Flash! 2010 Hugo Award winners announced

Flash! 2010 Hugo Award winners announced

The Hugo Awards are arguably the most prestigious literary awards for science fiction and fantasy.

The winners are announced at the WorldCon, and this year’s winners are:

Best Novel (tie)
The City & The City by China Miéville
The Windup Girl by Paolo Bacigalupi 
Best Novella
by Charles Stross  
Wireless; Ace; Orbit
Best Novelette
“The Island”  by Peter Watts   (The New Space Opera 2
Best Short Story
“Bridesicle” by Will McIntosh  (Asimov’s 1/09) 
Best Graphic Novel
Girl Genius, Volume 9: Agatha Heterodyne and the Heirs of the Storm  
Written by Kaja and Phil Foglio
Art by Phil Foglio
Colours by Cheyenne Wright
(Airship Entertainment) 
Best Related Work
This is Me, Jack Vance! (Or, More Properly, This is “I”) 
by Jack Vance

Best Dramatic Presentation – Long Form
Screenplay by Nathan Parker
Story by Duncan Jones
Directed by Duncan Jones (Liberty Films) 
Best Dramatic Presentation – Short Form
Doctor Who: “The Waters of Mars”
Written by Russell T Davies & Phil Ford
Directed by Graeme Harper (BBC Wales) 
Best Professional Editor – Long Form
Patrick Nielsen Hayden    
Best Professional Editor – Short Form 
Ellen Datlow   
Best Professional Artist
Shaun Tan 

Best SemiProzine
edited by Neil Clarke, Sean Wallace, & Cheryl Morgan 

Best Fanzine
edited by Tony C. Smith 
Best Fan Writer
Frederik Pohl 
Best Fan Artist
Brad W. Foster 
John W Campbell Best New Writer Award
Seanan McGuire


A tie for Best Novel is unusual, but not unprecedented.  Dune actually tied with This Immortal in 1966, for example.  This one is also a case of a major publisher and an underdog, so that’s nice, too.  🙂  I’ve had Moon recommended to me, but haven’t gotten to see it yet…this will move it up in my list.  I’m also happy to The Waters of Mars win.  I’m not your biggest Whovian (Dr. Who fan), but I thought this was well-written.  Russell T Davies (sic…he doesn’t put a period after the T) is one of the top British episodic genre writers.  It shows you something about the special nature of science fiction/fantasy when a well-known author like Frederik Pohl can win a fan writing category…its a genre where authors are often fans, and the reverse can also happen.

Congratulations to the winners and the nominees!

This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the The Measured Circle.


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