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Sun
Aug 17 2014 2:00pm

Announcing the 2014 Hugo Award Winners

2014 Hugo Award nominees The winners of the 2014 Hugo Awards have been announced!

The Hugo Awards have been given since 1953, and every year since 1955, by the annual World Science Fiction Convention (the “Worldcon”). The first Worldcon occurred in New York City in 1939, and Worldcons have been held annually since then, except during World War II. This year’s Worldcon, LonCon 3, was held in London, England.

Congratulations to all the 2014 winners and nominees!

[2014 Hugo nominees]

Wed
Jul 16 2014 1:00pm

Voting the Categories: A Guide to the 2014 Hugo Novella Finalists

Hugo Awards The Hugo ballot is officially open, and the time has come to perform the laborious task of deciding among excellence. And, while much of the attention of the voting community tends to concentrate on the Best Novel finalists, we at Tor.com all felt that this year’s short fiction field was equally deserving of attention. I’ve decided to help guide readers through the short story, novelette, and novella finalists in preparation for voting. You can find the short story discussion here.

This week I discuss the novella category. The five finalists display an impressive range of styles and genres, and since two of the entries were also nominated for both the Nebula and the World Fantasy Award, the competition is fierce.

[Read more]

Mon
Jul 14 2014 8:00am

Hard(boiled) Magic: An Appreciation for Warbound and the Grimnoir Chronicles

Warbound Larry Correia Grimnoir Chronicles Hugo nomineeWarbound, the third book in Larry Correia’s Grimnoir Chronicles, is currently up for a Hugo, and rightly so. Given the remarkable diversity of this year’s nominees in various categories—among others, the entirety of The Wheel of Time series, essays and blog posts, and of course, some Tor.com entries—it makes perfect sense to me that that a magic-infused, high-stakes, and genre-mixing-in-the-1930s tale like this one is a contender for Best Novel. And why not? It’s the bee’s knees.

Like The Return of the King or A Memory of Light (though resembling neither), Warbound isn’t a stand-alone story; it’s the culmination of everything leading up to it: in this case, the three books of the Grimnoir Chronicles. This one in particular demonstrates what seem to be the strong points in Correia’s wheelhouse: every goddamn thing.

[Read on for the spoiler-light scoop on this gun-toting, spell-flinging series.]

Fri
Jul 11 2014 8:30am

Why I’m Voting for Ann Leckie’s Ancillary Justice

Ancillary Justice Ann Leckie Hugo nomineeWhen thinking about Ann Leckie’s Ancillary Justice, the first thing that comes to my mind is gummy worms. Sour gummy worms, to be precise, are a very specific desire. When you want a sour gummy worm nothing else will do. Seriously, nothing else. The second thing that comes to mind are macaroons, those little delicious crispy baked goods that have replaced the cupcake as the pastry du jour.

Yes, Ancillary Justice is like gummy worms and macaroons, combined. Early buzz meant that readers were craving Ann Leckie’s debut novel, and finally getting to read it was both satisfying and sweet.

[Read More]

Sun
Sep 1 2013 8:00pm

Announcing the 2013 Hugo Award Winners

2013 Hugo Award nominees

The winners of the 2013 Hugo Awards have been announced. Congratulations to all!

The Hugo Awards have been given since 1953, and every year since 1955, by the annual World Science Fiction Convention (the “Worldcon”). The first Worldcon occurred in New York City in 1939, and Worldcons have been held annually since then except during World War II. This year’s Worldcon is LoneStarCon 3, held in San Antonio, Texas from August 29 through September 2.

Winners for each category appear in bold:

[Hugo 2013 winners]

Mon
Apr 22 2013 12:30pm

Ender Wiggin’s Favorite Superhero is Batman

Ender actor Asa Butterfield was on hand to answer some questions at CinemaCon recently, and besides looking ridiculously dapper for a 16-year-old, he also talked a bit about what it was like to film the movie, and just how cool it was to work with Harrison Ford.

[Read more]

Sat
Mar 30 2013 2:00pm

Announcing the 2013 Hugo Award Nominees

2013 Hugo Award nomineesThe finalists for the 2012 Hugo Awards have been announced. Congratulations to all.

The Hugo Awards have been given since 1953, and every year since 1955, by the annual World Science Fiction Convention (the “Worldcon”). The first Worldcon occurred in New York City in 1939, and Worldcons have been held annually since then except during World War II. This year’s Worldcon is LoneStarCon 3 and will be held in San Antonio, Texas from August 29 through September 2.

