2016 Hugo Award Finalists

The finalists for this year’s Hugo Awards and John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer were announced on Tuesday, April 26.

There were 4032 valid nominating ballots (4015 electronic and 17 paper) received and counted from the members of Sasquan, MidAmeriCon II, and Worldcon 75.

Updated 05/07/2016: ** Indicates an addition to the Hugo ballot made on May 6 to replace a nominee that was withdrawn. (The items withdrawn are lined through.)

BEST NOVEL (3695 ballots)

  • Ancillary Mercy by Ann Leckie (Orbit)
  • The Cinder Spires: The Aeronaut’s Windlass by Jim Butcher (Roc)
  • The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin (Orbit)
  • Seveneves: A Novel by Neal Stephenson (William Morrow)
  • Uprooted by Naomi Novik (Del Rey)

BEST NOVELLA (2416 ballots)

  • Binti by Nnedi Okorafor (Tor.com)
  • The Builders by Daniel Polansky (Tor.com)
  • Penric’s Demon by Lois McMaster Bujold (Spectrum)
  • Perfect State by Brandon Sanderson (Dragonsteel Entertainment)
  • Slow Bullets by Alastair Reynolds (Tachyon)

BEST NOVELETTE (1975 ballots)

  • “And You Shall Know Her by the Trail of Dead” by Brooke Bolander (Lightspeed, Feb 2015)
  • “Flashpoint: Titan” by CHEAH Kai Wai (There Will Be War Volume X, Castalia House)
  • “Folding Beijing” by Hao Jingfang, trans. Ken Liu (Uncanny Magazine, Jan?Feb 2015)
  • “Obits” by Stephen King (The Bazaar of Bad Dreams, Scribner)
  • “What Price Humanity?” by David VanDyke (There Will Be War Volume X, Castalia House)

BEST SHORT STORY (2451 ballots)

  • “Asymmetrical Warfare” by S. R. Algernon (Nature, Mar 2015)
  • “Cat Pictures Please” by Naomi Kritzer (Clarkesworld, January 2015)**
  • The Commuter by Thomas A. Mays (Stealth)
  • “If You Were an Award, My Love” by Juan Tabo and S. Harris (voxday.blogspot.com, Jun 2015)
  • “Seven Kill Tiger” by Charles Shao (There Will Be WarVolume X, Castalia House)
  • Space Raptor Butt Invasion by Chuck Tingle (Amazon Digital Services)

BEST RELATED WORK (2080 ballots)

  • Between Light and Shadow: An Exploration of the Fiction of Gene Wolfe, 1951 to 1986 by Marc Aramini (Castalia House)
  • “The First Draft of My Appendix N Book” by Jeffro Johnson (jeffro.wordpress.com)
  • “Safe Space as Rape Room” by Daniel Eness (castaliahouse.com)
  • SJWs Always Lie: Taking Down the Thought Police by Vox Day (Castalia House)
  • “The Story of Moira Greyland” by Moira Greyland (askthebigot.com)

BEST GRAPHIC STORY (1838 ballots)

  • The Divine written by Boaz Lavie, art by Asaf Hanuka and Tomer Hanuka (First Second)
  • Erin Dies Alone written by Grey Carter, art by Cory Rydell (dyingalone.net)
  • Full Frontal Nerdity by Aaron Williams (ffn.nodwick.com)
  • Invisible Republic Vol 1 written by Corinna Bechko and Gabriel Hardman, art by Gabriel Hardman (Image Comics)
  • The Sandman: Overture written by Neil Gaiman, art by J.H. Williams III (Vertigo)


  • Avengers: Age of Ultron written and directed by Joss Whedon (Marvel Studios; Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures)
  • Ex Machina written and directed by Alex Garland (Film4; DNA Films; Universal Pictures)
  • Mad Max: Fury Road written by George Miller, Brendan McCarthy, and Nico Lathouris, directed by George Miller (Village Roadshow Pictures; Kennedy Miller Mitchell; RatPac?Dune Entertainment; Warner Bros. Pictures)
  • The Martian screenplay by Drew Goddard, directed by Ridley Scott (Scott Free Productions; Kinberg Genre; TSG Entertainment; 20th Century Fox)
  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens written by Lawrence Kasdan, J. J. Abrams, and Michael Arndt, directed by J.J. Abrams (Lucasfilm Ltd.; Bad Robot Productions; Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures)


