Sunday, March 30, 2008

2008 Hugo Awards Finalists

The World Science Fiction Society (WSFS) is an unincorporated society which sponsors the annual World Science Fiction Convention (Worldcon) and the Hugo Awards. The Hugo Awards, given annually since 1955, are science fiction’s most prestigious award. The Hugos are voted on by the thousands of members of the current Worldcon which is also responsible for administering them. Winners will be announced and trophies awarded at the Hugo Awards Ceremony at Denvention 3, the 66th World Science Fiction Convention, on Saturday, August 9.

Best Novel
  • The Yiddish Policemen’s Union by Michael Chabon (HarperCollins; Fourth Estate)
  • Brasyl by Ian McDonald (Gollancz; Pyr)
  • Rollback by Robert J. Sawyer (Tor; Analog 10/06-1-2/07)
  • The Last Colony by John Scalzi (Tor)
  • Halting State by Charles Stross (Ace)

Best Novella
  • “The Fountain of Age” by Nancy Kress (Asimov’s 7/07)
  • “Recovering Apollo 8” by Kristine Kathryn Rusch (Asimov’s 2/07)
  • “Stars Seen Through Stone” by Lucius Shepard (F&SF 7/07)
  • “All Seated on the Ground” by Connie Willis (Asimov’s 12/07; Subterranean Press)
  • “Memorare” by Gene Wolfe (F&SF 4/07)

Best Novelette
  • “The Cambist and Lord Iron: a Fairytale of Economics” by Daniel Abraham (Logorrhea, ed. John Klima, BantamSpectra)
  • “The Merchant and the Alchemist’s Gate” by Ted Chiang (Subterranean Press, F&SF Sept. 2007)
  • “Dark Integers” by Greg Egan (Asimov’s 10/07)
  • “Glory” by Greg Egan (The New Space Opera, ed. Gardner Dozois and Jonathan Strahan, HarperCollins/Eos)
  • “Finisterra” by David Moles (F&SF 12/07)

Best Short Story
  • “Last Contact” by Stephen Baxter (The Solaris Book of New Science Fiction, ed. George Mann, Solaris)
  • “Tideline” by Elizabeth Bear (Asimov’s 6/07)
  • “Who’s Afraid of Wolf 359?” by Ken MacLeod (The New Space Opera, ed. Gardner Dozois & Jonathan Strahan, HarperCollins/Eos)
  • “Distant Replay” by Mike Resnick (Asimov’s 4/07)
  • “A Small Room in Koboldtown” by Michael Swanwick (Asimov’s 4/07; The Dog Said Bow-Wow, Tachyon)

Best Related Book
  • The Company They Keep: C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien as Writers in Community by Diana Glyer; appendix by David Bratman (Kent State University)
  • Breakfast in the Ruins: Science Fiction in the Last Millennium by Barry Malzberg (Baen)
  • Emshwiller: Infinity x Two by Luis Ortiz, intro. by Carol Emshwiller, fwd. by Alex Eisenstein (Nonstop)
  • Brave New Words: The Oxford Dictionary of Science Fiction by Jeff Prucher (Oxford University Press)
  • The Arrival by Shaun Tan (Arthur A. Levine/Scholastic)

Best Dramatic Presentation, Long Form
  • Enchanted
    Written by Bill Kelly
    Directed by Kevin Lima (Walt Disney Pictures)
  • The Golden Compass
    Written by Chris Weitz
    Based on the novel by Philip Pullman
    Directed by Chris Weitz (New Line Cinema)
  • Heroes, Season 1
    Created by Tim Kring (NBC Universal Television and Tailwind Productions)
    Written by Tim Kring, Jeph Loeb, Bryan Fuller, Michael Green, Natalie Chaidez, Jesse Alexander, Adam Armus, Aron Eli Coleite, Joe Pokaski, Christopher Zatta, Chuck Kim.
    Directed by David Semel, Allan Arkush, Greg Beeman, Ernest R. Dickerson, Paul Shapiro, Donna Deitch, Paul A. Edwards, John Badham, Terrence O'Hara, Jeannot Szwarc, Roxann Dawson, Kevin Bray, Adam Kane
  • Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
    Written by Michael Goldenberg
    Based on the novel by J.K. Rowling
    Directed by David Yates (Warner Bros.)
  • Stardust
    Written by Jane Goldman & Matthew Vaughn
    Based on the novel by Neil Gaiman
    Directed by Matthew Vaughn (Paramount Pictures)

Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form
  • Battlestar Galactica “Razor”
    Written by Michael Taylor
    Directed by Félix Enríquez Alcalá and Wayne Rose (Sci Fi Channel) (televised version, not DVD)
  • Doctor Who “Blink”
    Written by Stephen Moffat
    Directed by Hettie Macdonald (BBC)
  • Doctor Who “Human Nature” / “Family of Blood”
    Written by Paul Cornell
    Directed by Charles Palmer (BBC)
  • Star Trek New Voyages “World Enough and Time”
    Written by Michael Reaves & Marc Scott Zicree
    Directed by Marc Scott Zicree (Cawley Entertainment Co. and The Magic Time Co.)
  • Torchwood “Captain Jack Harkness”
    Written by Catherine Tregenna
    Directed by Ashley Way (BBC Wales)

Best Professional Editor, Long Form
  • Lou Anders (Pyr)
  • Ginjer Buchanan (Ace/Roc)
  • David G. Hartwell (Tor/Forge)
  • Beth Meacham (Tor)
  • Patrick Nielsen Hayden (Tor)

Best Professional Editor, Short Form
  • Ellen Datlow (The Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror (St. Martin’s), Coyote Road (Viking), Inferno (Tor))
  • Stanley Schmidt (Analog)
  • Jonathan Strahan (The New Space Opera (HarperCollins/Eos), The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year: Volume 1 (Night Shade), Eclipse One (Night Shade))
  • Gordon Van Gelder (The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction)
  • Sheila Williams (Asimov’s Science Fiction)

Best Professional Artist
  • Bob Eggleton (Covers: To Outlive Eternity and Other Stories (Baen), Ivory (Pyr), and The Taint and Other Novellas (Subterranean))
  • Phil Foglio (Cover: Robert Asprin’s Myth Adventures, Vol. 2 (Meisha Merlin), What’s New (Dragon Magazine Aug. 2007, Girl Genius Vol. 6-Agatha Heterodyne & the Golden Trilobite (Airship Entertainment ))
  • John Harris (Covers: Spindrift (Ace), Old Man's War (Tor, pb), The Last Colony (Tor))
  • Stephan Martiniere (Covers: Brasyl (Pyr), Mainspring (Tor), The Dragons of Babel (Tor))
  • John Picacio (Covers: Fast Forward 1 (Pyr), Time’s Child (HarperCollins/Eos), A Thousand Deaths (Golden Gryphon))
  • Shaun Tan

Best Semiprozine
  • Ansible, edited by David Langford
  • Helix, edited by William Sanders and Lawrence Watt-Evans
  • Interzone, edited by Andy Cox
  • Locus, edited by Charles N. Brown, Kirsten Gong-Wong, Liza Groen Trombi
  • New York Review of Science Fiction, edited by Kathryn Cramer, Kristine Dikeman, David G. Hartwell, Kevin J. Maroney

Best Fanzine
  • Argentus, edited by Steven H Silver
  • Challenger, edited by Guy Lillian III
  • Drink Tank, edited by Chris Garcia
  • File 770, edited by Mike Glyer
  • PLOKTA, edited by Alison Scott, Steve Davies, and Mike Scott

Best Fan Writer
  • Chris Garcia
  • David Langford
  • Cheryl Morgan
  • John Scalzi
  • Steven H Silver

Best Fan Artist
  • Brad Foster
  • Teddy Harvia
  • Sue Mason
  • Steve Stiles
  • Taral Wayne

John W. Campbell Award (An award for the best new writer whose first work of science fiction or fantasy appeared during 2006 or 2007 in a professional publication. Sponsored by Dell Magazines.)
  • Joe Abercrombie (2nd year of eligibility)
  • Jon Armstrong (1st year of eligibility)
  • David Anthony Durham (1st year of eligibility)
  • David Louis Edelman (2nd year of eligibility)
  • Mary Robinette Kowal (2nd year of eligibility)
  • Scott Lynch (2nd year of eligibility)

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Charles Gramlich said...

There was a time when I would have read and seen quite a few of the nominees for the Hugo each year. No longer. I recognize a few names but that's about it. Man I'm out of touch.

Steve Malley said...

I think anybody writing in this genre should read all of the Best Novel nominees every year. *Especially* if one of those novels is a first effort!

Thanks for this list!

Lisa said...

How interesting! I don't read very much science fiction -- a little now and then -- and I would never have guessed THE YIDDISH POLICEMEN'S UNION (which I did read and loved) would be in this category. I learn something new every day.

Sphinx Ink said...

Thanks for commenting, Charles, Steve, and Lisa. I like lists of award nominees to use as possible selections for future reading, although I rarely manage to get around to reading many of them. Still, it's one way to find books others have liked enough to feel they should be honored.

Lisa, I guess the reason THE YIDDISH POLICEMEN'S UNION is on the list is that it's alternate history, which is considered fantasy--the final "f" in the SFF acronym.

Sidney said...

Awards lists are always good resources for reading lists. I have not read "Yiddish Policemen's Union" yet but that is an added push for me to get it on the night stand.

Lana Gramlich said...

This post almost makes me want to go back to reading sci fi...almost. I'm so far behind in my non-fictions it's not funny.