There’s not a whole lot of time to read a whole lot of Hugo Nominated works! If you can’t wait until the official packets are put together, you can get a head start by checking out our first two issues, which are free online.
If you’ve just found out about Cirsova from our Hugo Nomination, hi! If you’d like to know more about us, who we are, and what we do, a great place to start would be these interviews we’ve done over the last few months.
Or, you can always ask questions here! We’re always happy to field questions!
It is incredibly difficult to convey just how hard it’s been to keep this under my hat for the last couple of weeks. I’ve been so excited that I just wanted to scream.
Thank you to everyone who has supported us and made this possible! If I name names, I know I’ll forget folks, so I’ll try to cover everyone as best I can. Thank you to my fellow bloggers at Castalia House, thank you to the Alt-Furry crew for putting us on Sad Pookas, thank you to the folks on Pulp Twitter, thanks to everyone who follows and reads the blog, thanks to the friends and family who’ve supported us, and especially thanks to all of our readers and contributors – without you, we’d be just another WordPress site!
I probably won’t be able to make it up to Finland this year, but if any local Helsinki black metal musicians plan on attending Worldcon, I’d be thrilled to have you to accept the award on our behalf!
This is a quick guide to eligibility by category for pieces published by Cirsova in 2016. It is not a recommendations list. While I may post my recommendations and favorites for other categories, we will not do so for any categories in which we published fiction.
Cirsova is a Semi-Pro paying magazine (we pay .01 per word with an additional .01 for the first 2500 words). Cirsova published 43 eligible works in 2016 (45, if you split out Hutchings’s poem). Stories that are available to read for free on our website are linked. Other issues are available on Amazon in paperback and eBook formats.
- Images of the Goddess, by Schuyler Hernstrom (Cirsova #2)
- A Hill of Stars, by Misha Burnett (Cirsova #1)
- The Wooing of Etroklos, by J. Comer (Cirsova #3)
- Shadow Vision, by Preston Dennett (Cirsova #4)
- The Vault of Phalos, by Jeffery Scott Sims (Cirsova #4)
- The Priests of Shalaz, by Jay Barnson (Cirsova #4)
- …Where There Is No Sanctuary, by Howie K. Bentley (Cirsova #4)
- Blood and Bones: Caribbean 1645, by Jim Breyfogle (Cirsova #3)
- The Lion’s Share, by J.D. Brink (Cirsova #3)
- The Sealed City, by Adrian Cole (Cirsova #2)
- The Lady of the Amorous City, by Edward M. Erdelac (Cirsova #4)
- Dust of Truth, by Joyce Frohn (Cirsova #4)
- Squire Errant, by Karl Gallagher (Cirsova #2)
- The Gift of the Ob-Men, by Schuyler Hernstrom (Cirsova #1)
- The Space Witch, by Schuyler Hernstrom (Cirsova #3)
- A Suit of Haidrah Skin, by Rob Lang (Cirsova #4)
- Rose by Any Other Name, by Brian K. Lowe (Cirsova #1)
- Hoskins’ War, by Brian K. Lowe (Cirsova #2)
- The Last Dues Owed, by Christine Lucas (Cirsova #4)
- Othan, Liberator, by Kurt Magnus (Cirsova #3)
- The Water Walks Tonight, by S.H. Mansouri (Cirsova #2)
- The Phantom Sands of Calavass, by S.H. Mansouri (Cirsova #4)
- The Mad God’s Scepter, by Edward McDermott (Cirsova #3)
- The Ride, by Edward McDermott (Cirsova #4)
- War in a Way that Suits You, by Michael A. Michaels (Cirsova #3)
- The Bubbcat, by Sean Monaghan (Cirsova #4)
- Lost Men, by Eugene L. Morgulis (Cirsova #4)
- The Witch of Elrica, by Jennifer Povey (Cirsova #4)
- This Day, at Tilbury, by Kat Otis (Cirsova #1)
- Late Bloom, by Melanie Rees (Cirsova #1)
- Clock’s Watch, by Michael Reyes (Cirsova #3)
- Wall Wardens, by Lynn Rushlau (Cirsova #4)
- At the Feet of Neptune’s Queen, by Abraham Strongjohn (Cirsova #1)
- The Unfolding of the World, by Harold R. Thompson (Cirsova #4)
- Shark Fighter, by Michael Tierney (Cirsova #2)
- The Hour of the Rat, by Donald Jacob Uitvlugt (Cirsova #1)
- The Sands of Rubal-Khali, by Donald Jacob Uitvlugt (Cirsova #4)
- The End of the Golden Age, by Tyler Young (Cirsova #3)
- My Name is John Carter (Parts 1-3), by James Hutchings (Cirsova #1, #2, #4)
- Retrospective: Toyman by E.C. Tubb, by Jeffro Johnson (Cirsova #1)
- Retrospective: The Best of C.L. Moore, by Jeffro Johnson (Cirsova #3)
- Rescuing Women, by Kristine Kathryn Rusch (Cirsova #2)
- The Feminine Force Reawakens, by Liana Kerzner (Cirsova #4)
The Sad Pookas is “a recommendation list…for you to consider when deciding on what to nominate for Science Fiction and Fantasy awards, such as the Hugo or the Dragon…composed of Furries and allies to the Furry cause.”
