A Late Update on the Hugo Awards

If you’ve been as interested in the Hugos as I am, you would have heard about the winners by now. If not, you can check them out here.

As expected, N.K. Jemisin’s The Stone Sky won the award for Best Novel, making Jemisin the first author ever to win the award three years in a row. She also gave an amazing acceptance speech.

In the short fiction categories the winners were All Systems Red by Martha Wells (Novella), The Secret Life of Bots by Suzanne Palmer (Novelette), and Welcome to your Authentic Indian Experience™ by Rebecca Roanhorse (Short Story). I enjoyed all these winners, and was especially excited by All Systems Red winning. I love Murderbot.

I was happy to see so much love for the TV show The Good Place. The episodes Michael’s Gambit and The Trolley Problem were both finalists for the Best Dramatic Performance: Short Form category, with The Trolley Problem winning the Hugo. Both were good episodes, but good for different reasons, so for me it was really hard to pick between them.

Nice to see the team from Uncanny Magazine get so much recognition, both as winner of the Best Semiprozine, and with editors Lynne M. Thomas and Michael Damien Thomas picking up the award for Best Editor, Short Form. Uncanny is a great place to find high quality fiction. And a lot of their content is free to read online.

There were so many moments in the ceremony that made me happy. I’m glad I watched the entire thing. About two thirds of the way through I had to leave for work, so I kept it playing on my phone in the car. No, I didn’t watch it while driving, I was just listening.

Next year’s Worldcon and Hugo Awards will be held in Dublin, so that’ll probably be a late night for me. I’ve seen a lot of good books come out this year, so it’ll be interesting seeing what next years Finalists look like.

What excites me most though is that in 2020, Worldcon will be held in Wellington, New Zealand, which means I’ll be able to go. Time to start planning now.

 

Happy Reading,

~Lauren

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