This year’s Guests of Honor are Ellen Datlow, James Gunn, Willie Siros, Norman Spinrad, Darell K. Sweet, with special guests Leslie Fish and Joe R. Lansdale, and toastmaster Paul Cornell.

[Hugo 2013 nominations]

Tue
Dec 18 2012 9:00am

2012 Fiction Wrap Up from Tor.com

2012 Fiction Wrap Up from Tor.com

It’s the end of 2012, and we’ve been so proud to publish some excellent fiction  this year! We couldn't be more pleased to have championed such a diverse group of voices which continue to keep us on the cutting edge of short form science fiction and fantasy.

Many of these stories are eligible for the Hugo and Nebula Awards, which annually honor outstanding works of science fiction, fantasy, and horror.

[Here's a look back on 2012's fiction on Tor.com]

Tue
Sep 11 2012 5:00pm

A Visual History of the Best Professional Artist Hugo Award Winners

A Visual History of the Best Professional Artist Hugo Award Winners

The Hugo Awards started in 1953, however, the Best Professional Artist category wasn’t created until 1955. Since then, seventeen pro artists have been recognized with the award in that category (eighteen if you count Leo and Diane Dillon as individuals—debatable because they considered themselves inseparable—even though each was/is a powerhouse individual artist). It’s a helluva list.

Two Sundays ago, I became a part of it, prompting me to put together this visual history of the winners of the Hugo Award for Best Professional Artist. After assembling this set of images, the first thought I have is “get back to work....go get better.” And the next—“this still feels like a dream.”

[A visual history of the Best Professional Artist Hugo winners]

Fri
Sep 7 2012 11:15am

Ustream Will Broadcast the Hugo Awards in Full This Sunday

Ustream Will Broadcast the Hugo Awards in Full on Sunday, September 9For those who missed out on watching last weekend's Hugo Awards ceremony thanks to Ustream's overzealousness, the streaming service will be re-broadcasting the ceremony in full this Sunday, September 9th at 7 PM.

From a Chicon press release: Chicon 7, the 70th World Science Fiction Convention (Worldcon), is pleased to announce that the 2012 Hugo Awards Ceremony will be re-broadcast in its entirety and ad-free via Ustream on Sunday, September 9, starting at 7 p.m. CT (8 p.m. ET, 5 p.m. PT) at www.ustream.tv/channel/hugo-awards.

[Why the broadcast was cut]

Sun
Sep 2 2012 9:00pm

Announcing the 2012 Hugo Award Winners

Announcing the 2012 Hugo Award NomineesThe winners for the 2012 Hugo Awards have been announced. Congratulations to all the winners and nominees!

The Hugo Awards have been given since 1953, and every year since 1955, by the annual World Science Fiction Convention (the “Worldcon”). The first Worldcon occurred in New York City in 1939, and Worldcons have been held annually since then except during World War II. This year’s Worldcon is Chicon 7 and was held in Chicago from August 30 through September 3.

The Guests of Honor for this year’s awards were Mike Resnick, Story Musgrave, Rowena Morrill, Jane Frank, Peggy Rae Sapienza, Sy Ligergot, Peter Sagal, and toastmaster John Scalzi.

Hugo Award finalists are selected by members of the previous Worldcon and of the upcoming one; winners are selected by members of the upcoming one. For more information about voting in the Hugo Awards, please click here.

Tor Books and Tor.com are especially proud to announce the Hugo awards to Jo Walton’s Among Others for Best Novel and to Charlie Jane Anders’ “Six Months, Three Days” for Best Novelette.

[Winners and nominees below]

Thu
Jul 5 2012 2:00pm

A New World For Author and Tale: Embassytown by China Miéville

This week we’re looking at the novels nominated for this year’s upcoming Hugo Awards. Today we look at Embassytown by China Mieville, an excerpt of which can be read here.

A review of Embassytown by China Mieville, a Hugo 2012 Best Novel nominee

In Embassytown, China Miéville’s latest novel out in the U.S. on May 17th, there is language and there is Language.

