Wheel of Time series, Doctor Who celebrations up for Hugo honors

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hugoawardsThe nominations for the 2014 Hugo Awards were announced Thursday at Loncon 3 in London.

Winners will be announced in August.

The late Robert Jordan’s entire Wheel of Time series is nominated as one work for the Hugo Award for best novel, facing Ann Leckie’s Ancillary Justice, Charles Stross’ Neptune’s Brood, Mira Grant’s Paraside and Larry Correia’s Warbound, Book III of the Grimnoir Chronicles. Jordan died in 2007 and Brandon Sanderson finished the fantasy epic using his notes.

Competing for the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer: Wesley Chu, Max Gladstone, Ramez Naam, Sofia Samatar and Benjanun Sriduangkaew.

Blockbuster movies comprise the long-form dramatic presentation category. Frozen, Gravity, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, Iron Man 3 and Pacific Rim are in contention.

Short-form nominees include four Doctor Who stories — the 50th anniversary extravaganza “The Day of the Doctor,” its lead-in episode “The Name of the Doctor,” the celebratory docudrama “An Adventure in Space and Time” and Fifth Doctor Peter Davison’s own humorous tribute “The Five(ish) Doctors Reboot.” Game of Thrones’ blood-soaked Season 3 penultimate episode “The Rains of Castamere” (aka “The Red Wedding”) and Orphan Black’s “Variations Under Domestication” round out the non-Who side of the category.

There are many, many more categories, including novella, novelette, related work, graphic story, editor, artist, and fanzine. The full list of nominees is available at the Hugo Awards’ official website.

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