The Hugos

(plus the John W Campbell Award). Nominations closed end of March, voting the end of July (translates – these awards are recognition from the reading community, not from the publishing community).

Like many other awards ceremonies – the Hugos are made/broken by the MC. Since this evening it was John Scalzi complete with wit and words the crowd was spared the boredom of the Academy Awards.

Best Novel: Among Others by Jo Walton (Tor)

Best Novella: “The Man Who Bridged the Mist” by Kij Johnson (Asimov’s, September/October 2011)

Best Novelette: “Six Months, Three Days” by Charlie Jane Anders (

Best Short Story: “The Paper Menagerie” by Ken Liu (The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, March/April 2011). He is also one of the nicest authors to grace the Kaffeeklatsch tables. Not only was he willing to add people to his group, but spent a significant amount of time helping the Chinese speaking and English speaking attendees understand each others points.

Best Related Work: The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction, Third Edition edited by John Clute, David Langford, Peter Nicholls, and Graham Sleight (Gollancz)

Best Graphic Story: Digger by Ursula Vernon (Sofawolf Press) (Go there if wombats appeal). Huh, you say? Web based comic….

Best Dramatic Presentation (Long Form): Game of Thrones (Season 1), created by David Benioff and D. B. Weiss; written by David Benioff, D. B. Weiss, Bryan Cogman, Jane Espenson, and George R. R. Martin; directed by Brian Kirk, Daniel Minahan, Tim van Patten, and Alan Taylor (HBO) (and we are surprised because?)

Best Dramatic Presentation (Short Form): “The Doctor’s Wife” (Doctor Who), written by Neil Gaiman; directed by Richard Clark (BBC Wales) – it is always going to be one of the Dr Who stories….

Best Editor (Short Form): Sheila Williams

Best Editor (Long Form): Betsy Wollheim

Best Professional Artist: John Picacio

Best Semiprozine: Locus edited by Liza Groen Trombi, Kirsten Gong-Wong, et al.

Best Fanzine: SF Signal edited by John DeNardo

Best Fan Writer: Jim C. Hines

Best Fan Artist: Maurine Starkey

Best Fancast: SF Squeecast, Lynne M. Thomas, Seanan McGuire, Paul Cornell, Elizabeth Bear, and Catherynne M. Valente

The John W. Campbell Award for the best new professional science fiction or fantasy writer of 2010 or 2011, sponsored by Dell Magazines (not a Hugo Award): E. Lily Yu

I didn’t make it – something about food seemed to be really important as well as having spent part of the afternoon just wandering around downtown. It just seemed like I needed to get out, see some sunshine, get away from the desk….

Honestly, I also needed beads for a shawl and the store is only 4 blocks from the Condo. Since it closed at 1700 and wouldn’t be opening again till Tues, seemed like the thing to do.

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