  • Doctor Who: “Heaven Sent” written by Steven Moffat, directed by Rachel Talalay (BBC Television)
  • Grimm: “Headache” written by Jim Kouf and David Greenwalt, directed by Jim Kouf (Universal Television; GK Productions; Hazy Mills Productions; Open 4 Business Productions; NBCUniversal Television Distribution)
  • Jessica Jones: “AKA Smile” written by Scott Reynolds, Melissa Rosenberg, and Jamie King, directed by Michael Rymer (Marvel Television; ABC Studios; Tall Girls Productions; Netflix)
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic: “The Cutie Map” Parts 1 and 2 written by Scott Sonneborn, M.A. Larson, and Meghan McCarthy, directed by Jayson Thiessen and Jim Miller (DHX Media/Vancouver; Hasbro Studios)
  • Supernatural: “Just My Imagination” written by Jenny Klein, directed by Richard Speight Jr. (Kripke Enterprises; Wonderland Sound and Vision; Warner Bros. Television)

BEST EDITOR  – SHORT FORM (1891 ballots)

  • John Joseph Adams
  • Neil Clarke
  • Ellen Datlow
  • Jerry Pournelle
  • Sheila Williams

BEST EDITOR – LONG FORM (1764 ballots)

  • Vox Day
  • Sheila E. Gilbert
  • Liz Gorinsky
  • Jim Minz
  • Toni Weisskopf


  • Lars Braad Andersen
  • Larry Elmore
  • Abigail Larson
  • Michal Karcz
  • Larry Rostant

BEST SEMIPROZINE (1457 ballots)

  • Beneath Ceaseless Skies edited by Scott H. Andrews, Nicole Lavigne, and Kate Marshall
  • Daily Science Fiction edited by Michele?Lee Barasso and Jonathan Laden
  • Sci Phi Journal edited by Jason Rennie
  • Strange Horizons edited by Catherine Krahe, Julia Rios, A. J. Odasso, Vanessa Rose Phin, Maureen Kincaid Speller, and the Strange Horizons staff
  • Uncanny Magazine edited by Edited by Lynne M. Thomas & Michael Damian Thomas, Michi Trota, and Erika Ensign & Steven Schapansky

BEST FANZINE (1455 ballots)

  • Black Gate edited by John O’Neill
  • Castalia House Blog edited by Jeffro Johnson
  • File 770 edited by Mike Glyer
  • Lady Business edited by Clare, Ira, Jodie, KJ, Renay, and Susan **
  • Superversive SF edited by Jason Rennie
  • Tangent Online edited by Dave Truesdale

BEST FANCAST (1267 ballots)

  • 8-4 Play, Mark MacDonald, John Ricciardi, Hiroko Minamoto, and Justin Epperson
  • Cane and Rinse, Cane and Rinse
  • HelloGreedo, HelloGreedo
  • The Rageaholic, RazörFist
  • Tales to Terrify, Stephen Kilpatrick

BEST FAN WRITER (1568 ballots)

  • Douglas Ernst
  • Mike Glyer
  • Morgan Holmes
  • Jeffro Johnson
  • Shamus Young

BEST FAN ARTIST (1073 ballots)

  • Matthew Callahan
  • disse86
  • Kukuruyo
  • Christian Quinot
  • Steve Stiles


  • Pierce Brown *
  • Sebastien de Castell *
  • Brian Niemeier
  • Andy Weir *
  • Alyssa Wong *

* Finalists in their 2nd year of eligibility

71 thoughts on “2016 Hugo Award Finalists

  1. @Eli If I wrote a book and literally the only person willing to publish it (bearing in mind that self-publication is always an option) was a Nazi troll running a vanity publishing operation with editing standards so poor he’ll put out books with two chapters five, then I’d be seriously considering the possibility that the book just wasn’t worth publishing…

  2. Also:

    a. Andy Weir is confirmed as eligible for the Campbell – which may be relevant when considering other people’s eligibility in future.

    b. Wot, no Thomas Olde Heuvelt?

  3. Aramini is in the comments on the latest Making Light post, saying that he thinks literally no one else would ever have published his book.

    Of course. No one would ever publish a book of science fiction related literary criticism. Oh wait:

    The World According to Philip K. Dick by Alexander Dunst and Stefan Schlensag. Palgrave 2015.

    The Science Fiction of Phyllis Gotlieb by Dominick Grace. McFarland 2015.

    Lois McMaster Bujold. Modern Masters of Science Fiction by Edward James. U of Illinois Press 2015.

    Frederik Pohl. Modern Masters of Science Fiction by Michael R. Page. U of Illinois Press 2015.

