Aug 21 2011 12:59am

Announcing the 2011 Hugo Award Winners!

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

This year the World Science Fiction Convention, Renovation is being held in Reno, Neveda with the Hugo Awards Cermony on August 21st. 

Check out the full list of nominees and winners below the cut!

Best Fan Artist

Presented by Stu Shiffman

  • Winner: Brad W. Foster
  • Randall Munroe
  • Maurine Starkey
  • Steve Stiles
  • Taral Wayne

Best Fanzine
Presented by David Cake

  • Winner: The Drink Tank, edited by Christopher J. Garcia and James Bacon
  • Banana Wings, edited by Claire Brialey and Mark Plummer
  • Challenger, edited by Guy H. Lillian III
  • File 770, edited by Mike Glyer
  • StarShipSofa, edited by Tony C. Smith

Best Fan Writer
Presented by John Coxon

  • Winner: Claire Brialey
  • James Bacon
  • Christopher J. Garcia
  • James Nicoll
  • Steven H. Silver

Best Semiprozine
Presented by David G. Hartwell

  • Winner: Clarkesworld, edited by Neil Clarke, Cheryl Morgan, Sean Wallace; podcast directed by Kate Baker
  • Interzone, edited by Andy Cox
  • Lightspeed, edited by John Joseph Adams
  • Locus, edited by Liza Groen Trombi and Kirsten Gong-Wong
  • Weird Tales, edited by Ann VanderMeer and Stephen H. Segal

Best Professional Artist
Presented by Boris Vallejo

  • Winner: Shaun Tan
  • Daniel Dos Santos
  • Bob Eggleton
  • Stephan Martiniere
  • John Picacio

Best Editor, Short Form
Presented by Ellen Datlow

  • Winner: Sheila Williams
  • John Joseph Adams
  • Stanley Schmidt
  • Jonathan Strahan
  • Gordon Van Gelder

Best Editor, Long Form
Presented by Ellen Asher

  • Winner: Lou Anders
  • Ginjer Buchanan
  • Moshe Feder
  • Liz Gorinsky
  • Nick Mamatas
  • Beth Meacham
  • Juliet Ulman

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

  • Winner: Doctor Who: “The Pandorica Opens/The Big Bang,” written by Steven Moffat; directed by Toby Haynes (BBC Wales)
  • Doctor Who: “A Christmas Carol,” written by Steven Moffat; directed by Toby Haynes (BBC Wales)
  • Doctor Who: “Vincent and the Doctor,” written by Richard Curtis; directed by Jonny Campbell (BBC Wales)
  • Fuck Me, Ray Bradbury, written by Rachel Bloom; directed by Paul Briganti
  • The Lost Thing, written by Shaun Tan; directed by Andrew Ruhemann and Shaun Tan (Passion Pictures)

Best Dramatic Presentation, Long Form
Presented by Bill Willingham

  • Winner: Inception, written and directed by Christopher Nolan (Warner)
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1, screenplay by Steve Kloves; directed by David Yates (Warner)
  • How to Train Your Dragon, screenplay by William Davies, Dean DeBlois & Chris Sanders; directed by Dean DeBlois & Chris Sanders (DreamWorks)
  • Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, screenplay by Michael Bacall & Edgar Wright; directed by Edgar Wright (Universal)
  • Toy Story 3, screenplay by Michael Arndt; story by John Lasseter, Andrew Stanton & Lee Unkrich; directed by Lee Unkrich (Pixar/Disney)

Best Graphic Story
Presented by Trixe Pixie: Alexander James Adams, Betsy Tinney, S. J. Tucker

  • Winner: Girl Genius, Volume 10: Agatha Heterodyne and the Guardian Muse, written by Phil and Kaja Foglio; art by Phil Foglio; colors by Cheyenne Wright (Airship Entertainment)
  • Fables: Witches, written by Bill Willingham; illustrated by Mark Buckingham (Vertigo)
  • Grandville Mon Amour, by Bryan Talbot (Dark Horse)
  • Schlock Mercenary: Massively Parallel, written and illustrated by Howard Tayler; colors by Howard Tayler and Travis Walton (Hypernode)
  • The Unwritten, Volume 2: Inside Man, written by Mike Carey; illustrated by Peter Gross (Vertigo)

