Award Eligibility, 2015 edition

Here’s what I did in 2015, and how it would qualify in award categories – Hugo, Nebula, Locus, World Fantasy Award, etc.

Fancast

Skiffy & Fanty

Mad Max: Fury Road
Space and its Discontents (Gravity and Contact)
With Kameron Hurley (author) on Empire Ascendant

SFF Audio
A Voyage to Arcturus
The Man in the High Castle
Brave New World

Best Fan Writer
Reviews and articles at SF Signal (including Mind Melds and interviews!)
Reviews and articles at Skiffy and Fanty

Special Award – Special Award—Non-professional (World Fantasy)

I would be eligible for my podcasting and reviewing work.

January 11th

Today, David Bowie Died…and so did my Car Battery. And I foolishly celebrated the latter by walking 3 miles in -9F temperature (possibly a personal record) to get to work instead of a more rational,
sane option like a cab or calling a co worker.

Stubborn, that’s me.

I listened to a lot of Bowie this evening while trying to recharge the car battery after it got jumped.

Bowie was early among the musical artists that my brother introduced me to. And so I will miss him.

2015 in Movies

A post by request of the QT3 crew. I am a frequent and avid listener of their podcast.

I didn’t watch as many movies in the theater in 2015 as I usually do. This has limited my list making somewhat, but here are my favorite/best movies of 2015:

7. Dragon Blade: It came out in the US in 2015, anyway. A weird fantastical mashup, Chinese versus Romans on the Silk Road, with Jackie Chan, Adrien Brody and John Cusack. It’s gorgeous to watch.

6. Ant-Man: The better of the two Marvel movies by a decent shot. Its a story we’ve seen before, but well told. Could have been better, but was lots of fun.

5. It Follows: I’m not a horror guy, but I was encouraged to see this one by a lot of people, and boy I was glad I did.

4. Star Wars: the Force Awakens: The movie that brought me back into Star Wars. No small feat. Seen it three times.

3. Sicario: The Drug war on the Mexico border, with Emily Blunt as an agent in over her head, and a really good performance from Benicio Del Toro.

2. Ex Machina: AI, the nature of consciousness, ethics, the male gaze, hidden agendas. And so much more. Its a gorgeous film, and the three leads carry the film and make it work beautifully.

1. Mad Max Fury Road: I was blown away by this film. The Skiffy and Fanty crew loved it too. and I also wrote about it as an RPG.

Happy New Year. Jan 1,2016

2016 is here already. Yikes.

Tempus Fugit, and I am not getting any younger.

2015 was very up and down. I went to Rome at last! I came back to work to layoffs. I got entangled fully into the Puppies and the Hugos, which made more people pay attention to me–for good and for ill. I worked at being a better photographer, better reviewer, better podcaster. I then tried to disentangle myself from the Puppies, for my mental health

On Christmas, a Google Alert brought home to me the idea that even if I don’t pay attention to certain individuals, like James “Feminism is destroying SF!” May, they still pay attention to me. And I’ve gotten another new one, to start the new year.

Good.

oderint

(Okay, that’s Trajan, not Caligula)

But my life is my own. I hope to travel more, do more, be more. We’ll see how it goes.