The Hugo Award Finalists: the Best in Science Fiction and Fantasy

Adrian Liang on April 04, 2017

The Hugo Award Finalist
The members of the World Science Fiction Society voted earlier this year for the Hugo Award finalists, and now the results are in.

In 2017, 2,464 valid nominating ballots were cast for the finalists, compared to 4,032 in 2016 and 2,122 in 2015. In previous years, the community was roiled by a struggle over which authors and works are considered true science fiction, but this list of exemplary works published in 2016 suggests that that battle has been fought and won, for the most part, by members seeking more inclusion instead of less. Not coincidentally, changes to the nomination tally process also went into effect this year, essentially giving each member an equally weighed ballot as opposed to giving each ballot's nomination votes equal weight. More information on the nomination tally process is here (and took me a few read-throughs before I understood it properly). The stated goal is to reduce bloc voting among members.

Below is a book-focused selection of the finalist categories. The full list of categories can be found on the Worldcon 75 website. The winners will be announced in at Worldcon 75 in Helsinki, on Friday, August 11, 2017.

Congratulations to the finalists! We chose quite a few of them as best books of the month or best books of the year in 2016, and we're delighted to see that other readers agree.


Best Novel

All the Birds in the Sky, by Charlie Jane Anders (Tor Books / Titan Books)

A Closed and Common Orbit, by Becky Chambers (Hodder & Stoughton / Harper Voyager US)

Death's End, by Cixin Liu, translated by Ken Liu (Tor Books / Head of Zeus)

Ninefox Gambit, by Yoon Ha Lee (Solaris Books)

The Obelisk Gate, by N. K. Jemisin (Orbit Books)

Too Like the Lightning, by Ada Palmer (Tor Books)


Best Novella

The Ballad of Black Tom, by Victor LaValle ( publishing)

The Dream-Quest of Vellitt Boe, by Kij Johnson ( publishing)

Every Heart a Doorway, by Seanan McGuire ( publishing)

Penric and the Shaman, by Lois McMaster Bujold (Spectrum Literary Agency)

A Taste of Honey, by Kai Ashante Wilson ( publishing)

This Census-Taker, by China Mieville (Del Rey / Picador)


Best Graphic Story

Black Panther, Volume 1: A Nation Under Our Feet, written by Ta-Nehisi Coates, illustrated by Brian Stelfreeze (Marvel)

Monstress, Volume 1: Awakening, written by Marjorie Liu, illustrated by Sana Takeda (Image)

Ms. Marvel, Volume 5: Super Famous, written by G. Willow Wilson, illustrated by Takeshi Miyazawa (Marvel)

Paper Girls, Volume 1, written by Brian K. Vaughan, illustrated by Cliff Chiang, colored by Matthew Wilson, lettered by Jared Fletcher (Image)

Saga, Volume 6, illustrated by Fiona Staples, written by Brian K. Vaughan, lettered by Fonografiks (Image)

The Vision, Volume 1: Little Worse Than A Man, written by Tom King, illustrated by Gabriel Hernandez Walta (Marvel)


Best Series

The Craft Sequence, by Max Gladstone (Tor Books)

The Expanse, by James S.A. Corey (Orbit US / Orbit UK)

The October Daye Books, by Seanan McGuire (DAW / Corsair)

The Peter Grant / Rivers of London series, by Ben Aaronovitch (Gollancz / Del Rey / DAW / Subterranean)

The Temeraire series, by Naomi Novik (Del Rey / Harper Voyager UK)

The Vorkosigan Saga, by Lois McMaster Bujold (Baen)


John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer

Sarah Gailey

J. Mulrooney

Malka Older

Ada Palmer

Laurie Penny

Kelly Robson


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