Aug 9 2008 8:59pm

Hugo Award Winners

[Best Fan Writer Hugo winner John Scalzi with Mary Robinette Kowal, winner of the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer.]

The 2008 Hugo Awards Ceremony is taking place tonight, at the 66th Annual World Science Fiction Convention, in Denver, CO. The ceremony starts at 9:30PM EST, and through the magic of the internets we’ll be posting the winners here as they’re announced. Keep refreshing this post for the latest news.

Also tune into John Joseph Adams’ Twitter feed, as he’s live-twittering the ceremony.

Best of luck to all the nominees!

John W. Campbell Award for Best New Science Fiction Writer

WINNER: Mary Robinette Kowal

Best Fanzine

WINNER: File 770

Best Fan Writer

WINNER: John Scalzi

Best Fan Artist

WINNER: Brad Foster

Best Professional Artist

WINNER: Stephan Martiniere

Best Semiprozine

  • Ansible, edited by David Langford
  • Helix, edited by William Sanders and Lawrence Watt-Evans
  • Interzone, edited by Andy Cox
  • Locus, edited by Charles N. Brown, Kirsten Gong-Wong, and Liza Groen Trombi
  • The New York Review of Science Fiction, edited by Kathryn Cramer, Kristine Dikeman, David Hartwell, and Kevin J. Maroney


Best Related Book

  • The Company They Keep: C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien as Writers in Community by Diana Glyer; appendix by David Bratman (Kent State University Press)
  • Breakfast in the Ruins: Science Fiction in the Last Millennium by Barry Malzberg (Baen)
  • Emshwiller: Infinity x Two by Luis Ortiz, introduction by Carol Emshwiller, forward by Alex Eisenstein (Nonstop)
  • Brave New Words: The Oxford Dictionary of Science Fiction by Jeff Prucher (Oxford University Press)
  • The Arrival by Shaun Tan (Arthur A. Levine/Scholastic)

WINNER: Brave New Words: The Oxford Dictionary of Science Fiction

Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form

  • Battlestar Galactica “Razor” Written by Michael Taylor Directed by Félix Enríquez Alcalá and Wayne Rose (Sci Fi Channel) (televised version, not DVD)
  • Doctor Who “Blink” Written by Steven Moffat Directed by Hettie Macdonald (BBC)
  • Doctor Who “Human Nature” / "The Family of Blood" Written by Paul Cornell Directed by Charles Palmer (BBC)
  • Star Trek New VoyagesWorld Enough and Time” Written by Michael Reaves and Marc Scott Zicree Directed by Marc Scott Zicree (Cawley Entertainment Co. and The Magic Time Co.)
  • Torchwood “Captain Jack Harkness” Written by Catherine Tregenna Directed by Ashley Way (BBC Wales)

WINNER: Doctor Who “Blink”

Best Dramatic Presentation, Long Form

  • Enchanted Written by Bill Kelly Directed by Kevin Lima (Walt Disney Pictures)
  • The Golden Compass Written by Chris Weitz Based on the novel by Philip Pullman, Directed by Chris Weitz (New Line Cinema)
  • Heroes, Season 1 Created by Tim Kring (NBC Universal Television and Tailwind Productions) Written by Tim Kring, Jeph Loeb, Bryan Fuller, Michael Green, Natalie Chaidez, Jesse Alexander, Adam Armus, Aron Eli Coleite, Joe Pokaski, Christopher Zatta, Chuck Kim. Directed by David Semel, Allan Arkush, Greg Beeman, Ernest R. Dickerson, Paul Shapiro, Donna Deitch, Paul A. Edwards, John Badham, Terrence O'Hara, Jeannot Szwarc, Roxann Dawson, Kevin Bray, Adam Kane
  • Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix Written by Michael Goldenberg, Based on the novel by J.K. Rowling, Directed by David Yates (Warner Bros. Pictures)
  • Stardust Written by Jane Goldman and Matthew Vaughn, Based on the novel by Neil Gaiman Illustrated by Charles Vess Directed by Matthew Vaughn (Paramount Pictures)

WINNER: Stardust

Best Professional Editor, Short Form

  • Ellen Datlow (The Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror (St. Martin’s), Coyote Road (Viking), Inferno (Tor))
  • Stanley Schmidt (Analog)
  • Jonathan Strahan (The New Space Opera (HarperCollins/Eos), The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year, Volume 1 (Night Shade), Eclipse One (Night Shade))
  • Gordon Van Gelder (The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction)
  • Sheila Williams (Asimov’s Science Fiction)

WINNER: Gordon Van Gelder

Best Professional Editor, Long Form

  • Lou Anders (Pyr)
  • Ginjer Buchanan (Ace/Roc)
  • David G. Hartwell (Tor/Forge)
  • Beth Meacham (Tor)
  • Patrick Nielsen Hayden (Tor)

WINNER: David G. Hartwell

Best Short Story

  • Last Contact” by Stephen Baxter (The Solaris Book of New Science Fiction, ed. George Mann, Solaris Books)
  • Tideline” by Elizabeth Bear (Asimov’s June 2007)
  • Who’s Afraid of Wolf 359?” by Ken MacLeod (The New Space Opera, ed. Gardner Dozois and Jonathan Strahan, HarperCollins/Eos)
  • Distant Replay” by Mike Resnick (Asimov’s April/May 2007)
  • A Small Room in Koboldtown” by Michael Swanwick (Asimov’s April/May 2007; The Dog Said Bow-Wow, Tachyon Publications)

