The 2013 Hugo Award winners are…

hugo_smThe Hugo Award winners for 2013 were announced Sunday evening at LoneStarCon 3, the 71st World Science Fiction Convention. Like last year, there were problems with the Ustream feed, but unlike last year, the problems were with the hotel’s audio equipment and its connection to Ustream, not with Ustream itself. Good to know.

The Winners…

BEST NOVEL
Redshirts: A Novel with Three Codas, John Scalzi (Tor)

BEST NOVELLA
The Emperor’s Soul, Brandon Sanderson (Tachyon Publications)

BEST NOVELETTE
The Girl-Thing Who Went Out for Sushi, Pat Cadigan (Edge of Infinity, Solaris)

BEST SHORT STORY
Mono no Aware, Ken Liu (The Future is Japanese, VIZ Media LLC)

BEST RELATED WORK
Writing Excuses Season Seven, Brandon Sanderson, Dan Wells, Mary Robinette Kowal, Howard Tayler and Jordan Sanderson

BEST GRAPHIC STORY
Saga, Volume One, written by Brian K. Vaughan, illustrated by Fiona Staples (Image Comics)

BEST DRAMATIC PRESENTATION, LONG FORM
The Avengers, Screenplay & Directed by Joss Whedon (Marvel Studios, Disney, Paramount)

BEST DRAMATIC PRESENTATION, SHORT FORM
Game of Thrones, Blackwater, Written by George R.R. Martin, Directed by Neil Marshall. Created by David Benioff and D.B. Weiss (HBO)

BEST EDITOR, SHORT FORM
Stanley Schmidt

BEST EDITOR, LONG FORM
Patrick Nielsen Hayden

BEST PROFESSIONAL ARTIST
John Picacio

BEST SEMIPROZINE
Clarkesworld, edited by Neil Clarke, Jason Heller, Sean Wallace and Kate Baker

BEST FANZINE
SF Signal, edited by John DeNardo, JP Frantz, and Patrick Hester

BEST FANCAST
SF Squeecast, Elizabeth Bear, Paul Cornell, Seanan McGuire, Lynne M. Thomas, Catherynne M. Valente (Presenters) and David McHone-Chase (Technical Producer)

BEST FAN WRITER
Tansy Rayner Roberts

BEST FAN ARTIST
Galen Dara

And Now Some of My Thoughts…

  • Personally, I could not agree more with this year’s Best Novel. Even though it’s a proven fact that John Scalzi hates Maryland, I’m a huge fan of his work, Redshirts, especially.
  • I also couldn’t agree more with Saga winning Best Graphic Story. If you’re not reading Saga, you don’t know what you’re missing. Both volume 1 and 2 are available at all the usual places. Give it a try, unless you have something against award winning sci-fi comic books.
  • This year’s winner of Best Fanzine is SF Signal, a blog and podcast. Is a blog a fanzine? The winner of Best Fancast is SF Sqeecast, a blog and a podcast. I’m a somewhat regular listener of SF Signal. I’ve never heard of SF Sqeecast, but I need to. Their website has one of the worst seamless background images I’ve ever seen. Let’s just say it’s not very seamless. I see seams. The image they’re using actually has a border going around it. Do they not see this? Why do so many science fiction websites look bad?
  • I need to read The Girl-Thing Who Went Out for Sushi.

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