The Hugo Awards were presented on Sunday, August 18, in Dublin at the 77th World Science Fiction Convention.
This year witnessed a remarkable hat trick, with Mary Robinette Kowal’s The Calculating Stars sweeping the Hugo, Nebula, and Locus awards for best novel—a feat unseen since Connie Willis’ Blackout/All Clear won the same trio of awards in 2011.
Congratulations to the winners and to the well-deserving nominees.
The Calculating Stars: A Lady Astronaut Novel by Mary Robinette Kowal
The winner of the Hugo, Nebula, and Locus awards, The Calculating Stars launches former WWII WASP pilot Elma York into the mission of saving the Earth after a meteorite decimates the eastern seaboard. But intolerant bureaucrats and military men have trouble seeing past York’s female face to her sharp mind, putting humanity’s future in jeopardy.
Artificial Condition: The Murderbot Diaries by Martha Wells
In book 2 of Wells' amazing Murderbot Diaries series, Murderbot wants to find out what really happened before it had its memory wiped and was reprogrammed. A set of naive humans, a set of far less naive humans, a spaceship that may or may not be military, and the secrets behind Murderbot's fateful killing spree weave together into a satisfying space yarn.
Lodestar Award for Best Young Adult Book
Children of Blood and Bone (Legacy of Orisha) by Tomi Adeyemi
The first in a new fantasy trilogy, Children of Blood and Bone has been one of our favorite reads since it hit shelves in early March 2018, and it gained a Nebula Award this year as well. Says Amazon editor Seira Wilson, "Enriched with themes that resonate in today’s social and political landscape, Children of Blood and Bone takes on injustice, discrimination, and a struggle for change. The action and danger ramp up with each chapter, and I found myself racing through the final pages, holding my breath right up to the cliffhanger ending."
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Wayfarers by Becky Chambers
Launching with The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet (which deserves its own award for best book title), Chambers' series can be read in order or as standalones in the same shared universe. Readers seeking lighthearted space opera that nonetheless manages to dig into deep questions about family and humanity will find much to love in these books. Those who've already sped-read through the Wayfarers books will be delighted to know that Chambers' next work, To Be Taught, If Fortunate, reaches shelves in September.
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