Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Suggestions for Hugo Award 2015 Nominations

The famous writer John Scalzi did a nice post to allow writers and artists to submit their work in order for Hugo Award voters to scope them out and potentially nominate the ones they think are best. Oddly enough, for an award that is so prestigious, there is no site that gathers contenders together to allow voters to easily check everything out and pick out what they'd like to read. Seems a no-brainer to me. Anyhow, I thought I'd chime in on the Hugo Award for Best Professional Artist category, since I feel Stephan Martiniere had his best year ever. Check out these two pieces of art done as covers in 2014 and tell me they don't deserve a nomination!
from www.martiniere.com
The gorgeous piece above is Martiniere's work for the novel Shield and Crocus by Michael Underwood.

And this is his work for my novel The Immortality Game. Hugo voters, you can click to enlarge these to see more detail. They are exquisite and I hope you will feel they are deserving of your nominating vote.


  1. They are amazing.
    How does one get nominated for a Hugo, anyway?

    1. Alex, those who pay each year to become Hugo voters can nominate, and if you get enough nominations then you become one of the finalists. The big problem is actually making the Hugo voters aware of eligible work since there is no one page that tells them about these things. So this means popularity will almost always trump quality. These artworks I show here may indeed be the best work of the year, but few people know about them, so Martiniere may not even get enough nominating votes.

  2. Wow. You know, I've been meaning to congratulate you on your new book, but because my computer is stupid, I usually can't comment on anyone's blog.

    (But here I am, because I'm smarter than my computer.)

    So Hey, Ted, Congratulations! I've heard great things about your book and I'm glad it's finally published. LOVE the cover too. Wishing you all the best and a million sales.