Best Series Hugo:
Eligible Series from 2019

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By JJ: To assist Hugo nominators, listed below are the series believed to be eligible as of this writing for the 2020 Best Series Hugo next year *†.

Each series name is followed by the main author name(s) and the 2019-published work(s).

Feel free to add missing series and the name of the 2019-eligible work in the comments, and I will get them included in the main post.

I just ask that suggesters (1) first do a Find on author surname on this page, to check whether the series is already on the list, and (2) then make an effort to verify that a series does indeed have 3 volumes, that it has a 2019-published work, and that it has likely met the 240,000 word threshold; in the past I have spent a considerable amount of time trying to verify suggested series, only to discover that they had fewer than 3 volumes, or nothing published in the current year, or weren’t anything close to 240,000 words (e.g., children’s books). Self-published works may or may not be added to the list at my discretion.

Note that the 2017 Hugo Administrator ruled that nominations for a series and one of its subseries will not be combined. Therefore, when nominating a subseries work, think carefully under which series name it should be nominated. If the subseries does not yet meet the 3-volume, 240,000 word count threshold, then the main series name should be nominated. If the subseries does meet that threshold, then the subseries name should probably be nominated. This will ensure that another subseries in the same universe, or the main series itself, would still be eligible next year if this subseries is a finalist this year.

The 2018 and 2019 Hugo Administrators ruled that the 2017 Best Series Finalists, although the result of a one-time category, were subject to the same re-qualification requirements as the 2018 Best Series Finalists, and it is likely this will be the rule going forward; bear that in mind when making your nominations.

