2018 Hugo Award Winners

It was ladies night at WorldCon 76 with women or female-identifying winners across the board. N.K. Jemisin won an unprecedented three-in-a-row win for Best Novel.

This was the first year with new voting rules meant to break up the voting slates that have plagued the awards for the past few years.

Full list of winners follow.

Best Novel

The Stone Sky, by N.K. Jemisin (Orbit Books)

Best Novella

All Systems Red, by Martha Wells (Tor.com publishing)

Best Novelette

“The Secret Life of Bots,” by Suzanne Palmer (Clarkesworld, September 2017)

Best Short Story

“Welcome to your Authentic Indian Experience™,” by Rebecca Roanhorse (Apex Magazine, August 2017)

Best Series

World of the Five Gods, by Lois McMaster Bujold (Harper Voyager/Spectrum Literary Agency)

Best Related Work

No Time to Spare: Thinking About What Matters, by Ursula K. Le Guin (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

Best Graphic Story

Monstress, Volume 2: The Blood, written by Marjorie M. Liu, illustrated by Sana Takeda (Image Comics)

Best Dramatic Presentation, Long Form

Wonder Woman, screenplay by Allan Heinberg, story by Zack Snyder & Allan Heinberg and Jason Fuchs, directed by Patty Jenkins (Warner Brothers)

Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form

The Good Place: “The Trolley Problem,” written by Josh Siegal and Dylan Morgan, directed by Dean Holland (NBC)

Best Editor, Short Form

Lynne M. Thomas & Michael Damian Thomas

Best Editor, Long Form

Sheila E. Gilbert

Best Professional Artist

Sana Takeda

Best Semiprozine

Uncanny Magazine, edited by Lynne M. Thomas & Michael Damian Thomas, Michi Trota, and Julia Rios; podcast produced by Erika Ensign and Steven Schapansky

Best Fanzine

File 770, edited by Mike Glyer

Best Fancast

Ditch Diggers, presented by Mur Lafferty and Matt Wallace

Best Fan Writer

Sarah Gailey

Best Fan Artist

Geneva Benton

Award for Best Young Adult Book

Akata Warrior, by Nnedi Okorafor (Viking Books)

John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer

Rebecca Roanhorse

6 replies on “2018 Hugo Award Winners”

  1. The only problem is, did they win because they were women and the Hugos manipulated the awards so that only those with appropriate political leanings could vote, or are they really the best works out there?

    When women win some of the awards I think thats a great thing and shows that they are as capable as writers as men. There have always been great women writers and the idea they have never been recognized is hogwash, see Mary Shelley.

    When women win almost all of the awards, I have to ask, are men even allowed to win these awards anymore?

    What the Hugos did in 2015 to humiliate good writers who happened to be conservative (or just not flaming leftist) was, in my opinion, unforgivable.

    • I don’t know if these are the best writers, but in how many previous years could someone have asked, did someone ask, “When men win almost all of the awards, are women even allowed to win?”

      For the record, I think N.K. Jemisin is a talented writer, but I’ve never been able to get into her works in any big way. However, that is true of many writers who have won in the past.

      (Also, our readings of 2015 could not be more disparate)

  2. Agreed. Something this far out of the statistical average seems like it’s probably the result of a hit list, much like the problems they’ve had the last few years. Luckily, I assume the winners are still good, so I’ve got some reading to do.

    • The Hugo Ballot system is explained here. I do not see how this system favours any specific leanings, though politics can affect how people vote, and always have.

      Did anyone read any of the winners? Runners-up? I’ve been reading a good deal of non-SF/Fantasy lately, so I could use recommendations.

  3. I haven’t read any of these yet, but “Welcome to Your Authentic Indian Experience” was featured in a recent episode of the “LeVar Burton Reads” podcast (think “Reading Rainbow” for adults), and I quite enjoyed it.

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