Hugo Demographics – Best Short Story.

In this post I look at the demographics (sex and nationality) of the winners of the Hugo Award for Best Best Short Story.

I originally only intended to cover Best Novel, so sorry if things are a little disorganised. You can find a parent post for these little studies here. Continue reading

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Hugo Demographics – Best Novelette.

In this post I look at the demographics (sex and nationality) of the winners of the Hugo Award for Best Novelette.

I originally only intended to cover Best Novel, so sorry if things are a little disorganised. You can find a parent post for these little studies here. Continue reading

Whose rocket?

< Edit. I’ve now conducted brief demographic studies on Best Novella, Best Novelette and Best Short Story. Main page for these little studies is here. >

On Twitter today I made a remark to the talented Mary Robinette Kowal about the demographics of the Hugos. On reflection I wasn’t confident that my conclusion was actually borne out by the numbers. I had no real idea (despite Sad Puppies and Bad Puppies and all the other fracas swallowing my feed) of what the demographics of the Hugo winners really looked like. I had a quick Google and couldn’t find anything helpful, so I thought I’d chuck some stuff together. Hope someone, somewhere is interested. Continue reading

War and fantasy

Tolkien’s Battle of the Five Armies and War of the Ring and Lewis’ battles against the White Witch set the warlike tone in the early days of the fantasy genre.  Not much has change since then. Warfare is still an integral part of many modern fantasy writers’ repartee. Myke Cole, Joe Abercrombie and (of course) George R R Martin are examples of writers currently hitting the complexity of warfare superbly.

Onwards.

Unfortunately they’re a minority. Continue reading

Buster’s Plots

The GeneralThe other day I went to see the band Blue Grassy Knoll play a live accompaniment to Buster Keaton’s The General.

A silent movie isn’t the kind of thing I’d normally go to, but my dad had bought tickets ages ago and then discovered he couldn’t make it. Anyway… I wouldn’t say I was reluctant to go, but I certainly wasn’t dead keen either.

I’m normally too cowardly to do reviews, but the actual show was absolutely farking amazing – as are Blue Grassy Knoll. The production was one of the most enjoyable, vibrant things I’ve seen in ages. Do anything you can to get along if you get the chance.

But, in addition to just being fantastic, The General really made me think about plot and narrative structure.* Continue reading