    Ray Bradbury. Modern Masters of Science Fiction by David Seed. U of Illinois Press 2015.

    That’s just books of literary criticism focused on a single science fiction author that were published in 2015. There are literally dozens of books of literary criticism published every year. For more examples see this bibliography.

    I am always amazed by the apparent utter cluelessness of those who choose to work with Beale. Or maybe they aren’t clueless and are just being disingenuous to cover their ass. It is hard to tell. One isn’t really much better than the other in any event.

  4. This would be a good time to do a test run on EPH. The results should be presented at the business meeting before the vote on EPH.

  5. @Milt Stevens
    I believe we’ll be getting a basic analysis of how EPH would have affected the shortlist well before the business meeting so attending members can have time to think things over before the vote. What we won’t get is enough information to know specifics such as the longlist until after the Hugos are handed out as usual.

    It should be interesting to see how they pull this off.

  6. They would never have published one over 320,000 words, that’s for sure. Look at the length of those books: 200-250 pages max. Mine is over 800 pages and the second is trending well over a thousand. No matter what I say it will merely give you more justification to dislike me, so I will merely bow out here. Take care.

  7. @marc aramini
    Did you approach Toni Weisskopf at Baen or anyone at Tor? Did you talk to a university press? Sure you might have had to cut your book into more pieces or not. But who did you try to sell it to?

  8. I’d have voted for the ponies in the first season or two, but lately they’ve lost whatever it was that made it work for kids and adults both. Not as much as the reincarnated Powerpuff Girls, which really ought to have a big E/I “bug” slapped on them, the lessons are so obvious.

  9. They would never have published one over 320,000 words, that’s for sure. Look at the length of those books: 200-250 pages max. Mine is over 800 pages and the second is trending well over a thousand.

    A perusal through the linked bibliography reveals several books on it published in 2015 that are 300-305 pages long, and one that is 920 pages long. Basically, you don’t know what you are talking about. I suspect it is because you were too lazy to actually do any research on the subject.

  10. Earlier today I told someone that, after reading Hot Pterodactyl Boyfriend, that I could live without reading scenes involving “relations” between humans and Cretaceous creatures ever again. It just dawned on me that I’ll be reading such a work again very soon. I’ll just be over here in a corner dying a slow death.

  11. @K8

    Erotica, much less niche erotica is not my thing. But as Tingle is not on my exclude list, I’ll at least start to read his book and give it a fair shake.

    I will have a bottle of vodka nearby though.

  12. At least it will be shorter. And, I should be able to work in a few palate-cleansing texts by then. The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge is on my read-soon list. I expect it to be a refreshing change.

  13. Well, I honestly have nothing against gay dinosaur erotica. I mean, like, whatever. I’m not gay, and I don’t think of dinosaurs that way, but I certainly have no problems with those who do. It doesn’t squick me out; it merely fails to interest me.

    The thing that concerns me is that it appears to be what you might call “extruded product”, churned out as rapidly as possible to fill a market demand that has absolutely no concerns for/interest in the quality of the writing. That’s not a recipe known for generating great fiction, to put it mildly.

    On the other hand, from everything I’ve heard about this Tingle guy, he has a pretty good sense of humor, at least on social media. If that also makes it into his work, then, who knows? I might even make it all the way to the end before making my final decision.

    Heck, I loved “Fuck Me, Ray Bradbury” (finalist for DP/short in 2011), and that one had to be nearly as embarrassing to those who find themselves embarrassed by such things. 😀

  14. Xtifr, I think the mistake you’re making is that, because it looks like gay dinosaur erotica, it’s actually gay dinosaur erotica. It’s a much more meta joke than that. He’s the Stephen Colbert of direct-to-Kindle erotica, everything about the persona is a parody invention. It’s definitely not great fiction. But that’s part of the performance.

    The guy who puts out stories like “Slammed in the Butthole By My Concept of Linear Time”, “Oppressed In The Butt By My Inclusive Holiday Coffee Cups”, and recursive stories like “Pounded In The Butt By My Own Butt” and “Pounded In The Butt By My Book ‘Pounded In The Butt By My Own Butt'” is not putting out ordinary extruded product. Terrible, forgettable prose, yes. Extruded product, not really. The product isn’t the prose, it’s the gonzo satire.

  15. @John A Arkansawyer:

    I’m bummed that the final Phineas and Ferb episode didn’t make the ballot.

    Me too! Curse you, Puppy the Rabidpus!

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