Courtesy of File 770 http://file770.com/dublin-2019-announces-hugo-and-retro-hugo-finalists/ here are the 2019 Hugo Finalists. My comments below.
2019 HUGO AWARD FINALISTS
No surprises here but I’m actually only 1/6 for what I’ve read but all of these where on my TBR list. Disappointed that Children of Time didn’t get its second chance at the ballot and I thought Blackfish City would be on the list.
- The Calculating Stars, by Mary Robinette Kowal (Tor)
- Record of a Spaceborn Few, by Becky Chambers (Hodder & Stoughton / Harper Voyager)
- Revenant Gun, by Yoon Ha Lee (Solaris)
- Space Opera, by Catherynne M. Valente (Saga)
- Spinning Silver, by Naomi Novik (Del Rey / Macmillan)
- Trail of Lightning, by Rebecca Roanhorse (Saga)
Murderbot leads the list with Tor.com once again dominating Novella space. However, Aliette de Bodard has a strong entry.
- Artificial Condition, by Martha Wells (Tor.com publishing)
- Beneath the Sugar Sky, by Seanan McGuire (Tor.com publishing)
- Binti: The Night Masquerade, by Nnedi Okorafor (Tor.com publishing)
- The Black God’s Drums, by P. Djèlí Clark (Tor.com publishing)
- Gods, Monsters, and the Lucky Peach, by Kelly Robson (Tor.com publishing)
- The Tea Master and the Detective, by Aliette de Bodard (Subterranean Press / JABberwocky Literary Agency)
Only two overlaps with the recent Nebula finalists (Bolander and Connolly) but these were the two strongest of the Nebula Novelettes.
- “If at First You Don’t Succeed, Try, Try Again,” by Zen Cho (B&N Sci-Fi and Fantasy Blog, 29 November 2018)
- “The Last Banquet of Temporal Confections,” by Tina Connolly (Tor.com, 11 July 2018)
- “Nine Last Days on Planet Earth,” by Daryl Gregory (Tor.com, 19 September 2018)
- The Only Harmless Great Thing, by Brooke Bolander (Tor.com publishing)
- “The Thing About Ghost Stories,” by Naomi Kritzer (Uncanny Magazine 25, November-December 2018)
- “When We Were Starless,” by Simone Heller (Clarkesworld 145, October 2018)
Best Short Story
A strong set of short stories. I’m surprised that I haven’t read the T. Kingfisher one. Glad to see STET there and along with The Secret Lives… Fireside has two very strong contenders in the list.
- “The Court Magician,” by Sarah Pinsker (Lightspeed, January 2018)
- “The Rose MacGregor Drinking and Admiration Society,” by T. Kingfisher (Uncanny Magazine 25, November-December 2018)
- “The Secret Lives of the Nine Negro Teeth of George Washington,” by P. Djèlí Clark (Fireside Magazine, February 2018)
- “STET,” by Sarah Gailey (Fireside Magazine, October 2018)
- “The Tale of the Three Beautiful Raptor Sisters, and the Prince Who Was Made of Meat,” by Brooke Bolander (Uncanny Magazine 23, July-August 2018)
- “A Witch’s Guide to Escape: A Practical Compendium of Portal Fantasies,” by Alix E. Harrow (Apex Magazine, February 2018)
Wow! I may actually vote in this category this year!
- The Centenal Cycle, by Malka Older (Tor)
- The Laundry Files, by Charles Stross (most recently Tor/Orbit)
- Machineries of Empire, by Yoon Ha Lee (Solaris)
- The October Daye Series, by Seanan McGuire (most recently DAW)
- The Universe of Xuya, by Aliette de Bodard (most recently Subterranean Press)
- Wayfarers, by Becky Chambers (Hodder & Stoughton / Harper Voyager)
Best Related Work
An interesting set of nominees. Astounding and An Informal History… are obvious contenders. Two finalists that are things rather than books: Archive of Our Own as an entity and the website of Mexicanx Initiative.
- Archive of Our Own, a project of the Organization for Transformative Works
- Astounding: John W. Campbell, Isaac Asimov, Robert A. Heinlein, L. Ron Hubbard, and the Golden Age of Science Fiction, by Alec Nevala-Lee (Dey Street Books)
- The Hobbit Duology (documentary in three parts), written and edited by Lindsay Ellis and Angelina Meehan (YouTube)
- An Informal History of the Hugos: A Personal Look Back at the Hugo Awards, 1953-2000, by Jo Walton (Tor)
- http://www.mexicanxinitiative.com: The Mexicanx Initiative Experience at Worldcon 76 (Julia Rios, Libia Brenda, Pablo Defendini, John Picacio)
- Ursula K. Le Guin: Conversations on Writing, by Ursula K. Le Guin with David Naimon (Tin House Books)
Best Graphic Story
I haven’t looked at Abbott or On a Sunbeam. Monstress is the finalist to beat after two strong years.