* ineligible series are preceded by an asterisk

  • Age of Dread by Stephen Aryan, Magebane
  • Alex Benedict by Jack McDevitt, Octavia Gone
  • Alex Craft by Kalayna Price, Grave Destiny
  • Alex Verus by Benedict Jacka, Fallen
  • Aliens by Mira Grant, Alien Echo
  • Alita: Battle Angel by Pat Cadigan, Alita: Battle Angel; by Nick Aires, Dr. Ido’s Journal
  • Alliance-Union by C.J. Cherryh and Jane Fancher, Alliance Rising
  • Alpennia by Heather Rose Jones, Floodtide
  • Amberlough Dossier by Lara Elena Donnelly, Amnesty
  • Analog by Eliot Peper, Breach
  • Andrea Cort / Draiken by Adam-Troy Castro, The Savannah Problem
  • Anno Dracula by Kim Newman, Anno Dracula 1999:Daikaiju
  • Assiti Shards / Ring of Fire by Eric Flint, 1637: The Polish Maelstrom
  • Athena Club by Theodora Goss, The Sinister Mystery of the Mesmerizing Girl
  • Axiom by Tim Pratt, The Forbidden Stars
  • Black Tide Rising by John Ringo and Mike Massa, River of Night
  • Book of the Ancestor by Mark Lawrence, Holy Sister
  • Books of Babel by Josiah Bancroft, The Hod King
  • Borne by Jeff VanderMeer, Dead Astronauts (may not have sufficient word count)
  • Bryant & May by Christopher Fowler, The Lonely Hour
  • Cainsville by Kelley Armstrong, Cruel Fate
  • Cassandra Palmer by Karen Chance, Brave the Tempest
  • Charley Davidson by Darynda Jones, Summoned to Thirteenth Grave
  • Chronicles of Elantra by Michelle Sagara, Cast in Oblivion
  • Chronicles of St. Mary’s by Jodi Taylor, Hope for the Best
  • Chronicles of St. Mary’s / Time Police by Jodi Taylor, Doing Time (must be nominated under the main series)
  • Chronicles of the One by Nora Roberts, The Rise of Magicks
  • Dark Talents by Kay Kenyon, Nest of the Monarch
  • Demon Wars / The Coven by R.A. Salvatore, Reckoning of Fallen Gods (must be nominated under the main series)
  • Destroyermen by Taylor Anderson, Pass of Fire
  • Devil’s West by Laura Anne Gilman, Gabriel’s Road (novella)
  • Diving Universe by Kristine Kathryn Rusch, The Renegat
  • Doctor Who by Tom Baker and James Goss, Scratchman
  • Dominion of the Fallen by Aliette de Bodard, The House of Sundering Flames
  • Donovan by W. Michael Gear, Pariah
  • Dracula by Dacre Stoker and J.D. Barker, Dracul
  • Dragon Corsairs by Margaret Weis and Robert Krammes, Kingmaker
  • Elemental Logic by Laurie J. Marks, Air Logic
  • Empires of Dust by Anna Smith Spark, The House of Sacrifice
  • Enchanter General by Dave Duncan, Merlin Redux
  • Eric Carter by Stephen Blackmoore, Fire Season
  • Essalieyan / Annagar / Breodani Universe / House War by Michelle West, Firstborn and War
  • Eternal Sky / Lotus Kingdoms by Elizabeth Bear, The Red-Stained Wings
  • Expanse by James S.A. Corey, Tiamat’s Wrath
  • Far Stars by Jay Allan, The Emperor’s Fist
  • Fifth Ward by Dale Lucas, Good Company
  • Firefly by James Lovegrove, The Magnificent Nine, by Tim Lebbon, Generations
  • First Law by Joe Abercrombie, A Little Hatred
  • Godblind by Anna Stephens, Bloodchild
  • Gods of Blood and Powder by Brian McClellan, Blood of Empire
  • Godstalker Chronicles by P. C. Hodgell, By Demons Possessed
  • Grand Tour by Ben Bova, Earth
  • Great Library by Rachel Caine, Sword and Pen
  • Greta Helsing by Vivian Shaw, Grave Importance
  • Grishaverse by Leigh Bardugo, King of Scars
  • Hail Bristol / Farian War by K. B. Wagers, Down Among the Dead (must be nominated under the main series)
  • Halflife Chronicles / Chris Csejthe by Wm. Mark Simmons, A Witch in Time
  • Heroes in Hell by Andrew P. Weston, Hell Gate
  • Hidden Legacy by Ilona Andrews, Sapphire Flames
  • His Dark Materials / The Book of Dust by Philip Pullman, The Secret Commonwealth (must be nominated under the main series)
  • ICE Sequence by F. Paul Wilson, The Void Protocol
  • Imager Portfolio by L.E. Modesitt, Endgames
  • Immortal Dealers by Sarah Fine, The Warrior
  • In Death by J.D. Robb, Connections in Death and Vendetta in Death
  • InCryptid by Seanan McGuire, That Ain’t Witchcraft
  • Inda / Rise of the Alliance by Sherwood Smith, A Sword Named Truth (must be nominated under the main series)
  • Innkeeper Chronicles by Ilona Andrews, Sweep of the Blade
  • Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman, The Secret Chapter
  • Iron Dragon’s Daughter by Michael Swanwick, The Iron Dragon’s Mother
  • James Asher by Barbara Hambly, Prisoner of Midnight
  • Jane Hawk by Dean Koontz, The Night Window
  • Jurisdiction by Susan R. Matthews, Crimes Against Humanity
  • King’s Blades by Dave Duncan, The Ethical Swordsman
  • Lady Astronaut of Mars by Mary Robinette Kowal, Articulated Restraint (short story)
  • Legends of the Älfar by Markus Heitz, Raging Storm
  • Legends of the First Empire by Michael J. Sullivan, Age of Legend
  • Liaden by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller, Accepting the Lance, Fortune’s Favors (novella), and Shout of Honor (novella)
  • Lorien Legacies / Lorien Legacies Reborn by Pittacus Lore, Return to Zero
  • Lost Fleet / The Genesis Fleet by Jack Campbell, Triumphant
  • Luna by Ian McDonald, Luna: Moon Rising
  • *Machineries of Empire by Yoon Ha Lee, Hexarchate Stories (collection) (ineligible due to being a finalist in 2019 and having insufficient new word count and/or volumes to requalify)
  • Man-Kzin Wars by Larry Niven, Man-Kzin Wars XV
  • Maradaine Constabulary by Marshall Ryan Maresca, A Parliament of Bodies
  • *Memoirs of Lady Trent / Audrey Camherst by Marie Brennan, Turning Darkness Into Light (ineligible due to being a finalist in 2018 and having insufficient new word count and/or volumes to requalify)
