Dublin 2019 Announces Hugo and Retro Hugo Finalists

The finalists for the 2019 Hugo Awards, John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer, the World Science Fiction Society (WSFS) Award for Best Young Adult Book, and the 1944 Retrospective Hugo Awards were announced April 2 in a live webcast.

There were 1800 valid nominating ballots (1797 electronic and 3 paper) received and counted from the members of the 2018 and 2019 World Science Fiction Conventions for the 2019 Hugo Awards.

For the 1944 Retro Hugo Awards, 217 valid nominating ballots (214 electronic and 3 paper) were received.

The webcast announcing the finalists is available for viewing on the Dublin 2019 YouTube channel.

Dublin 2019 – An Irish Worldcon will take place in and around the Convention Centre Dublin from August 15 to 19. More than 5,600 people have already signed up as members, including more than 4,580 attending members.

Voting on the final ballot will open later this month. Only Dublin 2019 members will be able to vote on the final ballot and choose the winners.

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Best Novel

  • The Calculating Stars, by Mary Robinette Kowal (Tor)
  • Record of a Spaceborn Few, by Becky Chambers (Hodder & Stoughton / Harper Voyager)
  • Revenant Gun, by Yoon Ha Lee (Solaris)
  • Space Opera, by Catherynne M. Valente (Saga)
  • Spinning Silver, by Naomi Novik (Del Rey / Macmillan)
  • Trail of Lightning, by Rebecca Roanhorse (Saga)

Best Novella

  • Artificial Condition, by Martha Wells (Tor.com publishing)
  • Beneath the Sugar Sky, by Seanan McGuire (Tor.com publishing)
  • Binti: The Night Masquerade, by Nnedi Okorafor (Tor.com publishing)
  • The Black God’s Drums, by P. Djèlí Clark (Tor.com publishing)
  • Gods, Monsters, and the Lucky Peach, by Kelly Robson (Tor.com publishing)
  • The Tea Master and the Detective, by Aliette de Bodard (Subterranean Press / JABberwocky Literary Agency)

Best Novelette

  • “If at First You Don’t Succeed, Try, Try Again,” by Zen Cho (B&N Sci-Fi and Fantasy Blog, 29 November 2018)
  • “The Last Banquet of Temporal Confections,” by Tina Connolly (Tor.com, 11 July 2018)
  • “Nine Last Days on Planet Earth,” by Daryl Gregory (Tor.com, 19 September 2018)
  • The Only Harmless Great Thing, by Brooke Bolander (Tor.com publishing)
  • “The Thing About Ghost Stories,” by Naomi Kritzer (Uncanny Magazine 25, November-December 2018)
  • “When We Were Starless,” by Simone Heller (Clarkesworld 145, October 2018)

Best Short Story

  • “The Court Magician,” by Sarah Pinsker (Lightspeed, January 2018)
  • “The Rose MacGregor Drinking and Admiration Society,” by T. Kingfisher (Uncanny Magazine 25, November-December 2018)
  • “The Secret Lives of the Nine Negro Teeth of George Washington,” by P. Djèlí Clark (Fireside Magazine, February 2018)
  • “STET,” by Sarah Gailey (Fireside Magazine, October 2018)
  • “The Tale of the Three Beautiful Raptor Sisters, and the Prince Who Was Made of Meat,” by Brooke Bolander (Uncanny Magazine 23, July-August 2018)
  • “A Witch’s Guide to Escape: A Practical Compendium of Portal Fantasies,” by Alix E. Harrow (Apex Magazine, February 2018)

Best Series

  • The Centenal Cycle, by Malka Older (Tor)
  • The Laundry Files, by Charles Stross (most recently Tor/Orbit)
  • Machineries of Empire, by Yoon Ha Lee (Solaris)
  • The October Daye Series, by Seanan McGuire (most recently DAW)
  • The Universe of Xuya, by Aliette de Bodard (most recently Subterranean Press)
  • Wayfarers, by Becky Chambers (Hodder & Stoughton / Harper Voyager)

Best Related Work

  • Archive of Our Own, a project of the Organization for Transformative Works
  • Astounding: John W. Campbell, Isaac Asimov, Robert A. Heinlein, L. Ron Hubbard, and the Golden Age of Science Fiction, by Alec Nevala-Lee (Dey Street Books)
  • The Hobbit Duology (documentary in three parts), written and edited by Lindsay Ellis and Angelina Meehan (YouTube)
  • An Informal History of the Hugos: A Personal Look Back at the Hugo Awards, 1953-2000, by Jo Walton (Tor)
  • www.mexicanxinitiative.com: The Mexicanx Initiative Experience at Worldcon 76 (Julia Rios, Libia Brenda, Pablo Defendini, John Picacio)
  • Ursula K. Le Guin: Conversations on Writing, by Ursula K. Le Guin with David Naimon (Tin House Books)

