While I was traveling, this year’s Hugo Awards were awarded at Loncon3. I wasn’t there, but I read all about it. I am mostly happy with how voting fell out and with who won in each category. (At least the categories I care about.) So let’s look at those categories.
Best Novel: Ancillary Justice, by Ann Leckie
No surprise in this category. I was not only hoping but fully expecting Ann Leckie to win this category. And she did! What I wasn’t expecting was the poor performance of Wheel of Time. I was expecting it to come in second, but it only made 4th place with Neptune’s Brood coming in second and Parasite taking 3rd place. Larry Correia finished last. I shouldn’t feel sorry for him, because he had it coming for him.
Interesting: Mira Grant‘s Parasite only made the ballot because Neil Gaiman did not accept the nomination of The Ocean at the End of the Lane.
Didn’t make the ballot because of collective voting efforts: The Shining Girls by Lauren Beukes and A Stranger in Olondria by Sofia Samatar.
I’ve already tried to read the Samatar for the Campbell category and will not go back to it, but both the Gaiman and the Beukes sound interesting, especially the Beukes which has time travel, and do I love time travel? Yes I do!
Best Novella: “Equoid” by Charles Stross
Not my choice for first place, but this is not a surprising outcome. Charles Stross has a huge fan base and this year’s Worldcon was in the UK, which probably brought in lots of British voters. My favorite, Six Guns Snow White, came in second, Wakulla Springs took 3rd place and the sad puppies brought up the rear.
Didn’t make the ballot because of collective voting efforts: How Green this Land, How Blue this Sea by Mira Grant and Burning Girls by Veronica Schanoes.
Note: Mira Grant/ Seanan McGuire seems to have a small but very dedicated fan base, as several of her pieces appear on various extended nominations lists.
Best Novelette: “The Lady Astronaut of Mars” by Mary Robinette Kowal
My favorite won :-). Second place goes to The truth of fact, The truth of Feeling, third place to The Waiting Stars and fourth place to The Exchange Officers.
Interesting: This is the only category where No Award beats one of the nominees. No Award receives 377 more votes than Opera Vita Aeterna by Vox Day. I was nor surprised to see this. This really was the worst piece on the ballot by a wide margin. Also, I believe some people voted this story below No Award because of who wrote it. Which I can understand, now that I had a look at Vox Day‘s blog…
Didn’t make the ballot because of collective voting efforts: The Litigation Master and the Monkey King by Ken Liu and Forbid the Sea by Seanan McGuire (dedicated fans, indeed!).
Best Short Story: “The Water That Falls on You from Nowhere” by John Chu
Well, I liked all the nominated stories in this category and looking back I must say that John Chu‘s story gave me a stronger long-lasting impression than Sofia Samatar‘s story did, which I placed first on my ballot. So maybe John Chu‘s story actually is the better story. It doesn’t matter. I would have been happy with any winner in this category.
Note: Nobody was kept off the ballot here. Good :-) .
JOHN W. CAMPBELL AWARD FOR BEST NEW WRITER: Sofia Samatar
Well, I expected her to win. A lot of people love her novel and it almost made the ballot for Best Novel. I am sad that Benjanun Sriduangkaew ended up last. But I guess, it is hard to compete with novelists as a writer of short fiction.