The SF Signal Podcast (Episode 007): The Lack of Space-Themed Novels on the Recent Hugo Ballot + Interview with Brenda Cooper

In the seventh episode of the SF Signal Podcast, Patrick Hester is joined by John Anealio, John DeNardo, Jeff Patterson, Matthew Sanborn Smith and Andrew Liptak to discuss the lack of space-themed novels in the Hugo best novel category, despite the release of such novels as C.J. Cherryh’s Regenesis (sequel to a best novel winner, no less), Alastair Reynolds’ House of Suns, and Peter F. Hamilton’s Temporal Void:

  • Does it mean anything that space seemed to play no role in this years Hugo Best Novel category?
  • Does it mean anything in the long term?
  • Do Hugo votes actually gauge the state of the genre?
  • Or do they just indicate which books were marketed best? Have daily exoplanet discoveries jaded fandom?
  • Is it the space programs questionable future? Or is it changes in the readers themselves?

Later, Patrick, John D. and Tim Zinsky sit down to chat with futurist, novelist and technology professional Brenda Cooper to talk about science fiction, technology, collaborative writing, writing groups and the rise of Skynet…

4 thoughts on “The SF Signal Podcast (Episode 007): The Lack of Space-Themed Novels on the Recent Hugo Ballot + Interview with Brenda Cooper”

  1. The Hugos are a popularity contest.  I sort of dismissed the award after Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire won.  That TRULY is telling.  I put more stake in the Nebula awards.

  2. Careful there guys, when SkyNet does rise it will first understand sarcasm, BEFORE it develops a sense of humor.

    Tip of the day: Don’t make a globe-spanning machine of death angry.

  3. To be clear: I, for one, welcome my artificially intelligent overlords and offer my services as a tinny-sounding whiner to further their aims of world domination. :)

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