2009 Hugo Nominees

The 2009 Hugo nominees have been announced by the Anticipation committee. In all, 799 nominating ballots were cast; the number of ballots in each category marked with at least one nominee is indicated in parentheses.

Best Novel (639 Ballots Cast)

  • Anathem by Neal Stephenson (Morrow; Atlantic UK)
  • The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman (HarperCollins; Bloomsbury UK)
  • Little Brother by Cory Doctorow (Tor Teen; HarperVoyager UK)
  • Saturn’s Children by Charles Stross (Ace; Orbit UK)
  • Zoe’s Tale by John Scalzi (Tor)

Best Novella (337 Ballots Cast)

  • ‘‘The Erdmann Nexus’’ by Nancy Kress (Asimov’s Oct/Nov 2008)
  • ‘‘The Political Prisoner’’ by Charles Coleman Finlay (F&;SF Aug 2008)
  • ‘‘The Tear’’ by Ian McDonald (Galactic Empires)
  • ‘‘True Names’’ by Benjamin Rosenbaum & Cory Doctorow (Fast Forward 2)
  • ‘‘Truth’’ by Robert Reed (Asimov’s Oct/Nov 2008)

Best Novelette (373 Ballots Cast)

  • ‘‘Alastair Baffle’s Emporium of Wonders’’ by Mike Resnick (Asimov’s Jan 2008)
  • ‘‘The Gambler’’ by Paolo Bacigalupi (Fast Forward 2)
  • ‘‘Pride and Prometheus’’ by John Kessel (F&SF Jan 2008)
  • ‘‘The Ray-Gun: A Love Story’’ by James Alan Gardner (Asimov’s Feb 2008)
  • ‘‘Shoggoths in Bloom’’ by Elizabeth Bear (Asimov’s Mar 2008)

Best Short Story (448 Ballots Cast)

  • ‘‘26 Monkeys, Also the Abyss’’ by Kij Johnson (Asimov’s Jul 2008)
  • ‘‘Article of Faith’’ by Mike Resnick (Baen’s Universe Oct 2008)
  • ‘‘Evil Robot Monkey’’ by Mary Robinette Kowal (The Solaris Book of New Science Fiction, Volume Two)
  • ‘‘Exhalation’’ by Ted Chiang (Eclipse Two)
  • ‘‘From Babel’s Fall’n Glory We Fled’’ by Michael Swanwick (Asimov’s Feb 2008)

Best Related Book (263 Ballots Cast)

  • Rhetorics of Fantasy by Farah Mendlesohn (Wesleyan University Press)

  • Spectrum 15: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art by Cathy Fenner & Arnie Fenner, eds. (Underwood Books)

  • The Vorkosigan Companion: The Universe of Lois McMaster Bujold by
    Lillian Stewart Carl & John Helfers, eds. (Baen)

  • What It Is We Do When We Read Science Fiction by Paul Kincaid (Beccon Publications)

  • Your Hate Mail Will Be Graded: A Decade of Whatever, 1998-2008 by John Scalzi (Subterranean Press)

Best Graphic Story (212 Ballots Cast)

  • The Dresden Files: Welcome to the Jungle Written by Jim Butcher, art
    by Ardian Syaf (Del Rey/Dabel Brothers Publishing)

  • Girl Genius, Volume 8: Agatha Heterodyne and the Chapel of Bones
    Written by Kaja & Phil Foglio, art by Phil Foglio, colors by Cheyenne Wright (Airship Entertainment)

  • Fables: War and Pieces Written by Bill Willingham, pencilled by Mark
    Buckingham, art by Steve Leialoha and Andrew Pepoy, color by Lee Loughridge, letters by Todd Klein (DC/Vertigo Comics)

  • Schlock Mercenary: The Body Politic Story and art by Howard Tayler
    (The Tayler Corporation)

  • Serenity: Better Days Written by Joss Whedon & Brett Matthews, art by Will Conrad, color by Michelle Madsen, cover by Jo Chen (Dark Horse Comics)

  • Y: The Last Man, Volume 10: Whys and Wherefores Written/created by Brian K. Vaughan, pencilled/created by Pia Guerra, inked by Jose Marzan, Jr. (DC/Vertigo Comics)

Best Dramatic Presentation, Long Form (436 Ballots Cast)

  • The Dark Knight Christopher Nolan & David S. Goyer, story; Jonathan Nolan and Christopher Nolan, screenplay; based on characters created by Bob Kane; Christopher Nolan, director (Warner Brothers)

  • Hellboy II: The Golden Army Guillermo del Toro & Mike Mignola, story; Guillermo del Toro, screenplay; based on the comic by Mike Mignola; Guillermo del Toro, director (Dark Horse, Universal)

  • Iron Man Mark Fergus & Hawk Ostby and Art Marcum & Matt Holloway, screenplay; based on characters created by Stan Lee & Don Heck & Larry Lieber & Jack Kirby; Jon Favreau, director (Paramount, Marvel Studios)

  • METAtropolis edited by John Scalzi; Elizabeth Bear, Jay Lake, Tobias
    Buckell, John Scalzi, and Karl Schroeder, writers (Audible Inc.)

