Thursday, 15 September 2011

2011 Hugo results

The votes have been counted, the tuxedos pressed, and the 2011 Hugo rockets presented to the deserving. But who were they?

Best Novel

  1. Blackout/All Clear (WINNER)
    by Connie Willis
  2. Feed
    by Mira Grant
  3. Cryoburn
    by Lois McMaster Bujold
  4. The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms
    by N.K. Jemisin
  5. The Dervish House
    by Ian McDonald
Connie Willis’s two-part time travelling story has already won the Nebula and Locus awards, giving her nine major awards for her novels as Lois McMaster Bujold and Orson Scott Card. Only Ursula K Le Guin and China MiĆ©ville have more. Similarly only Heinlein has more Hugo best novel awards. Connie Willis now has in total eleven Hugo awards and seven Nebula awards for her writing.
Interesting to note that four out of the five nominees here are female.

Best Novella

  1. The Lifecycle of Software Objects (WINNER)
    by Ted Chiang
  2. Troika by Alastair Reynolds
  3. The Lady Who Plucked Red Flowers beneath the Queen’s Window by Rachel Swirsky
  4. The Sultan of the Clouds by Geoffrey A. Landis
  5. The Maiden Flight of McCauley’s Bellerophon by Elizabeth Hand
It is nice to see that most of the Novellas, Novelettes and Short Stories are available to read online.
The Lady Who Plucked Red Flowers beneath the Queen’s Window won the Nebula award, but only managed third place in the Hugo. The Lifecycle of Software Objects and The Sultan of the Clouds were also up for the Nebula.

Best Novelette

  1. The Emperor of Mars (WINNER)
    by Allen M. Steele
  2. Eight Miles
    by Sean McMullen
  3. Plus or Minus
    by James Patrick Kelly
  4. That Leviathan, Whom Thou Hast Made  
    by Eric James Stone
  5. The Jaguar House, in Shadow  
    by Aliette de Bodard
That Leviathan, Whom Thou Hast Made won the Nebula best Novelette. Also duel nominated were Plus or Minus and The Jaguar House, in Shadow.

Best Short Story

  1. For Want of a Nail (WINNER)
    by Mary Robinette Kowal
  2. Amaryllis
    by Carrie Vaughn
  3. The Things  
    by Peter Watts
  4. Ponies
    by Kij Johnson
In comparison, in our book club vote (using the Hugo alternative voting system) placed the stories in the following order:
  1. The Things
  2. For Want of a Nail
  3. Ponies / Amaryllis
On the other hand, Ponies won the latest Nebula award

Best Related Work

  1. Chicks Dig Time Lords: A Celebration of Doctor Who by the Women Who Love It (WINNER)
    edited by Lynne M. Thomas and Tara O’Shea
  2. Robert A. Heinlein : In Dialogue with His Century, Volume 1: (1907–1948): Learning Curve
    by William H. Patterson, Jr.
  3. The Business of Science Fiction: Two Insiders Discuss Writing and Publishing
    by Mike Resnick and Barry N. Malzberg
  4. Writing Excuses , Season 4 
    by Brandon Sanderson, Jordan Sanderson, Howard Tayler, Dan Wells
  5. Bearings: Reviews 1997-2001
    by Gary K. Wolfe
The Heinlein book could have won an award for the longest title.

Best Graphic Story

  1. Girl Genius, Volume 10 (WINNER)
  2. Fables: Witches
  3. Schlock Mercenary
  4. Grandville Mon Amour
  5. The Unwritten
Personally, my vote would have gone to Grandville Mon Amour, but then I didn’t get a vote...

Best Dramatic Presentation, Long Form

  1. Inception (WINNER)
  2. How to Train Your Dragon
  3. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1
  4. Toy Story 3
  5. Scott Pilgrim vs. the World
Inception also won the Nebula Ray Bradbury award

Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form

  1. Doctor Who: “The Pandorica Opens/The Big Bang” (WINNER)
    written by Steven Moffat; directed by Toby Haynes
  2. Doctor Who: “Vincent and the Doctor”
    written by Richard Curtis; directed by Jonny Campbell
  3. Doctor Who: “A Christmas Carol” 
    written by Steven Moffat; directed by Toby Haynes
  4. Fuck Me, Ray Bradbury
    written by Rachel Bloom; directed by Paul Briganti
  5. The Lost Thing
    written by Shaun Tan; directed by Andrew Ruhemann and Shaun Tan
Interestingly (in a geekish way), while most results reflect the ordering in the initial count of votes, Fuck Me, Ray Bradbury came second in each of the alternative vote run-offs, and The Lost Thing always came third.

Best Editor, Short Form

  1. Sheila Williams (WINNER)
  2. Stanley Schmidt
  3. John Joseph Adams
  4. Jonathan Strahan
  5. Gordon Van Gelder

Best Editor, Long Form

  1. Lou Anders (WINNER)
  2. Ginjer Buchanan
  3. Beth Meacham
  4. Liz Gorinsky
  5. Moshe Feder
  6. Nick Mamatas
  7. Juliet Ulman

Best Professional Artist

  1. Shaun Tan (WINNER)
  2. Stephan Martiniere
  3. John Picacio / Daniel Dos Santos
  4. Bob Eggleton

Best Semiprozine

  1. Clarkesworld (WINNER) 
    edited by Neil Clarke, Cheryl Morgan, Sean Wallace; podcast directed by Kate Baker
  2. Locus
    edited by Liza Groen Trombi and Kirsten Gong-Wong
  3. Interzone
    edited by Andy Cox
  4. Lightspeed
    edited by John Joseph Adams
  5. Weird Tales
    edited by Ann VanderMeer and Stephen H. Segal

Best Fanzine

  1. The Drink Tank (WINNER)
    edited by Christopher J Garcia and James Bacon
  2. File 770
    edited by Mike Glyer
  3. StarShipSofa
    edited by Tony C. Smith
  4. Challenger
    edited by Guy H. Lillian III
  5. Banana Wings  
    edited by Claire Brialey and Mark Plummer

Best Fan Writer

  1. Claire Brialey (WINNER)
  2. Christopher J Garcia
  3. Steven H Silver
  4. James Bacon
  5. James Nicoll

Best Fan Artist

  1. Brad W. Foster (WINNER)
  2. Randall Munroe
  3. Maurine Starkey
  4. Steve Stiles
  5. Taral Wayne
My favourite of these Randall Munroe, an artist that I have been following for a while, and his exceptionally funny xkcd cartoon series. Ok, the artwork is simple, but it is not easy to make funny and geeky jokes. Possibly not enough of the Hugo voters were geeks.

John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer

Award for the best new professional science fiction or fantasy writer of 2009 or 2010, sponsored by Dell Magazines (not a Hugo Award).
  1. Lev Grossman (WINNER)
  2. Lauren Beukes
  3. Saladin Ahmed
  4. Dan Wells
  5. Larry Correia
For the full listing and the vote breakdown see the Hugo pages:

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