  • Memory, Sorrow & Thorn / The Last King of Osten Ard by Tad Williams, Empire of Grass
  • Mercy Thompson by Patricia Briggs, Storm Cursed
  • Miriam Black by Chuck Wendig, Vultures
  • Modern Faerie Tales / Folk of the Air by Holly Black, The Queen of Nothing and The Wicked King
  • Monster Hunter by Larry Correia and Sarah A. Hoyt, Monster Hunter Guardian
  • Mythos War / Man in Black by Levi Black, Death Goddess Dance
  • Nanotech Succession / Inverted Frontier by Linda Nagata, Edges (must be nominated under the main series)
  • Los Nefilim by T. Frohock, Where Oblivion Lives
  • Nevernight by Jay Kristoff, Darkdawn
  • Newbury & Hobbes Investigations by George Mann, The Revenant Express
  • Numina by Charlie N. Holmberg, Siege and Sacrifice
  • *October Daye by Seanan McGuire, The Unkindest Tide (ineligible due to being a finalist in 2019 and having insufficient new word count and/or volumes to requalify)
  • Others by Anne Bishop, Wild Country
  • Palace of Dreams by J. Kathleen Cheney, In Dreaming Bound (may not meet word count)
  • Parasol Protectorate / Custard Protocol by Gail Carriger, Reticence
  • Path to Ascendancy by Ian C. Esslemont, Kellanved’s Reach
  • Peter Grant/Rivers of London by Ben Aaronovitch, False Values and The October Man (novella)
  • Planetfall by Emma Newman, Atlas Alone
  • Polity / Rise of the Jain by Neal Asher, The Warship (must be nominated under the main series)
  • Psycop by Jordan Castillo Price, Murder House
  • Queens of Renthia by Sarah Beth Durst, The Deepest Blue
  • Raven’s Mark by Ed McDonald, Crowfall
  • RCN by David Drake, To Clear Away the Shadows
  • Recluce by L. E. Modesitt, Jr., The Mage War
  • Red Rising by Pierce Brown, Dark Age
  • Relics / Angela Gough by Tim Lebbon, The Edge
  • Remembrance of Earth’s Past by Baoshu, The Redemption of Time
  • Road to Nowhere by Meg Elison, The Book of Flora
  • Rotherweird by Andrew Caldecott, Lost Acre
  • Rupert Wong by Cassandra Khaw, The Last Supper Before Ragnarok
  • Sacred Throne by Myke Cole, The Killing Light
  • Safehold by David Weber, Through Fiery Trials
  • Sharing Knife by Lois McMaster Bujold, Knife Children (novella)
  • Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi, Restore Me and Defy Me
  • Shattered Kingdoms by Evie Manieri, Strife’s Bane
  • Shannara / Fall of Shannara by Terry Brooks, The Stiehl Assassin
  • Sherlock Holmes vs. Cthulhu by Lois H. Gresh, The Adventure of the Innsmouth Mutations
  • Song of Shattered Sands by Bradley P. Beaulieu, Beneath the Twisted Trees and A Wasteland of My God’s Own Making (novella)
  • Soulwood by Faith Hunter, Circle of the Moon
  • Spellslinger by Sebastien de Castell, Crownbreaker
  • Star Trek: Discovery by Una McCormack, The Way to the Stars, by John Jackson Miller, The Enterprise War
  • Star Trek: The Next Generation by Dayton Ward, Available Light
  • Star Trek: The Original Series by Greg Cox, The Antares Maelstrom; by Christopher L. Bennett, The Captain’s Oath
  • Star Wars by E.K. Johnston, Queen’s Shadow; by Claudia Gray, Master and Apprentice
  • Star Wars: Alphabet Squadron by Alexander Freed, Alphabet Squadron (must be nominated under the main series)
  • Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge by Delilah S. Dawson, Black Spire (must be nominated under the main series)
  • Star Wars: Journey to Star Wars, by Rebecca Roanhorse, The Rise of Skywalker: Resistance Reborn (must be nominated under the main series)
  • Star Wars: Rise of Thrawn by Timothy Zahn, Treason
  • Sunsurge Quartet by David Hair, Hearts of Ice
  • Sword of Truth / Richard and Kahlan / Children of D’Hara by Terry Goodkind, The Scribbly Man (must be nominated under the main series)
  • Swords and Fire by Melissa Caruso, The Unbound Empire
  • Tales of the 22nd Century / Caine Riordan by Charles E. Gannon, Marque of Caine
  • Tao / Io by Wesley Chu, The Fall of Io (must be nominated under the main series)
  • *Tensorate by JY Yang, The Ascent to Godhood (ineligible due to insufficient word count)
  • Testament by Eric Van Lustbader, The Sum of All Shadows
  • Tides of War by James A. Moore, Gates of the Dead
  • Titan’s Forest by Thoraiya Dyer, Tides of the Titans
  • Valdemar / Family Spies by Mercedes Lackey, Eye Spy (must be nominated under the main series)
  • Vega Jane by David Baldacci, The Stars Below
  • Waking Land by Callie Bates, The Soul of Power
  • Warhammer 40K / The Horus Heresy by Nick Kyme and Laurie Goulding, Heralds of the Siege; by Guy Haley, Titandeath; by James Swallow, The Buried Dagger
  • Warhammer 40K / The Horus Heresy Primarchs by Guy Haley, Corax: Lord of Shadows
  • Warlock Holmes by G.S. Denning, The Sign of Nine
  • *Wayward Children by Seanan McGuire, In An Absent Dream (novella) (ineligible due to insufficient word count)
  • Wheel of Time by Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson, A Fire Within the Ways (novella)
  • Wildlands by Laura Bickle, Phoenix Falling
  • Winnowing Flame by Jen Williams, The Poison Song
  • Winternight by Katherine Arden, The Winter of the Witch
  • *Witches of Lychford by Paul Cornell, The Lights Go Out in Lychford (ineligible due to insufficient word count)
  • Witchlands by Susan Dennard, Bloodwitch
  • Witchy War by D.J. Butler, Witchy Kingdom
  • World of Prime by M. C. Planck, Black Harvest
  • *World of the Five Gods / Penric by Lois McMaster Bujold, The Orphans of Raspay (novella) (permanently ineligible as a previous winner)
  • Worldbreaker Saga by Kameron Hurley, The Broken Heavens
  • Worldquake by Scarlett Thomas, Gallowglass
  • Wormwood by Tade Thompson, The Rosewater Insurrection and The Rosewater Redemption

