Sci-Fi Geeks, Rejoice! Hugo Winners Announced

If you’re one of those bookish geeks, and if your bookishness tastes a bit science-fictional, then you’re probably familiar with the Hugo Awards. If not, here’s the deal: since 1955, the World Science Fiction Convention (“Worldcon”) members have been voting on and awarding the Hugo, sci-fi’s most prestigious award. It’s like the Academy Awards but for a particular brand of geeks. We love them.

The winners of this year’s awards were announced over the weekend at the Peppermill Hotel in Reno:
BEST NOVEL

Blackout/All Clear by Connie Willis (Ballantine Spectra)

BEST NOVELLA

The Lifecycle of Software Objects by Ted Chiang (Subterranean)

BEST NOVELETTE

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

BEST SHORT STORY

For Want of a Nail” by Mary Robinette Kowal (Asimov’s, September 2010)

BEST RELATED WORK

Chicks Dig Time Lords: A Celebration of Doctor Who by the Women Who Love It, edited by Lynne M. Thomas and Tara O’Shea (Mad Norwegian)

BEST GRAPHIC STORY

Girl Genius, Volume 10: Agatha Heterodyne and the Guardian Muse, written by Phil and Kaja Foglio; art by Phil Foglio; colors by
Cheyenne Wright (Airship Entertainment)

BEST DRAMATIC PRESENTATION, LONG FORM

Inception, written and directed by Christopher Nolan (Warner)

BEST DRAMATIC PRESENTATION, SHORT FORM

Doctor Who: “The Pandorica Opens/The Big Bang,” written by Steven Moffat; directed by Toby Haynes (BBC Wales)

BEST EDITOR, SHORT FORM

Sheila Williams

BEST EDITOR, LONG FORM

Lou Anders

BEST PROFESSIONAL ARTIST

Shaun Tan

BEST SEMIPROZINE

Clarkesworld, edited by Neil Clarke, Cheryl Morgan, Sean Wallace; podcast directed by Kate Baker

BEST FANZINE

The Drink Tank, edited by Christopher J Garcia and James Bacon

BEST FAN WRITER

Claire Brialey

BEST FAN ARTIST

Brad W. Foster

JOHN W. CAMPBELL AWARD FOR BEST NEW WRITER

Award for the best new professional science fiction or fantasy writer of 2009 or 2010, sponsored by Dell Magazines (not a Hugo Award).

Lev Grossman

 

For the record, I’m very fond of Mary Robinette Kowal’s “For Want of a Nail” and I’m happy she won. I’m also a fan of Lev Grossman, so that was happy-making. Were there any surprises or disappointments for you guys in this year’s awards? 

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3 Responses to Sci-Fi Geeks, Rejoice! Hugo Winners Announced

  1. Just want to say – with no disrespect meant to the good Doctor, the short-form award should have gone to another nominee ("Fuck Me, Ray Bradbury") instead. I wonder if WorldCon members were just alarmed by the title and hadn't actually seen this awesome video.

  2. Oh, I assure you that from the conversations before, at, and after the Hugo Awards (I was providing the text-only play-by-play coverage on TheHugoAwards.org) that plenty of Worldcon members were aware of FMRB. At the end of the first round of voting for Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form, FMRB had the largest vote count of the five nominees (366 votes, more than any other nominee), but not a clear majority. Just having more votes at the start isn't enough to win; you have to get an outright majority through Instant Runoff voting. From the voting patterns, it appears that most of the Doctor Who voters who voted any of the three episodes as their first choice voted for the other two as their second and third. That means that as lower-placed candidates dropped out, the votes for the Three Doctors (ahem) converged on each other, leading to a win for one of them.

    So it's not that lots of people didn't like FMRB; it's just that they didn't like it so much that they could overwhelm the combined efforts of three other nominees whose supporters mutually supported each other.