It's that time of the year! If you're interested in nominating me for various SF awards, here is the information you need:
Hugo Award for Best Fan Writer
Yes, I'm eligible. Please enter my name as "Bogi Takacs" because the forms are usually not Unicode (I haven't registered for this year yet, so I can't confirm this, but it's best to make sure).
This is the main category I'm focusing on, so I'd really appreciate any signal boosting. If you put me on your recommendations lists, or make a short post pointing toward this entry, or just retweet the link on Twitter, that helps me a lot!
A quick summary of what I've been doing the past year: I've been reviewing recent SF short stories focusing on underrepresented groups - ethnic/racial/sexual minorities, non-Anglo writers, etc. On my website you can find a master list of all reviews by topic.
All entries are tagged by author and character categories, so if you're interested in finding stories by African-American authors, or with a Middle Eastern setting, or with disabled characters... and so on, check out the list! You can also combine categories. A combination people regularly ask for is Women authors + Authors of color.
You can also take a look at relative rankings of the stories I've reviewed. (These also double as my award recommendations.)
This year I've also assembled a virtual anthology of my favorite free online stories of 2011. Check it out, it's... a lot more diverse than the mainstream year's bests, and I'd like to say it's just as good, but of course that's for you to decide!
I also wrote detailed Hugo award voting guides (for 2011), and I intend to repeat it this year, G-d willing.
I intend to branch out and start a fanzine this upcoming year, with a similar focus on underrepresented groups in SF, but covering a wider range of material beyond short stories. (Novels, video games, comics, movies, etc.) I'm going to run a fundraiser – again, G-d willing –, but it's taken a few delays due to my health issues. I hope to start soon.
Hugo/Nebula Award for Best Short Story
I haven't managed to write as much as I'd have liked to in 2012, but I still have content for you to nominate.
This Secular Technology is a 4800-word science fiction story that was published in the second volume of the Mirror Shards anthology. It's about young girls fighting demons using symbiotic bioweapons and Jewish Kabbalah. This one will probably be reprinted in an online venue before the Hugo nominations close (in early February if all goes well), but in the meanwhile you can ask me to send you a copy. Feel free to ask here in the comments, or anywhere I'm reachable. ...I suppose this story is also eligible for the Carl Brandon Kindred award. Please do not nominate it for the Parallax award though; here is my very long post about the reasons.
The Oracle of DARPA, published in Jabberwocky, is only about 700 words long, but it's available for free online! It's a very odd piece that's halfway between prose and poetry, so it might be a better fit for the Rhysling award. I mention it here for completeness' sake and also because it had its fans. :D
Rhysling Award, Long Poem
Torah and Secular Learning, published in Strange Horizons, features more Jewish mysticism. And psychic marines. Or something like that, anyway.
The Handcrafted Motions of Flight, published in Stone Telling and reprinted in the poetry anthology Here, We Cross, is the first explicitly neutrois-themed SF poem ever, to my knowledge. At least I've repeatedly asked people to point me toward more - I'd really, really like to read more - and no one managed to turn anything up.
Rhysling Award, Short Poem
I only have one eligible work in this category, My Planet / Silence and Noise, which appeared in Comets and Criminals. It's short, go read it now! :D
Thank you for reading my award eligibility post, I hope you enjoyed the free content!