Language is the communication system of the alien Hosts that co-exist with the human diaspora on the unforgiving backwater planet of Arieka. Yet Language with a capital “L” could also describe the linguistic acrobatics Miéville deploys in his first science fiction venture. Meaty, high-concept passages of Language to digest in every chapter. This isn’t a light summer read. But it’s certainly not without the thrills and dazzling eyeball kicks that have come to be expected of Miéville, either.

[Into the out...]

Wed
Jul 4 2012 11:00am

When Will You Rise: Deadline and Blackout by Mira Grant

This week we’re looking at the novels nominated for this year’s upcoming Hugo Awards. Today we look at Deadline by Mira Grant, the second installment of the Newsflesh trilogy, as well as its recently released conclusion, Blackout.

Hugo-nominated Deadline by Mira Grant

Here’s what you need to know: In 2014, we cured cancer and the common cold. Unfortunately, the two viruses created to tackle these problems combined in ways no one ever could have expected, creating the Kellis-Amberlee virus, which promptly took up residence in every mammal large enough to contain it. End result? Zombies.

It’s decades later, and mankind has clawed its way back from oblivion, surviving what has been dubbed The Rising. While vast areas of the world are inhabitable, written off as death traps and wastelands, we’ve managed to secure enough territory that life has resumed. People are born, educated, entertained. They live, love, vote and eventually die. They also dwell in a constant state of paranoia, with mandatory blood tests just about every time they go through a door, go outside, or do anything remotely dangerous. They live on the edge of fear, wondering if this is the time their test will go red and warrant prompt termination before they can “amplify” and turn into a bloodthirsty, mindless monster. The rich stay protected, the poor take their chances, and the CDC (Centers for Disease Control) has become one of the most powerful agencies around.

[Read more. Spoilers!]

Tue
Jul 3 2012 2:00pm

Winter is Almost Upon Us: George R.R. Martin’s A Dance With Dragons

This week we’re looking at the novels nominated for this year’s upcoming Hugo Awards. Today we look at the wildly anticipated fifth volume in the Song of Ice and Fire series, George R. R. Martin’s A Dance With Dragons

Spoiler-free review of A Dance With Dragons by George R.R. MartinThere’s a way in which reading a book you’ve been anticipating for a long long time is very strange. At first I couldn’t relax and read A Dance With Dragons because it was new news from Westeros — I was so excited about reading Tyrion’s point of view and Bran’s point of view that I couldn’t settle down and concentrate on what was happening to them. That didn’t last long. Before long I was so completely wrapped up in what was happening to everyone that I was only looking up to grunt.

I’ve been reading Martin since reading his short story “Sandkings” in a year’s best collection in 1980. I’ve read everything of his since, pretty much as soon as it came out. I have therefore been waiting for this book longer than you have — but we’ve all been waiting for it impatiently for six years. Even those of you who only started reading the series because of HBO will have been racing through the books and be waiting now with everyone else. And the question you all want answered right now, when I’ve been lucky enough to get my copy two weeks ahead of you, is “Was it worth the wait?”

To that I can only say: You’re going to love it.

[Read more: No spoilers. You’re going to love it]

Mon
Jul 2 2012 4:00pm

Is it Magic or is it Mimetic? (Being a Review of Jo Walton’s Among Others

This week we’re looking at the novels nominated for this year’s upcoming Hugo Awards. Today we look at this year’s Nebula Award winner for Best Novel, Jo Walton’s Among Others.

Among Others by Jo WaltonThere are a lot of coming-of-age stories in fantasy. They’re a staple of the genre; some might go so far as to say a cliché. But Among Others (excerpt available here) is far from your father’s fantasy Bildungsroman, and not just because it transfers the story of a girl growing up to more-or-less modern-day Wales.

In fact, it’s not really a Bildungsroman at all. Nor, despite featuring a sixteen-year-old heroine, is it a coming-of-age story. Because as the story starts, our heroine has already come of age. This is a book that concerns itself far more with surviving trauma and finding a place in the world than with finding one’s self.  Morwenna Phelps has already faced her worst monster, emerging scarred for life, with an indeterminate victory that cost the life of her twin sister.

