This year’s Hugo Award winners were announced on Sunday night at a glittering ceremony in San Antonio, Texas but broadcast to the world online. At stake were the classic chrome rocket trophies, this year mounted on a beautiful bronze base designed by Texan sculptor Vincent Villafranca.
Despite a record number of nominations, Seanan McGuire only walked away with one rocket for the SF Squeecast, but elsewhere women writers and illustrators did well.
British academics Farah Mendlesohn and Edward James lost out by just 3 votes in the Related Work category. Their Cambridge Companion to Fantasy was beaten by Writing Excuses, a podcast series by popular writers Mary Robinette Kowal and Brandon Sanderson.
Fiona Staples and Brian K. Vaughn won the Graphic Novel category with Saga, featuring two aliens on opposite sides of a galactic war who fall in love and have to go on the run from their angry relatives, whilst London-based Pat Cadigan won the Best Novelette for “The Girl Thing Who Went Out For Sushi”, a fascinating mediation on gender, identity and what it means to be human.
The Novella and Novel categories were won by male writers (Brandon Sanderson’s The Emperor’s Soul and John Scalzi’s Redshirts), but hey, we’re only 50% of the population, we can’t win them all.
Next year’s Hugo Award ceremony will be in London, and should see a few more British winners.
Cheryl Morgan is the first openly trans person to win a Hugo Award, and now has four. She was up all Sunday night helping host the official live, text-based commentary on the ceremony, and apologises for any lack of coherence this may have caused.
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