2019 Hugo Award Finalists Announced

The finalists for the 2019 Hugo Awards were announced this Tuesday, April 2. Who will win the prestigious sf/fantasy-devoted literary award this year? Members of the World Science Fiction Society begin voting later this month. All winners will be recognized during a ceremony at the annual Worldcon on August 18 in Dublin, Ireland.

Below are the book-length nominations, linked to their Booklist reviews when possible. The full list of finalists, including the 1944 Retro Hugo Award finalists, can be found here.


Best Novel

The Calculating Stars, by Mary Robinette Kowal

Record of a Spaceborn Few, by Becky Chambers

Revenant Gun, by Yoon Ha Lee

Space Opera, by Catherynne M. Valente

Spinning Silver, by Naomi Novik

Trail of Lightning, by Rebecca Roanhorse


Best Novella

Artificial Condition, by Martha Wells

Beneath the Sugar Sky, by Seanan McGuire

Binti: The Night Masquerade, by Nnedi Okorafor

The Black God’s Drums, by P. Djèlí Clark

Gods, Monsters, and the Lucky Peach, by Kelly Robson

The Tea Master and the Detective, by Aliette de Bodard


Best Graphic Story

Abbott, written by Saladin Ahmed and illustrated by Sami Kivelä

Black Panther: Long Live the King, written by Nnedi Okorafor and Aaron Covington and illustrated by André Lima Araújo, Mario Del Pennino, and Tana Ford

Monstress, v.3: Haven, written by Marjorie Liu and illustrated by Sana Takeda

On a Sunbeam, by Tillie Walden

Paper Girls, v.4, written by Brian K. Vaughan and illustrated by Cliff Chiang

Saga, v.9, written by Brian K. Vaughan and illustrated by Fiona Staples


Lodestar Award for Best Young Adult Book

The Belles, by Dhonielle Clayton

Children of Blood and Bone, by Tomi Adeyemi

The Cruel Prince, by Holly Black

Dread Nation, by Justina Ireland

The Invasion, by Peadar O’Guilin

Tess of the Road, by Rachel Hartman


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Michael Ruzicka, Office Manager, was raised in suburban Los Angeles, received a BA in Creative Writing/Poetry at UC Santa Cruz, then moved to Birmingham, AL, where he spent five years owning an independent bookstore and earned an MLIS. He has brought his librarian skills to Vanderbilt’s Television News Archive, Battle Ground Academy, The Museum of Contemporary Art-Chicago, and the Chicago School of Professional Psychology. Michael is very excited to be a part of Booklist and call Chicago his home.

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