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Sunday, August 21, 2011

Hugo Awards, 2011

LIVE! From Worldcon 2011 in Reno, NV!  The Hugo Awards!

Well, the voting is done. The Awards were announced and handed out last night in a three hour ceremony and we are left with...annoyance.  Not happy about the results this year at all.  Amend that, not happy with the Novel category. 

Winner is in Bold, rest are in no particular order. If you want to know more detains, check out the Renovation website or the Hugo Awards website.

Short Story Category:
“For Want of a Nail” by Mary Robinette Kowal (Asimov’s, September 2010)“Ponies” by Kij Johnson (, November 17, 2010)
“The Things” by Peter Watts (Clarkesworld, January 2010)
“Amaryllis” by Carrie Vaughn (Lightspeed, June 2010)

Novelette Category:
“The Emperor of Mars” by Allen M. Steele (Asimov’s, June 2010)

“That Leviathan, Whom Thou Hast Made” by Eric James Stone (Analog, September 2010)

“Plus or Minus” by James Patrick Kelly (Asimov’s, December 2010)
“Eight Miles” by Sean McMullen (Analog, September 2010)
“The Jaguar House, in Shadow” by Aliette de Bodard (Asimov’s, July 2010)

Novella Category:
"The Lifecycle of Software Objects" by Ted Chiang (Subterranean)

“Troika” by Alastair Reynolds (Godlike Machines, Science Fiction Book Club)
“The Lady Who Plucked Red Flowers beneath the Queen’s Window” by Rachel Swirsky (Subterranean Magazine, Summer 2010)
“The Maiden Flight of McCauley’s Bellerophon” by Elizabeth Hand (Stories: All New Tales, William Morrow)
“The Sultan of the Clouds” by Geoffrey A. Landis (Asimov’s, September 2010)

Novel Category: 
These results are listed in order of the voting.  This is a WTF.  Seriously.  WTF. Not a happy camper - Mira Grant and Ian McDonald deserved better.  Now, I did not read Blackout/All Clear.  I refused to read a 2000 page alternate history about people running around nilly-willy in England in WWII.  I did not vote for it.  This posting by Andrew Wheeler summed up my thoughts on the book(s) much more succinctly than I could. And, I feel I must add that yes, I have read ALL the Hugo winners to date, starting with 1951.  AND, since 2000, I have also read nearly all the nominees.  I think there are just a couple I've passed on due to time or lack of interest in the topic.  

Blackout/All Clear by Connie Willis
Feed by Mira Grant
The Dervish House by Ian McDonald
Cryoburn by Lois McMaster Bujold

A Hundred Thousand Kingdoms by M K Jemisin

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