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Archive for August, 2011
A big congrats to all the winners and nominees at the 2011 Hugo Awards in Reno. Wish we could be there to celebrate with you! Well done! We look forward to bright futures from you all!
John W. Campbell Award: Lev Grossman
Best Fan Artist: Brad W. Foster
Best Fan Writer: Claire Brialey
Best Fanzine: The Drink Tank/Christopher J. Garcia
Semi-Prozine: Clarkesworld edited by Neil Clarke, Cheryl Morgan, Sean Wallace; podcast directed by Kate Baker
Best Graphic Story: Girl Genius, Volume 10: Agatha Heterodyne and the Guardian Muse written by Phil and Kaja Foglio; art by Phil Foglio; colors by Cheyenne Wright (Airship Entertainment)
Best Editor, Short Form: Sheila Williams, Asimov’s
Best Editor, Long Form: Lou Anders
Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form: Doctor Who: “The Pandorica Opens/The Big Bang” written by Steven Moffat; directed by Toby Haynes (BBC Wales)
Best Dramatic Presentation, Long Form: Inception, Christopher Nolan, Writer/Director
Best Professional Artist: Shaun Tan
Best Related Work: Chicks Dig Time Lords: A Celebration of Doctor Who edited by Lynne M. Thomas and Tara O’Shea (Mad Norwegian)
Best Short Story: “For Want Of A Nail” by Mary Robinette Kowal (Asimov’s, September 2010)
Best Novelette: “The Emperor Of Mars” by Allan M. Steele (Asimov’s, June 2010; also in audio)
Best Novella: “The Lifecycle of Software Objects” by Ted Chiang (Subterranean)
Best Novel: “Blackout/All Clear” by Connie Willis (Ballantine/Spectra)
Review by Sarah Hendrix
Defeated through the treachery of Diadem Michella,General Tiber Maximilian Adolphus has been banished from the Crown Jewel worlds to the Deep Zone colony of Hallhome. Heavily taxed and carefully watched, Adolphus and the colony are supposedly rendered powerless and unable to make trouble. But the General has a plan.
With the help of other planetary administrators and many people on his planet, General Adolphus plans to unite the Deep Zone planets, throw off the Crown Jewel shackles, and gain their independence. Off world events begin to challenge his plans and the discovery of the original inhabitants of Hallhome complicates the lives of the colonists. Things are thrown into to high gear with this fast paced science fiction story.
Being the first book in a series has its advantages and disadvantages. This one clearly isn’t a stand alone, as many of the story lines are left incomplete. Herbert and Anderson create a variety of characters that add several dimensions to the story but the plots are complex enough that five hundred pages aren’t going to be enough to tie up all of the ends. The story never gets bogged down with all of it though. Short chapters and cuts to the next main player in the story keeps this story from being stagnant.
I was slightly disappointed with the character development in this book. While there are several characters and complicated plots, there is just too much going on for us to see the individuals change and grow. A few shortcuts were made in order to push the story line, but this was mostly a plot driven story.
Over all, it was a quick engaging story.