There are two biggies when it comes to science fiction writing awards. The Nebula and Hugo awards. The Nebula award is handed out by actual science fiction writers (think Academy awards). The Hugos are handed out by representative fans at a convention (think People’s Choice award).
That being said, historically there have been many hits and misses with each award, but I place much more credence in the Nebula awards, while taking the Hugo awards with a large grain of salt. Case in point: John Scalzi’s Redshirts being a nominated for a Hugo award. One of his previous books, Zoe’s Tale, was nominated for a Hugo…which, again in my opinion, was a discredit to many science fiction writers who are producing far more compelling works. The Hugo awards often amount to a popularity contest.
But I digress. My opinion aside, below are the nominees for the 2013 Hugo Awards.
- 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)
- 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)
- “The Boy Who Cast No Shadow”, Thomas Olde Heuvelt (Postscripts: Unfit For Eden, PS Publications)
- “Fade To White”, Catherynne M. Valente ( Clarkesworld, August 2012)
- “The Girl-Thing Who Went Out for Sushi”, Pat Cadigan (Edge of Infinity, Solaris)
- “In Sea-Salt Tears”, Seanan McGuire (Self-published)
- “Rat-Catcher”, Seanan McGuire ( A Fantasy Medley 2, Subterranean)
Best Short Story
- “Immersion”, Aliette de Bodard ( Clarkesworld, June 2012)
- “Mantis Wives”, Kij Johnson (Clarkesworld, August 2012)
- “Mono no Aware”, Ken Liu (The Future is Japanese, VIZ Media LLC)
Here’s the full breakdown on the official site: