Well, that was an adventure. The livestream for the Hugo Awards didn’t work, which was frustrating, but the text-based live coverage saved the day. The team running that were excellent. At one point a guy in the audience started livestreaming the event on Bilibili. The stream wasn’t very consistent for me, so, there was more frustration, but I wasn’t giving up that easily. Between the two sources I got a decent look at the ceremony. A lot happened, but I am super tired, so I’m just going to go ahead with the results:
Best Fancast: Tea and Jeopardy
Best Fan Writer: Abigail Nussbaum (No win for Chuck Tingle this year)
Best Fan Artist: Elizabeth Leggett
Best Fanzine: Lady Business
Best Semiprozine: Uncanny
Best Professional Artist: Julie Dillon
Best Editor (Short Form): Ellen Datlow
Best Editor (Long Form): Liz Gorinsky
Best Dramatic Presentation (Short Form): The Expanse: Leviathan Wakes
Best Dramatic Presentation (Long Form): Arrival
Best Graphic Story: Monstress Vol. 1: Awakening – Marjorie Liu & Sana Takada
Best Related Work: Words are My Matter: Writings about Life and Books, 2000-2016 – Ursula K. Le Guin
Best Short Story: Seasons of Glass and Iron – Amal El-Mohtar (My top pick!)
Best Novelette: The Tomato Thief – Ursula Vernon (Another top pick of mine won. Ursula Vernon made a cool speech about dead whales, but the video lagged right at the punchline.)
Best Novella: Every Heart a Dorrway – Seanan McGuire (Not my top pick, but we all knew this would be the result. Every Heart a Doorway is a worthy winner.)
Best Series: The Vorkosigan Saga – Lois McMaster Bujold (Presented by George R.R. Martin. I really have to start reading this series now.)
Best Novel: The Obelisk Gate – N.K Jemisin (Wow, I was not expecting that. Was really hoping for Ninefox Gambit. But I can’t fault the voters; every nominee deserved to win, and The Broken Earth Trilogy is absolutely amazing. I can’t wait to read the final book next week. I think this is the second time a sequel has won the Hugo in the year immediately following the first book, with Speaker for the Dead being the first. I’ll fact check that tomorrow… too tired right now.)
John W. Campbell Award for Best New Author: Ada Palmer
There was also an award handed out at the start of the ceremony to the Hugo Awards from the Guiness Book of Records. Turns out the Hugos are now the longest running SF award in history.
There were a lot of amazing nominees, and all the winners deserved their rockets. I’ll have to go and rewatch some of the speeches when the recording comes out, since I missed most of them. For now though, it’s passed 5am, I’m wondering if it was worth staying up so late. If your interested in seeing how the votes went down, the Hugo Report can be found here.
Time for some sleep. Goodnight everyone.