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2017 Hugo Award Finalists Posted at 8:33 PM by Dave Post

Dave Post

All the Birds in the Sky A Closed and Common Orbit Death's End Ninefox Gambit The Obelisk Gate Too Like the Lightning

The 2017 Hugo Award finalists have been announced. The noms in the Best Novel category are:

See the full list of noms in all categories on the Locus website.

Our congrats to all the finalists. What do you think of this crop of books? Any favorites in the list?

2016 Hugo Award Winner! Posted at 11:26 PM by Dave Post

Dave Post

The 2016 Hugo Awards have been announced at MidAmericon II, the 74th World Science Fiction Convention in Kansas City, MO. In the Best Novel category the winner is:

The Fifth Season



Our congrats to N. K. Jemisin and all the finalists. You can see the complete list of winners in all categories over at Locus. With this award win Jemisin has been added to our ever-growing list of Award Winning Books by Women Authors again.

2016 Hugo Award Finalists Posted at 5:34 PM by Dave Post

Dave Post

Ancillary Mercy The Aeronaut's Windlass The Fifth Season Seveneves Uprooted

The 2016 Hugo Award finalists have been announced. The noms in the Best Novel category are:

See the full list of noms in all categories on the MidAmeriCon II website.

Our congrats to all the finalists. As most everyone expected Ann Leckie’s third Imperial Radch book got a nod and Jim Butcher has made the list again this year but with a book from his new Steampunk series The Cinder Spires. What do you think of this crop of books? Any favorites in the list?

2015 Hugo Award Winner! Posted at 12:38 AM by Dave Post

Dave Post

The 2015 Hugo Awards have been announced at Worldcon 2015 – “Sasquan” The 73rd World Science Fiction Convention in Spokane, Washington. In the Best Novel category the winner is:

The Three-Body Problem



Our congrats to Cixin Liu and all the finalists. You can see the complete list of winners in all categories over at Locus.

There were fewer winners this year than in past years because assholes but it was still a nice ceremony. Thanks to the organizers for making the live stream happen.

2015 Hugo Award Nominees Posted at 5:54 PM by Dave Post

Dave Post

Ancillary Sword The Dark Between the Stars The Goblin Emperor Skin Game The Three-Body Problem

The 2015 Hugo Award nominees have been announced.  The noms in the Novel category are:

See the full list of noms in all categories on the official Hugo Award site.

Our congrats to all the nominees.  I guess Ann Leckie must be the front runner based on past performance, she won the Hugo last year, as well as damn near everything else, for Ancillary Justice,  but I’ll bet Jim Butcher has a ton of fans chomping at the bit too.  What do you think of this crop of books?  Any favorites in the list?

Update: Marko Kloos has withdrawn Lines of Departure from consideration and it has been replaced by The Three-Body Problem.

2014 Hugo Award Winner! Posted at 5:55 PM by Dave Post

Dave Post

Ancillary JusticeHugo AwardWorldCon in London wrapped up this past weekend and the 2014 Hugo Award winners were announced.

In the novel category the oft awarded Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie took home the top honor.

You may note an expression of relief around the internet for the outcome in the novel category especially after so many well documented… shall we say “oddities” surrounding this year’s ballot?

This is the fourth win for Ancillary Justice out of 6 nominations.  Ms. Leckie also took home the 2013 BSFA, 2013 Nebula and 2014 Clarke awards.  Quite an impressive haul!

You can see the full list of winners in all categories on The Hugo Awards website.

What do you think of this result?

2014 Hugo Award Nominees Posted at 10:07 PM by Dave Post

Dave Post

  Neptune's Brood Parasite Warbound The Wheel of Time

The 2014 Hugo Award nominees have been announced.  The noms in the Novel category are:

See the full list of noms in all categories on the official Hugo Award site.

So, it’s the entire Wheel of Time series that is up for the best novel.  The Hugo rules allow a series to be eligible after the final volume has been published and as long as none of the books in the series were nominated individually.  The argument is that it’s one long continuous story which is the same reasoning that lead to Blackout and All Clear being nominated as a single volume.  Interesting.  Will the legions of Jordan/Sanderson fans out there carry the award for them?

What do you think of this crop of nominees?  Anything strike your fancy?

