2013 Hugo nominees announced

This year's Hugo Award nominees have been announced, and it's a great slate! Congrats to all the authors, artists, fans and editors who are up for the award in San Antonio, Texas this Labor Day weekend.

Best Novel (1113 nominating ballots cast)
* 2312, Kim Stanley Robinson (Orbit)
* Blackout, Mira Grant (Orbit)
* Captain Vorpatril’s Alliance, Lois McMaster Bujold (Baen)
* Redshirts: A Novel with Three Codas, John Scalzi (Tor)
* Throne of the Crescent Moon, Saladin Ahmed (DAW)

Best Novella (587 nominating ballots cast)
* After the Fall, Before the Fall, During the Fall, Nancy Kress (Tachyon Publications)
* The Emperor’s Soul, Brandon Sanderson (Tachyon Publications)
* On a Red Station, Drifting, Aliette de Bodard (Immersion Press)
* San Diego 2014: The Last Stand of the California Browncoats, Mira Grant (Orbit)
* “The Stars Do Not Lie”, Jay Lake (Asimov’s, Oct-Nov 2012)

2013 Hugo Award Nominees Announced

Best Novelette (616 nominating ballots cast)

Best Short Story (662 nominating ballots cast)

Note: Category has only 3 nominees due to the minimum 5% requirement of Section 3.8.5 of the WSFS constitution.

Best Related Work (584 nominating ballots cast)

Best Graphic Story (427 nominating ballots cast)

Best Dramatic Presentation, Long Form (787 nominating ballots cast)

Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form (597 nominating ballots cast)

Best Editor, Short Form (526 nominating ballots cast)

Best Editor, Long Form (408 nominating ballots cast)

Best Professional Artist (519 nominating ballots cast)

Best Semiprozine (404 nominating ballots cast)

Best Fanzine (370 nominating ballots cast)

Best Fancast (346 nominating ballots cast)

Best Fan Writer (485 nominating ballots cast)

Best Fan Artist (293 nominating ballots cast)

The John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer (476 nominating ballots cast)
Award for the best new professional science fiction or fantasy writer of 2011 or 2012, sponsored by Dell Magazines. (Not a Hugo Award, but administered along with the Hugo Awards.)

*Finalists in their 2nd year of eligibility.


  1. I sadly can’t speak to much of what is on here… I feel so out of the loop.  That said, I can scream praise of Locke & Key for best graphic story.  The story is fun, and I love the Lovecraft influences.  

    1. And without the Foglios in the running, it feels like there’s a lot more oxygen for all the nominees.

      1. Except that they’ve also booted regular nominees Fables and Unwritten as well. It’s a strange collection.

        Pulling for Saga, personally.

  2. Look at the collapse of big publishers! 
    Between Novellette, Novella, and Short Story categories, there is only one in a pro magazine and only one from a large publisher. Most was small publishers, tiny publishers, self publishers, and Clarkesworld (which is only semi-pro).

    Nebulas were the same. Only one of seven Short Stories was a pro magazine and no category except Novel had a majority of the nominees from big publishers.

    This is not your parents’ SF publishing world.

  3. What’s the Vorpatril series like, then? I always confuse it with the Deathstalker books for some reason, which are criminally awful (though it’s not like I really need any more stuff to read right now)

  4. I loved Red Shirts.  Bought it as a gift for my mom (who likes sci-fi and fantasy, and who is familiar enough with Star Trek to appreciate the book) and my dad (who is also a trekkie, but not much of a reader) picked it up and read it too (and enjoyed it!)

    I haven’t read any of the others, so I can’t say conclusively whether it should win, but I would love to see it turned into a movie (as long as someone competent and smart is assigned as director, and there’s minimal studio interference.

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