2018 Hugo Awards Announced

The 76th World Science Fiction Convention (Worldcon) wrapped up in San Jose, and on Sunday night the conference held its annual Hugo Awards ceremony. There was a lot of wonderful work to be celebrated by a diverse array of creators, but we’d be remiss not to point out that, in particular, this was another great year for women and female-identifying artists, who were winners or co-winners in 17 of the 19 categories.

The biggest headline of the event comes from the Best Novel category, in which N. K. Jemisin made history as the first author to win the award for three consecutive years (every installment of her Broken Earth trilogy has now earned her the award, so if you haven’t read them yet: get to it!). Consecutive awards have only been awarded two other times: to Orson Scott Card in 1986 and 1987 for Ender’s Game and Speaker for the Dead, and to Lois McMaster Bujold in 1991 and 1992 for The Vor Game and Barrayar. Jemisin, who was also nominated in 2011 for The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms, is only the fifth author to have earned three or more Best Novel Hugos (Connie Willis, Vernor Vinge, and Isaac Asimov also hold three wins, while Lois McMaster Bujold has earned four, and Robert A. Heinlein six). It’s no surprise, then, that Jemisin was selected to edit 2018’s Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy (due out October 2 from Houghton/Mariner).

Below are the year’s best longer-form science fiction, linked to their Booklist reviews when available. For a full list of nominees and winners, visit the Hugo Awards website.


Best Novel

The Stone Sky, by N. K. Jemisin

Runners Up

The Collapsing Empire, by John Scalzi

New York 2140by Kim Stanley Robinson

Provenance, by Ann Leckie

Raven Stratagem, by Yoon Ha Lee

Six Wakes, by Mur Lafferty


Best Novella

All Systems Red, by Martha Wells

Runners Up

And Then There Were (N-One), by Sarah Pinsker

Binti: Home, by Nnedi Okorafor

The Black Tides of Heaven, by JY Yang

Down Among the Sticks and Bones,by Seanan McGuire

River of Teeth, by Sarah Gailey


Best Series

World of the Five Godsby Lois McMaster Bujold

Runners Up

The Books of Raksura, by Martha Wells

The Divine Citiesby Robert Jackson Bennett

InCryptid, by Seanan McGuire

The Memoirs of Lady Trent, by Marie Brennan

The Stormlight Archiveby Brandon Sanderson


Best Related Work

No Time to Spare: Thinking About What Mattersby Ursula K. Le Guin

Runners Up

Crash Override: How Gamergate (Nearly) Destroyed My Life, and How We Can Win and Fight Against Online Hateby Zoë Quinn

Iain M. Banks (Modern Masters of Science Fiction), by Paul Kincaid

A Lit Fuse: The Provocative Life of Harlan Ellison, by Nat Segaloff

Luminescent Threads: Connected to Octavia E. Butler, edited by Alexandra Pierce and Mimi Mondal

Sleeping with Monsters: Readings and Reactions in Science Fiction and Fantasy, by Liz Bourke


Best Graphic Story

Monstress, Volume 2: The Blood, by Marjorie M. Liu, illustrated by Sana Takeda

Runners Up

Bitch Planet, Volume 2: President Bitch, by Kelly Sue DeConnick, illustrated by Valentine De Landro and Taki Soma

Black Bolt, Volume 1: Hard Time, by Saladin Ahmed, illustrated by Christian Ward

My Favorite Thing is Monsters, by Emil Ferris

Paper Girls, Volume 3, by Brian K. Vaughan, illustrated by Cliff Chiang

Saga, Volume 7, by Brian K. Vaughan, illustrated by Fiona Staples


The Lodestar Award for Best Young Adult Book (*technically not a Hugo)

Akata Warriorby Nnedi Okorafor

Runners Up

The Art of Starvingby Sam J. Miller

The Book of Dust: La Belle Sauvageby Philip Pullman

In Other Lands, by Sarah Rees Brennan

A Skinful of Shadowsby Frances Hardinge

Summer in Orcus, by T. Kingfisher, illustrated by Lauren Henderson


About the Author:

A former Booklist intern and current Booklist reviewer, Ellie is a reader and writer based in Chicago. She holds a BA in writing from Wheaton College (IL) and is the assistant to the president at Browne & Miller Literary Associates.

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