2020 Eligibility Post

Hello award nominators!

Thanks for stopping by. I’m Alasdair Stuart and I had a very big year. This post lists it all, including date ranges for episodes and issues along with a few personal favorites.  And continuing on from last year, pay or affiliation is also listed.

Thanks so much for your consideration. 

Alasdair Stuart
Eligible for Best Writer

The Full Lid (Unpaid)
Eligible for Best Fanzine

My free weekly pop culture newsletter, edited by Marguerite Kenner. Guest writers in 2020 include Margaret Dunlap, Andrew Reid, David Steffen, Matt Wallace and Chloë Yates.

Mailchimp refuses to host more than six months’ worth of archive, but you can download a ZIP file of the complete 2020 issues in PDF (link; 200+mb). For online browsing, issues between 4th September 2020 and 18th December 2020 are currently accessible.

Issues I’d highlight (PDFs):

  • 7th FebruaryAdmiral Clancy Regrets; The Tundra Project; Adam Adamant Lives Again; Adventure! (PodUK)
  • 6th MarchFate’s Countermeasure; Al Dente: Yeastie Boys; Bog Bodies; Escape Pod Onboard Information Card
  • 13th March RE: Multiple Temporal Incursions on The Future and Correct Cargo Safety Procedures; Procedures; The Many Faces of 007; Catching Some
  • 7th August A Note About Convention Volunteering; Land of the Long White Cloud; The Shadows, Out of Time; Fringe Science; Facing Backward on the Rocket
  • 2nd October – The Three Holmes Problem; Building a Better Big Guy
  • 9th October Talking in Circles; E pur si muove: The World Beyond the Walking Dead; Lytton
  • 30th October Circles; The Ferryman; Unboxed; A Song for the End; Bitter Rook: Family Business; Chesterberg
  • 4th December Thirteen Storeys; Knuckledust; I Want the Stars; Mermaids Monthly
  • 11th DecemberAll I Wanted for Christmas was Cyberpunk; Babyteeth; Echo Sector

The Full Lid Plus ($490 in 2020)

My subscription-based substack compliment to The Full Lid. Here’s a free post I released in July 2020.

Other Fan Writing

  • Personal Canons: Warren Ellis (Donated)
    My piece in Sarah Gailey’s series discussing the culture that made us who we are and in my case, the complicated place it now occupies.
  • Hollywood Kawoosh on a Vancouver Budget (£300; paywall)
    An oral history of Stargate SG1’s early special effects triumphs from an interview with FX Maestro John Gajdecki.

Escape Pod (I co-own EA, Escape Pod’s publisher)
Eligible for Best Semiprozine

I’m the host of Escape Pod’s Flashback episodes, bringing new perspective and commentary to classic episodes from the show’s 15 year history. 

PseudoPod (I co-own EA, PseuodPod’s publisher)
Eligible for Best Semiprozine

I hosted roughly 80% of PseudoPod’s 2020 episodes, which run from episode 683 on January 3rd to episode 737 on December 25th. I’d like to highlight these in particular:

SciFiBulletin.com (Unpaid)

My usual array of television and movie reviews, with a particular focus on The Walking Dead franchise.

Fox Spirit Books (£15 per column)

ConZealand Fringe (Unpaid)
Eligible for Best Related Work

I was part of the team who put together the GMT/EST-centred fringe programming for CoNZealand in August 2020. This was a fan project, designed to complement and celebrate the first digital Worldcon. 

Wreck Runner
Eligible for Best Related Work

Co-written with Mur Lafferty, an epic three-part virtual race set in outer space.

Welcome to SolFleet! As a member of a salvage crew, you explore the remains of spaceships, recover abandoned supplies, information, and sometimes people. But when a ship missing for a decade emerges from hiding, you might have bigger problems than meeting your salvage quota.

The Black Archives 50: The Day of the Doctor
Eligible for Best Related Work

The Black Archive is a series of academic longform essays on specific Doctor Who stories. I had the pleasure of writing about Day of the Doctor, the show’s 50th anniversary episode. In it I bring together a lot of the strings of my knowledge base: magic and theatricality, the postmodernist approach to structure as fiction and fiction as structure, 1980s BBC Shakespeare, and (in an early draft) pro wrestling narrative logic, all combine in this celebration of a celebration. 

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