2013 Hugo Award Nominees Announced

2013 Hugo Awards

The nominees for this year’s Hugo Awards were announced today via the Hugo Award website and a small handful of science fiction conventions throughout the world. The Hugo Awards website also announced that they broke their previous record of nomination ballots by a substantial amount, with 1,343 ballots compared to last year’s 1,101. It is worth pointing out the differences between these Hugo Award nominees and the recent Nebula Award nomination announcement. Among the Best Novel nominees, only Kim Stanley Robinson’s 2312 and Saladin Ahmed’s Throne of the Crescent Moon were nominated by both the Hugos and the Nebulas.

Best Novel

2312, Kim Stanley Robinson (Orbit)
Blackout, Mira Grant (Orbit)
Captain Vorpatril’s Alliance, Lois McMaster Bujold (Baen)
Redshirts: A Novel with Three Codas, John Scalzi (Tor)
Throne of the Crescent Moon, Saladin Ahmed (DAW)

Best Novella

After the Fall, Before the Fall, During the Fall, Nancy Kress (Tachyon Publications)
The Emperor’s Soul, Brandon Sanderson (Tachyon Publications)
On a Red Station, Drifting, Aliette de Bodard (Immersion Press)
San Diego 2014: The Last Stand of the California Browncoats, Mira Grant (Orbit)
“The Stars Do Not Lie”, Jay Lake (Asimov’s, Oct-Nov 2012)

Best Novelette

“The Boy Who Cast No Shadow”, Thomas Olde Heuvelt (Postscripts: Unfit For Eden, PS Publications)
“Fade To White”, Catherynne M. Valente ( Clarkesworld, August 2012)
“The Girl-Thing Who Went Out for Sushi”, Pat Cadigan (Edge of Infinity, Solaris)
“In Sea-Salt Tears”, Seanan McGuire (Self-published)
“Rat-Catcher”, Seanan McGuire ( A Fantasy Medley 2, Subterranean)

Best Short Story (662 nominating ballots cast)

“Immersion”, Aliette de Bodard ( Clarkesworld, June 2012)
“Mantis Wives”, Kij Johnson (Clarkesworld, August 2012)
“Mono no Aware”, Ken Liu (The Future is Japanese, VIZ Media LLC)

Once again, Paolo Bacigalupi’s wonderful The Drowned Cities was snubbed by voters, but John Scalzi’s amusing but underwhelming Redshirts received a nomination. If you’re interested in seeing the nominations in other categories, head over to the Hugo Awards website. Be sure to comment and let us know what you think of the nominees, and which works you believe were unfortunately overlooked.

2012 Nebula Award Nominees Announced

Nebula Awards 2012

The Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America have announced the nominees from 2012 Nebula Awards, the winners of which will be announced as a part of the Nebula Awards weekend, May 16th thru 19th. Unlike the Hugo Awards, which are voted on by any supporting member of that year’s World Science Fiction Convention, the Nebula Awards are voted on solely by full members of the SFWA. Becoming a member requires getting either a novel or three short stories published in the traditional manner, so it is only the true peers of the nominees that are voting. Here are some of the nominated categories and this year’s nominees:

Novel

Throne of the Crescent Moon, Saladin Ahmed (DAW; Gollancz ’13)
Ironskin, Tina Connolly (Tor)
The Killing Moon, N.K. Jemisin (Orbit US; Orbit UK)
The Drowning Girl, Caitlín R. Kiernan (Roc)
Glamour in Glass, Mary Robinette Kowal (Tor)
2312, Kim Stanley Robinson (Orbit US; Orbit UK)

Novella

On a Red Station, Drifting, Aliette de Bodard (Immersion Press)
After the Fall, Before the Fall, During the Fall, Nancy Kress (Tachyon)
“The Stars Do Not Lie,” Jay Lake (Asimov’s 10-11/12)
“All the Flavors,” Ken Liu (GigaNotoSaurus 2/1/12)
“Katabasis,” Robert Reed (F&SF 11-12/12)
“Barry’s Tale,” Lawrence M. Schoen (Buffalito Buffet)

Novelette

“The Pyre of New Day,” Catherine Asaro (The Mammoth Book of SF Wars)
“Close Encounters,” Andy Duncan (The Pottawatomie Giant & Other Stories)
“The Waves,” Ken Liu (Asimov’s 12/12)
“The Finite Canvas,” Brit Mandelo (Tor.com 12/5/12)
“Swift, Brutal Retaliation,” Meghan McCarron (Tor.com 1/4/12)
“Portrait of Lisane da Patagnia,” Rachel Swirsky (Tor.com 8/22/12)
“Fade to White,” Catherynne M. Valente (Clarkesworld 8/12)

Short Story

“Robot,” Helena Bell (Clarkesworld 9/12)
“Immersion,” Aliette de Bodard (Clarkesworld 6/12)
“Fragmentation, or Ten Thousand Goodbyes,” Tom Crosshill (Clarkesworld 4/12)
“Nanny’s Day,” Leah Cypess (Asimov’s 3/12)
“Give Her Honey When You Hear Her Scream,” Maria Dahvana Headley (Lightspeed 7/12)
“The Bookmaking Habits of Select Species,” Ken Liu (Lightspeed 8/12)
“Five Ways to Fall in Love on Planet Porcelain,” Cat Rambo (Near + Far)

It seems like a pretty huge snub that Paolo Bacigalupi‘s The Drowned Cities and Ian TregillisThe Coldest War weren’t nominated in the novel category, though this isn’t meant to disparage those who did receive nominations. Whether either of these will make it to the Hugo Award ballot remains to be seen, as those nominations will be announced on March 30th via the Hugo Awards website.