Best Graphic Story

  • Abbott, written by Saladin Ahmed, art by Sami Kivelä, colours by Jason Wordie, letters by Jim Campbell (BOOM! Studios)
  • Black Panther: Long Live the King, written by Nnedi Okorafor and Aaron Covington, art by André Lima Araújo, Mario Del Pennino and Tana Ford (Marvel)
  • Monstress, Volume 3: Haven, written by Marjorie Liu, art by Sana Takeda (Image Comics)
  • On a Sunbeam, by Tillie Walden (First Second)
  • Paper Girls, Volume 4, written by Brian K. Vaughan, art by Cliff Chiang, colours by Matt Wilson, letters by Jared K. Fletcher (Image Comics)
  • Saga, Volume 9, written by Brian K. Vaughan, art by Fiona Staples (Image Comics)

Best Dramatic Presentation, Long Form

  • Annihilation, directed and written for the screen by Alex Garland, based on the novel by Jeff VanderMeer (Paramount Pictures / Skydance)
  • Avengers: Infinity War, screenplay by Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, directed by Anthony Russo and Joe Russo (Marvel Studios)
  • Black Panther, written by Ryan Coogler and Joe Robert Cole, directed by Ryan Coogler (Marvel Studios)
  • A Quiet Place, screenplay by Scott Beck, John Krasinski and Bryan Woods, directed by John Krasinski (Platinum Dunes / Sunday Night)
  • Sorry to Bother You, written and directed by Boots Riley (Annapurna Pictures)
  • Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, screenplay by Phil Lord and Rodney Rothman, directed by Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey and Rodney Rothman (Sony)

Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form

  • The Expanse: “Abaddon’s Gate,” written by Daniel Abraham, Ty Franck and Naren Shankar, directed by Simon Cellan Jones (Penguin in a Parka / Alcon Entertainment)
  • Doctor Who: “Demons of the Punjab,” written by Vinay Patel, directed by Jamie Childs (BBC)
  • Dirty Computer, written by Janelle Monáe, directed by Andrew Donoho and Chuck Lightning (Wondaland Arts Society / Bad Boy Records / Atlantic Records)
  • The Good Place: “Janet(s),” written by Josh Siegal & Dylan Morgan, directed by Morgan Sackett (NBC)
  • The Good Place: “Jeremy Bearimy,” written by Megan Amram, directed by Trent O’Donnell (NBC)
  • Doctor Who: “Rosa,” written by Malorie Blackman and Chris Chibnall, directed by Mark Tonderai (BBC)

Best Professional Editor, Short Form

  • Neil Clarke
  • Gardner Dozois
  • Lee Harris
  • Julia Rios
  • Lynne M. Thomas and Michael Damian Thomas
  • E. Catherine Tobler

Best Professional Editor, Long Form

  • Sheila E. Gilbert
  • Anne Lesley Groell
  • Beth Meacham
  • Diana Pho
  • Gillian Redfearn
  • Navah Wolfe

Best Professional Artist

  • Galen Dara
  • Jaime Jones
  • Victo Ngai
  • John Picacio
  • Yuko Shimizu
  • Charles Vess

Best Semiprozine

  • Beneath Ceaseless Skies, editor-in-chief and publisher Scott H. Andrews
  • Fireside Magazine, edited by Julia Rios, managing editor Elsa Sjunneson-Henry, social coordinator Meg Frank, special features editor Tanya DePass, founding editor Brian White, publisher and art director Pablo Defendini
  • FIYAH Magazine of Black Speculative Fiction, executive editors Troy L. Wiggins and DaVaun Sanders, editors L.D. Lewis, Brandon O’Brien, Kaleb Russell, Danny Lore, and Brent Lambert
  • Shimmer, publisher Beth Wodzinski, senior editor E. Catherine Tobler
  • Strange Horizons, edited by Jane Crowley, Kate Dollarhyde, Vanessa Rose Phin, Vajra Chandrasekera, Romie Stott, Maureen Kincaid Speller, and the Strange Horizons Staff
  • Uncanny Magazine, publishers/editors-in-chief Lynne M. Thomas and Michael Damian Thomas, managing editor Michi Trota, podcast producers Erika Ensign and Steven Schapansky, Disabled People Destroy Science Fiction Special Issue editors-in-chief Elsa Sjunneson-Henry and Dominik Parisien

Best Fanzine

  • Galactic Journey, founder Gideon Marcus, editor Janice Marcus
  • Journey Planet, edited by Team Journey Planet
  • Lady Business, editors Ira, Jodie, KJ, Renay & Susan
  • nerds of a feather, flock together, editors Joe Sherry, Vance Kotrla and The G
  • Quick Sip Reviews, editor Charles Payseur
  • Rocket Stack Rank, editors Greg Hullender and Eric Wong

