The most prestigious awards in science fiction had their 2017 ceremony today, at WorldCon 75 in Helsinki, Finland — and just like last year, female creatives have swept some of the biggest awards of the event.
Image: The Obelisk Gate cover art, courtesy of Orbit Books.
This year’s slate of nominees, unlike the drama surrounding the 2016 and 2015 Hugos, was less impacted by the ballot-stuffing tactics of the “Rabid Puppies”, thanks to a change in the way nominees were voted for this year (including the fact no work could appear in more than one category) in an attempt to avoid tactical slate picks. In prior years the awards saw conservative writer Theodore “Vox Day” Beale turn out his supporters in an attempt to tactically vote for a slate of nominees put forward by Beale himself.
However, just as they did last year, female creators have dominated the awards, with women taking home awards in the major categories — including N.K. Jemisin, who became the first woman to win the Hugo for Best Novel twice in a row since Lois McMaster Bujold did in 1991 and 1992. Not even the Hugos themselves could escape award-mania, either, with representatives from the Guinness World Records committee on hand to enshrine the Hugos as the longest-running sci-fi and fantasy awards show at the ceremony, too. Here’s the full list of winners from this year:
The Obelisk Gate, by N. K. Jemisin (Orbit Books)
Every Heart a Doorway, by Seanan McGuire (Tor.com publishing)
“The Tomato Thief”, by Ursula Vernon (Apex Magazine, January 2016)
Best Short Story
“Seasons of Glass and Iron”, by Amal El-Mohtar (The Starlit Wood: New Fairy Tales, Saga Press)
Best Related Work
Words Are My Matter: Writings About Life and Books, 2000-2016, by Ursula K. Le Guin (Small Beer)
Best Graphic Story
Monstress, Volume 1: Awakening, written by Marjorie Liu, illustrated by Sana Takeda (Image)
Best Dramatic Presentation (Long Form)
Arrival, screenplay by Eric Heisserer based on a short story by Ted Chiang, directed by Denis Villeneuve (21 Laps Entertainment/FilmNation Entertainment/Lava Bear Films)
Best Dramatic Presentation (Short Form)
The Expanse: “Leviathan Wakes”, written by Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby, directed by Terry McDonough (SyFy)
Best Editor — Short Form
Best Editor — Long Form
Best Professional Artist
Uncanny Magazine, edited by Lynne M. Thomas & Michael Damian Thomas, Michi Trota, Julia Rios, and podcast produced by Erika Ensign & Steven Schapansky
Lady Business, edited by Clare, Ira, Jodie, KJ, Renay and Susan
Tea and Jeopardy, presented by Emma Newman with Peter Newman
Best Fan Writer
Best Fan Artist
The Vorkosigan Saga, by Lois McMaster Bujold (Baen)
John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer
Ada Palmer (1st year of eligibility)
Congratulations to all the nominees and winners!