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Discovering the Award Winners: Birth of the Hugos

by Paul

The organizers of the 1953 Worldcon, known as PhilCon II, were looking for a centrepiece event for their convention. They decided on an award ceremony. The awards would be known as the Science Fiction Achievement Awards, and would be voted on by members of the convention. At the time there was no plan to continue […]

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Discovering the Award Winners: International Fantasy Award

by Paul

When we were putting together our historical list of the best sf (1950s here) I noticed how rarely the book we chose as the best of the year was one of that year’s award winners. And when we compiled our own lists of the best books of 2015 and 2016, the number one book on each […]

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Some thoughts on the Hugo results

by Paul

Two things jump out at you when you look at this year’s Hugo results. First: Practically all the winners were women. All the individual winners were women, and the group winners (Marjorie Liu & Sana Takeda for Best Graphic Story; Lynne M. Thomas, Michael Damien Thomas, Michi Trota, Julia Rios, Erika Ensign & Steven Schapansky […]

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Hugo Award Winners

by Paul

And the winners are …              Best Novel The Obelisk Gate by N.K. Jemisin Best Series The Vorkosigan Saga by Lois McMaster Bujold Best Novella Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire Best Novelette “The Tomato Thief” by Ursula Vernon Best Short Story “Seasons of Glass and Iron” by Amal El-Mohtar Best […]

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Dragon Awards update

by Paul

Following on from our post about the Dragon Awards the other day, the latest news is that after some uproar, the Dragon Awards decided to accept Alison Littlewood’s withdrawal of The Hidden People from the ballot. At the same time, and for very similar reasons, N.K. Jemisin has withdrawn The Obelisk Gate from the ballot. No new […]

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Dragon Awards

by Paul

The Dragon Awards, which were launched by DragonCon a year or two back, have released their shortlists. There are 15 different categories (you can find the full list here); these are the main science fiction categories. Best Science Fiction Novel                     A Closed and Common Orbit by Becky Chambers […]

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Awards round-up

by Paul

And still the awards keep coming. These are some of the awards that have been announced over the last couple of weeks. Sunburst Awards The shortlists have been announced for the Sunburst Awards for excellence in Canadian literature of the fantastic. The full lists are here. Adult Fiction          Spells of Blood and Kin, Claire […]

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Whitehead wins Clarke Award

by Paul

Colson Whitehead’s The Underground Railroad has been named the 31st winner of the Arthur C. Clarke Award. After a sometimes fraught few months, there was, in the end, remarkable unity between the Clarke Award and the Shadow Clarke jury, who, earlier the same day, had named The Underground Railroad as their choice. Whitehead is now in line […]

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Catching up: Awards

by Paul

Typical, isn’t it. Go away for a few days and suddenly a whole host of awards are announced. So, here’s a quick run down of the most recent awards. Locus Awards               Science Fiction Novel: Death’s End by Cixin Liu Young Adult Book: Revenger by Alastair Reynolds First Novel: Ninefox Gambit by Yoon Ha Lee Novella: Every Heart a […]

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