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Here are my thoughts on each of the graphic stories. Grading out of five, where
0 = this is a terrible piece of shit
1 = I didn't click at all and wish for that time back
2 = You Tried, but not my thing
3 = okay enough, could be someone else's 4 or 5
4 = a good story that I engaged with
5 = mind=blown, excellent

I admit, this category was strong.

Black Panther
The pacing was a bit choppy/condensed, but I liked the political intrigue and the fact that it had at least the trappings of an unfamiliar-to-me culture. 3/5

Monstress
Intriguing and intoxicating, and the art style – the lines and expressions and panel composition – is amazing. The narrative pacing and storytelling, too. The world is enthralling. 5/5

Ms Marvel
An enjoyable romp that touched upon some important stuff. A bit teen-y and light. 3/5

Paper Girls
I liked the sort of recursive mind bend intrigue. The use of color was excellent. 4/5

Saga
Not My Thing, but the parental love was nice. I liked Prince Robot IV, and the science fantasy world was sorta cool, but not that into the lots of nudity or the main het couple. 2/5

The Vision
A sad story, but the storytelling and narration was very effective and haunting. 4/5
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Here are my thoughts on each of the novelettes. Grading out of five, where
0 = this is a terrible piece of shit
1 = I didn't click at all and wish for that time back
2 = You Tried, but not my thing
3 = okay enough, could be someone else's 4 or 5
4 = a good story that I engaged with
5 = mind=blown, excellent

The Art of Space Travel, Nina Allan
First up, we have a tragedy-tinged litficcy tale. Mostly bleak. I recognize why it's in the SF awards, but I'd rather that it were elsewhere, such as in the world of literachoor, that is, the story felt insufficiently SFnal despite taking place in the future. 1/5

The Jewel and her Lapidary, Fran Wilde
Intriguing worldbuilding. I'd have liked the story better without the Travellers' Guide excerpts – let it stand alone without doing the ~but what if it was a legend~ or ~the hero succeeded in her goal~ dances. I'd also have liked it better if the girls had been actual adults and not teens, and also if they'd have been of the Honor Harrington mindset of sacrifice, but this was a story that danced very close to my Honor and Loyalty buttons but didn't press anything. Also, the femslash should have been much more developed, rather than "oh they kiss bye". 3/5

The Tomato Thief, Ursula Vernon
I liked all of the characters, especially Gramma, and also the desert and the vast quantities of casual worldbuilding. (The world was intriguing.) 4/5

Touring with the Alien, Carolyn Ives Gilman
Avery's job sounds intriguing and I want all of her job stories. The story was in some ways very reminiscent of the hard SF/Asimov/Egan that I like, in that it was the set-up for a thought experiment on consciousness. It also had lots of nice observations within, like speaking English vs speaking Human, and the ending was narratively satisfying and had weight. 5/5

You'll Surely Drown Here If You Stay, Alyssa Wong
This one suffered a bit by being the second desert fantasy story of the bunch. It was also sadder, and while I did like some features, Girl Does Thing Because She Loves Boy is argh. 2/5

Alien Stripper Boned From Behind by the T-Rex, Stix Hiscock
An enjoyable romp, and also fucking hilarious. Our protagonist's narration is refreshingly analytical and #relateable, in that if I were to write such a story, I would write it in that exact style. The protag's enjoyment of the dancing bit was also nice. 4/5
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Nominees are up. Here are my thoughts on each of the short stories, apart from the Castalia House one. Grading out of five, where
0 = this is a terrible piece of shit
1 = I didn't click at all and wish for that time back
2 = You Tried, but not my thing
3 = okay enough, could be someone else's 4 or 5
4 = a good story that I engaged with
5 = mind=blown, excellent

The City Born Great, NK Jemisin
First up, a story in the genre of Psychological Weird Magical Realism WTF. The metaphors were florid, and I didn't click with the emotional beats of the story at all.
1/5

A Fist of Permutations in Lightning and Wildflowers, Alyssa Wong
Exactly the same emotional core as above, except with a different plot. Slightly better, if only because I like weather more than cities.
1/5

Our Talons Can Crush Galaxies, Brooke Bolander
I liked the use of formatting, but this is essentially issuefic with a Psychological Weird Magical Realism WTF veneer. At least it's shorter than the above two.
1/5

Seasons of Glass and Iron, Amal El-Mohtar
Okay, this is issuefic, too, but the experimenting on the binding magic and the femslash ending have me forgive a lot. Also, the fairytale grounding makes it more straightforward mythic than Weird Magical Realism.
2/5

That Game We Played During the War, Carrie Vaughn
ACTUAL SCIENCE FICTION. It's got some nice telepath worldbuilding and has clearly thought war with teeps through more than the average telepath-writing author. The complex feels, opaque to the narrator, transparent to everyone else, and the weary yet hopeful atmosphere mean it's the best of the pack.
4/5
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(I woke up at 3:30 to watch the livestream so please excuse any incoherence.)

Andy Weir and the movie of his book got the Campbell and the Hugo – and both were picked up by astronauts! Stan Love and Jeanette Epps.

The all-puppy cats got No Awarded, of which I'm glad. Mike Glyer and File770 deserved the wins.

I'm pissed that Short Story went to Cat Pictures Please – it felt very derivative of lots of older stuff, in a bad way. The narrator was also annoying. I'd have been happy if Asymmetrical Warfare or Space Raptor Butt Invasion won.

Novelette went to the correct address – Folding Beijing – and Jingfang Hao's acceptance speech was amazing. I hope more of her stuff gets translated.

Novella, I'd have preferred Slow Bullets, since it hit my buttons more (legacy is A Thing for me), but I'm perfectly happy with the Binti win.
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So, I'm a Supporting Member, and have spent some time looking over the Hugo Voter Packet. Ignoring the Vox Day Castalia House stuff, here's my thoughts on the Shorts, Novelettes, and Novellas, ranked from 1 to 5 stars.

Shorts
Asymmetrical Warfare: ***** Interesting premise, good aliens, very excellently compact.
Cat Pictures Please: *** Enjoyable to read, but really just a rehash of some familiar ideas plus cat pictures. And the cat pictures weren't that integral in feel.
Space Raptor Butt Invasion: ***** SPACE RAPTOR BUTT INVASION

Novelettes
And You Shall Know Her by the Trail of Dead: * I'll be honest, I skipped a lot. Too generically grimdark in feel, and I hated the protagonist.
Folding Beijing: *** I skipped around with this one, too, though that was mostly due to the choppy-feeling prose, and I'd have wanted for it to be shorter.
Obits: * I quit halfway through, since the main character actively rubbed me the wrong way, and the premise was lifted straight from Death Note.

Novellas
Binti: ***** OMG aliens! Culture! Worldbuilding smoothly inserted!
The Builders: not in my voter packet as far as I can tell
Penric's Demon: **** Deeply hilarious in a Bujoldian way.
Perfect State: **** Interesting. Interesting worldbuilding, and I really liked the ending.
Slow Bullets: ***** Oof, what a punch in the gut. Instarec. Scur, I love you.

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