[Spoilers are off at boarding school for the term]

Fri
May 18 2012 11:30am

$300 Worth of Books for Only $50: The 2012 Hugo Voter Packet Has Been Released

Every year those with a membership to the Hugos are rewarded with pretty amazing Voter Packet containing the various nominees in each category (excluding Best Dramatic Presentation); the packet includes 5 complete novels and a ton of other awesome prose.

That’s over $300 worth of science fiction and fantasy (at minimum), in PDF form, for the most part (there are some epub files, as well), for a voting membership that costs $50.

Visit Chicon 7, this year’s World Con for more information on Hugo voting memberships, the packet, and the awards.

[Hugo Voter Packet Contents]

Tue
May 1 2012 10:00am

5 Graphic Novels That Should Have Made the Hugo Awards

With the announcement of the Hugo Awards for 2012 recently, there’s been a lot of discussion over some of the inclusions in the graphic story category. The category covers a wide arena of graphic story representation, including comic book collections (graphic novels) as well as web comics. So let’s talk a little about what happened this year and, maybe, what should have happened.

Like we have to wonder why the much-loved web comic xkcd is considered for the “Fan Art” category instead of alongside graphic story web comic contenders Shlock Mercenary and Digger. And sure, the Girl Genius creators bowed out to give other people a chance for once (Girl Genius has been sweeping since the award was added in 2009) which was very kind. And maybe there’s a discussion to be had about the fact that graphic novels and web comics should be in two separate sections altogether since they represent a different though similar style of storytelling. But what I’d really like to talk about are the comic nominations. Namely, whose on there and who maybe should have been considered.

[Read more]

Mon
Apr 30 2012 10:30am

Neil Gaiman’s The Graveyard Book Will Be a Film Directed by Henry Selick

Famous for his work on The Nightmare Before Christmas and Coraline, Henry Selick is set to adapt a film version of Neil Gaiman’s Hugo and Newbery award winning novel, The Graveyard Book. At this time it is unknown who will be writing the screenplay adaptation nor is it known if the film will be stop motion animation in the style of Selick’s previous work.

The Graveyard Book tells the story of Nobody Owens, an orphan raised by ghosts in a graveyard. We’re excited about whatever form the film adaptation takes and can’t wait for its eventual release.

[News via The Mary Sue and Deadline]

Wed
Apr 25 2012 5:00pm

Beautiful Infographic Breaks Down the Hugo Awards

Hugo Awards infographic by SF Signal

The fine people over at SF Signal have created this splendid infographic explaining the Hugo Award. From the history of the award, to interesting statistics, to a comprehensive timeline, this the easiest and best way to get quick facts about one of the most prestigious awards in science fiction. Here’s a sample of part of the graphic, but head over to SF Signal for the whole thing.

Interested in learning more about the Hugo Award? Revisit the Hugos with Jo Walton.

Sat
Apr 7 2012 3:00pm

Announcing the 2012 Hugo Award Nominees

Announcing the 2012 Hugo Award NomineesThe finalists for the 2012 Hugo Awards have been announced. Congratulations to all.

We are especially proud of the nominations for Charlie Jane Anders’ Tor.com novelette, Six Months, Three Days, John Scalzi’s Tor.com fantasy parody short story Shadow War of the Night Dragons: Book One, The Dead City,  and Jo Walton’s best novel nomination for Among Others, along with editor nominations for Patrick Nielsen Hayden and Liz Gorinsky. Congrats also go to David G. Hartwell, a contributing editor for Tor.com and senior editor at Tor Books, for his nomination for Best Semiprozine.

The Hugo Awards have been given since 1953, and every year since 1955, by the annual World Science Fiction Convention (the “Worldcon”). The first Worldcon occurred in New York City in 1939, and Worldcons have been held annually since then except during World War II. This year’s Worldcon is Chicon 7 and will be held in Chicago from August 30 through September 3.

The Guests of Honor will be Mike Resnick, Story Musgrave, Rowena Morrill, Jane Frank, Peggy Rae Sapienza, Sy Ligergot, Peter Sagal, and toastmaster John Scalzi.

Hugo Award finalists are selected by members of the previous Worldcon and of the upcoming one; winners are selected by members of the upcoming one. All Attending and Supporting members of Chicon 7 can vote on the final ballot. For more information about voting in the Hugo Awards, or becoming a member of Chicon 7, please click here.

[Nominees below the cut]