Congratulations to the recently-announced finalists for the 2012 Hugo Awards, which were announced Saturday.
The winners will be announced in August at the World Science Fiction Societyâ€™s Chicon 7 convention in Chicago.
While there are plenty of works and authors on the list Iâ€™m not familiar with, there are more than a few that have garnered GeekDad attention in the past:
Jeff VanderMeer and S. J. Chambersâ€™ The Steampunk Bible is a nominee in the Best Related Work category, as is season six of the Writing Excuses podcast, which features Glamour in Glass author Mary Robinette Kowal and Schlock Mercenary writer/illustrator Howard Tayler.
Kowal is also a nominee in the Best Novella category, and Tayler is a nominee in Best Graphic Story.
Catherynne M. Valente is a nominee in the Best Novella and Best Fancast categories.
John Scalzi â€“ who will be the toastmaster at this yearâ€™s Hugo ceremony â€“ is also a Best Short Story finalist.
Dramatic Presentation Short Form finalists predictably include three episodes of Doctor Whoâ€˜s sixth series: â€œThe Doctorâ€™s Wife,â€ â€œThe Girl Who Waitedâ€ (my own personal favorite since â€œBlinkâ€), and â€œA Good Man Goes to War.â€ â€œThe Drink Tankâ€™s Hugo Acceptance Speechâ€ is also a finalist in this category, but I was extremely pleasantly surprised to see â€œRemedial Chaos Theory,â€ an episode of NBCâ€™s Community, in the mix.
You can read the entire list of finalists at The Hugo Awards website.