Best Fancast

  • Be the Serpent, presented by Alexandra Rowland, Freya Marske and Jennifer Mace
  • The Coode Street Podcast, presented by Jonathan Strahan and Gary K. Wolfe
  • Fangirl Happy Hour, hosted by Ana Grilo and Renay Williams
  • Galactic Suburbia, hosted by Alisa Krasnostein, Alexandra Pierce, and Tansy Rayner Roberts, produced by Andrew Finch
  • Our Opinions Are Correct, hosted by Annalee Newitz and Charlie Jane Anders
  • The Skiffy and Fanty Show, produced by Jen Zink and Shaun Duke, hosted by the Skiffy and Fanty Crew

Best Fan Writer

  • Foz Meadows
  • James Davis Nicoll
  • Charles Payseur
  • Elsa Sjunneson-Henry
  • Alasdair Stuart
  • Bogi Takács

Best Fan Artist

  • Sara Felix
  • Grace P. Fong
  • Meg Frank
  • Ariela Housman
  • Likhain (Mia Sereno)
  • Spring Schoenhuth

Best Art Book

  • The Books of Earthsea: The Complete Illustrated Edition, illustrated by Charles Vess, written by Ursula K. Le Guin (Saga Press /Gollancz)
  • Daydreamer’s Journey: The Art of Julie Dillon, by Julie Dillon (self-published)
  • Dungeons & Dragons Art & Arcana: A Visual History, by Michael Witwer, Kyle Newman, Jon Peterson, Sam Witwer (Ten Speed Press)
  • Spectrum 25: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art, ed. John Fleskes (Flesk Publications)
  • Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse – The Art of the Movie, by Ramin Zahed (Titan Books)
  • Tolkien: Maker of Middle-earth, ed. Catherine McIlwaine (Bodleian Library)

John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer

  • Katherine Arden (2nd year of eligibility)
  • S.A. Chakraborty (2nd year of eligibility)
  • R.F. Kuang (1st year of eligibility)
  • Jeannette Ng (2nd year of eligibility)
  • Vina Jie-Min Prasad (2nd year of eligibility)
  • Rivers Solomon (2nd year of eligibility)

Lodestar Award for Best Young Adult Book

  • The Belles, by Dhonielle Clayton (Freeform / Gollancz)
  • Children of Blood and Bone, by Tomi Adeyemi (Henry Holt / Macmillan Children’s Books)
  • The Cruel Prince, by Holly Black (Little, Brown / Hot Key Books)
  • Dread Nation, by Justina Ireland (Balzer + Bray)
  • The Invasion, by Peadar O’Guilin (David Fickling Books / Scholastic)
  • Tess of the Road, by Rachel Hartman (Random House / Penguin Teen)


Best Novel

  • Conjure Wife, by Fritz Leiber, Jr. (Unknown Worlds, April 1943)
  • Earth’s Last Citadel, by C.L. Moore and Henry Kuttner (Argosy, April 1943)
  • Gather, Darkness! by Fritz Leiber, Jr. (Astounding Science-Fiction, May-July 1943)
  • Das Glasperlenspiel [The Glass Bead Game], by Hermann Hesse (Fretz & Wasmuth)
  • Perelandra, by C.S. Lewis (John Lane, The Bodley Head)
  • The Weapon Makers, by A.E. van Vogt (Astounding Science-Fiction, February-April 1943)

Best Novella

  • “Attitude,” by Hal Clement (Astounding Science-Fiction, September 1943)
  • “Clash by Night,” by Lawrence O’Donnell (Henry Kuttner & C.L. Moore) (Astounding Science-Fiction, March 1943)
  • “The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath,” by H.P. Lovecraft, (Beyond the Wall of Sleep, Arkham House)
  • The Little Prince, by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry (Reynal & Hitchcock)
  • The Magic Bed-Knob; or, How to Become a Witch in Ten Easy Lessons, by Mary Norton (Hyperion Press)
  • “We Print the Truth,” by Anthony Boucher (Astounding Science-Fiction, December 1943)

Best Novelette

  • “Citadel of Lost Ships,” by Leigh Brackett (Planet Stories, March 1943)
  • “The Halfling,” by Leigh Brackett (Astonishing Stories, February 1943)
  • “Mimsy Were the Borogoves,” by Lewis Padgett (C.L. Moore & Henry Kuttner) (Astounding Science-Fiction, February 1943)
  • “The Proud Robot,” by Lewis Padgett (Henry Kuttner) (Astounding Science-Fiction, February 1943)
  • “Symbiotica,” by Eric Frank Russell (Astounding Science-Fiction, October 1943)
  • “Thieves’ House,” by Fritz Leiber, Jr (Unknown Worlds, February 1943)