2013 Hugo Awards Announced (Live Blog)! Posted at 8:17 PM by Rico Simpkins


We are live at the 2013 Hugo Award ceremony, where the committee are reporting a solid ballot turnout. The Grand Ballroom here in the Rivercenter at San Antonio is so full, even nominees are being forced to <gasp> sit next to someone! We’re live blogging the results, so refresh this post to get fresher and fresher results…that is, unless you decide to watch Breaking Bad and then get your results in one fell swoop, later.  I know I was torn between those options, and I’m at the con!

Better yet, watch the ceremony on U-Stream.

8:22: The Big Heart Award, presented by the impressive superfan David Kyle, went to Tom Veal, who promptly pointed out that he had been given the wrong plaque.  This, of course, proves Tom’s worthiness.  Congrats to him, and thanks for all the hard work!

8:33: A rarely given Chairman’s Special Award was presented by astronaut Katie Coleman is describing her time in space.  She’s here to announce the rarely given special committee award, which went to Stanley Schmidt for his work on Analog Magazine.  Money quote: “He kept the science in sci-fi”

8:40: The Seiun Awards, established in 1970, is the Japanese Hugo.  It literally means “nebula”.  The award for best translated short story went to Paolo Bacigalupi, for “Pocketful of Dharma”.  The best translated novel award went to John Sclazi‘s The Android’s Dream (it was his second Seiun Award).

8:46: The Hugo ceremony’s tradition of listing fans, authors, publishers and artists who are no longer with us is unfortunately long.

8:54:  “I think the Campbell Award doth protest too much,” says MC Paul Cornell, about how everyone points out that the Campbell is not a Hugo.  I usually find myself pointing out that it is not the same as the John W. Campbell Memorial Award.

8:58: The winner of the Campbell Award for Best New Writer goes to Mur Lafferty, who graciously pointed out that past Campbell nominees (such as George RR Martin and Lauren Beukes) went on to careers just as illustrious as the winners.

9:03:  The Hugo trophy base has been unveiled:

2013 Hugo Award Trophy Base Detail

Vincent Villafranca, the base designer, is on stage to explain the concept.  I love this base.  I think it might be my favorite.  “It depicts an astronaut and some aliens sitting around reading some books ”  They are hand-cast in bronze.

9:10: “We now come…to the Hugo Awards themselves.”

9:12: The Best Fan Artist Award goes to Galen Dara.

9:15:  The Best Fan Writer Award goes to Tansy Rayner Roberts, who was unavailable ot accept in person.

9:19:  The Best Fancast Award goes to SF Squeecast, xurprising precisely nobody.  Seanan McGuire: “I attended my first Worldcon when I was fourteen,” and “this is an in-your-face for all those people I went to high school with.”

9:23:  SF Squeecast has officially withdrawn themselves from consideration of future awards.

9:26:  The Award for Best Fanzine goes to SF Signal.  Congrats, guys! “I’m totally tweeting this.”  They, too are recusing themselves from future awards in this category.

9:32:  “There’s a reason why semiprozine sounds like Semiprozine sounds like something you’d ask your doctor for”

9:34:  The award for Best Semiprozine goes to Clarkesworld.

9:40: The winner for Best Professional Artist is John Picacio. His response?  “Well, hello, Texas.”  He ended his speech with with a political statement about the status of women in Texas.  I assume he means HB2.

9:48:  The Best Editor, Long Form Award goes to Patrick Nielsen Hayden.

9:50:  The Best Editor, Short Form Award goes to Stanley Schmidt, who is having an extraordinarily good night.  “Copy and paste the acknowledgements from previous speech.”

9:53:  “We now come to The Best Doctor — I mean, Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form.”

9:55:  We now get to see all of the nominated clips, which, of course, is a Whofest.

9:59: And the winner is Game of Thrones, ending the Whovian monopoly!  Also, has George R. R. Martin lost weight?

10:04: Paul Cornell just confessed that he voted for Hugo last year, so that Hugo could win a Hugo, thus creating a singularity.

10:10: The winner for Best Presentation, Long Form, is The Avengers.  Stephen H. Silver is accepting for Joss Whedon.

10:11: Oh, boy, Silverberg is hitting the stage.  That means you won’t be hearing new news for a few minutes, now…

10:17:  This year’s stall tactic consisted of Silverberg reading a transcript of the first schtick he did in 1965.  Brilliant.

10:20: The Best Graphic Story Award goes to Saga, Volume One, written by Brian K. Vaughn, illustrated by Fiona Staples (Image Comics).

