The Hugo Award is the annual literary award which celebrates the achievements for best science fiction or fantasy works from the previous year. The works are judged by the World Science Fiction Society and at the World Science Fiction Convention each year. To become a member of the WSFS, you just need to join the current World Science Fiction Convention.

This year’s convention was held virtually in New Zealand, though some controversy surrounds the presentation by host George R.R. Martin, and the next two have been announced in Washington (DisConIII)  and Chicago  for 2021 and 2022 respectively.

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The Hugo Awards were first presented in 1953 and presented annually since 1955. They are named after Hugo Gernsback who was an American inventor and publisher who was largely responsible for the establishment of science fiction as an independant literary form. In 1926, Hugo began publishing the Amazing Stories magazine wich was exclusively devoted to what he referred to as “scientifiction”. (Encyclopædia Britannica)

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Cockburn Libraries have a selection of the winning works for you to borrow:

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The overall winner for BEST NOVEL at this year’s Hugo Awards goes to:

A Memory Called Empire, by Arkady Martine (Tor; Tor UK)

BEST SERIES: 

The Expanse, by James S. A. Corey (Orbit US; Orbit UK)

BEST NOVELLA

This Is How You Lose the Time War, by Amal El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone (Saga Press; Jo Fletcher Books)

BEST DRAMATIC PRESENTATION, LONG FORM

Good Omens, written by Neil Gaiman, directed by Douglas Mackinnon (Amazon Studios/BBC Studios/Narrativia/The Blank Corporation)

Congratulations to all of the winners!

BEST NOVEL – A Memory Called Empire, by Arkady Martine (Tor; Tor UK)

BEST NOVELLA – This Is How You Lose the Time War, by Amal El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone (Saga Press; Jo Fletcher Books)

BEST NOVELETTE – Emergency Skin, by N.K. Jemisin (Forward Collection (Amazon))

BEST SHORT STORY – “As the Last I May Know”, by S.L. Huang (Tor.com, 23 October 2019)

BEST SERIES – The Expanse, by James S. A. Corey (Orbit US; Orbit UK)

BEST RELATED WORK – “2019 John W. Campbell Award Acceptance Speech”, by Jeannette Ng

BEST GRAPHIC STORY OR COMIC – LaGuardia, written by Nnedi Okorafor, art by Tana Ford, colours by James Devlin (Berger Books; Dark Horse)

BEST DRAMATIC PRESENTATION, LONG FORM – Good Omens, written by Neil Gaiman, directed by Douglas Mackinnon (Amazon Studios/BBC Studios/Narrativia/The Blank Corporation)

BEST DRAMATIC PRESENTATION, SHORT FORM – The Good Place: “The Answer”, written by Daniel Schofield, directed by Valeria Migliassi Collins (Fremulon/3 Arts Entertainment/Universal Television)

BEST EDITOR, SHORT FORM – Ellen Datlow

BEST EDITOR, LONG FORM – Navah Wolfe

BEST PROFESSIONAL ARTIST – John Picacio

BEST SEMIPROZINE – Uncanny Magazine, editors-in-chief Lynne M. Thomas and Michael Damian Thomas, nonfiction/managing editor Michi Trota, managing editor Chimedum Ohaegbu, podcast producers Erika Ensign and Steven Schapansky

BEST FANZINE – The Book Smugglers, editors Ana Grilo and Thea James

BEST FANCAST – Our Opinions Are Correct, presented by Annalee Newitz and Charlie Jane Anders

BEST FAN WRITER – Bogi Takács

BEST FAN ARTIST – Elise Matthesen

LODESTAR AWARD FOR BEST YOUNG ADULT BOOK (Not a Hugo Award, but administered alongside the Hugo Awards) – Catfishing on CatNet, by Naomi Kritzer (Tor Teen)

ASTOUNDING AWARD FOR BEST NEW WRITER, sponsored by Dell Magazines (Not a Hugo Award, but administered alongside the Hugo Awards) – R.F. Kuang (2nd year of eligibility)