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The 2015 Hugo Awards (and No-Awards)

Hugo AwardsAs has been well documented in the media, it’s been a turbulent and controversial year for the Hugo Awards. And when the winners were announced in Spokane, WA, this past Saturday, well—some of the awards had no winners. Why? Widespread unhappiness with the way the finalists had been selected triggered a surge in voting membership, with many of the new members preferring to vote “no award” in a number of categories. The full backstory is documented in a long Wired article (“Who Won Science Fiction’s Hugo Awards, and Why It Matters,” by Amy Wallace) that should give you the gist. (And if that’s not enough, there are more than a million words you can wade through to draw your own conclusion.)

Congratulations to the winners, condolences to the losers (some of whom were honored by George R. R. Martin in an unofficial ceremony with “Alfie” awards), and best wishes to all for a more harmonious process next year. It seems a shame when such a stellar genre is hobbled by earthly concerns.

The Three Body Problem by Cixin LiuBest Novel

The Three-Body Problem, by Cixin Liu, translated by Ken Liu

Best Novella

No Award

Best Novellette

“The Day The World Turned Upside Down,” by Thomas Olde Heuvelt, translated by Lia Belt in Lightspeed Magazine (April 2014)

Best Short Story

No Award

Best Related Work

No Award

Best Graphic Story

Ms. Marvel Volume 1: No Normal, by G. Willow Wilson, illustrated by Adrian Alphona and Jake Wyatt

Best Dramatic Presentation, Long Form

Guardians of the Galaxy, by James Gunn and Nicole Perlman, directed by James Gunn

Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form

“By Means Which Have Never Been Tried,” Orphan Black, written by Graham Manson, directed by John Fawcett

Best Editor, Short Form

No Award

Best Editor, Long Form

No Award

Best Professional Artist

Julie Dillon


Best Semiprozine

Lightspeed Magazine, edited by John Joseph Adams, Wendy N. Wagner, Stefan Rudnicki, Rich Horton and Christie Yant

Best Fanzine

Journey Planet, edited by James Bacon, Chris Garcia, Alissa McKersie, Colin Harris, and Helen Montgomery

Best Fancast

Galactic Suburbia Podcast, Alisa Krasnostein, Alexandra Pierce, Tansy Rayner Roberts (Presenters) and Andrew Finch (Producer)

Best Fan Writer

Laura J. Mixon


Best Fan Artist

Elizabeth Legget


The John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer

Wesley Chu



About the Author:

Keir Graff is Executive Editor of Booklist Publications and the author of six books. His most recent is the middle-grade novel, The Phantom Tower (2018). Follow him on Twitter at @Booklist_Keir.

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