Best Short Story

  • “Death Sentence,” by Isaac Asimov (Astounding Science Fiction, November 1943)
  • “Doorway into Time,” by C.L. Moore (Famous Fantastic Mysteries, September 1943)
  • “Exile,” by Edmond Hamilton (Super Science Stories, May 1943)
  • “King of the Gray Spaces” (“R is for Rocket”), by Ray Bradbury (Famous Fantastic Mysteries, December 1943)
  • “Q.U.R.,” by H.H. Holmes (Anthony Boucher) (Astounding Science-Fiction, March 1943)
  • “Yours Truly – Jack the Ripper,” by Robert Bloch (Weird Tales, July 1943)

Best Graphic Story

  • Buck Rogers: Martians Invade Jupiter, by Philip Nowlan and Dick Calkins (National Newspaper Service)
  • Flash Gordon: Fiery Desert of Mongo, by Alex Raymond (King Features Syndicate)
  • Garth, by Steve Dowling (Daily Mirror)
  • Plastic Man #1: The Game of Death, by Jack Cole (Vital Publications)
  • Le Secret de la Licorne [The Secret of the Unicorn], by Hergé (Le Soir)
  • Wonder Woman #5: Battle for Womanhood, written by William Moulton Marsden, art by Harry G. Peter (DC Comics)

Best Dramatic Presentation, Long Form

  • Batman, written by Victor McLeod, Leslie Swabacker and Harry L. Fraser, directed by Lambert Hillyer (Columbia Pictures)
  • Cabin in the Sky, written by Joseph Schrank, directed by Vincente Minnelli and Busby Berkeley (uncredited) (MGM)
  • A Guy Named Joe, written by Frederick Hazlitt Brennan and Dalton Trumbo, directed by Victor Fleming (MGM)
  • Heaven Can Wait, written by Samson Raphaelson, directed by Ernst Lubitsch (20th Century Fox)
  • Münchhausen, written by Erich Kästner and Rudolph Erich Raspe, directed by Josef von Báky (UFA)
  • Phantom of the Opera, written by Eric Taylor, Samuel Hoffenstein and Hans Jacoby, directed by Arthur Lubin (Universal Pictures)

Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form

  • The Ape Man, written by Barney A. Sarecky, directed by William Beaudine (Banner Productions)
  • Frankenstein Meets the Wolfman, written by Curt Siodmak, directed by Roy William Neill (Universal Pictures)
  • Der Fuehrer’s Face, story by Joe Grant and Dick Huemer, directed by Jack Kinney (Disney)
  • I Walked With a Zombie, written by Curt Siodmak and Ardel Wray, directed by Jacques Tourneur (RKO Radio Pictures)
  • The Seventh Victim, written by Charles O’Neal and DeWitt Bodeen, directed by Mark Robson (RKO Radio Pictures)
  • Super-Rabbit, written by Tedd Pierce, directed by Charles M. Jones (Warner Bros)

Best Professional Editor, Short Form

  • John W. Campbell
  • Oscar J. Friend
  • Mary Gnaedinger
  • Dorothy McIlwraith
  • Raymond A. Palmer
  • Donald A. Wollheim

Best Professional Artist

  • Hannes Bok
  • Margaret Brundage
  • Virgil Finlay
  • Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
  • J. Allen St. John
  • William Timmins

Best Fanzine

  • Fantasy News, editor William S. Sykora
  • Futurian War Digest, editor J. Michael Rosenblum
  • The Phantagraph, editor Donald A. Wollheim
  • Voice of the Imagi-Nation, editors Jack Erman (Forrest J Ackerman) & Morojo (Myrtle Douglas)
  • YHOS, editor Art Widner
  • Le Zombie, editor Wilson “Bob” Tucker

Best Fan Writer

  • Forrest J. Ackerman
  • Morojo (Myrtle Douglas)
  • Jack Speer
  • Wilson “Bob” Tucker
  • Art Widner
  • Donald A. Wollheim

The Hugo Awards are the premier award in the science fiction genre, honoring science fiction literature and media as well as the genre’s fans. The Awards were first presented at the 1953 World Science Fiction Convention in Philadelphia (Philcon II), and they have continued to honor science fiction and fantasy notables for more than 60 years.

The 1944 Retro Hugo Awards will be presented on Thursday, August 15, the opening night of Dublin 2019. The 2019 Hugo Awards, and the Lodestar and Campbell Awards, will be presented on Sunday, August 18 as part of the main Hugo Awards ceremony.