* no warranties are made about series eligibility (or lack thereof) based on word count

† no warranties are made about the presumed quality (or lack thereof) of listed series

74 thoughts on “Best Series Hugo:
Eligible Series from 2019

  1. Alpennia, Heather Rose Jones, Floodtide

    Grishaverse, Leigh Bardugo, King of Scars

    First Law World, Joe Abercrombie, A Little Hatred

    Worldquake, Scarlett Thomas, Gallowglass

  2. It should be Assanti Shards by Eric Flint. Might want to add (Ring of Fire)

    Gods of Blood and Powder, Brian McClellan, Blood of Empire

  3. Lady Astronaut of Mars, Mary Robinette Kowal, Articulated Restraint

    Sharing Knife Series, Lois McMaster Bujold, Knife Children

    Invisible Library, Genevieve Cogman, The Secret Chapter (Nov 14, 2019)

  4. Queen’s Thief by Megan Whalen Turner, Return of the Thief

    A correction: Return of the Thief had its publication delayed to August 2020, so Queen’s Thief is not eligible. Next year, though…

  5. JJ, would you and Mike be willing to add a “2020 Hugo Award” tag to this post, please? It would help find all the 2020 Hugo posts.

    Thanks!!

  6. Bill L. It should be Assanti Shards by Eric Flint. Might want to add (Ring of Fire)

    ISFDB and Wikipedia say it’s “Assiti”. But good idea on the alternate series title, it’s been added.

  7. Idle nitpick in passing: Hugo Awards are numbered by year of presentation not year of work. Thus, the 2019 Best Series Hugo has already been awarded, and the one presented in NZ next year will be the 2020 Hugo.

    Nevertheless, this looks like a fine piece of work.

  8. ULTRAGOTHA: JJ, would you and Mike be willing to add a “2020 Hugo Award” tag to this post, please? It would help find all the 2020 Hugo posts.

    Done.

