Sep 5 2010 7:00am

Announcing the 2010 Hugo Award Winners!

The Hugo Awards have been given since 1953, and every year since 1955, by the annual World Science Fiction Convention (the “Worldcon”). Finalists are nominated by members of the previous Worldcon and of the upcoming one; winners are selected by members of the upcoming one.

This year’s Worldcon and Hugo ceremonies are being held at AussieCon 4, hence the early morning announcement post. Below the cut you’ll find a list of the categories with nominees, including a few featured here on, such as Charles Stross’s “Overtime” story (Best Novelette); Rachel Swirsky’s “Eros, Philia, Agape” story (Best Novelette); plus Liz Gorinsky, Lou Anders, and Patrick Nielsen Hayden (Best Editor, Long Form).

Linked nominees can be followed to a review or feature of that nominee here on Winners will be updated as they are announced and will appear in their category in bold. Categories are ordered by presentation.

Best Fan Artist
Presented by Gina Goddard

  • Brad W Foster (winner)
  • Dave Howell
  • Sue Mason
  • Steve Stiles
  • Taral Wayne

Best Fanzine
Presented by James Shields

  • StarShipSofa edited by Tony C. Smith (winner)
  • Argentus edited by Steven H. Silver
  • Banana Wings edited by Claire Brialey and Mark Plummer
  • Challenger edited by Guy H. Lillian III
  • Drink Tank edited by Christopher J Garcia, with guest editor James Bacon
  • File 770 edited by Mike Glyer

Best Fan Writer
Presented by John Hertz

  • Frederik Pohl (winner)
  • Claire Brialey
  • Christopher J Garcia
  • James Nicoll
  • Lloyd Penney

Best Semiprozine
Presented by Bruce Gillespie

  • Clarkesworld edited by Neil Clarke, Sean Wallace, & Cheryl Morgan (winner)
  • Ansible edited by David Langford
  • Interzone edited by Andy Cox
  • Locus edited by Charles N. Brown, Kirsten Gong-Wong, & Liza Groen Trombi
  • Weird Tales edited by Ann VanderMeer & Stephen H. Segal

Best Professional Artist
Presented by Nick Stathopoulos

Best Editor, Short Form
Presented by Lucy Sussex

  • Ellen Datlow (winner)
  • Stanley Schmidt
  • Jonathan Strahan
  • Gordon Van Gelder
  • Sheila Williams

Best Editor, Long Form
Presented by Robert Silverberg

  • Patrick Nielsen Hayden (winner)
  • Lou Anders
  • Ginjer Buchanan
  • Liz Gorinsky
  • Juliet Ulman

Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form
Presented by Paul Cornell

  • Doctor Who: “The Waters of Mars”, written by Russell T Davies & Phil Ford; directed by Graeme Harper (BBC Wales) (winner)
  • Doctor Who: “The Next Doctor”, written by Russell T Davies; directed by Andy Goddard (BBC Wales)
  • Doctor Who: “Planet of the Dead”, written by Russell T Davies & Gareth Roberts; directed by James Strong (BBC Wales)
  • Dollhouse: “Epitaph 1”, story by Joss Whedon; written by Maurissa Tancharoen & Jed Whedon; directed by David Solomon (Mutant Enemy)
  • FlashForward: “No More Good Days” written by Brannon Braga & David S. Goyer; directed by David S. Goyer; based on the novel by Robert J. Sawyer (ABC)

Best Dramatic Presentation, Long Form
Presented by George R. R. Martin

  • Moon, screenplay by Nathan Parker; story by Duncan Jones; directed by Duncan Jones (Liberty Films) (winner)
  • Avatar, screenplay and directed by James Cameron (Twentieth Century Fox)
  • District 9, acreenplay by Neill Blomkamp & Terri Tatchell; directed by Neill Blomkamp (TriStar Pictures)
  • Star Trek, screenplay by Robert Orci & Alex Kurtzman; directed by J.J. Abrams (Paramount)
  • Up, screenplay by Bob Peterson & Pete Docter; story by Bob Peterson, Pete Docter, & Thomas McCarthy; directed by Bob Peterson & Pete Docter (Disney/Pixar)

Best Graphic Story
Presented by Shaun Tan

Best Related Book
Presented by Cheryl Morgan

  • This Is Me, Jack Vance!(Or, More Properly, This is “I”) by Jack Vance (Subterranean Press) (winner)
  • Canary Fever: Reviews by John Clute (Beccon)
  • Hope-In-The-Mist: The Extraordinary Career and Mysterious Life of Hope Mirrlees by Michael Swanwick (Temporary Culture)
  • The Inter-Galactic Playground: A Critical Study of Children’s and Teens’ Science Fiction by Farah Mendlesohn (McFarland)
  • On Joanna Russ edited by Farah Mendlesohn (Wesleyan)
  • The Secret Feminist Cabal: A Cultural History of SF Feminisms by Helen Merrick (Aqueduct)

Best Short Story
Presented by Sean Williams

Best Novelette
Presented by Terry Dowling

Best Novella
Presented by Sean McMullen

Best Novel
Presented by Kim Stanley Robinson

The John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer
Presented by John Scalzi and Jay Lake

  • Seanan McGuire (winner)
  • Saladin Ahmed
  • Gail Carriger
  • Felix Gilman
  • Lezli Robyn

This year’s Hugo Awards trophy was designed by Nick Stathopoulos. Congratulatons to all the nominees and winners!

