August 11, 2009
2009 Hugo Award Winners, Opinions
I thought the Hugo awards were for Science Fiction?
Here’s the Hugo Winners for 2009 via www.thehugoawards.org :
- Best Novel: The Graveyard Book, Neil Gaiman (HarperCollins; Bloomsbury UK)
- Best Novella: “The Erdmann Nexus”, Nancy Kress (Asimov’s Oct/Nov 2008)
- Best Novelette: “Shoggoths in Bloom”, Elizabeth Bear (Asimov’s Mar 2008)
- Best Short Story: “Exhalation”, Ted Chiang (Eclipse Two)
- Best Related Book: Your Hate Mail Will Be Graded: A Decade of Whatever, 1998-2008, John Scalzi (Subterranean Press)
- Best Graphic Story: Girl Genius, Volume 8: Agatha Heterodyne and the Chapel of Bones, Written by Kaja & Phil Foglio, art by Phil Foglio, colors by Cheyenne Wright (Airship Entertainment)
- Best Dramatic Presentation, Long Form: WALL-E Andrew Stanton & Pete Docter, story; Andrew Stanton & Jim Reardon, screenplay; Andrew Stanton, director (Pixar/Walt Disney)
- Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form: Doctor Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog, Joss Whedon, & Zack Whedon, & Jed Whedon, & Maurissa Tancharoen, writers; Joss Whedon, director (Mutant Enemy)
- Best Editor Short Form: Ellen Datlow
- Best Editor Long Form: David G. Hartwell
- Best Professional Artist: Donato Giancola
- Best Semiprozine: Weird Tales, edited by Ann VanderMeer & Stephen H. Segal
- Best Fan Writer: Cheryl Morgan
- Best Fanzine: Electric Velocipede edited by John Klima
- Best Fan Artist: Frank Wu
And the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer (presented by Dell Magazines): David Anthony Durham
I like Neil Gaiman, I like his books, I’ve heard him read the first chapter of The Graveyard Book and I liked that too. But it’s not Science Fiction is it? Anathem should have been the winner here. But then you look at the number of votes and it’s only 477 versus 357. That’s not very many really is it?
Everyone seems to love Exhalation, but I thought it was okay, I haven’t read the other stories yet so I can’t really comment on if it’s the best of the short list.
I’m happy that WALL-E and Doctor Horrible won, because both are awesome and brilliant and close to genius. Surprisingly though the Lost episode got very few votes despite it being great, however Lost really succeeds with its ongoing story rather than an isolated episode.
Other surprises: Locus didn’t win and Electric Velocipede is a fanzine.
Overall I think the shortlists were more interesting than the winners.