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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:

Best Novel

  • Winner: Redshirts: A Novel with Three Codas by John Scalzi (Tor)
  • 2312 by Kim Stanley Robinson (Orbit)
  • Blackout by Mira Grant (Orbit)
  • Captain Vorpatril's Alliance by Lois McMaster Bujold (Baen)
  • Redshirts: A Novel with Three Codas by John Scalzi (Tor)
  • Throne of the Crescent Moon by Saladin Ahmed (DAW)

Best Novella

  • Winner: The Emperor's Soul by Brandon Sanderson (Tachyon Publications)
  • After the Fall, Before the Fall, During the Fall by Nancy Kress (Tachyon Publications)
  • On a Red Station, Drifting by Aliette de Bodard (Immersion Press)
  • San Diego 2014: The Last Stand of the California Browncoats by Mira Grant (Orbit)
  • “The Stars Do Not Lie” by Jay Lake (Asimov's, Oct-Nov 2012)

Best Novelette

  • Winner: “The Girl-Thing Who Went Out for Sushi” by Pat Cadigan (Edge of Infinity, Solaris)
  • “The Boy Who Cast No Shadow” by Thomas Olde Heuvelt (Postscripts: Unfit For Eden, PS Publications)
  • “Fade To White” by Catherynne M. Valente (Clarkesworld, August 2012)
  • “In Sea-Salt Tears” by Seanan McGuire (Self-published)
  • “Rat-Catcher” by Seanan McGuire (A Fantasy Medley 2, Subterranean)

Best Short Story

  • Winner:  “Mono no Aware” by Ken Liu (The Future is Japanese, VIZ Media LLC)
  • “Immersion” by Aliette de Bodard (Clarkesworld, June 2012)
  • “Mantis Wives” by Kij Johnson (Clarkesworld, August 2012)

Note: category has 3 nominees due to a 5% requirement under Section 3.8.5 of the WSFS constitution.

Best Related Work

  • Winner: Writing Excuses Season Seven by Brandon Sanderson, Dan Wells, Mary Robinette Kowal, Howard Tayler and Jordan Sanderson
  • The Cambridge Companion to Fantasy Literature Edited by Edward James & Farah Mendlesohn (Cambridge UP)
  • Chicks Dig Comics: A Celebration of Comic Books by the Women Who Love Them Edited by Lynne M. Thomas & Sigrid Ellis (Mad Norwegian Press)
  • Chicks Unravel Time: Women Journey Through Every Season of Doctor Who Edited by Deborah Stanish & L.M. Myles (Mad Norwegian Press)
  • I Have an Idea for a Book… The Bibliography of Martin H. Greenberg Compiled by Martin H. Greenberg, edited by John Helfers (The Battered Silicon Dispatch Box)

Best Graphic Story

  • Winner: Saga, Volume One written by Brian K. Vaughn, illustrated by Fiona Staples (Image Comics)
  • Grandville Bête Noire written and illustrated by Bryan Talbot (Dark Horse Comics, Jonathan Cape)
  • Locke & Key Volume 5: Clockworks written by Joe Hill, illustrated by Gabriel Rodriguez (IDW)
  • Schlock Mercenary: Random Access Memorabilia by Howard Tayler, colors by Travis Walton (Hypernode Media)
  • Saucer Country, Volume 1: Run written by Paul Cornell, illustrated by Ryan Kelly, Jimmy Broxton and Goran Sudžuka (Vertigo)

Best Dramatic Presentation, Long Form

  • Winner: The Avengers Screenplay & Directed by Joss Whedon (Marvel Studios, Disney, Paramount)
  • The Cabin in the Woods Screenplay by Drew Goddard & Joss Whedon; Directed by Drew Goddard (Mutant Enemy, Lionsgate)
  • The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Screenplay by Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens, Peter Jackson and Guillermo del Toro, Directed by Peter Jackson (WingNut Films, New Line Cinema, MGM, Warner Bros)
  • The Hunger Games Screenplay by Gary Ross & Suzanne Collins, Directed by Gary Ross (Lionsgate, Color Force)
  • Looper Screenplay and Directed by Rian Johnson (FilmDistrict, EndGame Entertainment)

Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form

  • Winner: Game of Thrones: “Blackwater” Written by George R.R. Martin, Directed by Neil Marshall. Created by David Benioff and D.B. Weiss (HBO)
  • Doctor Who: “The Angels Take Manhattan” Written by Steven Moffat, Directed by Nick Hurran (BBC Wales)
  • Doctor Who: “Asylum of the Daleks” Written by Steven Moffat; Directed by Nick Hurran (BBC Wales)
  • Doctor Who: “The Snowmen” Written by Steven Moffat, Directed by Saul Metzstein (BBC Wales)
  • Fringe: “Letters of Transit” Written by J.J. Abrams, Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci, Akiva Goldsman, J.H.Wyman, Jeff Pinkner. Directed by Joe Chappelle (Fox)

Best Editor, Short Form

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

Best Editor, Long Form

  • Winner: Patrick Nielsen Hayden
  • Lou Anders
  • Sheila Gilbert
  • Liz Gorinsky
  • Toni Weisskopf

Best Professional Artist

  • Winner: John Picacio
  • Vincent Chong
  • Julie Dillon
  • Dan Dos Santos
  • Chris McGrath

Best Semiprozine

  • Winner: Clarkesworld edited by Neil Clarke, Jason Heller, Sean Wallace and Kate Baker
  • Apex Magazine edited by Lynne M. Thomas, Jason Sizemore and Michael Damian Thomas
  • Beneath Ceaseless Skies edited by Scott H. Andrews
  • Lightspeed edited by John Joseph Adams and Stefan Rudnicki
  • Strange Horizons edited by Niall Harrison, Jed Hartman, Brit Mandelo, An Owomoyela, Julia Rios, Abigail Nussbaum, Sonya Taaffe, Dave Nagdeman and Rebecca Cross

Best Fanzine

  • Winner: SF Signal edited by John DeNardo, JP Frantz, and Patrick Hester
  • Banana Wings edited by Claire Brialey and Mark Plummer
  • The Drink Tank edited by Chris Garcia and James Bacon
  • Elitist Book Reviews edited by Steven Diamond
  • Journey Planet edited by James Bacon, Chris Garcia, Emma J. King, Helen J. Montgomery and Pete Young

Best Fan Writer

  • Winner: Tansy Rayner Roberts
  • James Bacon
  • Christopher J Garcia
  • Mark Oshiro
  • Steven H Silver

Best Fan Artist

  • Winner: Galen Dara
  • Brad W. Foster
  • Spring Schoenhuth
  • Maurine Starkey
  • Steve Stiles

Best Fancast

  • Winner: SF Squeecast, Elizabeth Bear, Paul Cornell, Seanan McGuire, Lynne M. Thomas, Catherynne M. Valente (Presenters) and David McHone-Chase (Technical Producer)
  • The Coode Street Podcast, Jonathan Strahan and Gary K. Wolfe
  • Galactic Suburbia Podcast, Alisa Krasnostein, Alexandra Pierce, Tansy Rayner Roberts (Presenters) and Andrew Finch (Producer)
  • SF Signal Podcast, Patrick Hester, John DeNardo, and JP Frantz
  • StarShipSofa, Tony C. Smith

John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer

  • Winner: Mur Lafferty
  • Zen Cho
  • Max Gladstone
  • Stina Leicht
  • Chuck Wendig
31 comments
brandiv87
1. brandiv87
YAY BRANDON!!! AND WRITING EXCUSES!!!

Completely forgot the Hugos were today. So happy for the winners!
Melissa Shumake
2. cherie_2137
i'm stoked about this year's winners. redshirts was amazing and totally deserved to win, and i'm glad to see something other than dr who win in the dramatic short form category.
brandiv87
3. Chuk
The Novel category seemed overall kind of weak to me, a bunch of sequels, a good book with problems (2312) and a funny but pretty slight novel (Redshirts). Would have actually been slightly happier with Ahmed's book as winner but maybe the fantasy worked against it.

Great to see Schmidt finally getting one!
Alice Arneson
4. Wetlandernw
Congratulations to all the winners!

Personally, though... congratulations to Brandon Sanderson for two Hugos!
Colin Bell
5. SchuylerH
So, Redshirts won. Still not sure how I feel about something quite so slight winning the Hugo. I still haven't read any of the novellas but Cadigan and Liu, my picks of the shorter categories both won. A good night on the whole.

