The winners of the 2011 Hugo Awards were announced on Saturday at the 69th Annual World Science Fiction Convention in Reno, Nevada.
For those of you unfamiliar with the Hugo Awards, they have been given each year since 1953 by the World Science Fiction Society to recognize the best sci-fi and fantasy works from the previous year.
Awards this year were given in a number of major categories, including Best Novel, Best Graphic Story and Best Dramatic Presentations. What follows is a complete list of the winners.
BEST NOVEL - Blackout/All Clear by Connie Willis
BEST NOVELLA - The Lifecycle of Software Objects by Ted Chiang
BEST NOVELETTE - “The Emperor of Mars” by Allen M. Steele
BEST SHORT STORY - “For Want of a Nail” by Mary Robinette Kowal
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
BEST GRAPHIC STORY - Girl Genius, Vol. 10: Agatha Heterodyne and the Guardian Muse, written by Phil and Kaja Foglio, art by Phil Foglio, colors by Cheyenne Wright
BEST DRAMATIC PRESENTATION, LONG FORM - Inception, written and directed by Christopher Nolan
BEST DRAMATIC PRESENTATION, SHORT FORM - Doctor Who: “The Pandorica Opens/The Big Bang,” written by Steven Moffat; directed by Toby Haynes
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 - Lev Grossman
The Hugo Award for Best Novel is arguably the most prestigious of these awards, and “Blackout/All Clear” must be especially good. It won the Nebula Award for Best Novel in May and the Locus Award for Best Science Fiction Novel in June.
As you would imagine, Willis is no stranger to the Hugos. She also won a Best Novel Hugo in 1993 for her novel, “Doomsday Book” and again in 1999 for her novel, “To Say Nothing of the Dog.” She was nominated for a Best Novel Hugo in 1996 for “Remake” and again in 2002 for her novel, “Passage.”
The other nominees for this year’s Best Novel Award include the following books:
- “Cryoburn” by Lois McMaster Bujold
- “The Dervish House” by Ian McDonald
- “Feed” by Mira Grant
- “The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms” by N.K. Jemisin
For a complete list of the all time winners, see my post from April 1: http://leepeacock2010.blogspot.com/2011/04/how-many-of-these-hugo-award-winning.html. For a complete list of novels by Connie Willis, see my post from May 23: http://leepeacock2010.blogspot.com/2011/05/blackoutall-clear-wins-nebula-award-for.html.
In the end, what do you think of this year’s slate of Hugo winners? Which do you like or dislike and why? Let us know in the comments section below.