Best Related Book
Presented by Farah Mendlesohn

  • Winner: Chicks Dig Time Lords: A Celebration of Doctor Who by the Women Who Love It, edited by Lynne M. Thomas and Tara O’Shea (Mad Norwegian)
  • Bearings: Reviews 1997-2001, by Gary K. Wolfe (Beccon)
  • The Business of Science Fiction: Two Insiders Discuss Writing and Publishing, by Mike Resnick and Barry N. Malzberg (McFarland)
  • Robert A. Heinlein: In Dialogue with His Century, Volume 1: (1907–1948): Learning Curve, by William H. Patterson, Jr. (Tor)
  • Writing Excuses, Season 4, by Brandon Sanderson, Jordan Sanderson, Howard Tayler, Dan Wells

Best Short Story
Presented by David D. Levine

  • Winner: “For Want of a Nail” by Mary Robinette Kowal (Asimov’s, September 2010)
  • “Amaryllis” by Carrie Vaughn (Lightspeed, June 2010)
  • “Ponies” by Kij Johnson (, November 17, 2010)
  • “The Things” by Peter Watts (Clarkesworld, January 2010)

Best Novelette
Presented by Nancy Kress

  • Winner: “The Emperor of Mars” by Allen M. Steele (Asimov’s, June 2010)
  • “Eight Miles” by Sean McMullen (Analog, September 2010)
  • “The Jaguar House, in Shadow” by Aliette de Bodard (Asimov’s, July 2010)
  • “Plus or Minus” by James Patrick Kelly (Asimov’s, December 2010)
  • “That Leviathan, Whom Thou Hast Made” by Eric James Stone (Analog, September 2010)

Best Novella
Presented by Robert Silverberg

  • Winner: “The Lifecycle of Software Objects” by Ted Chiang (Subterranean)
  • “The Lady Who Plucked Red Flowers beneath the Queen’s Window” by Rachel Swirsky (Subterranean Magazine, Summer 2010)
  • “The Maiden Flight of McCauley’s Bellerophon” by Elizabeth Hand (Stories: All New Tales, William Morrow)
  • “The Sultan of the Clouds” by Geoffrey A. Landis (Asimov’s, September 2010)
  • “Troika” by Alastair Reynolds (Godlike Machines, Science Fiction Book Club)

Best Novel
Presented by TimPowers

  • Winner: Blackout/All Clear by Connie Willis (Ballantine Spectra)
  • Cryoburn by Lois McMaster Bujold (Baen)
  • The Dervish House by Ian McDonald (Gollancz; Pyr)
  • Feed by Mira Grant (Orbit)
  • The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms by N.K. Jemisin (Orbit)

The John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer
Presented by Stanley Schimdt and Seana McGuire

Award for the best new professional science fiction or fantasy writer of 2009 or 2010, sponsored by Dell Magazines (not a Hugo Award).

  • Winner: Lev Grossman
  • Saladin Ahmed
  • Lauren Beukes
  • Larry Correia
  • Dan Wells

Note: All Campbell finalists are in their 2nd year of eligibility.

This year’s Hugo Awards trophy was designed by Marina Gelineau.

Masters of Ceromony: Jay Lake and Ken Scholes

Congratulatons to all the nominees and winners!

