Hugo Awards 2015


The 2015 Hugo Award winners were announced on Saturday, August 22nd, at Sasquan, the 73rd World Science Fiction Convention. The Best Novel award went to Cixin Liu's The Three-Body Problem, which I don't find surprising. I had a feeling it would take the the award. I wasn't particularly enthusiastic about the novel after reading it (my review here), but many of my friends loved it. 


In any case, here is a partial list of winners:


Best Novel: The Three-Body Problem by Cixin Liu, Ken Liu (translator)



Best Novelette: “The Day the World Turned Upside Down” by Thomas Olde Heuvelt, Lia Belt translator (Lightspeed, 04-2014)




Best Graphic Story: Ms. Marvel Volume 1: No Normal, written by G. Willow Wilson, illustrated by Adrian Alphona and Jake Wyatt, (Marvel Comics)



Annie Bellet and Marko Kloos, who both withdrew their names from the ballot due to the Rabid Puppies and Sad Puppies slate fiasco, were awarded Alfies. 


For a full list of winners and nominees, go here.


There is also a very interesting article on Wired today regarding the Hugos and the Puppies: "Who Won Science Fiction's Hugo Awards, And Why it Matters". As Amy Wallace writes:


"[I]n recent years, as sci-fi has expanded to include storytellers who are women, gays and lesbians, and people of color, the Hugos have changed, too. At the presentation each August, the Gods with the rockets in their hands have been joined by Goddesses and those of other ethnicities and genders and sexual orientations, many of whom want to tell stories about more than just spaceships.


Early this year, that shift sparked a backlash: a campaign, organized by three white, male authors, that resulted in a final Hugo ballot dominated by mostly white, mostly male nominees. While the leaders of this two-pronged movement—one faction calls itself the Sad Puppies and the other the Rabid Puppies—broke no rules, many sci-fi writers and fans felt they had played dirty, taking advantage of a loophole in an arcane voting process that enables a relatively few number of voters to dominate."


More here.