps the weakest story in this episode was of Samwell. He triesto save Gi.ly by keeping her in a whorehouse. But I’m hoping that this is just a setup for some thing great thats in store for Sam and Gilly.

Now, down to my two favourite bits.

Tyrion is in custody, as we know, and Podrick comes to meet him. And that scene is just too damn good. Tyrion shows that he actually cares for Podrick and doesn’t want to see him get killed only for associating himself with Tyrion. The goodbye was beautiful and just as I hoped it would be.

The episode ends with Dany reaching Mereen. Daario fights the champion of Mereen, and the whole scene was amazing! Hopefully, it restores the faith that the audience might have lost when the actor playing Daario was changed. It shows that he’s not just a pretty face but a cut-throat killer too! Dany then gives a brilliant speech and the episode ended beautifully.

Dany

Overall, I liked the episode, but as compared to the previous two, it lacked that oomph factor that usually lends to the awesomeness of the episode.

Final Verdict:

8/10

Here’s there preview for the next episode:

20
Apr

Hugo Awards Nominations – 2014

The Hugo Award nominees were revealed yesterday in UK and streamed live to various conventions.Here is the full list of nominees including the Retro 1939 Hugo Awards and the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer.

BEST NOVEL (1595 ballots)

  • Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie (Orbit US / Orbit UK)
  • Neptune’s Brood by Charles Stross (Ace / Orbit UK)
  • Parasite by Mira Grant (Orbit US / Orbit UK)
  • Warbound, Book III of the Grimnoir Chronicles by Larry Correia (Baen Books)
  • The Wheel of Time by Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson (Tor Books)

BEST NOVELLA (847 ballots)

  • The Butcher of Khardov by Dan Wells (Privateer Press)
  • “The Chaplains Legacy” by Brad Torgersen (Analog, Jul-Aug 2013)
  • “Equoid” by Charles Stross (Tor.com, 09-2013)
  • Six-Gun Snow White by Catherynne M. Valente (Subterranean Press)
  • “Wakulla Springs” by Andy Duncan and Ellen Klages (Tor.com, 10-2013)

BEST NOVELETTE (728 ballots)

  • “The Exchange Officers” by Brad Torgersen (Analog, Jan-Feb 2013)
  • “The Lady Astronaut of Mars” by Mary Robinette Kowal (maryrobinettekowal.com/Tor.com, 09-2013)
  • “Opera Vita Aeterna” by Vox Day (The Last Witchking, Marcher Lord Hinterlands)
  • “The Truth of Fact, the Truth of Feeling” by Ted Chiang (Subterranean, Fall 2013)
  • “The Waiting Stars” by Aliette de Bodard (The Other Half of the Sky, Candlemark & Gleam)

BEST SHORT STORY (865 ballots)

  • “If You Were a Dinosaur, My Love” by Rachel Swirsky (Apex Magazine, Mar-2013)
  • “The Ink Readers of Doi Saket” by Thomas Olde Heuvelt (Tor.com, 04-2013)
  • “Selkie Stories Are for Losers” by Sofia Samatar (Strange Horizons, Jan-2013)
  • “The Water That Falls on You from Nowhere” by John Chu (Tor.com, 02-2013)

Note: category has 4 nominees due to a 5% requirement under Section 3.8.5 of the WSFS constitution.

BEST RELATED WORK (752 ballots)

  • Queers Dig Time Lords: A Celebration of Doctor Who by the LGBTQ Fans Who Love It Edited by Sigrid Ellis & Michael Damian Thomas (Mad Norwegian Press)
  • Speculative Fiction 2012: The Best Online Reviews, Essays and Commentaryby Justin Landon & Jared Shurin (Jurassic London)
  • “We Have Always Fought: Challenging the Women, Cattle and Slaves Narrative” by Kameron Hurley (A Dribble of Ink)
  • Wonderbook: The Illustrated Guide to Creating Imaginative Fiction by Jeff VanderMeer, with Jeremy Zerfoss (Abrams Image)
  • Writing Excuses Season 8 by Brandon Sanderson, Dan Wells, Mary Robinette Kowal, Howard Tayler, and Jordan Sanderson

BEST GRAPHIC STORY (552 ballots)

  • Girl Genius, Volume 13: Agatha Heterodyne & The Sleeping City written by Phil and Kaja Foglio; art by Phil Foglio; colours by Cheyenne Wright (Airship Entertainment)
  • “The Girl Who Loved Doctor Who” written by Paul Cornell, illustrated by Jimmy Broxton (Doctor Who Special 2013, IDW)
  • The Meathouse Man adapted from the story by George R.R. Martin and illustrated by Raya Golden (Jet City Comics)
  • Saga, Volume 2 written by Brian K. Vaughan, illustrated by Fiona Staples (Image Comics)
  • “Time” by Randall Munroe (XKCD)

