The Hugo Awards are nominated and voted on by attendees and supporters of WorldCon, the World Science Fiction and Fantasy Convention. Though this does say ‘world’, most of the works tend to be in English. There are tons of categories for this award, and I’m not going to cover them all. Or even most of them. You can find the full list here.
(Links below go to the Aquabrowser page for the book. So you can find more information about it and place a hold on it if it sounds good!)
The nominees for best novel are:
Time travel. British history. What’s not the like? Is it only in the science fiction and fantasy field that it’s acceptable to take one novel and break it into two or more separate books?
Cryoburn by Lois McMaster Bujold
The latest in the Miles Vorkosigan saga. If you don’t know what space opera is, this is it!
The Dervish House by Ian McDonald
I’ve got nothin’, sorry!
Feed by Mira Grant
Not to be confused with Feed by M.T. Anderson.
The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms by N.K. Jemisin
Have you read this one yet? It may sound familiar! Since it appeared on both the Nebula Nominees and the Tiptree Honor List.
Under the short fiction categories, Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine garnered 5 nominations for stories it published. If you’d like to read those, we have the entire year’s worth of back issues.
The nominated movies (Best Dramatic Presentation, long form) are:
I have not seen “Inception”, but I highly recommend all of the others.
For Best Dramatic Presentation, short form, Doctor Who episodes got 3 of the 5 nominations. If you’re not watching Doctor Who, why aren’t you?
You may have noticed a lot more links in this post to books in our catalog than were present in my Tiptree or Nebula posts. (Some of them are even available as downloads from Overdrive!) I have to say the reason I believe this is is that works that get selected for library shelves across the country (and other English-speaking countries) are the ones the WorldCon attending public are most likely to have heard of and read, because they were on those library shelves. In a very real sense, the Hugo awards are a popularity contest. Not that the novels nominated aren’t great books. But other, better books, may get overlooked because they didn’t receive the right marketing or the right reviews. So they didn’t get purchased in quantity by bookstores or by libraries. So the Hugo voters didn’t know about them, not in enough numbers for that novel to get on the ballot.
Who will win? We won’t know until August 20th! My prediction is either Connie Willis or Lois McMaster Bujold. But we’ll see!