10:24: The Best Related Work Award goes to Writing Excuses Season Seven, Brandon Sanderson, Dan Wells, Mary Robinette Kowal, Howard Tayler and Jordan Sanderson.  “You’re out of excuses.  Now, go write.”

10:27: “Kij [Johnson], you and George R. R. Martin should really make some television together.  It’d solve the population crisis.”

10:28: The Best Short Story Award goes to “Mono no Aware”, by Ken Liu (The Future is Japanese, VIZ Media LLC)

10:31: The award for Best Novelette goes to “The Girl-Thing Who Went Out for Sushi”, by Pat Cadigan (Edge of Infinity, Solaris).  She stood behind the podium for a while, expecting to wake up in her bed at any moment.

10:36: The Best Novella Award goes to Brandon Sanderson, for The Emperor’s Soul  (Tachyon Publications).

10:42: And Best Novel goes to….John Scalzi, for Redshirts!  Congrats to him, and to all of the folks at Tor.

10:45: “I’m at the convention of misfit toys.” – Scalzi

10:46: On the heft of the trophy: “It’s very heavy, but also light on my heart.” – Scalzi

2013 Hugo Voter Packet Posted at 3:02 PM by Rico Simpkins


Hugo AwardThe 2013 Hugo Voters Packet is now available for members of LoneStarCon 3, the 71st annual Worldcon convention.  The packet is “an electronic package of nominated works graciously made available to voters by nominees and their publishers.”

From the LoneStarCon website:

The 2013 Hugo Voter Packet is available to Supporting, Attending, Military and Young Adult members of LoneStarCon 3 to help inform them about the works under consideration before voting. The packet will remain available until voting closes on Wednesday, July 31, 2013 at 11:59pm CDT.

Members can login here. You will need your name (as recorded in the LoneStarCon 3 membership database) and your unique Hugo PIN to access the Hugo Voter Packet content. PIN reminders will be sent out at regular intervals during the final ballot period. Instructions on how to recover lost or forgotten PINs can be found on the download page.

Not going to attend Worldcon?  No problem, you can still get in on the action.  You can sign up as a Supporting Member for $60 and get the packet – valued way more than $60 by the way – and you’ll be eligible to vote.  That’s a pretty damn good deal and less than you would have to pay for just the novels alone.

Get to reading and get to voting!

2013 Hugo Novellas Unbound! Posted at 4:13 PM by Rico Simpkins



UPDATE: Click here to find the short story nominees, and here for the novelettes

2nd UPDATE: Aliette de Bodard’s entry, On a Red Station, Drifting, has now been released as an ebook for a much lower price.  See details updated in the article, below:


Last year, when we posted the 2012 Hugo nominated novellas, most of them were available for free.  One exception was Mira Grant (A.K.A.: Seanan McGuire)’s “Countdown,” which sold for $2.99.  I said, at the time:

This, I think, is the beginning of a trend. Shorter stories are starting to sell on Kindle at less-than-novel prices. Even though the other books on this list are free, I think the trend to charge small amounts for novellas, novelettes, and even short stories means that otherwise inaccessible stories will have a longer shelf life, giving us more to read.

Well, it seems Ms. McGuire’s experiment has spurred more of them.  No nominee is available for free.  Sanderson’s “The Emperor’s Soul” is the second cheapest, selling for $4.99 on Amazon.  The rest cost even more, with only a portion of Jay Lake’s story being made available for free.  The result of these experiments is relative chaos: prices ranging from $2.99 (and instantly available) to $14.85 (and available via snail-mail only).

Considering Hugo defines a novella as being up to 40,000 words, I don’t mind paying a Mira Grant (or even a Brandon Sanderson) price to read one.  Considering we’re used to reading nominated stories for free, transitioning to a much higher price than $5 seems to stretch reason.  For that reason, I’m still betting on Seanan McGuire’s strategy being the most sensible.  Only time will tell.

Of course,  LoneStarCon 3 (Worldcon 71) members get digital copies of all novels, novellas, novelettes, and short stories for FREE. Even if you don’t plan on attending Worldcon this year, you can get a supporting membership for only $60, and you’ll be able to vote.

If membership isn’t in the cards this year, here are this year’s novella links:

As always, we rely on you, our readers, to let us know if you find a cheaper way to read any of the above novellas.  If that changes, we will update this article and let you know by tweet (@WWEnd).  Links to all of the award winning books are, as always, available through BookTrackr.

Now you have no excuse when someone asks you who you think should win. Get to reading!