The 2019 Hugo base will be designed by Dublin artist Jim Fitzpatrick. The 1944 Retro Hugo base will be designed by Eleanor Wheeler, a ceramicist in County Down. The 2019 Lodestar Award will be designed by Sara Felix, the Austin, Texas-based president of the Association of Science Fiction and Fantasy Artists.

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105 thoughts on “Dublin 2019 Announces Hugo and Retro Hugo Finalists

  1. Congratulations to all the nominees!

    Lot of great nominees this year. There’s a ton of them that I’d be thrilled to see win, across a wide swathe of categories.

  2. Yes, lots of great stuff — I’m especially fond of Retro Professional Artist this year.

  3. Congratulations to the finalists! I’m really looking forward to my reading/watching this year!

  4. Congrats to all the finalists! Some personal woo-hoo’s below. Given my minimal reading for many months now ;-( I will have a lot to do; well, good, maybe this’ll kickstart my brain back into reading more!

    John W. Campbell Best New Writer: Prasad
    Art Book: Dillon’s Daydreamer’s Journey (which I supported on Kickstarter) & the Earthsea book (not an art book, sigh, but the category definition’s foolishly vague)
    Fan Writer: James Davis Nicoll
    Fanzine: nerds of a feather, flock together & Rocket Stack Rank
    Semiprozine: Beneath Ceaseless Skies & the Uncanny juggernaut
    Retro Artist: Finlay
    Artist: Picacio, Vess, Jones
    Editor Long: Gilbert & Redfearn
    Editor Short: Harris & the Thomas juggernaut
    Retro Dramatic Long: this version of “Phantom of the Opera” is SFF??? (haven’t seen it)
    Dramagic Long: Annihilation, Avengers: Infinity War, Black Panther
    Retro Graphic Story: they all sound fun and, er, retro 😉
    Graphic Story: Monstress vol. 3 & Paper Girls vol. 4; oh great, more Saga /s
    Retro Novella: “The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath” is funny to see here, given the previous nomination for “The Dream-Quest of Vellitt Boe”
    Novella: Artificial Condition, Beneath the Sugar Sky
    Novel: Some are on my to-read list already, like Novik’s & Roanhorse’s

    Congratulations to all the finalists! 😀 Yes, all!

  5. Lots of stuff to start reading.

    That lists not going to please the “only women are allowed to win a Hugo crowd.” 4 male nominees in the fiction categories.

  6. Congrats to the finalists! Really excited to read and view the ones I haven’t already.

  7. There’s some good stuff here, but I also think that there’s a whole lot of “second verse, same as the first”, and I’m disappointed that nominators aren’t stretching themselves a bit more to find new and different things to recognize.

    I am pleased that the Fan Writer finalists are mostly people who are being recognized for unpaid / non-pro work.

  8. @nickpheas

    4 male nominees in the fiction categories.

    Yeah, I noticed that too. But hey, for how many years was the nomination list male-only? Anyway, nearly all the great stuff I read last year was written by women.

  9. More Doctor Who….

    And two Good Place episodes. I love The Good Place and all, but that’s 4 slots out of 6, taken up by 2 shows. They should reduce it to one episode-per-show, as opposed to 2.

    Good nominees otherwise. (I agree with Earthsea being out of place. They oughta refine that category if they want it to stay. Make a harder line against illustrated books and graphic stories.) I guess On a Sunbeam was eligible after all. There’s hope for Mister Miracle yet!

  10. @JJ

    Well, Boots Riley’s “Sorry To Bother You” made it. Also Janelle Monae’s “Dirty Computer,” in the Dramatic Presentation lists. Those definitely strike me as being offbeat nominations.

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  12. The three-part Hobbit Duology is also a pretty interesting, offbeat choice. I definitely recommend it as well worth watching.

  13. Bonnie McDaniel: Boots Riley’s “Sorry To Bother You” made it. Also Janelle Monae’s “Dirty Computer,” in the Dramatic Presentation lists. Those definitely strike me as being offbeat nominations.

    Yes, and I’m pleased to see Rios, Tobler, Groell, and Redfearn in the Editor categories, and Jones, Shimuzu, and Vess in Pro Artist — all people who’ve been doing exceptional work for years with no Hugo recognition (Groell has been a finalist once, the others not at all).

  14. I note that some other “best-of” lists for novels are just 25% to 35% male, including my own Hugo nominations this year.

    This is consistent with either a) many more women writing speculative fiction and/or b) many men abandoning the field. (Or it might be something else entirely.) But it’s not just the Hugo Awards. It’s broader than that, across novels, novellas, and novelettes. Whatever it is, though, it’s real; we’ve seen it for at least three years now, and it’s significant (against 50/50 participation) at more than the one-in-a-million level.

    I don’t think this can be waved away by saying, “well, women were underrepresented for many years” unless one believes that that was okay. If anyone is underrepresented, the field is poorer for it.

