Sep 2 2012 10:00pm

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 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.

Best Novel

  • Winner: Among Others by Jo Walton (Tor)
  • A Dance With Dragons by George R. R. Martin (Bantam Spectra)
  • Deadline by Mira Grant (Orbit)
  • Embassytown by China Miéville (Macmillan UK / Del Rey)
  • Leviathan Wakes by James S. A. Corey (Orbit)

Best Novella

  • Winner: “The Man Who Bridged the Mist” by Kij Johnson (Asimov’s September/October 2011)
  • Countdown by Mira Grant (Orbit)
  • “The Ice Owl” by Carolyn Ives Gilman (The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction November/December 2011)
  • “Kiss Me Twice” by Mary Robinette Kowal (Asimov’s June 2011)
  • “The Man Who Ended History: A Documentary” by Ken Liu (Panverse 3)
  • Silently and Very Fast by Catherynne M. Valente (WSFA)

Best Novelette

  • Winner: “Six Months, Three Days” by Charlie Jane Anders (
  • “The Copenhagen Interpretation” by Paul Cornell (Asimov’s July 2011)
  • “Fields of Gold” by Rachel Swirsky (Eclipse Four)
  • “Ray of Light” by Brad R. Torgersen (Analog December 2011)
  • “What We Found” by Geoff Ryman (The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction March/April 2011)

Best Short Story

  • Winner: “The Paper Menagerie” by Ken Liu (The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction March/April 2011)
  • “The Cartographer Wasps and the Anarchist Bees” by E. Lily Yu (Clarkesworld April 2011)
  • “The Homecoming” by Mike Resnick (Asimov’s April/May 2011)
  • “Movement” by Nancy Fulda (Asimov’s March 2011)
  • Shadow War of the Night Dragons: Book One: The Dead City: Prologue” by John Scalzi (

Best Related Work

  • Winner: The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction, Third Edition edited by John Clute, David Langford, Peter Nicholls, and Graham Sleight (Gollancz)
  • Jar Jar Binks Must Die… and Other Observations about Science Fiction Movies by Daniel M. Kimmel (Fantastic Books)
  • The Steampunk Bible: An Illustrated Guide to the World of Imaginary Airships, Corsets and Goggles, Mad Scientists, and Strange Literature by Jeff VanderMeer and S. J. Chambers (Abrams Image)
  • Wicked Girls by Seanan McGuire
  • Writing Excuses, Season 6 by Brandon Sanderson, Dan Wells, Howard Tayler, Mary Robinette Kowal, and Jordan Sanderson

Best Graphic Story

  • Winner: Digger by Ursula Vernon (Sofawolf Press) 
  • Fables Vol 15: Rose Red by Bill Willingham and Mark Buckingham (Vertigo)
  • Locke & Key Volume 4, Keys to the Kingdom written by Joe Hill, illustrated by Gabriel Rodriguez (IDW)
  • Schlock Mercenary: Force Multiplication written and illustrated by Howard Tayler, colors by Travis Walton (The Tayler Corporation)
  • The Unwritten (Volume 4): Leviathan created by Mike Carey and Peter Gross. Written by Mike Carey, illustrated by Peter Gross (Vertigo)

Best Dramatic Presentation, Long Form

  • Winner: Game of Thrones (Season 1), created by David Benioff and D. B. Weiss; written by David Benioff, D. B. Weiss, Bryan Cogman, Jane Espenson, and George R. R. Martin; directed by Brian Kirk, Daniel Minahan, Tim van Patten, and Alan Taylor (HBO)
  • Captain America: The First Avenger, screenplay by Christopher Markus and Stephan McFeely, directed by Joe Johnston (Marvel)
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, screenplay by Steve Kloves; directed by David Yates (Warner Bros.)
  • Hugo, screenplay by John Logan; directed by Martin Scorsese (Paramount)
  • Source Code, screenplay by Ben Ripley; directed by Duncan Jones (Vendome Pictures)

Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form

  • Winner: “The Doctor’s Wife” (Doctor Who), written by Neil Gaiman; directed by Richard Clark (BBC Wales)
  • “The Drink Tank’s Hugo Acceptance Speech,” Christopher J Garcia and James Bacon (Renovation)
  • “The Girl Who Waited” (Doctor Who), written by Tom MacRae; directed by Nick Hurran (BBC Wales)
  • “A Good Man Goes to War” (Doctor Who), written by Steven Moffat; directed by Peter Hoar (BBC Wales)
  • “Remedial Chaos Theory” (Community), written by Dan Harmon and Chris McKenna; directed by Jeff Melman (NBC)

Best Editor, Short Form

  • Winner: Sheila Williams
  • John Joseph Adams
  • Neil Clarke
  • Stanley Schmidt
  • Jonathan Strahan

Best Editor, Long Form

  • Winner: Betsy Wollheim
  • Lou Anders
  • Liz Gorinsky
  • Anne Lesley Groell
  • Patrick Nielsen Hayden

Best Professional Artist

  • Winner: John Picacio
  • Dan dos Santos
  • Bob Eggleton
  • Michael Komarck
  • Stephan Martiniere