Cirsova has been given a nod for Best Semi-Pro Zine, and I’ve been given a recommendation for best Short Form Editor!
They have a lot of other really great picks, too, particularly Fan Writer and Podcast, both categories significantly overlapping with what I’d probably recommend people check out, myself. Also, Cirsova contributor Donald J. Uitvlugt’s “In the Days of the Witch-Queens” makes their pick for best short story.
Now, while it may seem odd at first glance that Cirsova and the Pulp Revolution folks at places like the Puppy of the Month Book Club have caught the eye of the Furry community, keep in mind that Furries have SFF fans among them just like any other group, and anthros are actually a pretty common feature in science fiction and fantasy. But, you tend to get your talking gorillas, cat people, wolf-men, etc. in the kind of wild and fun anything-goes SFF that has been championed by the likes of the Pulp Revolution crew.
For the curious, I did an interview with The QuQu and Dan Wolfgang, the driving duo behind QuQu Media, which can be found here at Castalia House.
For the most part, the outcome of the Hugo Awards on Saturday did not surprise me. While I’m bummed that Ku Kuru Yo and Castalia House didn’t win, it was still expected, and for the most part, I wasn’t particularly invested in a lot of the categories.
Best Short Fiction was really the only point of outrage for me. I would have loved to see Chuck Tingle* take the prize in that category. I would have been fine with one of the other stories winning, and even No Award would not have been as terrible, given the circumstances. But the notion that Cat Pictures Please was the best that the Science Fiction field had to offer makes me want to dash my brains out. It was almost kept off the ballot except that one Rabid Puppy pick withdrew their nomination, allowing Cat Pictures to back into a slot.
Now, for a minute consider this comment left on a Guardian article:
“Science Fiction is defined by Clarke’s Three Laws, Fantasy is defined by Tolkien’s On Fairy Stories.
That is the end of the matter.
If the right-wing want “swashbuckling fun”, they can create their own damn genre. No, sf/f has never been about “inclusiveness”. It has almost exclusively been left-of-centre visions. Right-of-centre visions are more often found in pay-to-pray megachurches.”
Ignoring the political idiocy of the Guardian commenter, the notion that SFF is not supposed to be swashbuckling fun MUST be pervasive given the support for this sort of stuff. This change in short fiction was already well under way by the 1970s, as was apparent in some of the worst stories I read in Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction.
And consider that Cat Pictures Please is a preachy little piece about an AI that outs a flimsy stereotype of a closeted gay minister cuz he’ll be so much happier out of the closet. This is what is considered the best in Short Science Fiction? This is why, while it stands to have so much potential, especially in a tablet-happy reader market, SFF short fiction still feels stuck in a rut.This is why, despite my love of SFF short fiction, I don’t waste my time on the contemporary ‘big name’ publications.
It’s not just Cat Pictures Please, or the laughably bad If You Were a Dinosaur My Love – plenty of Puppy picks and favorites last year and this were twee, saccharine little puffs of winks and cuddles fit more for a volume of Chicken Soup for the SF Soul than to be called “Best Short Story”. I’ve made no bones ::pun intended:: about the fact that my disappointment with some of the Puppy picks was part of what inspired me to try to promote Heroic Fantasy and pulpy Science Fiction.
Are we regressives? In the sense that we’d like to drag genre fiction kicking and screaming back to a place where it was fun and awesome, I suppose so. SFF at its best should be inspirational and aspirational. There is so much potential, as I’ve said, for this kind of science fiction. People are hungry for new stories, stories they can read in their spare time, on the go, on vacation, and on their tablets—short fiction is PERFECT for that.
By supporting Cirsova Heroic Fantasy and Science Fiction Magazine, not only are you helping us fight back against the notion that science fiction and fantasy should not be “swashbuckling fun”, you are supporting authors who create swashbuckling fantasy and science fiction by enabling us to buy their stories while paying competitive rates.
*:Worth noting that Chuck Tingle’s Space Raptor Butt Invasion has done far more for mainstream gay acceptance within the SFF community beyond capital “F” Fandom than a thousand little softly bigoted pieces like Cat Pictures Please could dream to. Also, never forget that despite the faux show of solidarity, Tingle was No Awarded after having initially been bullied and told he needed to drop out by N.K. Jemisin who went on to win Best Novel this year.
- Vox Day & Rabid Puppies say “Let’s Nominate Chuck Tingle for the lulz!”
- Chuck Tingle gets nominated, proceeds to be awesome and hilarious, even in the face of pressure from anti-puppies that he withdraw because he’s ruining the Hugos by being there.
- Puppies and Puppy Adjacents say “Chuck Tingle is awesome, let’s get him a Hugo!”
- Chuck Tingle posts jokes about Vox Day and announces Zoe Quinn will accept the award for him.
- Many of the people previously saying Tingle should withdraw because he’s ruining the Hugos say “Let’s get Chuck Tingle a Hugo; that’ll show Vox Day, the Puppies and Gamergate!”
- Puppies and Puppy Adjacents – “We’re okay with this!”
For some reason, I don’t think giving Space Raptor Butt Invasion—a work that wouldn’t even be on the ballot if it were not for Vox Day—a Hugo is going to teach Vox Day a lesson.
All I know is that my Legends of Science Fiction T-shirt should be arriving sometime this week, and I can’t wait.
Serious important post and announcement later today.