1. Raskolnikov
*Best Novel for Blackout/All Clear by Connie Willis*
Well, the second worst novel on the ballot and the fourth worst book that I read from 2010 has won the Hugo, along with the Nebula. As I expected going into this voting, and clearly people do see real value in the text. I'm not one of them, and have to regard this as a terribly disappointing pick, for a work that I find less well designed than Anasi Boys, probably making the worst Hugo win since Hominids took the medal. As with The Emperor of Mars, I see this as a general tendency towards embracing sentimental, regressive, contrived science fiction over the other kind. A shame that a novel as intricate, ambitious and well written as The Dervish House lost to an exercise in tedious poorly designed historical recreation. Willis taking it over McDonald at this point is something I'd expected for quite awhile now, but it doesn't make me any happier at this point. A bit dispiriting that a process as corrupt as the Nebulas here echoes the decision of the largest gathering of Hugo voters in its history. More a shame that Willis can make such an over-sprawling account and be lauded by having made the best science fiction novel of the world. Even more unfortunate that the SF community finds it's measure of greatness in character through Willis' cutsey well-wishers, its guideline for worldbuilding a haphazard recollection of historians and its model towards the future in a return to the London Blitz.

*Best Novella for "The Lifecycle of Software Objects" by Ted Chiang
Thoroughly predictable, but also completely deserved, and a relief to see an actual top-rate writer get the award recognition. This is his fourth piece of short fiction to win a Hugo. This is the type of fiction that should be encouraged--specific, forceful, ambitious while being low key, writing future forms of life in the spaces within which most SF narratives leap.

*Best Novelette for "The Emperor of Mars" by Allen StteleInfuriating, although what I feared in the lead-up to the vote. There was only one worse pick on the ballet and three substantially better, and instead the mass voters went for an unabashed recreation and celebration of all that's conservative in science fiction writing. This is a story that does not withstand even a minimal amount of thought on it, examined beneath the self-congratulatory aspect it falls apart. This is the first pick of the evening's ceremony to really get me angry. "The Jagaur House" should have won this in a landslide.

*Best Dramatic Presentation Short Form for the Pandorica Opens/Big Bang"
Fairly pleased. That matched my top vote for the category, as well as my prediction for winner. Hardly a big surprise, the Doctor Who bloc has been really strong of late, there weren't many quality alternates last year, and few of them nominated. Glad that fandom can now hopefully get past the 'f--- me Ray Bradbury' fanvideo, and possibly regrow a little maturity. As well, hopefully next year one or more episode from Game of Thrones can challenge the Doctor Who monolith. G. R. R. Martin was presenting the award this year, foreshadowing?
2. Raskolnikov
Pardon, I meant less well designed than "The Graveyard Book". For some reason I had a brainfreeze, Graveyard Book was of course the Hugo-winning novel, Gaiman withdrew Anasi Boys from consideration. I preferred both to Blackout/All Clear, but it's the most recent book that served a winner in 2009, for a rather disapointing year.
3. Galadriel
Re: Dramatic Pres. Short Form: "Vincent and the Doctor" really should have won over "Pandorica Opens/Big Bang". And if you watched the livestream too (or attended), don'tcha think Mr. Moffat should have sent an acceptance speech, or at least a few words of thanks? Two of the nominees were written by him, after all.

It pleases me that neither Deathly Hallows Part One nor Scott Pilgrim won for Dramatic Pres. Long Form. That category was very strong overall this year, though.
Pseu Donym
4. Scotoma
I find it far more hilarious that in the comic category a comic has won two years in a row that is nearly unknown among comic readers.

Overall boring winners, but so what, that has been the norm for ten years now. And I agree "Vincent and the Doctor" would have been a better winner.
5. Jeff R.
Isn't it three years running that Girl Genius has won the Best Girl Genius Award?

And yeah, the only thing that could have stopped Blackout/All Clear would have been that obscure no award final check thing.
Joris Meijer
6. jtmeijer
The problem with graphic story is less that one of the best genre works in the english language wins all the time but more that the actually best genre works are published in other languages.

edit: anyway, it seems Girl Genius removed themselves from eligibility for next year.
7. Petar Belic
Connie Willis for best novel? Her work just screams mediocrity. I cry for the future of SF, I really do, if the Hugos are seriously presenting this the best science fiction novel of the year. Or perhaps SF 'fandom' has its head so far up its... well I should stop now but I wont.