  9. Tim Illingworth: Idle nitpick in passing: Hugo Awards are numbered by year of presentation not year of work. Thus, the 2019 Best Series Hugo has already been awarded, and the one presented in NZ next year will be the 2020 Hugo.

    That’s why the title of this post is “Eligible Series from 2019”, not “2019 Best Series Hugo”.

  10. (Minor point, but technically, the qualifying book for The Folk of the Air, by Holly Black, is The Queen of Nothing rather than The Wicked King. The Folk of the Air is also part of her overall Modern Faerie Tales universe.)

  11. “The Mongolian Wizard” is just nine short stories, far below the 240,000 word threshold.

    The King’s Blades, Dave Duncan, The Ethical Swordsman

  12. JJ

    That’s why the title of this post is “Eligible Series from 2019”, not “2019 Best Series Hugo”.

    Not in the first paragraph, it’s not.

    believed to be eligible as of this writing for the 2019 Best Series Hugo next year .

  13. Brandon Sanderson released a Wheel of Time short story in Unfettered 3 called “A Fire Withing the Ways”. Does this make WoT qualified?

  14. Thanks, JJ!

    Jesse H:
    The Wheel of Time, in its entirety, was nominated for Best Novel in 2014. While I personally would rather it not be nominated for series based on one additional story, I suspect the rules would allow it to be nominated based on one additional story.*

    And though this has nothing to do with it’s eligibility, Wikipedia says A Memory of Light is not considered canon. Do fans consider it part of the series?

    *I am not a Hugo Award Administrator and do not want to play one even on TV.

  15. Thank you for putting this together, JJ!

    A few additions:

    Far Stars by Jay Allan, The Emperor’s Fist
    Pass of Fire by Taylor Anderson, Destroyermen
    Hidden Legacy by Ilona Andrews, Sapphire Flames
    The Waking Land by Callie Bates, The Soul of Power
    The Mythos War by Levi Black, Death Goddess Dance
    Cassie Palmer by Karen Chance, Brave the Tempest
    Monster Hunter by Larry Correia, Monster Hunter Guardian (with Sarah A. Hoyt)
    Witchlands by Susan Dennard, Bloodwitch
    Warlock Holmes by G.S. Denning, Warlock Holmes: The Sign of Nine
    The Road to Nowhere by Meg Elison, The Book of Flora [1]
    The Immortal Dealers by Sarah Fine, The Warrior [2]
    Legends of the Älfar by Markus Heitz, Raging Storm
    Relics by Tim Lebbon, The Edge
    Lorien Legacies / Lorien Legacies Reborn by Pittacus Lore, Return to Zero
    Analog by Eliot Peper, Breach [3]
    World of Prime by M. C. Planck, Black Harvest
    Alex Craft by Kalayna Price, Grave Destiny
    Black Tide Rising by John Ringo, River of Night (with Mike Massa)
    Halflife Chronicles by Wm. Mark Simmons, A Witch in Time
    The Legends of the First Empire by Michael J. Sullivan, Age of Legend
    Legend of the Galactic Heroes by Yoshiki Tanaka, Legend of the Galactic Heroes, Volume 9: Upheaval
    The Testament Series by Eric Van Lustbader, The Sum of All Shadows
    The ICE Sequence by F. Paul Wilson, The Void Protocol

    [1] Combined page count, in trade paperback, 920 pages.
    [2] Combined page count, in trade paperback, 860 pages.
    [3] Combined page count, in hardcover, 756 pages.

    @ULTRAGOTHA: Wikipedia says A Memory of Light is not considered canon.

    -blinks- That sounds like it was edited in by fans that really disliked the ending.

    Martin

  16. @ULTRAGOTHA

    WoT has had 2 short stories published in Unfettered since 2014. Brandon Sanderson has described them as Novella length. In addition, the Wheel of Time Companion was released after 2014.

    I think what Wiki meant to say is that “A Fire Within the Ways” is not considered canon as Brandon had to cut it and move certain plot points forward in a different way. “A Memory of Light” is 100% canon.

  17. JJ- a correction to Michelle West’s War-the immediate series is called House War, and it is also part of the longer-running Chronicles of Essalieyan.

