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Friday, March 24, 2006

[free books] Read 3 of the 2006-Hugo-Nominated Works

and The 2006 Hugo Award Nominees are:

Best Novel

Learning the World by Ken MacLeod (Orbit; Tor)
A Feast for Crows by George R.R. Martin (Voyager; Bantam Spectra)
Old Man's War by John Scalzi (Tor)
Accelerando by Charles Stross (Ace; Orbit)
Spin by Robert Charles Wilson (Tor)

Best Novella

Burn by James Patrick Kelly (Tachyon)
"Magic for Beginners" by Kelly Link (Small Beer Press; Fantasy & Science Fiction September 2005)
"The Little Goddess" by Ian McDonald (Asimov's June 2005)
"Identity Theft" by Robert J. Sawyer (Down These Dark Spaceways, SFBC)
"Inside Job" by Connie Willis (Asimov's January 2005)

Best Novelette

"The Calorie Man" by Paolo Bacigalupi (Fantasy & Science Fiction October/November 2005)
"Two Hearts" by Peter S. Beagle (Fantasy & Science Fiction October/November 2005)
"TelePresence" by Michael A. Burstein (Analog July/August 2005)
"I, Robot" by Doctorow (The Infinite Matrix February 15, 2005)
"The King of Where-I-Go" by Howard Waldrop (SCI FICTION Dec 7, 2005)

Best Short Story

"Seventy-Five Years" by Michael A. Burstein (Analog Jan/Feb 2005)
"The Clockwork Atom Bomb" by Dominic Green (Interzone May/June 2005)
"Singing My Sister Down" by Margo Lanagan (Black Juice, Allen & Unwin; Eos)
"Tk'tk'tk" by David D. Levine (Asimov's March 2005)
"Down Memory Lane" by Mike Resnick (Asimov's April/May 2005)

Best Related Book

Transformations: The Story of the Science Fiction Magazines from 1950 to 1970 by Mike Ashley (Liverpool)
The SEX Column and Other Misprints by David Langford (Cosmos)
Science Fiction Quotations edited by Gary Westfahl (Yale)
Soundings: Reviews 1992-1996 by Gary K. Wolfe (Beccon)
Storyteller: Writing Lessons and More from 27 Years of the Clarion Writers' Workshop by Kate Wilhelm (Small Beer Press)

Best Dramatic Presentation, Long Form

Batman Begins
Story, David S. Goyer. Screenplay, Christopher Nolan and David S. Goyer. Based on the character created, Bob Kane. Directed, Christopher Nolan. (Warner Bros.)

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
Screenplay, Ann Peacock and Andrew Adamson and Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely. Based on the novel, C.S. Lewis. Directed, Andrew Adamson. (Walt Disney Pictures/Walden Media)

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
Screenplay, Steven Kloves. Based on the novel, J.K. Rowling. Directed, Mike Newell. (Warner Bros.)

Written & Directed, Joss Whedon. (Universal Pictures/Mutant Enemy, Inc.)

Wallace & Gromit in the Curse of the Were-Rabbit
Screenplay, Steve Box & Nick Park and Bob Baker and Mark Burton. Directed, Nick Park & Steve Box. (Dreamworks Animation/Aardman Animation).

Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form
(There are seven nominees due to a tie for fifth place.)

Battlestar Galactica "Pegasus"
Written, Anne Cofell Saunders. Directed, Michael Rymer. (NBC Universal/British Sky Broadcasting)

Doctor Who "Dalek"
Written, Robert Shearman. Directed, Joe Ahearne. (BBC Wales/BBC1)

Doctor Who "The Empty Child" & "The Doctor Dances"
Written, Steven Moffat. Directed, James Hawes. (BBC Wales/BBC1)

Doctor Who "Father's Day"
Written, Paul Cornell. Directed, Joe Ahearne. (BBC Wales/BBC1)

Jack-Jack Attack
Written & Directed, Brad Bird. (Walt Disney Pictures/Pixar Animation)

Lucas Back in Anger
Written, Phil Raines and Ian Sorensen. Directed, Phil Raines. (Reductio Ad Absurdum Productions)

Prix Victor Hugo Awards Ceremony (Opening Speech and Framing Sequences)
Written and performed, Paul McAuley and Kim Newman. Directed, Mike & Debby Moir. (Interaction Events)

Best Professional Editor

Ellen Datlow (SCI FICTION and anthologies)
David G. Hartwell (Tor Books; Year's Best SF)
Stanley Schmidt (Analog)
Gordon Van Gelder (Fantasy & Science Fiction)
Sheila Williams (Asimov's)

Best Professional Artist
(There are six nominees due to a tie for fifth place.)

Jim Burns
Bob Eggleton
Donato Giancola
Stephan Martiniere
John Picacio
Michael Whelan

Best Semiprozine

Ansible edited by Dave Langford
Emerald City edited by Cheryl Morgan
Interzone edited by Andy Cox
Locus edited by Charles N. Brown, Kirsten Gong-Wong, & Liza Groen Trombi
The New York Review of Science Fiction
edited by Kathryn Cramer, David G. Hartwell & Kevin J. Maroney

Best Fanzine

Banana Wings edited, Claire Brialey & Mark Plummer
Challenger edited, Guy H. Lillian III
Chunga edited, Andy Hooper, Randy Byers & carl juarez
File 770 edited by Mike Glyer
Plokta edited, Alison Scott, Steve Davies & Mike Scott

Best Fan Writer

Claire Brialey
John Hertz
Dave Langford
Cheryl Morgan
Steven H Silver

Best Fan Artist

Brad Foster
Teddy Harvia
Sue Mason
Steve Stiles
Frank Wu


und now for the cool free stuff. I was able to locate 3 of this year's Hugo Nominees available [!in their entirety!] free thanks to their authors and/or publishers:

[Free] Read Charles Stross Novel "Accelerando" Here

[Free] Read Cory Doctorow's Novelette "I, Robot" Here
[Free] Listen to "I, Robot" being read on your iPod/MP3 player Here


[Free] Read Howard Waldrop's Novelette "The King of Where-I-Go" Here

Michael Xavier Maelstrom.