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«Science fiction author Adam Roberts is cross with science fiction fans. The line-up for this year's Hugo awards – selected and voted for by readers – isn't very good, he says, and he's not pleased.
"What do these lists say about SF to the multitude in the world - to the people who don't know any better? It says that SF is old-fashioned, an aesthetically, stylistically and formally small-c conservative thing. It says that SF fans do not like works that are too challenging, or unnerving; that they prefer to stay inside their comfort zone," Roberts writes, before going on to criticise the five-strong shortlist for this year's best novel award.
Little Brother by Cory Doctorow: "a mediocre piece of writing: stylistically dull; too formally stilted in execution; too monologic tonally".
Saturn's Children by Charles Stross: "as scattershot a novel as any Stross has written ... I suppose it could be argued that Saturn's Children's take on late Heinlein tries something new with the form of the novel, if rattling the form to pieces with a hail of bolts and screws counts as new. But it's pretty weak fare."»
«The novels on the Hugo shortlist – apart from Anathem, which Roberts feels should be on the shortlist despite his dislike for it ("I think it fails, but I think it fails in heroic, mad, reader-stretching, you've-never-come-across-anything-like-this-before ways") – are all old-fashioned, he says: "formally, stylistically and conceptually unadventurous". Where's The Quiet War, House of Suns, Song of Time? he asks. Where are the books trying something new?
It's the same old chestnut of whether book prizes should be decided by popular vote or by jury, as some commentators point out in a furiously debated comment section on Roberts's blog. Damien G Walter, of this blog parish, gets involved (and casts his vote for Gaiman); he says there isn't any problem with the Hugos: they're "the most successful novels of the year, by the most successful authors of the era".»
«I tend to agree with Roberts that this year's line-up is rather predictable, just as the selections are for other reader-voted awards – the David Gemmell Legend prize for fantasy, the Theakstons Old Peculiar crime award. While I do feel it's appropriate to have literary awards voted for by readers – the democratic approach – as well as by judges - the dictatorial - as Roberts says, the Hugos are the genre's most prestigious award, so their shortlist is a showcase for SF, and should therefore represent the best of the best. Is the solution, as he feels, to encourage fans to vote for better books, or would it be to close the voting to a small field of experts?»
Thanatos wrote:Xiiii! E nós aqui a pensar que só cá neste cantinho é que haviam guerras de comadres!
Thanatos wrote:De qualquer forma ainda estou chocado com o facto do Hugo andar tão esclerosado que ainda não sabe reconhecer ezines nem outros formatos como videojogos ou similares.
Gaminha wrote:Galeria de imagens dos prémios hugo.
Steerpike wrote:Thanatos wrote:De qualquer forma ainda estou chocado com o facto do Hugo andar tão esclerosado que ainda não sabe reconhecer ezines nem outros formatos como videojogos ou similares.
A Clarkesworld, um dos semiprozines (nome mais parvo . . .) nomeados, é 100% electrões.
Tive que olhar para aquilo duas vezes para ver um foguetão e não uma outra coisa mais....pornográfica....
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