  • WALL-E Andrew Stanton & Pete Docter, story; Andrew Stanton & Jim Reardon, screenplay; Andrew Stanton, director (Pixar/Walt Disney)

Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form (336 Ballots Cast)

  • Lost: “The Constant”, Carlton Cuse & Damon Lindelof, writers; Jack Bender, director (Bad Robot, ABC studios)

  • Doctor Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog Joss Whedon, & Zack Whedon, & Jed Whedon, & Maurissa Tancharoen, writers; Joss Whedon, director (Mutant Enemy)

  • Battlestar Galactica: “Revelations”, Bradley Thompson & David Weddle, writers; Michael Rymer, director (NBC Universal)

  • Doctor Who: “Silence in the Library”/”Forest of the Dead”, Steven Moffat, writer; Euros Lyn, director (BBC Wales)

  • Doctor Who: “Turn Left”, Russell T. Davies, writer; Graeme Harper, director (BBC Wales)

Best Editor, Short Form (377 Ballots Cast)

  • Ellen Datlow
  • Stanley Schmidt
  • Jonathan Strahan
  • Gordon Van Gelder
  • Sheila Williams

Best Editor, Long Form (273 Ballots Cast)

  • Lou Anders
  • Ginjer Buchanan
  • David G. Hartwell
  • Beth Meacham
  • Patrick Nielsen Hayden

Best Professional Artist (334 Ballots Cast)

  • Daniel Dos Santos
  • Bob Eggleton
  • Donato Giancola
  • John Picacio
  • Shaun Tan

Best Semiprozine (283 Ballots Cast)

  • Clarkesworld Magazine edited by Neil Clarke, Nick Mamatas, & Sean Wallace

  • Interzone edited by Andy Cox

  • Locus edited by Charles N. Brown, Kirsten Gong-Wong, & Liza Groen Trombi

  • The New York Review of Science Fiction edited by Kathryn Cramer, Kris Dikeman, David G. Hartwell, & Kevin J. Maroney

  • Weird Tales edited by Ann VanderMeer & Stephen H. Segal

Best Fan Writer (291 Ballots Cast)

  • Chris Garcia
  • John Hertz
  • Dave Langford
  • Cheryl Morgan
  • Steven H Silver

Best Fanzine (257 Ballots Cast)

  • Argentus edited by Steven H Silver
  • Banana Wings edited by Claire Brialey and Mark Plummer
  • Challenger edited by Guy H. Lillian III
  • The Drink Tank edited by Chris Garcia
  • Electric Velocipede edited by John Klima
  • File 770 edited by Mike Glyer

Best Fan Artist (187 Ballots Cast)

  • Alan F. Beck
  • Brad W. Foster
  • Sue Mason
  • Taral Wayne
  • Frank Wu

The John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer (288 Ballots Cast)

  • Aliette de Bodard*
  • David Anthony Durham*
  • Felix Gilman
  • Tony Pi*
  • Gord Sellar*

*(Second year of eligibility)

Diane Lacey of the Hugo Administration Committee adds these insights: “Included amongst the many distinguished nominees this year is Neil Gaiman’s Newberry Award winning novel, The Graveyard Book, for best novel. The field is shared this year by two other YA novels, Cory Doctorow’s Little Brother and John Scalzi’s Zoe’s Tale. Completing the category are, Neal Stephenson’s Anathem and Saturn’s Children by Charles Stross. Also of note is the nomination of the audiobook METAtropolis, edited by John Scalzi, in the category of Best Dramatic Presentation, Long Form. This is the first nomination for an audiobook in this category.”

And, John Scalzi has announced plans to put together another Hugo Voters package this year.

Postscript: With impressive speed, Jamie Grove at “How Not To Write” has rounded up links to all the nominees. Well worth a look: http://www.hownottowrite.com/writer-profiles/hugo-awards-2009-friday-link-love/.

Update 03/20/2009: Input Anticipation’s corrections to Best Novel publishers. Added link to Jamie Grove’s site.

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