2012 Hugo Award nominees announced

Last night saw the announcement of the 2012 nominees for science fiction's prestigious Hugo Award. It's a particularly fine ballot, reflecting a record number of nominating ballots (wisdom of the crowds and all that). Included on the ballot are our own moderator Avram (as part of the team that publishes The New York Review of Science Fiction) and one of my all-time favorite books, Among Others. Also noteworthy: the much-deserved John W Campbell Award nomination (for best new writer) for the fabulous Mur Lafferty, a nomination for the indispensable Science Fiction Encyclopedia, Third Edition, a nomination for IO9's Charlie Jane Anders's story Six Months, Three Days, and a fourth nomination for much-favored Fables graphic novels.

Best Novel (932 ballots)
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 (473 ballots)
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)

Best Novelette (499 ballots)
“The Copenhagen Interpretation” by Paul Cornell (Asimov's July 2011)
“Fields of Gold” by Rachel Swirsky (Eclipse Four)
“Ray of Light” by Brad R. Torgersen (Analog December 2011)
“Six Months, Three Days” by Charlie Jane Anders (Tor.com)
“What We Found” by Geoff Ryman (The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction March/April 2011)

Best Short Story (593 ballots)
“The Cartographer Wasps and the Anarchist Bees” by E. Lily Yu (Clarkesworld April 2011)
“The Homecoming” by Mike Resnick (Asimov's April/May 2011)
“Movement” by Nancy Fulda (Asimov's March 2011)
“The Paper Menagerie” by Ken Liu (The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction March/April 2011)
“Shadow War of the Night Dragons: Book One: The Dead City: Prologue” by John Scalzi (Tor.com)

Hugo Nominees 2012


  1. “Best Graphic Story (339 ballots)
    Digger by Ursula Vernon (Sofawolf Press)”


    Being an adult just became officially awesome.

    1. Fables is excellent work, but it’s on Volume 15. Digger is a completed, self-contained work by a writer/artist who’s never won this major an award before. The Hugos need to recognize new talent, not just reward established talent for continuing to produce. Please, PLEASE, let Ursula win the Hugo. Oh, and ask her about the Raglands who sell maille at conventions. We’re not close friends of hers, but we’ve connected a couple of times.

      1. It’s complicated, though. Because Fables has been up for the comics Hugo every year since its inception, and has not won – because none can stand against the titan that is the fans of Foglio’s Girl Genius.

        Here’s the Wikipedia page with the history of the award.

        So even though I love Ursula, and would be ABSOLUTELY DELIGHTED to see someone in my circles get the Hugo… let’s be real, the only reason anyone besides the Foglios really has a CHANCE this year is because they said “okay guys three Hugos in a row is enough, we are stepping aside to let someone else take one”. Arguably it is HIGH TIME that Fables – or Schlock Mercenary, which is also a triple-nominee – earned a sleek chrome rocket!

        That said if I was attending Worldcon, Ursula would totally be getting my vote because she might let me touch it afterwards.

        1. No need to be attending Worldcon to vote.  There is a less expensive  membership class called Supporting (i.e. non-attending) that allows you to nominate material for the final ballot (which is what is here) and also to vote on the final ballot.  And site selection for the 2014 Worldcon!  Details here: https://chicon.org/membership.php#types

  2. I love Doctor Who, but it’s sad that there isn’t enough good science fiction and fantasy on tv to be nominated so that Doctor Who isn’t half the ballot every year. Every year since it started, 2-3 episodes are on the ballot.

    The episode of Community that was nominated was a good idea. It was good science fiction and good comedy.

      1.  “The Fades” is not on the final ballot due to not enough of the 1,101 people who did nominate material not nominating it.

  3. “it’s sad that there isn’t enough good science fiction and fantasy on tv to be nominated”

    After the Hugo Award Ceremony, the extended nomination list will be published where you can see the the number of votes each of the finalists received to get on the ballot, plus a list of what didn’t quite make it.  For the awards last year, here’s the extended list, starting on page 17: http://www.thehugoawards.org/content/pdf/2011%20Final%20Ballot.pdf

    As you scroll through the results, you’ll discover how important just a few votes can be.

  4. let it be noted that  in the category of novelette geoff ryman’s “what we found” was published in the magazine of fantasy and science fiction sep/oct ’11 issue and not the mar/apr ’11 issue

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