  15. Given the huge number of illustrations and the collaboration between Vess and Le Guin, I have no problem with The Books of Earthsea being a finalist in the art book category, and, indeed, nominated it in that category.

    Happy to see Dirty Computer nominated in the BDP Short Form category.

    I’ve now got a ridiculous number of books on hold at the DC Public Library, in multiple formats. Hopefully I’ll come to the top of the list soon enough to actually get through them all before voting closes.

  16. Random observations
    A double for P Djeli Clarke!
    Novel is a great set but I’m particularly jazzed for The Calculating Stars and Space Opera.
    I thought “If at First You Don’t Succeed, Try, Try Again,” by Zen Cho was a total longshot when I nommed it in novelette as I’d not seen much buzz about it…nice to be wrong!
    Novella – while tor.com produce some great novellas there were some great stories at that length in the online venues like Clarkesworld and Beneath Ceaseless Skies and I’d love to see them getting a look in as well.
    There’s a LOT of returnees in the Campbell. Delighted to have an excuse to get around to City of Brass now though.
    A particular hurrah! to James Davis Nicoll in fan writer
    Series – it’s great to get a series that’s not primarily novels in Xuya, good to see the category can recognise different types of series.
    The series seem to be shorter and/or I’ve already read more of them, compared to last year’s set of epics. (If I hadn’t already read the Laundry novels and tried Toby Daye I might think differently though!)

  17. Where to begin?

    Novels: Nothing too surprising here. Three the same as the Nebulas. Four in series (the Kowal is the first of its series, but it wears its in-seriesness very much on its sleeve). (Indeed, I’m not sure if the Roanhorse is in the first of a series as well, in which case five.) I have read three of them, started a fourth – was waiting for the paperback for the Novik, but won’t be able to any longer. The Roanhorse is not yet on sale over here.

    I haven’t been following short fiction this year, so I’ll just pause to note that at least three of the novellas are also in series. Are any of the novelettes in series?

    Series: Actually I think this one is working quite well, and the series in question are the sort for which the award is made, where it’s the world which is the most interesting feature, so that one might well want to honour the series even if no particular story stands out. Though I find the prospect of something by Seanan McGuire being nominated every year a bit disturbing.

    Jumping ahead to the other prose fiction categories;

    Campbell: Four repeats from last year. Have they (apart from Arden, who has completed a series) done anything notably new? (Of course, Andy Weir sets a precedent of being nominated on the basis of the previous year’s work, but he was a special case, as he was puppied out of an award in his first eligible year.)

    Lodestar: I have heard of two of these. Any information gratefully received. I can’t say that anything especially notable is missing, though.

  18. Greg et al: The Hugos have a tendency to pick up particular authors and run with them. This has always been the case, but it perhaps more so now, owing to factors like the growth in importance of series, the fact that people are writing faster, and the growth of the field, which means that not only can one not read everything, one cannot even read everything that is widely discussed and highly recommended, so will focus more on one’s favourites.

    In the past Hugo favourites tended to be men (though not exclusively; see Bujold, L., and Willis, C.), whereas right now they are largely women.

    I think the basic reasons for the increase in number of women nominated are straightforward – more women writing in the field, more women writing outside narrow subgenres, women’s work being more widely promoted and taken more seriously – but this tendency of the Hugos may be amplifying the effect beyond what purely statistical considerations would suggest.

  19. Surprised to see “Binti: The Night Masquerade” under novella. I thought it was too long for this category. Does anyone have the word count?

  20. Phileas: Surprised to see “Binti: The Night Masquerade” under novella. I thought it was too long for this category. Does anyone have the word count?

    It’s 47,885 words, and the Hugo has a +/- 20% leeway, so it’s just under the 48,000-word wire.

  21. @ Andrew M, Trail of Lightning is the first book in a series. I read it for the Compton Crook Award, and the trade paperback copy BSFS had had the first chapter of the 2d book in the back.

    It’s nice to see some variety in some of the categories, esp. the fan ones. I’m a little surprised Claire Brialey didn’t wind up a finalist in fan writer and Banana Wings in fanzine, but, iirc, Banana Wings is still paper only, which would limit its reach a bit.

  22. It’s still weird to me to be able to point at nominees on the final ballot and say, “I had a hand in putting that there!”

    As others have said: This is a strong field. Some really good things on that list. A few things that weren’t to my liking (but that were still well-written).

    Gratz to all the nominees.

    I look forward to arguing about our vote with my wife (we’re sharing a Supporting membership this year).

  23. @cathy: As did the hardcover my (U.S.) library had.