Perhaps it was just a dry year for the good authors who like to make their readers think. Wasn't that was SF about, at some stage?

If I sound bitter, it's because I am.

Hopefully I can feel a little better about next year's. At least Ted Chiang got a plaudit. Perhaps he's working on a novel, finally...
Rob Munnelly
8. RobMRobM
Count me as one who is pleased with the Blackout/All Clear win. The characters were strong, the underlying tale excellent, and the end was satsifying (and, to me, heartbreaking). It is plainly superior to the Bujold and Jemisin - haven't read the other two, so can't attest there.

Kristen Templet
9. SF_Fangirl
Come on, people. This is a popularity contest voted on by a self-selected electorate. There's absolutely nothing wrong with that, but the complaining that the "best" book didn't win getting silly. We could have all predicted that Willis would likely win with all the hype surrounding Blackkout/All Clear, the number of fans eagerly awaiting its publication beforehand, and the fact that they put up with the book splitting with nary a complaint.

The Best Novel Hugo award does not equal Best Science Fiction Novel of the Year. It equals most Popular Speculative Fiction novel of the Year. Because although I personally dislike the fact that fantasy can win the Hugo, it can and does.

I am a Bujold fan and the only novel nominee I read this year was Cryoburn. I would have preferred Cyroburn beat Blackout/All Clear, but I am not upset it didn't turn out that way. Cyroburn was a lot of fun but formulaic not particularly deep. Personally I would have preferred one of the other nominees win although neither of the scream out to me as something I have to read.

I'm happy with the short story win "For Want of a Nail" because that was my favorite of the four nominees.

I am also happy with the win for "The Lifecycle of Software Objects." I haven't read the other nominees, but I think Software Objects is a worthy winner.

I do agree that for the Best Dramatic Presentation short form "Vincent and the Doctor" was a better story than "The Pandorica Opens/The Big Bang." The last 15-20 min "reset" of the "The Big Bang" had some huge sci fi plot holes that bug me.
John Adams
10. JohnArkansawyer
The only one of the nominated novels I've read was The Dervish House, just finished, and I've already both recommended it to a friend and returned it early to the library because there was a hold on our only copy of it.

I have reservations about it, the uncritical embrace of market values and the possibly too-happy ending and the shrugging off of one act of cowardice which I, too, might have committed, but it's still a wonderful novel.

I need to get out more.
11. James Davis Nicoll
the fact that they put up with the book splitting with nary a complaint.

I heard lots of complaints. I wrote some of them myself. "This book is incomplete," I said. "This first book could have been cut down to two or three chapters without damaging the narrative in any way!" Rant James rant. See James rant.

That said, decades of buying fragments of fantasy novels in 500-600 page installments has probably conditioned F&SF readers into accepting that they will be reading something that begins in media res and ends without resolution.

Because although I personally dislike the fact that fantasy can win the Hugo, it can and does.

Some of the most interesting work in F&SF is done on the F side of things and I say this for whom fantasy is generally carob to SF's chocolate, as someone whose desire to read SF is so overwhelming I own Robert Forward novels. Heck, I owned Cap Kennedy books back in the day....
John Adams
12. JohnArkansawyer
Oh, and I'm a little surprised that the Heinlein biography didn't win.

Without regard to the quality of the competing books (again, this is the only one in the category I've read), I'd expected this to win for the reason SF_Fangirl gave above--this award is for most popular, not best, and that it was not the most popular of the year surprises me.

I really need to get out more.
Mani A
13. sn0wcrash
This is the first time where I've at least tried to read all the novels on the ballot, and while Mileage Obviously Varies, I'm really having a mental failure as to how The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms could lose to any of the nominated novels, much less one(s) that was as meh as Blackout/All Clear. I realise it's more a popularity contest than a critical one, but still...
14. James Davis Nicoll
Previous non-fiction works related to Heinlein have also failed to win a rocket. Robert A. Heinlein: A Reader's Companion by James Gifford comes to mind. In fact, I think at this point I will firmly assert the last time RAH-related non-fiction won a Hugo was Panshin's Best Fan Writer nod for Heinlein in Dimension in the 1960s. If I am wrong, no doubt corrections will flurry my way.