Best Semiprozine

  • Winner: Locus edited by Liza Groen Trombi, Kirsten Gong-Wong, et al.
  • Apex Magazine edited by Catherynne M. Valente, Lynne M. Thomas, and Jason Sizemore
  • Interzone edited by Andy Cox
  • Lightspeed edited by John Joseph Adams
  • New York Review of Science Fiction edited by David G. Hartwell, Kevin J. Maroney, Kris Dikeman, and Avram Grumer

Best Fanzine

  • Winner: SF Signal edited by John DeNardo
  • Banana Wings edited by Claire Brialey and Mark Plummer
  • The Drink Tank edited by James Bacon and Christopher J Garcia
  • File 770 edited by Mike Glyer
  • Journey Planet edited by James Bacon, Christopher J Garcia, et al.

Best Fan Writer

  • Winner: Jim C. Hines
  • James Bacon
  • Claire Brialey
  • Christopher J Garcia
  • Steven H. Silver

Best Fan Artist

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

Best Fancast

  • Winner: SF Squeecast, Lynne M. Thomas, Seanan McGuire, Paul Cornell, Elizabeth Bear, and Catherynne M. Valente
  • The Coode Street Podcast, Jonathan Strahan & Gary K. Wolfe
  • Galactic Suburbia Podcast, Alisa Krasnostein, Alex Pierce, and Tansy Rayner Roberts (presenters) and Andrew Finch (producer)
  • SF Signal Podcast, John DeNardo and JP Frantz, produced by Patrick Hester
  • StarShipSofa, Tony C. Smith

John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer

  • Winner: E. Lily Yu
  • Mur Lafferty
  • Stina Leicht
  • Karen Lord
  • Brad R. Torgersen

 (More photographs here.)


Ian Johnson
2. IanPJohnson

Congratulations, Jo!
Nicole Lowery
3. hestia
Among Others is a wonderful book, so well-written and perceptive. A much-deserved win that will speak well of the Hugos in years to come. Hugo voters, you done good!
Soon Lee
5. SoonLee
Congratulations to all the winners. I'm especially pleased for Jo Walton winning for "Among Others" in what looked to me to be a strong category this year.

I've just added more things to my to-read list.
pir anha
6. piranha
wow, jo, awesome! it's such a wonderful book, and i'm so happy for you.

and digger? DIGGER! wow, this is a red-letter day. congrats!

congratulations to the other winners as well, of course, but nothing is more thrilling than a friend winning for a real gem.
George V. Reilly
7. georgevreilly
Congratulations to all winners.

The link posted for Among Others doesn't work. You probably mean
Bo Balder
8. Bo Balder
Congrats to everyone. And is it just me, or are there sooo many women this year? Women! Finally.
Bo Balder
9. Petar Belic
Grats to the winner.

Now, who will help me dig the grave for Hard Science Fiction?
My atom-powered robot's laser died. So I will have to dig it by hand. And it's going to hurt.
Estara Swanberg
10. Estara
Finally an acknowledgement of the quality editing DAW has been doing for years - yay, Betsy Wollheim! Your female author acquisitions in the 80s and later made me a life-long sf&f fan in the first place.

And another yay for Ursula Vernon's Digger! Excellent black and white art - AND it's all free to read on the web, too
Mordicai Knode
11. mordicai
I am pretty excited about Among Others, since I found it to be...spectacularly affecting. I'm sad "Remedial Chaos Theory" didn't win, but I can't say that "The Doctor's Wife" doesn't deserve it; it sure does.
Nick Eden
13. NickPheas
Out of interest, does anyone know where the writing that won Jim Hines the award might be found?
Marcus W
15. toryx
I lot of wonderful choices this year. Congratulations to all the winners.
Rob Munnelly
17. RobMRobM
Congrats, Jo. Now we can ask how old you are so we can figure it into the next analysis of the age of Nebula and Hugo winners.

LOL, Rob
Roland of Gilead
18. pKp
Oh man, I'm so glad that Among Others won. And against China Miéville and frickin' GRRM, too ! That's just great.

Also, that's the second year in a row works published here win a Hugo. Glad to be part of this community !
Megan Hungerford
19. marchingbando
Congrats to all the winners, especially Jo for her amazing Among Others. I'm so happy that it won, and against a strong field at that.
Jo Walton
20. bluejo
RobMRobM: I'm 47, which puts me a few years behind the average of 44. Clearly I'm a slacker. But I couldn't be more delighted it I was 15 or 150.
Rob Munnelly
21. RobMRobM
I was of course kidding. I could tell from AO you were a couple of years behind me. (I hit the landmark last year.) Congrats again.
Bo Balder
22. Colin Harris
Chicon 7 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 See the Chicon 7 website at for full details.
Bo Balder
23. mutantalbinocrocodile
Just want to join in the congratulations for Jo: such a beautiful and affecting book that touched me deeply. And one that inspires those wary of hard sci-fi (i.e. me) to give it another look, so @9, hold off on the grave!
Bo Balder
39. KelliMag
Yeah, Jo! Your book was magical. I loved it in a way I can't explain.

I'm so glad the Hugos exist. They always help me find new authors and stories.

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