The 2019 Hugo Award winners were announced yesterday at the 77th World Science Fiction Convention in Dublin, Ireland. These are my favorite awards to follow because anyone with a membership can vote, and I highly encourage any SFF readers to purchase a membership.
Mary Robinette Kowal won for best novel with The Calculating Stars, which also won the Nebula Award. That makes it the 25th novel to win both since 1966. It’s a feminist, alternate history of a 1950s affected by climate change, where Elma joins the International Aerospace Coalition to help its efforts to colonize space before humanity is wiped out. It’s the first book in a series. Kowal was presented the award by ACTUAL LADY ASTRONAUT JEANETTE J. EPPS! How cool is that!
This was amazing. https://t.co/okpduPj8lg
— Mary Robinette Kowal (@MaryRobinette) August 19, 2019
All of the winners are Book Riot and personal favorites. The Murderbot Diaries by Martha Wells are must-reads and previous winners of the award. Zen Cho is a favorite author and I can’t wait to read her winning novelette. Please read Alix E. Harrow’s winning short story, about witchy librarians and portal fantasies. You will be delighted. I anticipate another Hugo nomination for her next year for her absolutely amazing novel The Ten Thousand Doors of January, releasing September 10th. It’s also a portal fantasy though not directly related to the short story. I’m probably going to be the last person to read the Wayfarers series by Becky Chambers, but the first book is on my audiobook TBR for work. The same goes for the Monstress graphic novels–I’ve got to read those!
I’m intrigued by Archive of Our Own, the winner for Best Related Work. It’s a fan-created nonprofit for fanfiction and fanart. So cool! I’m also coveting the winner for Best Art Book–the Folio Society illustrated edition of The Wizards of Earthsea by Ursula K. Le Guin and illustrated by Charles Vess. Check out how beautiful the art is. I have a small collection of Folio books at home, and Ursula K. Le Guin is one of my favorite authors.
Congrats to all the winners!
The 2019 Hugo Award Winners
The Calculating Stars by Mary Robinette Kowal
Artificial Condition by Martha Wells
“If At First You Don’t Succeed, Try, Try Again” by Zen Cho (B&N Sci-Fi and Fantasy Blog, 29 November 2018)
Best Short Story
“A Witch’s Guide To Escape: A Practical Compendium Of Portal Fantasies” by Alix E. Harrow (Apex Magazine, February 2018)
Wayfarers by Becky Chambers
Best Graphic Story
Monstress Volume 3: Haven written y Marjorie Liu, art by Sana Takeda
Lodestar Award For Best Young Adult Book
Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi
Best Related Work
Archive Of Our Own, a project of the Organization for Transformative Works
John W. Campbell Award For Best New Writer
Best Art Book
The Books of Earthsea: The Complete Illustrated Edition by Ursula K. Le Guin, illustrated by Charles Vess
Best Professional Editor, Long Form
Best Professional Editor, Short Form
Best Professional Artist
Uncanny Magazine edited by Lynne M. Thomas and Michael Damian Thomas
Best Dramatic Presentation, Long Form
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse screenplay by Phil Lord and Rodney Rothman, directed by Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, and Rodney Rothman
Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form
The Good Place: “Janet(s)” written by Josh Siegal & Dylan Morgan, directed by Morgan Sackett
Lady Business edited by Ira, Jodie, KJ, Renay & Susan
Our Opinions Are Correct hosted by Annalee Newitz and Charlie Jane Anders
Best Fan Writer
Best Fan Artist
Likhain (Mia Sereno)