Hugo nominations & BSFA Winners

Published On April 10, 2012 | By Joe Gordon | Awards, Books, Comics, Film TV & Theatre

The shortlist nominees for the prestigious science fiction and fantasy Hugo Awards have been announced, taking in novels, short stories, film, television and comics tales from the SF&F genre. Let’s have a look at the main longform prose contenders, which includes China Miéville’s fascinating Embassytown and Mira Grant’s excellent Deadline:

Best Novel

Among Others by Jo Walton (Tor)
A Dance With Dragons by George R. R. Martin (Bantam Spectra)
Deadline by Mira Grant (Orbit)
Embassytown by China Miéville (Macmillan / Del Rey)


Leviathan Wakes by James S. A. Corey (Orbit)

Best Novella

Countdown by Mira Grant (Orbit)
“The Ice Owl” by Carolyn Ives Gilman (The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction November/December 2011)
“Kiss Me Twice” by Mary Robinette Kowal (Asimov’s June 2011)
“The Man Who Bridged the Mist” by Kij Johnson (Asimov’s September/October 2011)
“The Man Who Ended History: A Documentary” by Ken Liu (Panverse 3)
Silently and Very Fast by Catherynne M. Valente (WSFA)

The Hugos continue to include a section celebrating comics works with SF&F elements and, I am rather relieved to see this year it features something other than Girl Genius! And before fans of that popular series take offence, I don’t mean any slight against that comic at all, but for the last few awards it seems to be the only comic those eligible to vote have any knowledge of and some were starting to question if it was really worth having a graphic award segment if those who could vote clearly weren’t reading widely enough in comics to make much of an informed decision (that’s not Girl Genius’s fault of course, but it was becoming depressing given how many other good relevant works there were to consider). This year, however, there are several comics works in the running, including three by major comics talents who also have a track record in genre prose fiction as well: Mike Carey, Bill Willingham and Joe Hill, so it looks as if it is slowly becoming more accepted and considered by Hugo voters:

Best Graphic Story

Digger by Ursula Vernon (Sofawolf Press)
Fables Volume 15: Rose Red by Bill Willingham and Mark Buckingham (Vertigo)
Locke & Key Volume 4, Keys to the Kingdom written by Joe Hill, illustrated by Gabriel Rodriguez (IDW)
Schlock Mercenary: Force Multiplication written and illustrated by Howard Tayler, colors by Travis Walton (The Tayler Corporation)
The Unwritten (Volume 4): Leviathan created by Mike Carey and Peter Gross. Written by Mike Carey, illustrated by Peter Gross (Vertigo)

In the Best Dramatic Presentation (Long form) we have the amusing situation of one of the nominees, Marty Scorcese’s wonderful Hugo, sharing the name of the award it is nominated for. I am a little surprised to see A Game of Thrones in the long form category though – usually TV goes into the short form category (in which this year Doctor Who has not one but three nominations, which is great but I hope it doesn’t split the vote) but in this case they seem to be nominating the entire season rather than a specific episode as is more common with television SF&F. To be honest though with a show like Game of Thrones that probably makes a lot more sense, I think, so fair enough.

Best Dramatic Presentation (Long Form)

Captain America: The First Avenger, screenplay by Christopher Markus and Stephan McFeely, directed by Joe Johnston (Marvel)
Game of Thrones (Season 1), created by David Benioff and D. B. Weiss; written by David Benioff, D. B. Weiss, Bryan Cogman, Jane Espenson, and George R. R. Martin; directed by Brian Kirk, Daniel Minahan, Tim van Patten, and Alan Taylor (HBO)
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, screenplay by Steve Kloves; directed by David Yates (Warner Bros.)
Hugo, screenplay by John Logan; directed by Martin Scorsese (Paramount)

Source Code, screenplay by Ben Ripley; directed by Duncan Jones (Vendome Pictures)

Best Dramatic Presentation (Short Form)

“The Doctor’s Wife” (Doctor Who), written by Neil Gaiman; directed by Richard Clark (BBC Wales)

“The Drink Tank‘s Hugo Acceptance Speech,” Christopher J Garcia and James Bacon (Renovation)
“The Girl Who Waited” (Doctor Who), written by Tom MacRae; directed by Nick Hurran (BBC Wales)
“A Good Man Goes to War” (Doctor Who), written by Steven Moffat; directed by Peter Hoar (BBC Wales)
“Remedial Chaos Theory” (Community), written by Dan Harmon and Chris McKenna; directed by Jeff Melman (NBC)

And on a personal note all of the FP blog crew run up the geek flag and salute in the direction of a nominee who we’ve been very fortunate to have gracing these pages with some fine reviews and reports: yes, James Bacon, already a Hugo winner, is nominated again. In fact James is nominated four times this year! He’s in the short form Best Dramatic Presentation (it’s the top hat, award voters love a fine chap in a top hat), two in Best Fanzine (for Drink Tank and Journey Planet with Christopher J Garcia) and one in Best Fan Writer. Huge congrats to James for bagging himself such an impressive number of nominations. SF Awards Watch has the full list details, the winners will be announced at Worldcon this summer, best of luck to all nominees.

And this weekend at the annual Eastercon the British Science Fiction Association (BSFA) awards were announced, with Christopher Priest winning the Best Novel gong for The Islanders, the excellent Paul Cornell won the Best Short Fiction for The Copenhagen Interpretation (published in Asimov’s – you can read it as a PDF here), Best Art went to Dominic Harman for the cover of Ian Whates’ The Noise Revealed (published Solaris), while the Best Non Fiction award, rather correctly I think, honoured the enormous years-in-the-making new third version of the SF Encyclopedia by John Clute, Dave Langford, Peter Nicholls, Graham Sleight et al on the Gollancz website. Congratulations to all the winners. (via the Ot-2 blog)

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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.

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