    @Mark: I had a similar thought about Series. On the one hand I’m glad to see some excellent series that I enjoyed on the ballot (including three that I nominated), but on the other hand I’m a bit disappointed that I won’t get to discover anything new in that category like I did last year.

    And yeah, not to criticize the great work that the Tor.com novella line puts out but I liked a bunch of non-Tor.com novellas as well. Notable that the bias we see in the shorter categories towards freely available work doesn’t seem to reach here.

  24. Andrew M.: It seems as though you’re counting Spinning Silver as part of a series, presumably with Uprooted. I’ve seen a few other places online where people seem to be making this assumption today, but I don’t think it’s warranted; they don’t share characters or settings, and they seem to have pretty different magic systems. They’re two books by the same author and in the same subgenre, but I don’t think they’re set in the same narrative universe, any more than most of Robin McKinley’s fairy tale retellings are.

  25. Noting the T. Kingfisher nomination, I’m sure they probably have, but has anyone in the past won Hugos under both their real name and a pen name?

  26. Congrats to all the finalists!

    I’m surprised at the repeats in the Campbell. Especially since at least one of this year’s finalists in another category was eligible but didn’t make the list. I guess I won’t have to do much reading in order to vote. 😉

    I’m pleasantly surprised that I’ve got at least some familiarity with all but one of the series finalists. That will make this Hugo voting season a little less frantic!

  27. Darren Garrison: I’m still thinking about the answer to your question. In the meantime I note that C.L. Moore and Henry Kuttner won a Retro Hugo last year for “The Twonky” which was (1) published under their pen name Lewis Padgett, but (2) was a Retro Hugo nominee under their real names.

  28. I’m mulling over whether I’m glad Earthsea didn’t get a nod in Best Series (because, old and newer stuff should have a chance after all the Bujold) or sad (because I love it).

    We just happen to have Record of a Spaceborn Few checked out of the library right now, so that’s one Novel finalist I can get under my belt fairly soon.

  29. @Andrew M. @Andy H.

    I’m virtually certain that Spinning Silver is a standalone.

    Space Opera also seems to be standalone.

    Calculating Stars and Trail of Lightning are first in a series (sometimes that can feel like a standalone, sometimes decidedly not)

    Record of a Spaceborn Few is set in the Wayfarer’s universe, but near as I can tell, follows a whole new group of characters in a different part of the universe.

    Revenant Gun seems to be the only one that is really dependent on an earlier work.

    The only one I’ve read is Revenant Gun though, so grains of salt needed.

  30. Congratulations, James!

    From a point of view simply of my own workload, I’m pleased to see that I’ve read 67% of the Best Novels, about half of each of the shorter fiction categories, and all of the Series. (I only just recently got all the way to the end of The Memoirs of Lady Trent from last year!)

    @Mark: Record of a Spaceborn Few involves the family of a character from The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet, but it can be regarded as a standalone in the sense that you don’t need to have read the earlier book, and neither has spoilers for the other.

  31. @Mark: I’ve read all except for Space Opera and concur. YMMV, but I thought that The Calculating Stars would work fine absent sequels. Trail of Lightning a bit less so but the main plot is still resolved. (Caveat: I don’t remember exactly where Trail ended because of chapter 1 of the sequel being included at the back of the book.)

    Failure to stand alone is actually a bigger issue in Novella this year, in my opinion; neither Beneath the Sugar Sky nor Binti: The Night Masquerade work without knowing who everybody is from prior installments. And obviously I’d recommend reading All Systems Red before Artificial Condition, although (1) I’d recommend reading it regardless and (2) it’s been a year since I’ve read the latter so I don’t recall quite how well it recaps.

  32. @ Darren. Beyond this Horizon by Anson McDonald (Heinlein) won the retro-Hugo last year.

  33. Spinning Silver not in a series, good. But Trail of Lightning is, so it still comes out at four.

    I’m not worried about ease of reading; I’m just noting the extent to which series fiction is coming to dominate the Hugos. Which is a bit odd, given that the Series award was introduced to cope with the alleged problem that series fiction is not properly represented.

  34. @Other Mark (and others)

    I too concur. Spinning Silver is completely standalone. Ditto Space Opera. Calculating Stars finishes in such a way that it’s clear you’re getting a sequel, but is reasonably satisfying as a single book. Spaceborn Few is enhanced by having read the others but is self-contained as a story. Haven’t read Trail of Lightning but a sequel is announced, and obviously Eleventy Fox Gambit doesn’t work on its own.

  35. @Goobergunch:

    And yeah, not to criticize the great work that the Tor.com novella line puts out but I liked a bunch of non-Tor.com novellas as well. Notable that the bias we see in the shorter categories towards freely available work doesn’t seem to reach here.

    I think a lot of “free and short” does well for Best Short Story and for Best Novelette because, well, they’re intensely shareable. Novellas are kind of long for that.