1. MicheleF
No Best Novel winner? Has it not been announced as yet - or did the winner not get posted yet?
Elio García
2. Egarcia
Congratulations to the winners, particularly Jack Vance for his delightful memoir, and China Meville and Paolo Bacigalupi for their tie! Things seem to go quite smoothly from the video and live coverage at the Hugo Awards site.
Jo Walton
4. bluejo
Congratulations Patrick -- very well deserved!And congratulations to everybody else as well.

And I actually teared up when I heard about Fred Pohl's win. On the texted live coverage, Mike Resnick mentioned that he'd heard Fred complain he never got asked to be a Fan GoH, though a fan is what he really is. So lovely to see recognition of that now he's 90.
Irene Gallo
5. Irene
Yes, Woohoo to Patrick!
(Completely biased and proud of it :-)
Rich Horton
6. ecbatan
Congratulations to all the winners!

It seems a most excellent list of winners (measured, as always, by its degree of alignment with my own ballot!)
Soon Lee
7. SoonLee
Congratulations to all the winners! This was the first ceremony I got to attend & what an historic one it was: first Hugo won by a podcast (Starship Sofa), first Semiprozine Hugo to an online magazine (Clarkesworld), Fred Pohl wins Fan Writer(!), and a tie for best novel!
8. Erotic Horizon
Congrats to all the winner - yeah for China..
9. Alice Keezer
Congrats to Seanan McGuire! I've been rooting for her for months!
Brit Mandelo
10. BritMandelo
Congrats to all the winners!

(I can't quite say "called it" on best novel since it was a tie, but, um. Sort-of-called-it!)
11. BillBurns
I'd be interested to know if anyone who voted for StarShipSofa as best "fanzine" actually read any issues of the other nominees.
12. David Scholes
Some very worthy nominations there.

As an Australian science fiction writer I was devastated not to be able to get to AussieCon # 4. Regretably an operation involving 3 hernias has kept me away.

Still if you should get a chance maybe check out some of my recent work:

René Walling
13. cybernetic_nomad
@BillBurns: it is likely that they did since there were some in the Hugo Packet that was made available to members.
14. Christopher Johnstone
Correct me if I'm wrong, but weren't there several firsts last night?

- First time a podcast has won (Spaceship Sofa)
- First time an e-zine has won (Clarkesworld)
- First time an e-comic has won (Girl Genius)

The future is now, it seems.

Church Tucker
15. Church

I'm curious as to what prompted that comment.
Soon Lee
16. SoonLee
BillBurns @11:

I did as they were made available in the Hugo packet. I was not expecting Starship Sofa to win (though I voted for it) but am not unhappy it did. Tony C. Smith & the Starship Sofa crew display a great deal of passion & enthusiasm. The podcast is varied & interesting and IMHO worthy of a Hugo.

Christopher Johnstone @14:
Girl Genius won last year too, but I believe you are correct about the other two winners.
17. akaKJB
@David Scholes

What's your opinion of exLibris? They've been aggressively trying to get my business and I'd like to hear the opinions of someone who has already published through them (hopefully successfully).

Ken Bussanmas
aka: KJB
Gonzalo San Martin
18. Gonzalo
Big props to StarShipSofa for winning in its fanzine category. Tony C. Smith and the crew of the SSS reach out to fans in a way that the paper-based fanzines no longer can.
Patrick Nielsen Hayden
19. pnh
Jo Walton wrote: "On the texted live coverage, Mike Resnick mentioned that he'd heard Fred complain he never got asked to be a Fan GoH, though a fan is what he really is."

"Never" isn't literally the case; Frederik Pohl was Fan Guest of Honor at Norwescon in Seattle in 1980. Which is why, when people were arguing over whether he should be nominated for Best Fan Writer in 2010, I knew that Pohl certainly wouldn't be offended to be nominated in a fan category, as some people suggested he might be.
20. eastvillager
Girl Genius is most worthy of the honor, and is available on the web, no less: www.

And as for the blogger of Making Light, well, all I can do is add my congratulations to Patrick Nielsen Hayden!
christopher hwang
21. jenhuang

i think you meant , although is the most direct link to the Girl Genius comic.

Since the 'Best Graphic Story' category has only been an option at the Hugos for the last 2 years, the Foglios are so far the ONLY recipients of that particular achievement ;)

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