Worldcon 74 is nicely folding up, and it’s time for a recap.
First of all, the location for 2018 – decided in MidAmCon II: San Jose, California won the bid for hosting Worldcon 76 in 2018 – and, considering is the place I find myself right now, I can say I’m definitively happy with the choice.
Second, the Hugo Night and the Awards – I’m glad to notice that this year has been less affected (at least in my perception) by the slating controversies that plagued the 2015 Awards, probably because people have learnt how to live with the SP/RP (intended) mess.
The full list of results can be read on the official Hugo page, here I’ll share some of the notable ones:
- The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin (Orbit)
- Ancillary Mercy by Ann Leckie (Orbit)
- The Cinder Spires: The Aeronaut’s Windlass by Jim Butcher (Roc)
- Seveneves: A Novel by Neal Stephenson (William Morrow)
- Uprooted by Naomi Novik (Del Rey)
- Binti by Nnedi Okorafor (Tor.com)
- The Builders by Daniel Polansky (Tor.com)
- Penric’s Demon by Lois McMaster Bujold (Spectrum)
- Perfect State by Brandon Sanderson (Dragonsteel Entertainment)
- Slow Bullets by Alastair Reynolds (Tachyon)
- Folding Beijing by Hao Jingfang, trans. Ken Liu (Uncanny Magazine, Jan-Feb 2015)
- And You Shall Know Her by the Trail of Dead by Brooke Bolander (Lightspeed, Feb 2015)
- Flashpoint: Titan by CHEAH Kai Wai (There Will Be War Volume X, Castalia House)
- Obits by Stephen King (The Bazaar of Bad Dreams, Scribner)
- What Price Humanity? by David VanDyke (There Will Be War Volume X, Castalia House)
Best Short Story
- Cat Pictures Please by Naomi Kritzer (Clarkesworld, January 2015)
- Asymmetrical Warfare by S. R. Algernon (Nature, Mar 2015)
- If You Were an Award, My Love by Juan Tabo and S. Harris (voxday.blogspot.com, Jun 2015)
- Seven Kill Tiger by Charles Shao (There Will Be War Volume X, Castalia House)
- Space Raptor Butt Invasion by Chuck Tingle (Amazon Digital Services)
- Uncanny Magazine edited by Lynne M. Thomas & Michael Damian Thomas, Michi Trota, and Erika Ensign & Steven Schapansky
- Beneath Ceaseless Skies edited by Scott H. Andrews
- Daily Science Fiction edited by Michele-Lee Barasso and Jonathan Laden
- Sci Phi Journal edited by Jason Rennie
- Strange Horizons edited by Catherine Krahe, Julia Rios, A. J. Odasso, Vanessa Rose Phin, Maureen Kincaid Speller, and the Strange Horizons staff
Congratulations to all winners, and let’s look forward to 2017 Hugo Awards in Helsinki.