That said, it cannot help that Heinlein died decades ago, that at least some libraries no longer bother to put his YA books in the childrens section (because nobody was signing them out; this is how a friend got a complete set of first editions) or that of all the fanbases, the Heinlein one is most likely to go dingo at a hint of a slight towards The Master.
15. James Davis Nicoll
Beamjockey did my homework for me:

Grumbles from the Grave was nominated in 1990. It lost to Alexei Panshin & Cory Panshin's The World Beyond the Hill: Science Fiction and the Quest for Transcendence.

James Gifford's annotated bibliography Robert A. Heinlein: A Reader's Companion was nominated in 2001. It lost to Bob Eggleton and Nigel Suckling's Greetings from Earth: The Art of Bob Eggleton

Joseph T. Major's Heinlein's Children: The Juveniles was nominated in 2007 (annoyingly, I've never found a copy of this). It lost to Julie Phillips' James Tiptree, Jr.: The Double Life of Alice B. Sheldon

Bill Patterson's Robert A. Heinlein: In Dialogue with His Century, Volume 1: (1907–1948): Learning Curve was nominated in 2011. It lost to Lynne M. Thomas and Tara O'Shea's Chicks Dig Time Lords: A Celebration of Doctor Who by the Women Who Love It.

In fact, Heinlein non-fiction turns out to be poor bet for the Hugo Award except when Panshin writes it. The obvious solution here is for him to do a new, updated edition of Heinlein in Dimension.
16. CarlosSkullsplitter
15: There's always volume 2 of Patterson to look forward to! I can't wait to hear how Moscow was really the size of Copenhagen in 1960 and how the Communists used their special mind-control powers so well that even after Communism fell, lo these many years now, the population grew to fit their estimates. Or maybe he'll get some of those very sane folks from the LASFS to tell him how Heinlein invented the think tank only thirty years after it was invented. Or the part about Manson's son, Valentine Michael, whose name had nothing to do with anything Heinlein ever wrote -- I bet that's going to be really well-researched!

No matter what, though, I know that it's all going to be extra special special special!
Rich Bennett
17. Neuralnet
Blackout/all clear was actually my favorite read, but I didnt vote it #1. It seemed more historical novel than science fiction, and I didnt like that it was a split novel. Werent we really just voting for Blackout?

Dervish house was so complex and a cool vision of the future, it got my #1 vote.

I guess we all have our own opinion... I loved That Leviathon, Whom Thou Hast Made... I think I might be the only one.

In my book creepiest story goes to Ponies... I guess I didnt get it... way too weird for me.

I have never read any zombie-type books before, so Feed was a nice surprise.

All around it was just a great experience being a Hugo voter and reading all of this great stuff. I have to thank Brandon Sanderson for posting on his blog about the opportunity. I never would have stumbled upon it on my own, and as a life-long SF reader it was a very cool thing.
18. Raskolnikov
#9 SF--Girl:

Yes, the award is a popularity contest by and large. That doesn't mean that it can't also deliver a win to works of real quality. The Dispossessed, Man in the High Castle, Neuromancer--by definition they managed to be the most popular at the time, but I'd say they said things of substanc as well, and looking back there's every reason to second these picks as identifying classics. Just last year the Hugo voters went for a rare tie with City & the City and The Windup Girl--both works I consider excellent, innovative and well crafted. They certainly have a lot more in the way of plotting, worldbuilding, characterization and basic narrative skill than Willis' later. I don't have any problem with Yiddish Policeman's Union or Rainbows Edge winning either. It's possible for even contemporary fandom to do better, and the attitude that accepts mediocre popular wins as inevitable seems untrue and insofar as its accepted more likely to deliver more mediocre winners in the future.
Soon Lee
19. SoonLee
For crunchy statistics, see:

For example, "The Things" got by far the most nominations in its category but fared quite poorly in the finals cagematch.

