The Hugo Award nominations are open until March 13th! I’ve rounded up a few of my 2019 articles that could be considered for a Best Related Work nomination.
First, my favorite. I know I’m not supposed to have favorites, but the piece I’ve referred to as “The Forky Article” summed up the churn of my brain more than anything else I wrote this year. So here you go: “Used Sporks in the Hands of an Angry God: Toy Story 4, The Good Place, and What it Means to Be Trash.”
Now if you want an article that tries to encompass The State of SF/F/H Now, might I suggest “2010-2019: A Decade of Change in Science Fiction & Fantasy”? This is a long, emphatic, often very loud discussion between my colleagues, playwright and Tor.com contributor Natalie Zutter, Tor.com Publicist/Books Editor Christina Orlando, and Tor Books Senior Marketing Manager, Renata Sweeney, and me, and it may have been the most fun I had all year.
Do you like in-depth literary analysis? I wrote about how erotica author Chuck Tingle gives some incredible writing advice—along with solid tips on how to find love with a billionaire T-Rex. My review of J. Michael Straczynski’s mesmerizing memoir, Becoming Superman, also focused on JMS’ journey as a writer. And I looked at the way Katherine Addison’s fantasy, The Goblin Emperor, and Jo Walton’s magical coming-of-age story, Among Others, are both telling stories about processing grief.
Do you like odd pop cultural pairings? Might I interest you in my attempt to discuss Avengers: Endgame as an example of Rapture Theory? Or maybe the post where I put The Tick in conversation with Joker?
Finally, I wrote about the magnificence of The Twilight Zone—a lovely excuse to binge Rod Serling’s classic, and I’m proud of the resulting article.
I think those are the crema on my writerly espresso this year! Thank you for reading, and, as always, Hail Forky.