Hugo winners – including one of our very own!

Published On August 22, 2011 | By Joe Gordon | Awards, Books, Conventions and events

The huge Science Fiction Worldcon took place over the weekend in Reno, Nevada, while I was busy enjoying the Book Festival here in sunny Edinburgh, and that means the prestigious Hugo Awards were given out to honour the good and great of science fiction and fantasy. And among the worthy winners this year I am utterly delighted to say is one of our own, James Bacon, who has been gracing us with some cracking reports on events, exhibitions and reviews of late. James and his co-editor Chris Garcia won the Best Fanzine category at the Hugo for their Drink Tank – very well done, James and Chris, that’s a fabulous coup for you both and we’re all over the moon for you. The full ist of  winners were:

(James Bacon looking exceptionally dapper as he receives his Hugo)

Best Novel (1813 ballots): Blackout/All Clear by Connie Willis (Ballantine Spectra)

Best Novella (1467 ballots): The Lifecycle of Software Objects by Ted Chiang (Subterranean)

Best Novelette (1469 ballots): “The Emperor of Mars” by Allen M. Steele (Asimov’s, June 2010)

Best Short Story (1597 ballots): “For Want of a Nail” by Mary Robinette Kowal (Asimov’s, September 2010)

Best Related Work (1220 ballots): Chicks Dig Time Lords: A Celebration of Doctor Who by the Women Who Love It, edited by Lynne M. Thomas and Tara O’Shea (Mad Norwegian)

Best Graphic Story (1263 ballots) Girl Genius, Volume 10: Agatha Heterodyne and the Guardian Muse, written by Phil and Kaja Foglio; art by Phil Foglio; colors by Cheyenne Wright (Airship Entertainment)

Best Dramatic Presentation, Long Form (1755 ballots): Inception, written and directed by Christopher Nolan (Warner)

Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form (1466 ballots): Doctor Who: “The Pandorica Opens/The Big Bang,” written by Steven Moffat; directed by Toby Haynes (BBC Wales)

Best Editor, Short Form (983 ballots): Sheila Williams

Best Editor, Long Form (898 ballots): Lou Anders

Best Professional Artist (1304 ballots): Shaun Tan

Best Semiprozine (1112 ballots): Clarkesworld, edited by Neil Clarke, Cheryl Morgan, Sean Wallace; podcast directed by Kate Baker

Best Fanzine (870 ballots): The Drink Tank, edited by Christopher J Garcia and James Bacon

Best Fan Writer (814 ballots): Claire Brialey

Best Fan Artist (993 ballots): Brad W. Foster

John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer (1138 ballots): Lev Grossman

Huge congrats to all the others who won – how great to once more see Doctor Who scoring at the Hugos; well done to Steven Moffat and his crew for another well deserved gong. I must confess to being surprised at Girl Genius winning the Graphic category yet again though – I don’t mean anything bad by that, I hasten to add, it’s a grand result for them to win another Hugo, but it is starting to look very much like those eligible to vote don’t seem to notice other genre relevant graphic novels… In fact a few months back I took part in a round table podcast discussion on just that subject for Salon Futura and the participants came up with a good list of science fiction and fantasy comics works that were eligible for consideration and did our best to promote them to those who could vote as there is some concern that having now added a graphic novel category (which I am glad about), it may be that a good swathe of those going to Worldcon who are eligible to vote are simply not familiar enough with comics to consider the various nominees.

Which shouldn’t detract from the Girl Genius crew’s win, of course, just that I find it troubling that the voters simply don’t seem to be giving much consideration to other very worthy graphical works. Still some work to do there educating SF readers and making them more aware of quality comics works, I think…

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Joe Gordon
Joe Gordon is ForbiddenPlanet.co.uk's chief blogger, which he set up in 2005. Previously, he was professional bookseller for over 12 years as well as a lifelong reader and reviewer, especially of comics and science fiction works.

One Response to Hugo winners – including one of our very own!

  1. Matt Badham says:

    Well done, James!