  18. Tim Illingworth: Not in the first paragraph, it’s not.

    Ah, that’s an artifact of me copying the intro from last year’s post and not getting all the years changed properly. Thanks for catching that.

  19. Kyra: the qualifying book for The Folk of the Air, by Holly Black, is The Queen of Nothing rather than The Wicked King.

    Both of them are required to make 3 volumes for the series. Thanks for the addition!

  20. Dan B.: “The Mongolian Wizard” is just nine short stories, far below the 240,000 word threshold.

    Thanks, my source said it had 9 works, and I didn’t drill down to see that they were all short fiction.

  21. Jesse H: Brandon Sanderson released a Wheel of Time short story in Unfettered 3 called “A Fire Within the Ways”. Does this make WoT qualified?

    Technically, yes, since the series was originally a Hugo finalist in the Novel category. It would be interesting to see how a Hugo admin would rule on that. But I hope that fans would recognize that the series has already gotten its due, and not try that one on in Series.

  22. Goobergunch: A few additions

    This one is already in. The rest have been added. Thanks!
    The Road to Nowhere by Meg Elison, The Book of Flora

  23. Given the bad case of life that has hit Jim C. Hines, it’s unlikely Janitors of the Apocalypse will have a third book out this year; with luck, Terminal Peace will be out next year, making the series eligible for the 2021 Hugo.

    And I see there are several series I need to catch up on….

  24. Chip Hitchcock: with luck, Terminal Peace will be out next year, making the series eligible for the 2021 Hugo.

    I adore that series — it’s great humor without the “tryhard” factor which so often impairs attempts at SF humor. My heart goes out to Hines for his loss, and I’ll be looking forward to the third book whenever he’s ready to publish it.

  25. ULTRAGOTHA: I am not a Hugo Award Administrator and do not want to play one even on TV.

    Next you’ll be telling us that you’re not bidding for a Worldcon. 😉

  26. Thanks for this! More books added to my TBR, but I was glad to learn about some new works in series I like.

  27. @JJ: Many thanks! 😀 Also thanks to @Mike Glyer, and to everyone providing additional information in the comments.

    No rush, but please add this one when you get a chance (book 10 in the series):

    Psycop by Jordan Castillo Price, Murder House

  28. @JJ: I have variable feelings about Hines’s work — too much does feel to me like he’s trying too hard to force a story to a cute idea — but the 2nd Janitors book felt a lot more workable. I don’t think the series will get the award as there will probably be a lot of competition next year (e.g., will there be a big-enough Wayward Children book to put the series over the limit?), but I wouldn’t be unhappy over it being nominated (as I was with this year’s winner).

  29. @Chip Hitchcock

    will there be a big-enough Wayward Children book to put the series over the limit?

    We’ve got a ways to go before it will make the word count. Right now there are four novellas which have all been right around 40,000 words each. Come Tumbling Down is scheduled for Jan 2020, and it is also being referred to as a novella. Unless it actually turns out to be double that length, there will need to be at least one more.

  30. @Hampus —

    Spellslinger by Sebastien de Castell, Crownbreaker

    I’m in love with this series. Waiting very impatiently for the next installment, which we won’t get in the US for months and months yet — and will have to wait even longer for in audio. Heavy sigh!

  31. Glad to see Mark Lawrence getting some love. His Book of the Ancestor series is fantastic and definitely worthy of broad attention.

    Seeing that Dave Duncan’s The King’s Blades series has another entry was fortuitous and welcome. I’m a big fan and consider him to be overlooked for broader scale awards recognition.

    I’d like to add Damien Black’s Broken Stone Chronicle to the list of eligible series. The most recent entry is Pilgrim’s Storm Brooding Book 1 of the series was a SPFBO finalist a few years back.

    Regards,
    Dann
    Me on a political map.

  32. Thanks for doing this, JJ.

    You’re missing the In Death series by J.D. Robb, which has two qualifying volumes this year, Connections in Death and Vendetta in Death.

    You’re also missing Chronicles of the One by J.D. Robb’s other identity Nora Roberts, a trilogy which is pushed over the best series threshold by the third volume The Rise of Magicks.

  33. And Ben Aaronovitch’s Peter Grant/Rivers of London series also has a novel coming up in November called False Values in addition to the novella The October Man.

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