Hugo Awards Announced

September 9, 2013

The 2013 Hugo Awards (link to http://www.thehugoawards.org/2013/09/2013-hugo-award-winners/)  were announced last Saturday at LoneStarCon 3, the 71st World Science Fiction Convention.  The Hugo Awards are given annually for the best science fiction or fantasy by the world Science Fiction Society (link to http://www.wsfs.org/)

Best Novel:

Redshirts

Redshirts: a Novel with Three Codas by John Scalzi (link to http://catalog.sno-isle.org/polaris/search/title.aspx?ctx=1.1033.0.0.6&pos=1)  Summary: This is a take-off on the world of Star Trek: Enjoying his assignment with the xenobiology lab on board the prestigious Intrepid, ensign Andrew Dahl worries about casualties suffered by low-ranking officers during away missions before making a shocking discovery about the starship’s actual purpose

Best Novella:

The emperor's soul

Emperor’s Soul by Brandon Sanderson (link to http://catalog.sno-isle.org/polaris/search/title.aspx?ctx=1.1033.0.0.6&pos=1)

Summary: When Shai is caught replacing the Moon Scepter with her nearly flawless forgery, she must bargain for her life and create–to Forge–a new soul for the emperor in less than one hundred days.

Best Novelette:

Edge of infinity

“The Girl-thing Who Went Out for Sushi” by Pat Cadigan in Edge of Infinity (link to http://catalog.sno-isle.org/polaris/search/title.aspx?ctx=1.1033.0.0.6&pos=2)  Summary for the collection:  A new science fiction anthology that looks at the next giant leap for humankind: the leap from our home world out into the Solar System. The thirteen stories in this anthology span the whole of the human condition in its race to colonise Earth’s nearest neighbors.

Best Short Story:

The future is Japanese

“Mono no Aware” by Ken Liu in The future is Japanese (link to: http://catalog.sno-isle.org/polaris/search/title.aspx?ctx=1.1033.0.0.6&pos=1)  Summary: Mono no aware is a Japanese term for the awareness of the transience of things.  Liu wrote a story to acknowledge the “importance of memory and continuity with the past” from Q/A with Ken Liu (link to http://www.haikasoru.com/the-future-is-japanese/qa-with-ken-liu-and-the-return-of-intern-kathleen/)

Best Graphic Story:

 

Saga. [Volume one]

Saga [volume one] by Brian K. Vaughan, illustrated by Fiona Staples (link to http://catalog.sno-isle.org/polaris/search/title.aspx?ctx=1.1033.0.0.6&pos=1)  Summary: When two soldiers from opposite sides of a never-ending galactic war fall in love, they risk everything to bring a fragile new life into a dangerous old universe.

John Scalzi has share his experience winning a Hugo on his blog Whatever (link to http://whatever.scalzi.com/).  He shared a really funny photo of the Best novel nominees at: Your 2013 Best Novel Hugo Nominees In All Their Quiet Dignity (link to http://whatever.scalzi.com/2013/09/08/your-2013-best-novel-hugo-nominees-in-all-their-quiet-dignity/ .

 

Enjoy some excellent speculative fiction!

 Posting by Lorraine

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