Current Hugo State of Play

A list updated with the swaps after the withdrawal of Thomas May and Black Gate. I’ve flagged the Castalia (and Castalia adjacent) nominees in red. I’m lumping Superversive (Fanzine) in with Castalia as they also publish as a regulars under the Superversive name at the Castalia House blog. That puts the count up to 14 attempts by one publisher to rig an award in its favor and/or damage the award.

  • BEST NOVEL : Ancillary Mercy by Ann Leckie (Orbit)  
  • BEST NOVEL : The Cinder Spires: The Aeronaut’s Windlass by Jim Butcher (Roc)  
  • BEST NOVEL : The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin (Orbit)  
  • BEST NOVEL : Seveneves: A Novel by Neal Stephenson (William Morrow)  
  • BEST NOVEL : Uprooted by Naomi Novik (Del Rey)  
  • BEST NOVELLA : Binti by Nnedi Okorafor (  
  • BEST NOVELLA : The Builders by Daniel Polansky (  
  • BEST NOVELLA : Penric’s Demon by Lois McMaster Bujold (Spectrum)  
  • BEST NOVELLA : Perfect State by Brandon Sanderson (Dragonsteel Entertainment)  
  • BEST NOVELLA : Slow Bullets by Alastair Reynolds (Tachyon)  
  • BEST NOVELETTE : “And You Shall Know Her by the Trail of Dead” by Brooke Bolander (Lightspeed, Feb2015)  
  • BEST NOVELETTE : “Flashpoint: Titan” by CHEAH Kai Wai (There Will Be War Volume X, Castalia House)  Castalia
  • BEST NOVELETTE : “Folding Beijing” by Hao Jingfang, trans. Ken Liu (Uncanny Magazine, Jan-Feb 2015)  
  • BEST NOVELETTE : “Obits” by Stephen King (The Bazaar of Bad Dreams, Scribner)  
  • BEST NOVELETTE : “What Price Humanity?” by David VanDyke (There Will Be War Volume X, Castalia House)  Castalia
  • BEST SHORT STORY : “Asymmetrical Warfare” by S. R. Algernon (Nature, Mar 2015)  
  • BEST SHORT STORY : “Cat Pictures Please” by Naomi Kritzer (Clarkesworld, January 2015)  
  • BEST SHORT STORY : “If You Were an Award, My Love” by Juan Tabo and S. Harris (, Jun 2015)  Castalia
  • BEST SHORT STORY : “Seven Kill Tiger” by Charles Shao (There Will Be War Volume X, Castalia House)  Castalia
  • BEST SHORT STORY : Space Raptor Butt Invasion by Chuck Tingle (Amazon Digital Services)  
  • BEST RELATED WORK : Between Light and Shadow: An Exploration of the Fiction of Gene Wolfe, 1951 to 1986 by Marc Aramini (Castalia House)  Castalia
  • BEST RELATED WORK : “The First Draft of My Appendix N Book” by Jeffro Johnson (  Castalia
  • BEST RELATED WORK : “Safe Space as Rape Room” by Daniel Eness (  Castalia
  • BEST RELATED WORK : SJWs Always Lie: Taking Down the Thought Police by Vox Day (Castalia House)  Castalia
  • BEST RELATED WORK : “The Story of Moira Greyland” by Moira Greyland (  
  • BEST GRAPHIC STORY : The Divine written by Boaz Lavie, art by Asaf Hanuka and Tomer Hanuka (First Second)  
  • BEST GRAPHIC STORY : Erin Dies Alone written by Grey Carter, art by Cory Rydell (  
  • BEST GRAPHIC STORY : Full Frontal Nerdity by Aaron Williams (  
  • BEST GRAPHIC STORY : Invisible Republic Vol 1 written by Corinna Bechko and Gabriel Hardman, art by Gabriel Hardman (Image Comics)  
  • BEST GRAPHIC STORY : The Sandman: Overture written by Neil Gaiman, art by J.H. Williams III (Vertigo)
  • BEST DRAMATIC PRESENTATION (LONG FORM) : Avengers: Age of Ultron written and directed by Joss Whedon (Marvel Studios; Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures)  
  • BEST DRAMATIC PRESENTATION (LONG FORM) : Ex Machina written and directed by Alex Garland (Film4; DNA Films; Universal Pictures)  
  • BEST DRAMATIC PRESENTATION (LONG FORM) : Mad Max: Fury Road written by George Miller, Brendan McCarthy, and Nico Lathouris, directed by George Miller (Village Roadshow Pictures; Kennedy Miller Mitchell; RatPac-Dune Entertainment; Warner Bros. Pictures)  
  • BEST DRAMATIC PRESENTATION (LONG FORM) : The Martian screenplay by Drew Goddard, directed by Ridley Scott (Scott Free Productions; Kinberg Genre; TSG Entertainment; 20th Century Fox)  
  • BEST DRAMATIC PRESENTATION (LONG FORM) : Star Wars: The Force Awakens written by Lawrence Kasdan, J. J. Abrams, and Michael Arndt, directed by J.J. Abrams (Lucasfilm Ltd.; Bad Robot Productions; Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures)  
  • BEST DRAMATIC PRESENTATION (SHORT FORM) : Doctor Who: “Heaven Sent” written by Steven Moffat, directed by Rachel Talalay (BBC Television)  
  • BEST DRAMATIC PRESENTATION (SHORT FORM) : Grimm: “Headache” written by Jim Kouf and David Greenwalt, directed by Jim Kouf(Universal Television; GK Productions; Hazy Mills Productions; Open 4 Business Productions; NBCUniversal Television Distribution)  