    Personally, my only surprise is that the print magazines aren’t making a stronger showing on novellas — they’ve got regular audiences, reading quite a small number of novellas in a given year, and Asimov’s and Analog even have a bunch of theirs up for free via their Reader Polls.

  36. So Related Work is already going to be a tough vote just because of how different the finalists are but I’m having trouble with this:

    A related work is supposed to be “either non-fiction or, if fictional, is noteworthy primarily for aspects other than the fictional text”.

    AO3 is primarily a fanfiction archive. What are the nonfictional aspects of AO3 that I should be considering here? I am totally in support of honoring AO3/OTW but I’m having a really hard time figuring out how it fits in this category. (Not that any other category would be an obvious fit either.)

  37. Wow, glad to see “Sorry to Bother You” nominated!

    I haven’t had much time to read this year, sadly, so I’m way behind, but the novel list seems pretty durn solid and includes books on my TBR.

  38. 3.3.6: Best Related Work. Any work related to the field of science fiction, fantasy, or fandom, appearing for the first time during the previous calendar year or which has been substantially modified during the previous calendar year, and which is either non-fiction or,if fictional, is noteworthy primarily for aspects other than the fictional text, and which is not eligible in any other category.

    Goobergunch: As you noted, Related Work is not necessarily just for non-fiction. I would argue that AO3 is “related to the field of science fiction, fantasy, or fandom” (all three) and that it is “noteworthy primarily for aspects other than the fictional text” – that it isn’t a finalist for any particular piece of fanfiction, but more for being a community resource and a repository for many communities underneath the singular umbrella of AO3.

  39. re. Trail of Lightning‘s standaloneness – having just finished reading it (not in time for it to make consideration for my ballot, but before its nomination was announced) I would say that though it ends with an obvious lead-in to a sequel, the main plot threads are all tied up, and it just about stands alone.

    re. AO3 as Best Related Work – I agree with Joe Sherry that the noteworthy part of AO3 is its function as a community resource, making fanworks (not just fanfiction, but art, vids, fannish original fiction, and fannish commentary all reside there) available and searchable on a single site in a way that they never were previously. Very few if any of the works hosted on AO3 are even close to the standard of a Hugo or Nebula award winner or nominee, but the quality of the individual works is not why I put the site on my ballot.

  40. Lindsay Ellis’ nomination surely means that documentaries are eligible for Best Related Work now instead of Dramatic Presentation, right? The Apollo 11 precedent is bunk now?

    Does this mean that Apollo 11, this year’s doc, could potentially be nominated for Best Related Work (fitting) ?

  41. @Goobergunch

    Notable that the bias we see in the shorter categories towards freely available work doesn’t seem to reach here.

    I have a theory that the bias is actually against paying anything for stories one doesn’t plan to read. A person who has no problem paying $3.99 for a Tor novella may baulk at paying $0.99 for an anthology if he/she only wants to read a single story out of it. Or paying for a back-issue of a magazine just to read one story.

    I think the print magazines need to find a way to list the stories individually on Kindle Unlimited (or something like that) so readers can find a way to get at them even if they don’t subscribe. It would probably need Amazon’s help to really make this work. (E.g. automatically split the royalties between the magazine and the authors.)

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  43. Hampus Eckerman: Isn’t there a tendency to treat all fictional comics as genre?

    That may not line up with literary analysis, or be helpful, that’s just how I perceive most fans as interacting with them.

  44. @both Joes: Thanks, that helped clarify things a lot.


    Novellas are kind of long for that.

    I think this also may combo with the trend towards nominating longer novellas—I can handle a short novella on a webpage but that becomes a lot less pleasant up near the 40K word mark.

    @Greg Hullender: Could be! I use my library pretty heavily so I personally tend to worry about that less, but I’m probably the outlier.

  45. Andrew M on April 2, 2019 at 11:57 am said:

    Which is a bit odd, given that the Series award was introduced to cope with the alleged problem that series fiction is not properly represented.

    I think Best Series wasn’t meant to remove series works from the other fiction categories, so much as it was meant to honor the different skillset in creating a series. That the overarching work is more than just the sum of the parts.

    Andrew M:
    Seanan McGuire is an incredibly prolific and popular author. She has written 240,000+ words in the Toby Daye series in two years plus all the OTHER writing that was published last year. The reason she shows up on the Hugo ballot so often is that she has that many works, she’s good, and Hugo nominators really like her stuff. No one would blink, I don’t think, if she showed up on the ballot every time she wrote a book if she was writing one book every other year. But she writes a lot more than that, so shows up more frequently.

    Yes, JJ, it would be nice if nominators would stretch their wings a bit. But they obviously like Toby Daye.

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