Me, I like reading the longlist (at end of linked pdf) where you'll find works that were interesting enough to garner a number of nominations but not enough (for whatever reasons) to make the final ballot. Makes for an interesting reading list.
Evan Langlinais
20. Skwid
I'd just like to say that I agree with everything Raskolnikov is saying above, except I felt Jemisin's was very nearly as excellent as McDonald's, and that Rachel Bloom deserved this win infinitely more than anything the moribund Doctor Who franchise produced in the last year. Hell, she deserves the award just for being so incredibly awesome on Friday night.

But, yeah. I'm very disappointed in the Hugo voters this year.
Andrew Love
21. AndyLove
James Gifford's annotated bibliography Robert A. Heinlein: A Reader's Companion was nominated in 2001. It lost to Bob Eggleton and Nigel Suckling's Greetings from Earth: The Art of Bob Eggleton.

Remember the "controversy" about the use of the standard Hugo rules to determine the winner of that award?
22. Raskolnikov
No real criticism for the Jemisin on my part, I should say. It was original, intricate fantasy that did a lot of things right, and offered a very effective pattern for imagining strange politics joined with strange religion, and the force of both. I just thought the McDonald was better, the kind of future clasic that comes along rarely, a great leap forward for McDonald's already impressive career. Either would have been a deserving winner, the other three--peh.

Nominating statistics are fairly interesting. Just a handful more votes would have put Croburn off the list, and gotten Who Fears Death on it. A few more could have boosted Feed/Croburn and replaced it with Kraken/Who Fears Death. That would have been a vastly stronger shortlist, I feel. And the nominating number for short stories and novelettes is miniscule, with great fiction and terrible balancing on the edge of under four votes in many cases. Incredible.

It's rather dispiritng to see in the voting stage how a lot of things I consider the one truly worthy elements in their category--Toy Story 3, The Unwritten, Bearings--got steamrolled and knocked out in the first round of voting. I can understand how some works and writers have much bigger fandoms than others going in, so a lot of worthy stuff gets overlooked. I don't see how, given the existence of the Voter's Packet, one looks at "Emperor of Mars", Blackout/All Clear or "For Want of a Nail" and concludes that it's better than everything else in that category. Blackout/All Clear especially.

And Abigail Nussbaum still didn't even come close to nomination of Best Fanwriter? Only 11 votes? That's truly puzzling.
Steven Halter
23. stevenhalter
The stats are pretty interesting. So, Feed actually got the most first place votes (if I'm reading that correctly). Very close finish.
I voted for Feed myself.
William S. Higgins
24. higgins
In #15, James Nicoll, proud loser of the Best Fan Writer Hugo, writes:

Beamjockey did my homework for me:

You're welcome.

Bill Higgins-- Beam Jockey

(This should really be "Bill Higgins, Beam Jockey," but circa 1988, putting a comma in the "From:" string broke some mailers, so my sobriquet acquired two hyphens and a space instead.)
William S. Higgins
25. higgins
Andy Love writes in #21:

Remember the "controversy" about the use of the standard Hugo rules to determine the winner of that award?

Um, no?
Andrew Love
26. AndyLove
Um, no?
"James Gifford, author of the Heinlein companion shortlisted for a Hugo as Best Related Book, applauded the winner with good grace but later issued a polemic since withdrawn – DRL] about the transferable-vote process: 'I won the first, second and third rounds of voting by a significant margin. That the fourth and fifth rounds were allowed to determine this award is a travesty...' "
Soon Lee
27. SoonLee
"A record total of 2100 valid final ballots were cast, a 46.1% turnout, from voters in 33 countries. (The previous record set in 1980 was 1788 ballots cast.) Renovation also broke a record earlier this year when it received 1006 valid nominating ballots."

