Hugo Award Nominations!

Locus Online News: Hugo and Campbell Awards Nominations
It’s that exciting time of year (no, really!) when the Hugo awards nominations are announced. I had expected a weird skew of nominees because the convention is being held in Japan this year.
Update: The Hugo Administrators have announced a change in the “Best Dramatic Presentation, Long Form” category; Pirates of the Carribean: Dead Man’s Chest is off and Pan’s Labyrinth is on. There was an error in the original tally, and this is a correction to reflect the actual votes.

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F/SF Series to Read…and not to read

SF Signal: What SF/F Series are you Dying to Read?
John at SFSignal asks a classic question in this age where half the novels out there seem to start a series or be a book in a F/SF series.
With all of the series out there, which ones to start reading?
Here is a *partial* answer.
I think a broader question is: Which ones to start reading, which ones I need to continue, and which ones am I not going to start(or continue).

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Heir to Sagan?

There is and was no one quite like Carl Sagan, but Neil deGrasse Tyson, head of the Planetarium of the American Museum of Natural History, seems to be making a very good try at being his heir.
Take a listen to his speech to the Commonwealth Club of California and
listen for yourself.
http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2007/03/16/midday2/