EDIT: I almost forgot, congratulations to Patrick Nielsen Hayden! Another one for the collection, eh?
Nick Eden
6. NickPheas
Well as a long term Doctor Who fan I'm entirely happy to see the lack lustre recent stories fail to get their block vote together and see something good win for a change.
One of the best Hugo changes I can think of would be to allow only one nomination per creator per category. So the best Doctor Who episode vs the best Game of Thrones vs Oh look! Space now to give Defiance and the rest a look in.
brandiv87
7. sandyl
Congratulations to Mur Lafferty! I have listened to her podcast, "I Should Be Writing," for a number of years. It's wonderful to see her hardwork, persistence, and talent be awarded.
brandiv87
8. Couchtomoon
I am a bit disappointed by this year's winning novel. Redshirts was an interesting, original take on the standard space opera, but hardly what I would consider winning material. I read all 5 nominees and I really thought KSR's 2013 would win, although I was hoping to see Ahmed's Throne of the Crescent Moon win. I can believe he ranked so far below most of the others in votes.
David Gunter
9. spdavid
Finally 2312 didn't win something.I'm not sure why it ever did but I loved Redshirts and have no problems with it winning.I read 4 of the nominated books and found them great except for 2312.Congrats to the winners!Already wondering about the next nominations.
brandiv87
10. Jeff McCann
Once again the Hugos fail. The list presented was dismal, so the "winner" was as expected. Unless quality is restored to the Hugos the award is going to be tossed onto the heap of failed projects. Just look back over the past 10 or 15 years at the missed books vs the absolutely terrible nominations and winners. As it stands now, the award is a minor event in literature. (And yes I have read-and own-all of the Hugo winners).
brandiv87
11. Areteo
Wow, this sure indicates how little of interest/significance is happening in the field right now...disappointing.
Stefan Mitev
12. Bergmaniac
Worst Best Novel winner ever, at least out of the 35 or so I've read. A humorous novel which isn't funny and doesn't even try to be remotely original in any way, with characters which are absolutely underdeveloped and lacking individuality. The ballot was weak in this category, but still all of the others were much better works.
brandiv87
13. RobL
Wow, I must be out of touch. Very few of the finalists were on my nominating ballot, and I didn't select any of the winners (except Stanley Schmidt and Blackwater). I didn't even manage to select the right Joss Whedon movie.
brandiv87
14. Kadeshi
The Best Novel category was rather weak this year, but even so, "Redshirts" winning Best Novel really shows how much the Hugos have become an award for popularity rather than merit. This is arguably the worst Hugo misfire since a Harry Potter won in 2001. Nice to see Sanderson and Liu pick up deserved wins though.
brandiv87
15. vjj
In terms of the Graphic Novel/Story catagory, the Hugos completely embarassed themselves. Locke & Key Clockworks is so completely superior to "Saga", that I wonder if the judges actually read all of the nominees.
Joris Meijer
16. jtmeijer
@15, vjj

It is a popular vote, with (samples of) all works made available to members and supporting members of Worldcon. The same people (or the who could be bothered) nominated the works. No judges involved at all.
Alice Arneson
18. Wetlandernw
To those complaining about the awards (with one exception) - it might behoove you to learn how it works. The nominations and the voting are all done by those who care enough to pay for their WorldCon membership. There's no "they" and no "biased judges" involved - it is all fan based. If you don't like it, get in there and get involved.

@13 - Congratulations for getting involved!
brandiv87
19. Nicholas Winter
@13: I know how it works and ave even voted several times as a supporting member. I still think that the choices more often than not refllect fan/ writer personal politics far more than they reflect the literary value of a given work.
Joris Meijer
20. jtmeijer
@18, Wetlandernw
Small correction. It is voted for by those who can afford to, and care enough (a minority amongst Worldcon (or technically WSFS) members).

