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2012 Hugo Nominations Include A Community Episode And Lots Of Doctor Who

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Another year, another batch of Hugo Award nominations. The awards are designed to honor the best works of science fiction and fantasy each year, running the gamut from print works, television and film, and even, in recent years, genre-related podcasts. Like pretty much every batch of annual awards (except for perhaps The Razzies), the Hugos have their good years, their bad years, and their batshit crazy years. While the Hugos have recognized unquestionable classics of the genre such as Starship Troopers (the book, not the movie) and Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, there have also been moments such as the time Gollum’s MTV Movie Awards acceptance speech beat out both Serenity and the series finale of Buffy: The Vampire Slayer.

Yeah.

So how does this year measure up? Well, Community is nominated for a Hugo, and I’m declaring the 2012 Hugos awesome for that fact alone. Thankfully, there are also plenty of other worthy works up for a little silver rocket-ship this year, including HBO’s Game of Thrones, Joe Hill’s outstanding comic series Locke & Key, and — appropriately enough — the movie Hugo. You can see the full list of nominations after the jump.

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2011 Hugo Award Winners

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This past weekend the Hugo Awards were given out at the World Science Fiction Convention in Reno. The awards, which are given out annually, recognize achievements in science fiction throughout the previous year. While not as prestigious as a Pulitzer, if you’re a sci-fi nerd looking for some new media to consume this year’s list of winners includes some fantastic stuff.

I find that fall for some reason is the best time to read sci-fi. I fell in love with Rendezvous with Rama as a teenager during Thanksgiving break, and I’m looking forward to the upcoming season for more sci-fi reading. The Hugo Awards offer me some direction with newer works, as I’m inclined to think so much of what hits the sci-fi shelf is not worth my time. So I trust to friends, luck, and established awards like these to show me the way. I already know how fantastic Inception and Doctor Who’s first half season finale are, so I’m willing to give Blackout/All Clear a chance come turkey cooking time this November.