BEST DRAMATIC PRESENTATION (LONG FORM) (995 ballots)

  • Frozen screenplay by Jennifer Lee, directed by Chris Buck & Jennifer Lee (Walt Disney Studios)
  • Gravity written by Alfonso Cuarón & Jonás Cuarón, directed by Alfonso Cuarón (Esperanto Filmoj; Heyday Films; Warner Bros.)
  • The Hunger Games: Catching Fire screenplay by Simon Beaufoy & Michael Arndt, directed by Francis Lawrence (Color Force; Lionsgate)
  • Iron Man 3 screenplay by Drew Pearce & Shane Black, directed by Shane Black (Marvel Studios; DMG Entertainment; Paramount Pictures)
  • Pacific Rim screenplay by Travis Beacham & Guillermo del Toro, directed by Guillermo del Toro (Legendary Pictures, Warner Bros., Disney Double Dare You)

BEST DRAMATIC PRESENTATION (SHORT FORM) (760 ballots)

  • An Adventure in Space and Time written by Mark Gatiss, directed by Terry McDonough (BBC Television)
  • Doctor Who: “The Day of the Doctor” written by Steven Moffat, directed by Nick Hurran (BBC Television)
  • Doctor Who: “The Name of the Doctor” written by Steven Moffat, directed by Saul Metzstein (BBC Television)
  • The Five(ish) Doctors Reboot written and directed by Peter Davison (BBC Television)
  • Game of Thrones: “The Rains of Castamere” written by David Benioff & D.B. Weiss, directed by David Nutter (HBO Entertainment in association with Bighead, Littlehead; Television 360; Startling Television and Generator Productions)
  • Orphan Black: “Variations under Domestication” written by Will Pascoe, directed by John Fawcett (Temple Street Productions; Space/BBC America)

Note: category has 6 nominees due to a tie for 5th place.

BEST EDITOR – SHORT FORM (656 ballots)

  • John Joseph Adams
  • Neil Clarke
  • Ellen Datlow
  • Jonathan Strahan
  • Sheila Williams

BEST EDITOR – LONG FORM (632 ballots)

  • Ginjer Buchanan
  • Sheila Gilbert
  • Liz Gorinsky
  • Lee Harris
  • Toni Weisskopf

BEST PROFESSIONAL ARTIST (624 ballots)

  • Galen Dara
  • Julie Dillon
  • Daniel Dos Santos
  • John Harris
  • John Picacio
  • Fiona Staples

Note: category has 6 nominees due to a tie for 5th place.

BEST SEMIPROZINE (411 ballots)

  • Apex Magazine edited by Lynne M. Thomas, Jason Sizemore, and Michael Damian Thomas
  • Beneath Ceaseless Skies edited by Scott H. Andrews
  • Interzone edited by Andy Cox
  • Lightspeed Magazine edited by John Joseph Adams, Rich Horton, and Stefan Rudnicki
  • Strange Horizons edited by Niall Harrison, Brit Mandelo, An Owomoyela, Julia Rios, Sonya Taaffe, Abigail Nussbaum, Rebecca Cross, Anaea Lay, and Shane Gavin

BEST FANZINE (478 ballots)

  • The Book Smugglers edited by Ana Grilo and Thea James
  • A Dribble of Ink edited by Aidan Moher
  • Elitist Book Reviews edited by Steven Diamond
  • Journey Planet edited by James Bacon, Christopher J Garcia, Lynda E. Rucker, Pete Young, Colin Harris, and Helen J. Montgomery
  • Pornokitsch edited by Anne C. Perry and Jared Shurin

BEST FANCAST (396 ballots)

  • The Coode Street Podcast Jonathan Strahan and Gary K. Wolfe
  • Galactic Suburbia Podcast Alisa Krasnostein, Alexandra Pierce, Tansy Rayner Roberts (presenters) and Andrew Finch (producer)
  • SF Signal Podcast Patrick Hester
  • The Skiffy and Fanty Show Shaun Duke, Jen Zink, Julia Rios, Paul Weimer, David Annandale, Mike Underwood, and Stina Leicht
  • Tea and Jeopardy Emma Newman
  • Verity! Deborah Stanish, Erika Ensign, Katrina Griffiths, L.M. Myles, Lynne M. Thomas, and Tansy Rayner Roberts
  • The Writer and the Critic Kirstyn McDermott and Ian Mond

Note: category has 7 nominees due to a tie for 5th place.