And of course those members are all biased, I know I was when I participated :).
brandiv87
23. vampiredoctor
Redshirts is a very annoying book. The Hugo has lost it's luster
Marcus W
24. toryx
Well, not many of my votes won but congratulations to the winners!
Steven Halter
25. stevenhalter
Congratulations to the winners.
The Hugos are awarded to the works that:
a) Made it to the shortlist and
b) Out of that list was then ranked first from the voting process followed by the Hugo awards.
That's what the Hugo award is for. That's a big honor. There are other lists and they select other works and those are also honors. You are free to make up your own list if you disagree.
When people vote they are, of course, voting with their own bias. For example, when I vote, I vote based upon how I liked the selections.
In this years votes, my number one selections matched in Best Short Story and Best Dramatic Presentation, Long Form.
Just because my other number one selections did not match, does not mean that the award is bad or tainted or that my opinion was wrong. It just means other people voted differently--and that's a fine thing.
Rich Bennett
26. Neuralnet
I really loved that Novella by Sanderson.... I voted for it and happy to see it win. I agree with most of you that the best novel category didnt seem as strong as in previous years. None of the books in that category really left me with a wow feeling... they all had flaws
Alice Arneson
27. Wetlandernw
jtmeijer @20 - I lump those qualifications together - if you care enough to spend the money, you can vote. That's much more difficult for some than others - if the choice is between feeding one's family and buying a WorldCon membership, I should hope most of us wouldn't care enough! - but that's life.

The point is, though, it's a fan-nominated, fan-voted award. Often, that's based on favorite authors, whether the particular work in question is an individual favorite or not. In most cases, fans aren't going to carefully evaluate the literary merits of everything elibible for a particular category; they'll nominate what they liked best. I'm sure many members don't even bother to read everything they were given; on the other hand, I'm sure many do, but still don't change their mind about what they like best - especially if "their" nominee makes the final ballot. Does that make it a popularity contest more than a literary award? Perhaps. Does that make it worth less? Not in my book. I may or may not agree with the popular vote (I'm used to that), but I'm just as likely to disagree with those who claim to have "literary" qualifications to judge.

I find statements like "the Hugos fail," "Hugo misfire," "the Hugo has lost its luster," etc. to be utterly absurd. The Hugo is a reflection of what (or who) is currently popular in the genre. It always has been. That's the setup. How, then, does it "lose its luster" or "embarrass itself" by doing exactly that, just because an individual doesn't agree with the majority of WorldCon members? One could, I suppose, arrogantly claim that one's own judgement is obviously superior to all the other members; that is the nature of opinion. But I think people need to realize that they aren't opposing some wrong-headed literary elite; they're opposing other fans of the genre - generally, people who have about the same qualifications as those doing the complaining.
David Goldfarb
28. David_Goldfarb
Voting on this year's Hugos cost $50, and the price for each of the next two years has even dropped to $40. (Possibly a little higher for next year if you don't live in England and have to pay currency conversion charges.) Probably the vast majority of people can scrape up that much, especially as you get an incredible amount of reading material for the money.
brandiv87
29. Jim Henry III
I'm overall pleased with the results; though only in two or three categories did my top nominee win, in most of the others the one I ranked second or third won. I admit I'm a little disappointed with Redshirts; I enjoyed it a lot, but thought both 2312 and Throne of the Crescent Moon were better, the former by a pretty large margin. And I was disappointed thatThe Drowning Girl by Caitlin R. Kiernan and Hide me Among the Graves by Tim Powers didn't make the ballot, as I thought them better than most of the nominees, though maybe not better than 2312. In the short fiction categories I can't think of much that didn't get nominated that was signifantly better than the actual nominees (most of which I'd never heard of until the ballot was announced).

I'm especially pleased with Mur Lafferty's win for the Campbell, having followed her career since Playing for Keeps, though all the Cambell nominees had impressive work out in the last year or two.
brandiv87
30. Opinions vs. Facts
@14 - I don't understand the claims of popularity deciding the winners - Scalzi has never won for his fiction and wasn't even on the ballot last year though he had an eligble book; Was it popularity that lead to Jo Walton winning last year over less popular choices like GRRM and China Mieville?

People seem to be confused about the difference between opinion and fact - all becasue you loved/hated reading something doesn't make that the final word on the book
Kevin Maroney
31. womzilla
David_Goldfarb's point above @28 is worth underscoring: The level of WSFS membership that comes with Hugo voting rights has also, for the past several years and into the forseeable future, come with a STAGGERINGLY GENEROUS selection of electronic versions of the nominees. This year the voter packet included all 5 novels, all the short fiction (much of which was published as standalone volumes), most of the Related Works, all of the Graphic Story nominees--I haven't worked out the cost, but it's certainly > $100.
Evan Langlinais
32. Skwid
What womzilla@31 said, plus works (in some cases multiple books) from each of the Campbell nominees, as well!
David Goldfarb
33. David_Goldfarb
You guys haven't even mentioned that the nominees for "Best Editor, Short Form" included two complete book anthologies and a couple of magazine issues.

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