2017 Hugo Award Winners

The winners of the 2017 Hugo Awards and John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer were announced by Worldcon 75 on August 11.

Best Novel

  • The Obelisk Gate, by N. K. Jemisin (Orbit Books)

Best Novella

  • Every Heart a Doorway, by Seanan McGuire (Tor.com publishing)

Best Novelette

  • The Tomato Thief”, by Ursula Vernon (Apex Magazine, January 2016)

Best Short Story

  • Seasons of Glass and Iron”, by Amal El-Mohtar (The Starlit Wood: New Fairy Tales, Saga Press)

Best Related Work

  • Words Are My Matter: Writings About Life and Books, 2000-2016, by Ursula K. Le Guin (Small Beer)

Best Graphic Story

  • Monstress, Volume 1: Awakening, written by Marjorie Liu, illustrated by Sana Takeda (Image)

Best Dramatic Presentation (Long Form)

  • Arrival, screenplay by Eric Heisserer based on a short story by Ted Chiang, directed by Denis Villeneuve (21 Laps Entertainment/FilmNation Entertainment/Lava Bear Films)

Best Dramatic Presentation (Short Form)

  • The Expanse: “Leviathan Wakes”, written by Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby, directed by Terry McDonough (SyFy)

Best Editor – Short Form

  • Ellen Datlow

Best Editor – Long Form

  • Liz Gorinsky

Best Professional Artist

  • Julie Dillon

Best Semiprozine

  • Uncanny Magazine, edited by Lynne M. Thomas & Michael Damian Thomas, Michi Trota, Julia Rios, and podcast produced by Erika Ensign & Steven Schapansky

Best Fanzine

  • Lady Business, edited by Clare, Ira, Jodie, KJ, Renay, and Susan

Best Fancast

  • Tea and Jeopardy, presented by Emma Newman with Peter Newman

Best Fan Writer

  • Abigail Nussbaum

Best Fan Artist

  • Elizabeth Leggett

Best Series

  • The Vorkosigan Saga, by Lois McMaster Bujold (Baen)

John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer

  • Ada Palmer (1st year of eligibility)

HUGO BASE. Designed by Eeva Jokinen. Photo by Cheryl Morgan.

Also presented during the Hugo Ceremony:

Big Heart Award

Carolina Gomez Lagerlöf

First Fandom Hall of Fame Award

Les and Es Cole

First Fandom Posthumous Hall of Fame

Jim Harmon

Sam Moskowitz Archive Award

Jon Swartz

Seiun Awards

Best Translated Long Story

  • United States of Japan by Peter Tieryas / tr. Naoya Nakahara (Hayakawa Publishing, Inc.)

Best Tranlated Short Story

(2 winners)

  • “Backward, Turn Backward” by James Tiptree, Jr. / tr. Kazuko Onoda (Hayakawa Publishing, Inc.)


  • “Simulacrum” by Ken Liu / tr. Furusawa Yoshimichi (Hayakawa Publishing, Inc.)

Atorox Award


Atorox Award

  • “The Temple of Heavenly Tears” by Maiju Ihalainen

The Atorox Award goes to the best Finnish sf short story published in the previous year.

Atorox the robot appeared in a series of stories by Aarne Haapakoski (1904–1961), one of the first sf writers in Finland.

65 thoughts on “2017 Hugo Award Winners

  1. Congratulations to the winners!

    @David Goldfarb: I agree with you that The Vision wasn’t consistent with what I know of the history of the character (though I haven’t really been following him for years, unless you count the movies). I personally ranked the series #2 after Monstress, but it only worked for me as an Elseworlds-type story. I was a huge Vision fan back in the 1980s, and I probably would have hated it then, even as an out-of-continuity story.

    @Khitty Hawk: I was sorry that Too Like the Lightning didn’t do better, but I already knew from comments here and elsewhere that it was a tremendously polarizing book that people seemed to either love or hate. I was delighted that Ada Palmer won the Campbell, though.

  2. Wait: searching for Nicoll missed my name misspelled and could not have found Young People. Gosh. It’s (and this is not sarcasm) an honour to be nominated, although I expect I won’t ever be a finalist again.

    (it’s not that I am filled with an unquenchable hunger for accolades. It’s just I’m tied for Hugo nominations with the guy who drives me to weekly gaming and I may just slightly competitive)

  3. Some of those races were incredibly tight. A Closed and Common Orbit was still at 24% of the remaining vote when it got eliminated at pass 4, then Ninefox Gambit had 32% next pass, and then All the Birds in the Sky with 49% at the last pass. Fan Writer was choppier, but Abigail/Chuck/Mike are all above 32% on pass 4.

    Then on the flip side you’ve got Arrival or the Vorkosigan Saga, which won on pass 5 (i.e., outvoted the next two combined at that pass), and nearly got there on pass 4. Ada Palmer came close to a pass 5 win also.

    I should possibly stop playing with numbers and go to sleep.

  4. Linda S, I’m one of the reasons Ada Palmer didn’t win Novel but did win the Campbell. I didn’t like Too Like The Lightning — it didn’t work for me. (Ninefox Gambit was my top pick.) But I recognized the craft and skill that went into the story, and so despite ranking her fifth or sixth on my Novel ballot I ranked her first or second on my Campbell ballot.

  5. @Hampus: “I have a real hard time understanding what people saw in Black Panther or Ms Marvel. One was confusing with unlikeable characters and the other standard fare.”

    What I particularly enjoy about Ms. Marvel is the window into a culture that I am not a part of, coupled with enough “standard fare” heroism to make that culture accessible. For instance, the attempt to “clone” herself to meet all of her responsibilities is gloriously big-hearted and naive all at once. She’s a fundamentally good person who’s trying to do the most good she can, and she learns from her mistakes in doing so. Sometimes she needs an intervention, and that’s not a weakness… it’s a consequence of adults who should know better forgetting that she’s a teenager with sharply limited spoons and several non-superhero responsibilities.

    If only this were standard fare in more comics! Maybe it suffers when isolated from wider context, as with other series books?

  6. Ms. Marvel just makes me happy; its nomination got me to read the first collection a few years back, and I’ve kept up with it ever since. Even when there are problems with the plot (Civil War II), I just enjoy the characters.

    James Nicoll: I nominated you…

  7. I’m extremely happy that Ada Palmer won a Campbell and I say that after having seen her perform in the acapella group Sassafrass here at Worldcon. Their versions of the norse creation myths were wonderful. Like a piece if magic.

    We had to leave early, but I have to buy the record. This was one of my highlights of Worldcon. So yes, award worthy. In so many different ways.

  8. Andrew: Will there be a Longlist short work anthology produced this year?

    I’m pretty sure that I saw David Steffen mention that he is hoping to do one again this year, but is waiting to see the nomination results to see whether it’s feasible.

    I am unable to find where I saw this, but I subscribe to his newsletter, so that may be where I read it.

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