BEST FAN WRITER (521 ballots)

  • Liz Bourke
  • Kameron Hurley
  • Foz Meadows
  • Abigail Nussbaum
  • Mark Oshiro

BEST FAN ARTIST (316 ballots)

  • Brad W. Foster
  • Mandie Manzano
  • Spring Schoenhuth
  • Steve Stiles
  • Sarah Webb

JOHN W. CAMPBELL AWARD FOR BEST NEW WRITER (767 ballots)

Award for the best new professional science fiction or fantasy writer of 2012 or 2013, sponsored by Dell Magazines (not a Hugo Award).

  • Wesley Chu
  • Max Gladstone *
  • Ramez Naam *
  • Sofia Samatar *
  • Benjanun Sriduangkaew

*Finalists in their 2nd year of eligibility.

The nominees for the Retro Hugo Awards for 1939 are as follows:

BEST NOVEL (208 ballots)

  • Carson of Venus by Edgar Rice Burroughs (Argosy, February 1938)
  • Galactic Patrol by E. E. Smith (Astounding Stories, February 1938)
  • The Legion of Time by Jack Williamson (Astounding Science-Fiction, July 1938)
  • Out of the Silent Planet by C. S. Lewis (The Bodley Head)
  • The Sword in the Stone by T. H. White (Collins)

BEST NOVELLA (125 ballots)

  • Anthem by Ayn Rand (Cassell)
  • “A Matter of Form” by H. L. Gold (Astounding Science-Fiction, December 1938)
  • “Sleepers of Mars” by John Beynon [John Wyndham] (Tales of Wonder, March 1938)
  • “The Time Trap” by Henry Kuttner (Marvel Science Stories, November 1938)
  • “Who Goes There?” by Don A Stuart [John W. Campbell] (Astounding Science-Fiction, August 1938)

BEST NOVELETTE (80 ballots)

  • “Dead Knowledge” by Don A. Stuart [John W. Campbell] (Astounding Stories, January 1938)
  • “Hollywood on the Moon” by Henry Kuttner (Thrilling Wonder Stories, April 1938)
  • “Pigeons From Hell” by Robert E. Howard (Weird Tales, May 1938)
  • “Rule 18″ by Clifford D. Simak (Astounding Science-Fiction, July 1938)
  • “Werewoman” by C. L. Moore (Leaves #2, Winter 1938)

BEST SHORT STORY (108 ballots)

  • “The Faithful” by Lester Del Rey (Astounding Science-Fiction, April 1938)
  • “Helen O’Loy” by Lester Del Rey (Astounding Science-Fiction, December 1938)
  • “Hollerbochen’s Dilemma” by Ray Bradbury (Imagination!, January 1938)
  • “How We Went to Mars” by Arthur C. Clarke (Amateur Science Stories, March 1938)
  • “Hyperpilosity” by L. Sprague de Camp (Astounding Science-Fiction, April 1938)

BEST DRAMATIC PRESENTATION (SHORT FORM) (137 ballots)

  • Around the World in Eighty Days by Jules Verne. Written & directed by Orson Welles (The Mercury Theater of the Air, CBS)
  • A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. Written & directed by Orson Welles (The Campbell Playhouse, CBS)
  • Dracula by Bram Stoker. Written by Orson Welles and John Houseman, directed by Orson Welles (The Mercury Theater of the Air, CBS)
  • R. U. R. by Karel Čapek. Produced by Jan Bussell (BBC)
  • The War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells. Written by Howard Koch & Anne Froelick, directed by Orson Welles (The Mercury Theater of the Air, CBS)

BEST EDITOR – SHORT FORM (99 ballots)

  • John W. Campbell
  • Walter H. Gillings
  • Raymond A. Palmer
  • Mort Weisinger
  • Farnsworth Wright

BEST PROFESSIONAL ARTIST (86 ballots)

  • Margaret Brundage
  • Virgil Finlay
  • Frank R. Paul
  • Alex Schomburg
  • H. W. Wesso

BEST FANZINE (42 ballots)

  • Fantascience Digest edited by Robert A. Madle
  • Fantasy News edited by James V. Taurasi
  • Imagination! edited by Forrest J Ackerman, Morojo, and T. Bruce Yerke
  • Novae Terrae edited by Maurice K. Hanson
  • Tomorrow edited by Douglas W. F. Mayer

BEST FAN WRITER (50 ballots)

  • Forrest J Ackerman
  • Ray Bradbury
  • Arthur Wilson “Bob” Tucker
  • Harry Warner, Jr.
  • Donald A. Wollheim

The winners will be announced on Sunday, August 17, during the Hugo Awards Ceremony at Loncon 3.

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