2010 Hugo Nominees announced

Congratulations to all the 2010 Hugo Nominees, including some favorites I've reviewed here: Robert Charles Wilson's Julian Comstock, Cherie Priest's Boneshaker, Ian McDonald's "Vishnu at the Cat Circus" (from Cyberabad Days) and Paolo Bacigalupi's The Windup Girl.
BEST NOVEL (699 nominating ballots) Boneshaker by Cherie Priest (Tor) The City & The City by China Miéville (Del Rey; Macmillan UK) Julian Comstock: A Story of 22nd-Century America by Robert Charles Wilson (Tor) Palimpsest by Catherynne M. Valente (Bantam Spectra) Wake by Robert J. Sawyer (Ace; Penguin; Gollancz; Analog) The Windup Girl by Paolo Bacigalupi (Night Shade)

BEST NOVELLA (375 nominating ballots) "Act One" by Nancy Kress (Asimov's 3/09) The God Engines by John Scalzi (Subterranean) "Palimpsest" by Charles Stross (Wireless) Shambling Towards Hiroshima by James Morrow (Tachyon) "Vishnu at the Cat Circus" by Ian McDonald (Cyberabad Days) The Women of Nell Gwynne's by Kage Baker (Subterranean)

BEST NOVELETTE (402 nominating ballots) "Eros, Philia, Agape" by Rachel Swirsky (Tor.com 3/09) "The Island" by Peter Watts (The New Space Opera 2) "It Takes Two" by Nicola Griffith (Eclipse Three) "One of Our Bastards is Missing" by Paul Cornell (The Solaris Book of New Science Fiction: Volume Three) "Overtime" by Charles Stross (Tor.com 12/09) "Sinner, Baker, Fabulist, Priest; Red Mask, Black Mask, Gentleman, Beast" by Eugie Foster (Interzone 2/09)

BEST SHORT STORY (432 nominating ballots) "The Bride of Frankenstein" by Mike Resnick (Asimov's 12/09) "Bridesicle" by Will McIntosh (Asimov's 1/09) "The Moment" by Lawrence M. Schoen (Footprints) "Non-Zero Probabilities" by N.K. Jemisin (Clarkesworld 9/09) "Spar" by Kij Johnson (Clarkesworld 10/09)

2010 Hugo Nominees


  1. YAY! Starship Sofa got nominated for best fanzine! That’s a first-ever for a podcast. Congratulations to Editor Tony C. Smith , the Internet’s most amusingly manic podcast host, and all the others who made it happen!

  2. You can read Palimpsest on Charlie Stross’ website here, although it will only be online for the duration of Hugo voting.

  3. Making a list, checking it twice, and heading to the bookstore. I think The Windup Girl will be one that I come home with (among several). I’ve seen this novel mentioned before but have not checked it out yet. I really enjoy first novels. Thanks for the refresh on Hugo and congratulations to these excellent men and women.

  4. Totally taking this list as input for my imminent trip to the book store.

    FYI the links for Julian Comstock and Cyberabad Days are reversed.

  5. I read a bit of The God Machines and it was godawful. It’s depressing to think that anything that comes out with a science-fiction label on it has a shot at the Hugo.

    Go Miéville!

    1. But you could read these books ON your iPad. Provided they don’t feature the word sperm.

  6. I’m going to miss stories from Kage Baker. Every time I saw a Company story in Year’s Best SF, I knew I’d like it.


    1. Yer, me too. I don’t know that I’ll be able to enjoy any SF award anymore, just because there won’t be a Kage Baker story in the list. I never thought I would feel that way about any single writer, but she was just so good.

      PS – Makers not in the list? Is it not eligible or not nominated? Someone? Anyone?

      1. I may be wrong, but I believe the Hugo Awards for a given year are works from the previous year. That is, in 2010 voting is on stories released in 2009. Otherwise it would mean stories published late in a year would get passed over for the possibility of a Hugo. That being the case, Makers would not be eligible in 2010 but 2011.

        In which case, good luck, Cory! But remember, some REALLY outstanding authors never won a Hugo. You’re in good company now, too.

  7. I am also going to visit my local bookstore with a list of the books mentioned above.

    Thanks BoingBoing you guys are a fountain of knowledge.

  8. So many familiar names. For a change I’ve actually read good chunk of the nominated books/stories. :)

    Lawrence Santoro did an absolutely fabulous reading of ‘Sinner, Baker, Fablist, Priest’ last fall for Escape Pod, I highly recommend giving it a listen.


    From the list, other podcast stories I’m aware of of are Rachel Swirsky’s ‘Eros, Philia, Agape’ and Charles Stross’ ‘Overtime’ both of which can be found on tor.com, and Will McIntosh’s creepy ‘Bridecicle,’ which can be found on StarShipSofa.

  9. But but but… I’m still at 3/5 of last years Hugo nominated novels. Bother! I guess I need to learn to read faster or find more time.

    1. I feel the same way. Every single year, Hugo comes as a painful reminder of how I’m falling behind with my reading. I always knew I would never be able to catch up, but Hugo is steadily gaining ground on me. To be honest, not just Hugo, but any interesting new books coming out recently.

      I feel like I’ve been living in slow-motion

  10. Last year, someone posted a link to ebook versions, which caused me to read, and hence buy and recommend some of these books. This year, sadly, no such leak. Guess I’ll sit this year out.

    Probably a good thing, I’ve been procrastinating from work too much lately anyway, I shouldn’t be reading.

  11. Thanks for your insight too. Is this a spambot or is it a real person masquerading as a spambot? (A sort of “Reverse Turing Test” maybe?)

    Wow. I haven’t read more than half of the novels on the shortlist this time. I really need to catch up.

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