WINNER: “Tideline” by Elizabeth Bear

Best Novelette

WINNER: “The Merchant and the Alchemists Gate” by Ted Chiang

Best Novella

WINNER: "All Seated on the Ground" by Connie Willis


Best Novel

  • The Yiddish Policemens Union by Michael Chabon (HarperCollins; Fourth Estate)
  • Brasyl by Ian McDonald (Gollancz; Pyr)
  • Rollback by Robert J. Sawyer (Tor; Analog Oct. 2006-Jan./Feb. 2007)
  • The Last Colony by John Scalzi (Tor)
  • Halting State by Charles Stross (Ace)

WINNER: The Yiddish Policemens Union by Michael Chabon

Congratulations to all the winners!

Update: The final vote breakdowns can be found here (PDF link).

Pablo Defendini
2. pablodefendini
Well, it's not like they stand up there, say 'hi', read off a list, and call it a night. There's a certain amount of ceremony, since it's, you know, a ceremony...
They're starting to roll in, though.
Chuk Goodin
3. Chuk
Sorry, that probably should have had a smiley. But 50 minutes? Ouch.

I was kind of hoping for The Arrival to win. Interesting to see that result for the Best Dave Langford award...
Christine Evelyn Squires
4. ces
So Martiniere won! And he's not even there.
Sammy Jay
6. Malebolge
Interesting choice of Stardust for best long form dramatic; I mean, I thought it was a perfectly sound film, but it didn't stand out and do backflips for me. But perhaps that's just in light of arguably unfavourable comparison to the book.
Paul Weimer
7. PrinceJvstin
Very pleased that Bear won. Pleased that Martiniere won.

Not surprised that Chabon won. I suppose I really am going to have to read it now that it's swept the Hugo, Nebula, Sidewise and Locus awards.
Chuk Goodin
8. Chuk
Yeah, Chabon is well worth it. I would have put it first, too, with Brasyl and Halting State a couple of notches down, Last Colony a small notch below those, and Rollback a couple more down -- good enough book, but not up to the others IMHO.
Matthew Sanborn Smith
9. Matthew Sanborn Smith
Liza .
10. aedifica
Hooray for Bear and "Tideline"!

I'm looking forward to reading Yiddish Policemen's Union when I next start reading new books (I'm in a spurt of re-reading right now).
Joe Sherry
11. jsherry
Congrats to all!! (Especially Bear and MRK!)
Clifton Royston
12. CliftonR
Wow, Scalzi won the best Langford?

Congrats to all.
Rob Hansen
13. RobHansen
Congrats to Steven Moffat on making it a hat-trick with 'Blink'. I enjoyed this year's Doctor Who well enough but I don't think there was a sufficiently stanout story this time for the show to secure a Hugo next year as well.
eric orchard
14. orchard
Congratulations all!
Jeffrey Richard
15. neutronjockey
You know...getting multiple updates via twitter live was pretty farkin' schnazzy---ALMOST like being there (minus the parties, and the bar, and the people...).

Congrats to all (esp. eBear, MRK, J.Scalzi and to all the noms for John Klima --- who is obviously doing something right!).
Irene Gallo
16. Irene
Tzut Tzut
17. WillieMcBride
I still can't understand how Richard Morgan wasn't nominated for Black Man/Thirteen (and didn't win)...
Mark McKibben
18. Manzabar
Congrats to all the winners! Though I do feel disappointed that Chabon got the Hugo for best novel. Yes, it was a good book but it hardly qualifies as Sci-Fi or Fantasy.
Arachne Jericho
19. arachnejericho
@Manzabar - It qualifies as Alternative History, which falls into the SF/Fantasy ranks. And I'd argue the potential Messiah stuff strongly leans it towards Fantasy regardless of anything else.
Mark McKibben
20. Manzabar
@Arachnehericho - Meh. It's a murder mystery/crime drama. The alternative history makes little to no impact on the actual story, this could have been set anywhere/when with no major changes to the story. If it's a Sci-Fi/Fantasy book, then the elements which make it Sci-Fi/Fantasy shouldn't be so incidental.

As for the Messiah stuff, I'll grant it has been a couple of months since I read the book, but those bits felt really tacked on. And from what I recall, we never "saw" the "Messiah" do anything; it was all "second-hand accounts" from various characters. Which makes those bits suspect, sort of like the red-herrings some mystery writers will put in their books to try & keep you from guessing the ending before you get there.
Arachne Jericho
22. arachnejericho
@Manzabar - The murder mystery was pretty much an excuse to hang upon its framework the exploration of an alternate history---and yeah, it's a subtle alternate history.

Frankly I don't know why YPU would win a mystery award. The mystery is rail thin and non-existent.

And the second-person accounts were not told by the characters involved---they were straight-out narrated, not told as a character-in-a-story-told, which means they were true, even in the mystery genre---but what to read between the lines of cold truth is hazed by the Messiah.

But people disagree with both of us, and we disagree with each other, so I'll just leave it at that on my end.

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