It’s the science fiction and fantasy equivalent of the Oscars: the Hugo Awards, named for legendary pulp sf editor Hugo Gernsback, often hailed as “the father of science fiction” (even though he himself called the genre “scientifiction,” a term that, fortunately for us all, didn’t catch on).
This year’s crop of awesome rocket statuettes (seriously, could there be a cooler sci-fi award?) was awarded August 21 in Reno, Nevada as part of the World Science Fiction Convention.
I’m excited that Steven Moffat’s outstanding two-part finale for series five of “Doctor Who” took top honors in short form drama, but very disappointed that The Unwritten (an excellent Vertigo comic and a must-read for anyone interested in the nature and power of narrative) lost out in the graphic story category.
What’s your verdict?
Blackout/All Clear by Connie Willis (Ballantine Spectra)
The Lifecycle of Software Objects by Ted Chiang (Subterranean)
“The Emperor of Mars” by Allen M. Steele (Asimov’s, June 2010)
BEST SHORT STORY
“For Want of a Nail” by Mary Robinette Kowal (Asimov’s, September 2010)
BEST RELATED WORK
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)
BEST GRAPHIC STORY
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)
BEST DRAMATIC PRESENTATION, LONG FORM
Inception, written and directed by Christopher Nolan (Warner)
BEST DRAMATIC PRESENTATION, SHORT FORM
Doctor Who: “The Pandorica Opens/The Big Bang,” written by Steven
Moffat; directed by Toby Haynes (BBC Wales)
BEST EDITOR, SHORT FORM
BEST EDITOR, LONG FORM
BEST PROFESSIONAL ARTIST
Clarkesworld, edited by Neil Clarke, Cheryl Morgan, Sean Wallace;
podcast directed by Kate Baker
The Drink Tank, edited by Christopher J Garcia and James Bacon
BEST FAN WRITER
BEST FAN ARTIST
Brad W. Foster
JOHN W. CAMPBELL AWARD FOR BEST NEW WRITER
Award for the best new professional science fiction or fantasy writer
of 2009 or 2010, sponsored by Dell Magazines (not a Hugo Award).