  • BEST DRAMATIC PRESENTATION (SHORT FORM) : Jessica Jones: “AKA Smile” written by Scott Reynolds, Melissa Rosenberg, and Jamie King, directed by Michael Rymer (Marvel Television; ABC Studios; Tall Girls Productions;Netflix)  
  • BEST DRAMATIC PRESENTATION (SHORT FORM) : My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic: “The Cutie Map” Parts 1 and 2 written by Scott Sonneborn, M.A. Larson, and Meghan McCarthy, directed by Jayson Thiessen and Jim Miller (DHX Media/Vancouver; Hasbro Studios)  
  • BEST DRAMATIC PRESENTATION (SHORT FORM) : Supernatural: “Just My Imagination” written by Jenny Klein, directed by Richard Speight Jr. (Kripke Enterprises; Wonderland Sound and Vision; Warner Bros. Television)  
  • BEST EDITOR – SHORT FORM : John Joseph Adams  
  • BEST EDITOR – SHORT FORM : Neil Clarke  
  • BEST EDITOR – SHORT FORM : Ellen Datlow  
  • BEST EDITOR – SHORT FORM : Jerry Pournelle  Castalia
  • BEST EDITOR – SHORT FORM : Sheila Williams  
  • BEST EDITOR – LONG FORM : Vox Day  Castalia
  • BEST EDITOR – LONG FORM : Sheila E. Gilbert  
  • BEST EDITOR – LONG FORM : Liz Gorinsky  
  • BEST EDITOR – LONG FORM : Jim Minz  
  • BEST EDITOR – LONG FORM : Toni Weisskopf  
  • BEST PROFESSIONAL ARTIST : Lars Braad Andersen  
  • BEST SEMIPROZINE : Beneath Ceaseless Skies edited by Scott H. Andrews  
  • BEST SEMIPROZINE : Daily Science Fiction edited by Michele-Lee Barasso and Jonathan Laden  
  • BEST SEMIPROZINE : Sci Phi Journal edited by Jason Rennie  
  • BEST SEMIPROZINE : Strange Horizons edited by Catherine Krahe, Julia Rios, A. J. Odasso, Vanessa Rose Phin,Maureen Kincaid Speller, and the Strange Horizons staff  
  • BEST SEMIPROZINE : Uncanny Magazine edited by Lynne M. Thomas & Michael Damian Thomas, Michi Trota, and Erika Ensign & Steven Schapansky  
  • BEST FANZINE : Lady Business edited by Clare, Ira, Jodie, KJ, Renay, and Susan  
  • BEST FANZINE : Castalia House Blog edited by Jeffro Johnson  Castalia
  • BEST FANZINE : File 770 edited by Mike Glyer  
  • BEST FANZINE : Superversive SF edited by Jason Rennie  Castalia*
  • BEST FANZINE : Tangent Online edited by Dave Truesdale  
  • BEST FANCAST : 8-4 Play, Mark MacDonald, John Ricciardi, Hiroko Minamoto, and Justin Epperson  
  • BEST FANCAST : Cane and Rinse, Cane and Rinse  
  • BEST FANCAST : HelloGreedo, HelloGreedo  
  • BEST FANCAST : The Rageaholic, RazörFist  
  • BEST FANCAST : Tales to Terrify, Stephen Kilpatrick  
  • BEST FAN WRITER : Douglas Ernst  
  • BEST FAN WRITER : Mike Glyer  
  • BEST FAN WRITER : Morgan Holmes  Castalia
  • BEST FAN WRITER : Jeffro Johnson  Castalia
  • BEST FAN WRITER : Shamus Young  
  • BEST FAN ARTIST : Matthew Callahan  
  • BEST FAN ARTIST : disse86  
  • BEST FAN ARTIST : Kukuruyo  
  • BEST FAN ARTIST : Christian Quinot  
  • BEST FAN ARTIST : Steve Stiles  
  • JOHN W. CAMPBELL AWARD FOR BEST NEW WRITER : Sebastien de Castell *  

29 thoughts on “Current Hugo State of Play

  1. As Moira Greyland is apparently going to be publishing an expanded account as a book from Castalia I’m counting her essay as at least partially a Castalia promotion.


    • Thanks JJ, you have rescued my swiss cheese brain. What he said does seem clear, although without a formal announcement I’m a little leary of calling it 100% confirmed.
      I think making a separate distinction for borderline cases that aren’t absolutely clear Castalia self-promotion but are still in the ballpark is probably the way to go.
      It might be worth making a note re Pournelle that he is listed because his sole eligible work in BESF was published by Castalia.
      Incidentally I notice that Timothy’s favorite author has said he’s trying to sell his next book to Castalia!


  2. Glyer and the File were nominated by the Rabids this year, and are on there due entirely to their efforts.


    • thephantom182: Glyer and the File were nominated by the Rabids this year, and are on there due entirely to their efforts.

      Mike Glyer was not on the Rabid slate for Fan Writer. He made the ballot on his own merits — ahead of 3 of the Rabid candidates.

      Which makes it pretty clear that File770 would have made the ballot for Fanzine without any help from the Rabids.


  3. I know, it’s all terribly inconvenient for The Phantom when people keep pointing out the falsehoods in his claims, isn’t it? 😉


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