Hugo Award Winners 2016

Tonight in Kansas City, MO, at MidamericonII, the 74th World Science Fiction Convention, the Hugo Awards were presented to a rapt audience in person and online, with voters weighing on a ballot that had been partially sabotaged by a small clique of people who objected to stories about wowen and people who weren’t white.

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The awards featured several callouts to the people who vowed to burn the Hugos down — Neil Gaiman’s written acceptance in a category where his The Sandman: Overture was the only serious contenter dismissed the antics as attention-seeking stupidity.

The readers overwhelmingly voted in titles by diverse authors — for the second year in a row, a translated work by a Chinese author won a prize, and the night also saw the first-ever Hugo awarded to a Philippino person.

Two women of color won for fiction: N.K. Jemisin won best novel for The Fifth Season (and joined other writers in applause-getting excoriation of the “Rabid Puppies” and “Sad Puppies”), while Nnedi Okorafor won for her novella Binti.

Another highlight: two astronauts accepted prizes on behalf of Andy Weir and film adaptation of his novel, The Martian. Weir, who began his career as a self-published author, took the Campbell Award for Best New Writer.

It was an outstanding slate of winners — a rebirth of the Hugos. Congratulations to everyone who took home a rocketship tonight (and to the magnificent Chuck Tingle, too!).

Full voting statistics here.

Best Novel: The Fifth Season, NK Jemisin, Orbit

Best Novella: Binti

Best Novelette: Folding Beijing by Hao Jingfang (translator Ken Liu)

Best Short Story: Cat Pictures Please, Naomi Kritzer (Clarkesworld, 1/15).

Best Professional Editor – Long Form: Sheila Gilbert (DAW)

Best Professional Editor – Short Form: Ellen Datlow

Best Dramatic Presentation – Long Form: The Martian

Best Dramatic Presentation – Short Form: Jessica Jones, “AKA Smile”

Best Graphic Story: The Sandman: Overture, Neil Gaiman; art by J.H. Williams III (Vertigo)

Best Professional Artist: Abigail Larson

Best Related Work: NO AWARD

Best Semiprozine: Uncanny Magazine

John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer: Andy Weir

Best Fanzine: File 770

Best Fancast: NO AWARD

Best Fan Writer: Mike Glyer

Best Fan Artist: Steve Stiles

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