2016 Hugo Award winners
The Hugo Awards (named after Hugo Gernsbeck) are one of the most prestigious science fiction awards out there.
Past winners include Dune, The Man in the High Castle, and Stranger in a Strange Land.
There has been quite a bit of controversy in the last couple of years, as a couple of groups have made an effort to get the results that they want. That doesn’t sound like a bad thing, when I put it that way…but many people disagree with the apparent agenda of those groups.
The Hugo Awards have addressed this in part by having a “No Award” choice. Last year, it was a big impact…this year, not as much. It’s reasonable to conclude that the awards actually given this year do not align with the groups’ objectives.
I mention all this because the campaigns make some people question the legitimacy of the awards. That’s always true with awards, of course, but I would say that the Hugos certainly were an indicator of high quality for many geeks like me.
I was curious, so I checked: I’ve read most of the novel winners from the 1950s through the 1980s…not as much after that.
That doesn’t mean that I don’t consider those later novels worthy, not at all…I would say that it is more that I diversified my reading quite a bit.
If you are looking for a quality science fiction/fantasy read (or watch or listen…they do more than just literature), I think that using the Hugos is not a bad data point in making your decision.
Here are this year’s winners (awarded Saturday night, August 20th at MidAmeriCon II):
Binti by Nnedi Okorafor
“Folding Beijing” by Hao Jingfang, trans. Ken Liu (Uncanny Magazine, Jan-Feb 2015)
Best Short Story
“Cat Pictures Please” by Naomi Kritzer (Clarkesworld, January 2015)
Best Related Work
Best Graphic Story
The Sandman: Overture written by Neil Gaiman, art by J.H. Williams III
Best Dramatic Presentation, Long Form
The Martian screenplay by Drew Goddard, directed by Ridley Scott (Scott Free Productions; Kinberg Genre; TSG Entertainment; 20th Century Fox)
Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form
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)
Best Editor, Short Form
Best Editor, Long Form
Sheila E. Gilbert
Best Professional Artist
Uncanny Magazine edited by Lynne M. Thomas & Michael Damian Thomas, Michi Trota, and Erika Ensign & Steven Schapansky
File 770 edited by Mike Glyer
Best Fan Writer
Best Fan Artist
The John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer (not technically a Hugo)
Congratulations to the winners!
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