2016 HUGO Award Winners Announced

Written by Ed Fortune Sunday, 21 August 2016

Book News

The 74th World Science Fiction Convention, MidAmeriCon II, announced the winners of the 2016 Hugo Awards this Saturday. The ceremony was hosted by Pat Cadigan and Jan Siegel.


Casual readers may be amused to know that stunt nomination, Space Raptor Butt Invasion by Chuck Tingle did not win Best Short Story. Chuck has taken this defeat with his trademark wit and grace.

The Hugo Awards has been running since 1953 and are tied into the annual Worldcon events. As the name suggests, Worldcon is a huge book event that travels around the world (including much of North America). Regular attendees (known as members) tend to be affluent, broadly read and widely travelled. Until recently, the annual nominee list reflected this.

This year’s crop of nominations was marred by fringe interest groups exploiting loopholes in the award’s rules to put their own niche works into the list of finalists. Fans responded by nominating certain categories as ‘No Award’. These exploits are in the process of being closed.

The full breakdown of the voting statistics can be found here, and the official Hugo Awards website is here.


BEST NOVEL (3695 ballots)

The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin (Orbit)

BEST NOVELLA (2416 ballots)

Binti by Nnedi Okorafor (Tor.com)

BEST NOVELETTE (1975 ballots)

“Folding Beijing” by Hao Jingfang, Ken Liu (Uncanny Magazine, Jan‐Feb 2015)

BEST SHORT STORY (2451 ballots)

Cat Pictures Please” by Naomi Kritzer (Clarkesworld, January 2015)

BEST RELATED WORK (2080 ballots)

No Award

BEST GRAPHIC STORY (1838 ballots)

The Sandman: Overture written by Neil Gaiman, art by J.H. Williams III (Vertigo)

BEST DRAMATIC PRESENTATION (LONG FORM) (2904 ballots)

The Martian screenplay by Drew Goddard, directed by Ridley Scott (Scott Free Productions; Kinberg Genre; TSG Entertainment; 20th Century Fox)

BEST DRAMATIC PRESENTATION (SHORT FORM) (2219 ballots)

Jessica Jones: “AKA Smile” written by Scott Reynolds, Melissa Rosenberg, and Jamie King, directed by Michael Rymer (Marvel Television; ABC Studios; Tall Girls Productions; Netflix)

BEST EDITOR ‐ SHORT FORM (1891 ballots)

Ellen Datlow

BEST EDITOR ‐ LONG FORM (1764 ballots)

Sheila E. Gilbert

BEST PROFESSIONAL ARTIST (1481 ballots)

Abigail Larson

BEST SEMIPROZINE (1457 ballots)

Uncanny Magazine edited by Edited by Lynne M. Thomas & Michael Damian Thomas, Michi Trota, and Erika Ensign & Steven Schapansky

BEST FANZINE (1455 ballots)

“File 770” edited by Mike Glyer

BEST FANCAST (1267 ballots)

No Award

BEST FAN WRITER (1568 ballots)

Mike Glyer

BEST FAN ARTIST (1073 ballots)

Steve Stiles

JOHN W. CAMPBELL AWARD FOR BEST NEW WRITER* (1922 ballots)

Andy Weir

FOREST J. ACKERMAN AWARD*

Joe Siclari & Evie Stern

* These are not technically Hugo Awards, but are presented and arranged by the same organisation.

Congratulations to all the winners.

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