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Free Audio – Neil Gaiman’s Hugo Award winning short story

The 2004 Hugo Award short story is available free from Harper Audio. A Study in Emerald is a Sherlock Holmes pastiche pulverized with the Cthulhu Mythos universe of horror writer H. P. Lovecraft. The title is in reference to the Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s story A Study in Scarlet. I listened to this story earlier this year and I’m still thinking about it. I have to admit to feeling dumb because I didn’t get the full implication to the ending until I read the wikipedia page on A Study in Emerald. But don’t read the page until you listen to the story. So maybe you can miss the ending implication and feel dumb like me :)

(via: SFFaudio.com)

Harper Audio - Fragile Things by Neil GaimanA Study In Emerald (from Fragile Things)
By Neil Gaiman; Read by Neil Gaiman
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| – Approx. 50 Minutes [UNABRIDGED]
Publisher: Harper Audio
Published: September 2006

And if you’re interested in a free audiobook of the original Sherlock Holmes story, A Study in Scarlet, you can get it at LibriVox.

A Study in Scarlet

Or how about watching the movie! (Gee… this internet thingy is great.)
(via: Internet Archive)

Why the Hugo Awards Suck!

Once upon a time the Hugo awards were associated with Science Fiction. But lately it’s most covetous and prestigious category, best novel, has been going to fantasy books. This year it went to the YA Ghost story, The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman. Now I’m not denying Neil Gaiman isn’t some kind of genius. I love American Gods and Neverwhere and the Sandman comics. But what happened to giving the award to Science Fiction books. They’re the Hugo Awards, after Hugo Gernsback the SF publisher, not the Farnsworth Awards (Weird Tales long time editor, Farnsworth Wright). Out of the last nine years, six best novel Hugos have gone to fantasy novels.

The First Hugo Award - 1953

The First Hugo Award - 1953

This is from Joe Haldeman’s blog:

“. . .As to the Hugos . . . congrats to the winners, and I’m sort of glad I wasn’t up for _Marsbound_. I would’ve hated to have lost to Neil for _The Graveyard Book_, which I’m sure is good, won the Newbery for children’s lit and all. But the Hugo used to be a science fiction award. _The Graveyard Book_ is a fine ghost story.

I can’t complain about the award being influenced by personality, since I’m sure I wouldn’t have won as many if I just sat here and wrote, rather than going out and exposing myself to the fans. But still. A YA ghost story?”

I totally understand his sentiment. After all there is the World Fantasy Award for fantasy. The other major SF award, the Nebula, is presented by the Science Fiction Fantasy Writers of America.  But why can’t there be a top Science Fiction award?

Someone pointed out to me that That Hell-Bound Train by Robert Bloch won the Hugo back in 1959. A fantasy story to be sure, but there was no World Fantasy Award back then (or Nebula) so it made sense.

My suggestion is for a Fantasy Hugo and a Science Fiction Hugo. And as soon as you think that might be a good idea, you realize there are novel that sit astride the two genres. And their nomination could be divided between those speculative branches and overlooked. And then I’d have to do another rant about the Science Fantasy novel that fell through the cracks.

So have I read The Graveyard Book? No, I haven’t. Am I going to not read it as a protest against Fantasy novels winning the Hugo? Of course I’m going to read it, it’s Gaiman! I’m not stupid :)

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