After 3 decades of reading sci-fi and fantasy, I've finally gotten around to signing up to be a Hugo Award voter. In case you don't know, the Hugos are one of the 2 big awards for sci-fi fantasy. The Nebula Awards are closer to the Oscars, in that they're voted on by pros, but the Hugos are nominated by, and voted on, by fans.
The last few years have been controversial,
as a group of conservative readers feel that "their" award has been stolen by
"Social Justice Warriors". Google Sad/Rabid Puppies (or read this) and you'll learn far too much. To fight this, they campaigned to their social media followers to nominate a "slate" that they put together (the two groups have similar, but not identical slates). These did very well, especially in the short fiction categories. In general, these are military or action sci-fi that they feel is "their" sci-fi/fantasy. This being the Internet, though, they and their followers and their opponents immediately started acting like complete asshats to anyone that opposed them. People are the worst
I'm going to read all (or part, in case the samples sent to voters aren't complete) of the novels and at least try some of the novellas and short stories (I rarely read short fiction, so no promises).
Here are the nominated novels, in the order I'm reading them (also close to my order of anticipation):
The Three Body Problem, Cixin Liu, Ken Liu translator (Tor Books)
The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison (Sarah Monette) (Tor Books)
Ancillary Sword by Ann Leckie (Orbit US; Orbit UK)
The Dark Between the Stars by Kevin J. Anderson (Tor Books)
Skin Game: A Novel of the Dresden Files by Jim Butcher (Roc Books)