So the number of people nominating is quite high; numbers had been declining but activism & the availability of the Hugo packet has made it more attractive which is all to the good; the more voices heard, the better. If you didn't like what happened, you could pony up for a supporting membership (US$50 this year) to nominate, get the voter's packet & vote.

I wonder if it is time to revisit the 5% threshold given that there were only four Short Story nominees in the final ballot because none of the others could muster enough nominations to reach the 5% threshold. To me that's more an indication of the evenness of the field rather than the (lack of) worth of the nominees.
David Goldfarb
28. David_Goldfarb
CarlosSkullsplitter#16: Talking of "well-researched", can you give me your cite for the existence of a Valentine Michael Manson? I just did a web search and found a list of Charles Manson's children — but that name wasn't on it. (Nor, indeed, have I ever heard that Manson was influenced by Stranger in a Strange Land...from any sources outside the SF fan community.)
29. Bruce A.
James Davis Nicoll, #15:
"Joseph T. Major's Heinlein's Children: The Juveniles was nominated in 2007 (annoyingly, I've never found a copy of this)."

It's still listed on the Nesfa Press website.
Marcus W
30. toryx
I'm happy with the Best Novel win. I'm a fan of Connie Willis, always have been, and since I waited until both novels were out before reading them, I enjoyed the entire experience.

I'm quite pleased to see Best Novella go to Ted Chiang too. That was a great story.
31. seth e.
David Goldfarb @28 - Here's an interview with him. He goes by Michael Brunner (after his mother's maiden name).
32. James Davis Nicoll
Shopping by mail is no fun!
33. CarlosSkullsplitter
28: what Seth said. the YouTube interview is the top hit on Google for "valentine michael manson". the first ten hits give further information.

I just did a web search and found a list of Charles Manson's children — but that name wasn't on it.

I don't mean to be rude, but the poor guy even comes up in Google Auto-Complete. Bugliosi claims he was raised by his grandparents in Eau Claire and became a plumbing supply salesman in Colorado. May the worst thing to befall him be not knowing who to have rooted for in Super Bowl 32.
Alex L
34. Quercus
Hm, well. When Jo Walton gets this far in her round-up of Hugos, it is going to be one of her "what the hell, Hugo voters?" posts. The two genuinely inventive and different novels end up at the bottom of the voting, while the mediocre take the podium places. I have most of Connie Willis's books and count myself as a fan, but Black Out/All Clear is very much not the best of them. Cryoburn was fun but nothing special, and Feed was tedious, verging on actively bad.

Oh well, I still consider the supporting membership well spent, especially considering the voters' packet, and will be buying copies of The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms and The Dervish House.
35. James Davis Nicoll
Sadly, she's stopping well before 2011.
Alex L
36. Quercus
@JDN: good point, alas. Well, allowing for the 11-year delay implied by Jo's 2000 cut-off, I'll look for a post reviewing the 2011 Hugos some time in the 2020s. All being well.
p l
39. p-l
I decided a couple of years ago that the Arthur C. Clarke and the World Fantasy were the awards most consistently decided by grown-ups.

No need to revise that opinion yet.
David Goldfarb
40. David_Goldfarb
The first list I found gave only "Michael Brunner". The links you gave and a bit of further searching confirm the "Valentine". Apologies.
John Ginsberg-Stevens
41. eruditeogre
I was hoping that Nora Jemisin would get the win in the novel category, but I knew the winds favored Willis. The Kowal and Chiang were quite worthy, and I just read the Steele and it was OK. I wasn't thrilled with any of the long-form dramatic entries, and saw none of the short-forms. But, as others have noted, "the best" is a relative description of the winners, and there is a lot of variance in how people choose something to match that designation. This is one of the things that awards are used for: discussions of taste and significance. They aren't all about the objectively highest-quality works.
Pamela Adams
42. PamAdams
I kept starting Dervish House. Then I'd leave the book to get a sandwich or go to work, and on my return, pick up something else. After several repetitions of this, it became clear that DH was not the book for me- at least not at this time. I could see the well-written-ness of the text, but the story just didn't grab me.

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