Hugo Nominees 2011

Congrats to the nominees for the 2011 Hugo Awards, to be presented at this year's World Science Fiction Convention in Reno, NV. I'll be there and rooting for my favorites!
Best Novel
Blackout/All Clear by Connie Willis (Ballantine Spectra)
Cryoburn by Lois McMaster Bujold (Baen)
The Dervish House by Ian McDonald (Gollancz; Pyr)
Feed by Mira Grant (Orbit)
The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms by N.K. Jemisin (Orbit)

Best Novella
"The Lady Who Plucked Red Flowers beneath the Queen's Window" by Rachel Swirsky (Subterranean Magazine, Summer 2010)
The Lifecycle of Software Objects by Ted Chiang (Subterranean)
"The Maiden Flight of McCauley's Bellerophon" by Elizabeth Hand (Stories: All New Tales, William Morrow)
"The Sultan of the Clouds" by Geoffrey A. Landis (Asimov's, September 2010)
"Troika" by Alastair Reynolds (Godlike Machines, Science Fiction Book Club)

Best Novelette
"Eight Miles" by Sean McMullen (Analog, September 2010)
"The Emperor of Mars" by Allen M. Steele (Asimov's, June 2010)
"The Jaguar House, in Shadow" by Aliette de Bodard (Asimov's, July 2010)
"Plus or Minus" by James Patrick Kelly (Asimov's, December 2010)
"That Leviathan, Whom Thou Hast Made" by Eric James Stone (Analog, September 2010)

Best Short Story
"Amaryllis" by Carrie Vaughn (Lightspeed, June 2010)
"For Want of a Nail" by Mary Robinette Kowal (Asimov's, September 2010)
"Ponies" by Kij Johnson (, November 17, 2010)
"The Things" by Peter Watts (Clarkesworld, January 2010)

Here's a telling stat for you: "1006 valid nominating ballots were counted, 992 electronic and 14 paper."

The Hugo Awards (via John McDaid)


  1. “1006 valid nominating ballots were counted, 992 electronic and 14 paper.”

    And not a hanging chad in the bunch.

  2. And “Fuck me, Ray Bradbury” made the short form nomination as well. I doubt it’ll win, but nice to see it there.

  3. I’m really pulling for Cryoburn – don’t know if that’s going to be the end of the Miles Vorkosigan series or not, but it was one of the most amazing books I’ve read in some time.

    Lois McMaster Bujold is easily one of my top ten favorite sci-fi authors of all time – and I’m going to stop fanboying now. It is worth a read if you haven’t picked any of the series up – a lot of the earlier novels and short stories are available in omnibus editions.

  4. Steven Moffat, previously nominated for 4 Hugo awards and winner of 3, can now add 2 more nominations to the list.

    ‘Who’ has absolutely dominated these awards since its return in 2005; it has received 13 nominations and 4 wins leading up to this year’s awards.

    Doctor Who is one of my favourite shows and Moffat one of my favourite writers but this is getting a bit ridiculous! I guess it’s a natural consequence of shows like ‘Caprica’, SG:U and T:TSCC being cancelled just as they were finding their feet.

    1. “Vincent and the Doctor” was one of my favorite episodes of that season, and definitely deserves a nod (and a win) in my opinion.

  5. I’m reading some Alistair Reynolds right now. Glad to see him in the Novella category! The list of nominees usually becomes a ‘To Read’ list for me.

  6. I see four categories listed above, out of fifteen [not counting the Campbell Award], yet no mention that it’s only a partial list.

  7. As much as I liked “Fuck me Ray Bradbury” I feel like there had to be much better actual science fiction/fantasy/horror choices for that category.

    The Walking Dead? Being Human? Stargate Universe? Fringe? Futurama? Surely somewhere in there one episode is worthy of high praise?

  8. “The maiden flight of the bellerophon” was nominated? I was singularly unimpressed by this novela; it was basically an incomprehensible McGuffin tacked onto a road trip novel to give it a flavour of science fiction.

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