Splendor & Misery is the first album to be nominated for the top science fiction award since 1971
Following a determined fan campaign, voters from the World Science Fiction Convention have selected Clipping's album Splendor & Misery as one of six finalists in the Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form category of The Hugo Awards.
The album tells a story of interstellar slave ships, abduction and lovesick AIs; Rob Turner, writing in Wire 381, describes it as "Afrofuturism via nerdcore, trading the wonkiness and frazzle of Sun Ra and Dr Octagon for the lofty perspectives of Stanley Kubrick and Samuel Delany. The latter gets a nod in one of Diggs’s denser freestyles (“I got a pocket of stars”) while Kubrick provides the other main plot point: a sentient computer that goes haywire."
The Hugos are the top honours for science fiction writers and editors. Splendor & Misery is the first album to be nominated for a Hugo since the nominations of Blows Against The Empire by Paul Kantner and Don't Crush That Dwarf, Hand Me The Pliers by The Firesign Theatre, both in 1971.
Read the full list of Hugo nominations on the Tor books website. The final round of voting will close on 15 July. Winners will be announced at the 75th World Science Fiction Convention in Helsinki, Finland on 11 August.
Watch the video for Clipping's "True Believer":
Wire subscribers can read Rob Turner's review of Splendor & Misery here.