The Hugo Nominees have been announced for 2012 and again some Steampunk has made the cut, albeit not in any of the big fiction categories.

In the dramatic presentation, long form, category, the wonderful film Hugo is nominated, giving some representation to Steampunk. Now, some argue that it is not really Steampunk and I see their points, although the automaton pretty clearly fits the aesthetic if not the time period. Steampunk or not, Hugo faces stiff competition from both Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2 and season one of HBO and George R R Martin’s epic Game of Thrones. Also nominated in the category are Captain America and Source Code, although I suspect they are dark horses in this race.

The Steampunk Bible has been nominated for Best Related Work, a category that is showing itself to be quite the catchall. Other nominees are the monumental The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction, Third Edition, Seanan McGuire’s newest filk cd Wicked Girls, the sixth season of the podcast series Writing Excuses, and Daniel M. Kimmel’s rumination on science fiction films agreeable titled Jar Jar Binks Must Die… and other Observations about Science Fiction Movies. An interesting mix of media to be sure, but we’re hoping The Steampunk Bible comes out on top.

I would also be remiss if I did not mention Liz Gorinsky, nominated for Best Editor, Long Form. In her career at Tor, she has been a great friend to Steampunk, editing works by Cherie Priest, George Mann, and Lev Rosen. A sincerely thanks and our whole-hearted support go to Ms. Gorinsky.

Complete List of Nominees

Best Novel


Best Novella

Note: 6 nominees due to tie for final position.


Best Novelette


Best Short Story


Best Related Work


Best Graphic Story


Best Dramatic Presentation, Long Form

  • Captain America: The First Avenger, screenplay by Christopher Markus and Stephan McFeely; directed by Joe Johnston (Marvel)
  • Game of Thrones (Season 1), created by David Benioff and D. B. Weiss; written by David Benioff, D. B. Weiss, Bryan Cogman, Jane Espenson, and George R. R. Martin; directed by Brian Kirk, Daniel Minahan, Tim van Patten, and Alan Taylor (HBO)
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, screenplay by Steve Kloves; directed by David Yates (Warner Bros.)
  • Hugo, screenplay by John Logan; directed by Martin Scorsese (Paramount)
  • Source Code, screenplay by Ben Ripley; directed by Duncan Jones (Vendome Pictures)


Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form

  • Doctor Who, “The Doctor’s Wife”, written by Neil Gaiman; directed by Richard Clark (BBC Wales)
  • The Drink Tank’s Hugo Acceptance Speech”, Christopher J Garcia and James Bacon (Renovation)
  • Doctor Who, “The Girl Who Waited”, written by Tom MacRae; directed by Nick Hurran (BBC Wales)
  • Doctor Who, “A Good Man Goes to War”, written by Steven Moffat; directed by Peter Hoar (BBC Wales)
  • Community, “Remedial Chaos Theory”, written by Dan Harmon and Chris McKenna; directed by Jeff Melman (NBC)


Best Semiprozine

  • Apex Magazine, edited by Catherynne M. Valente, Lynne M. Thomas, and Jason Sizemore
  • Interzone, edited by Andy Cox
  • Lightspeed, edited by John Joseph Adams
  • Locus, edited by Liza Groen Trombi, Kirsten Gong-Wong, et al.
  • New York Review of Science Fiction, edited by David G. Hartwell, Kevin J. Maroney, Kris Dikeman, and Avram Grumer


Best Fanzine

  • Banana Wings, edited by Claire Brialey and Mark Plummer
  • The Drink Tank, edited by James Bacon and Christopher J Garcia
  • File 770, edited by Mike Glyer
  • Journey Planet, edited by James Bacon, Christopher J Garcia, et al.
  • SF Signal, edited by John DeNardo


Best Fancast

  • The Coode Street Podcast, Jonathan Strahan & Gary K. Wolfe
  • Galactic Suburbia Podcast, Alisa Krasnostein, Alex Pierce, and Tansy Rayner Roberts (presenters) and Andrew Finch (producer)
  • SF Signal Podcast, John DeNardo and JP Frantz (presenters), Patrick Hester (producer)
  • SF Squeecast, Lynne M. Thomas, Seanan McGuire, Paul Cornell, Elizabeth Bear, and Catherynne M. Valente
  • StarShipSofa, Tony C. Smith


Best Editor, Long Form

  • Lou Anders
  • Liz Gorinsky
  • Anne Lesley Groell
  • Patrick Nielsen Hayden
  • Betsy Wollheim


Best Editor, Short Form

  • John Joseph Adams
  • Neil Clarke
  • Stanley Schmidt
  • Jonathan Strahan
  • Sheila Williams


Best Professional Artist

  • Dan dos Santos
  • Bob Eggleton
  • Michael Komarck
  • Stephan Martiniere
  • John Picacio


Best Fan Artist

  • Brad W. Foster
  • Randall Munroe
  • Spring Schoenhuth
  • Maurine Starkey
  • Steve Stiles
  • Taral Wayne

Note: 6 nominees due to tie for final position.


Best Fan Writer

  • James Bacon
  • Claire Brialey
  • Christopher J. Garcia
  • Jim C. Hines
  • Steven H Silver


The John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer

  • Mur Lafferty
  • Stina Leicht
  • Karen Lord
  • Brad R. Torgersen
  • E. Lily Yu