There are 28 hours left before this year’s Hugo winners are announced. Due to timezones, I’ll have to wake up in an inhumane time to follow the stream. In the state I’ll be in, I am probably not going to remember what I voted for first in every category, so I’ll write it down here as a reminder for my tired self on tomorrow night.
Yeah, that’s what I did: left the novel blank. I didn’t manage to read all of them, so this seemed like the reasonable thing to do.
- Perfect State by Brandon Sanderson
Okorafor’s Binti was very good as well, but in the end the concept of Perfect State won me over.
- And You Shall Know Her by the Trail of Dead by Brooke Bolander
Best read of the bunch, even though the prose could have been less purple in places. Stephen King’s Obits and Hao Jinfang’s Folding Beijing were also good, but they either had all the weaknesses of a Stephen King story or relied too much on coincidences to make the narrative work for me.
Best Short Story
- Cat Pictures Please by Naomi Kritzer
How can you beat cat pictures? There’s just no way. Asymmetrical Warfare by S.R. Algernon and Space Raptor Butt Invasion by Chuch Tingle were also above No Award on my ballot.
Best Related Work
- Between Light and Shadow: An Exploration of the Fiction of Gene Wolfe, 1951 to 1986 by Marc Aramini
It’s a decent book, probably. I find it hard to read Wolfe the way Aramini does, but in an overall terribly weak category this is the best thing.
Best Graphic Story
- Invisible Republic vol 1 by Corinna Bechko and Gabriel Hardman
Not enough science fiction comics are based on Irish anti-war folk music.
Best Dramatic Presentation / Long Form
- Mad Max: Fury Road
Best Dramatic Presentation / Short Form
- Doctor Who: Heaven Sent
Best Professional Editor / Short Form
- Ellen Datlow
Best Professional Editor / Long Form
- No Award
Best Professional Artist
- Larry Elmore
- Strange Horizons
A coin toss between SH and Uncanny Magazine.
- File 770
Best source of what went down in 2015.
- Tales to Terrify
Best Fan Writer
- Mike Glyer
Best Fan Artist
- Matthew Callahan
The John W. Campbell Award
- Andy Weir
Sheer aspiration porn.
That’s it. Let’s see if any of my picks wins this year.