- Abbott, written by Saladin Ahmed, art by Sami Kivelä, colours by Jason Wordie, letters by Jim Campbell (BOOM! Studios)
- Black Panther: Long Live the King, written by Nnedi Okorafor and Aaron Covington, art by André Lima Araújo, Mario Del Pennino and Tana Ford (Marvel)
- Monstress, Volume 3: Haven, written by Marjorie Liu, art by Sana Takeda (Image Comics)
- On a Sunbeam, by Tillie Walden (First Second)
- Paper Girls, Volume 4, written by Brian K. Vaughan, art by Cliff Chiang, colours by Matt Wilson, letters by Jared K. Fletcher (Image Comics)
- Saga, Volume 9, written by Brian K. Vaughan, art by Fiona Staples (Image Comics)
Best Dramatic Presentation, Long Form
I’m glad Sorry to Bother You made the list given its limited distribution. Three superhero films may seem to many and as much as I enjoyed Infinity War, it’s the only finalist that looks redundant.
- Annihilation, directed and written for the screen by Alex Garland, based on the novel by Jeff VanderMeer (Paramount Pictures / Skydance)
- Avengers: Infinity War, screenplay by Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, directed by Anthony Russo and Joe Russo (Marvel Studios)
- Black Panther, written by Ryan Coogler and Joe Robert Cole, directed by Ryan Coogler (Marvel Studios)
- A Quiet Place, screenplay by Scott Beck, John Krasinski and Bryan Woods, directed by John Krasinski (Platinum Dunes / Sunday Night)
- Sorry to Bother You, written and directed by Boots Riley (Annapurna Pictures)
- Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, screenplay by Phil Lord and Rodney Rothman, directed by Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey and Rodney Rothman (Sony)
Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form
Last year’s Doctor Who wasn’t always well loved but Rosa and Demons of the Punjab are good contenders. Two Good Place episodes again? I’d have been happy with Jeremy Bearimy which eponymously added to fandom’s language by replacing ‘timey wimey’ as a way of discussing SF time travel plots. I thought Star Trek Discovery would get a nod. Nice to see Dirty Computer as a finalist. Lots of good SF out there right now and maybe the category does need an ‘only one episode per series’ rule.
- The Expanse: “Abaddon’s Gate,” written by Daniel Abraham, Ty Franck and Naren Shankar, directed by Simon Cellan Jones (Penguin in a Parka / Alcon Entertainment)
- Doctor Who: “Demons of the Punjab,” written by Vinay Patel, directed by Jamie Childs (BBC)
- Dirty Computer, written by Janelle Monáe, directed by Andrew Donoho and Chuck Lightning (Wondaland Arts Society / Bad Boy Records / Atlantic Records)
- The Good Place: “Janet(s),” written by Josh Siegal & Dylan Morgan, directed by Morgan Sackett (NBC)
- The Good Place: “Jeremy Bearimy,” written by Megan Amram, directed by Trent O’Donnell (NBC)
- Doctor Who: “Rosa,” written by Malorie Blackman and Chris Chibnall, directed by Mark Tonderai (BBC)
Best Professional Editor, Short Form
No surprises 🙂 Gardner Dozois would be a strong contender in any year and will be hard to beat posthumously.
- Neil Clarke
- Gardner Dozois
- Lee Harris
- Julia Rios
- Lynne M. Thomas and Michael Damian Thomas
- E. Catherine Tobler
Best Professional Editor, Long Form
Lovely people I am sure but I’ll skip over this one.
- Sheila E. Gilbert
- Anne Lesley Groell
- Beth Meacham
- Diana Pho
- Gillian Redfearn
- Navah Wolfe
Best Professional Artist
Has Charles Vess won before in this category?
- Galen Dara
- Jaime Jones
- Victo Ngai
- John Picacio
- Yuko Shimizu
- Charles Vess
Shimmer’s fans had a bit of a campaign to get the magazine nominated. Fireside is having a good Hugo year so far (as I thought they might).
- Beneath Ceaseless Skies, editor-in-chief and publisher Scott H. Andrews
- Fireside Magazine, edited by Julia Rios, managing editor Elsa Sjunneson-Henry, social coordinator Meg Frank, special features editor Tanya DePass, founding editor Brian White, publisher and art director Pablo Defendini
- FIYAH Magazine of Black Speculative Fiction, executive editors Troy L. Wiggins and DaVaun Sanders, editors L.D. Lewis, Brandon O’Brien, Kaleb Russell, Danny Lore, and Brent Lambert
- Shimmer, publisher Beth Wodzinski, senior editor E. Catherine Tobler
- Strange Horizons, edited by Jane Crowley, Kate Dollarhyde, Vanessa Rose Phin, Vajra Chandrasekera, Romie Stott, Maureen Kincaid Speller, and the Strange Horizons Staff
- Uncanny Magazine, publishers/editors-in-chief Lynne M. Thomas and Michael Damian Thomas, managing editor Michi Trota, podcast producers Erika Ensign and Steven Schapansky, Disabled People Destroy Science Fiction Special Issue editors-in-chief Elsa Sjunneson-Henry and Dominik Parisien
No surprises. Galactic Journey may have an edge given its novel approach to articles.
- Galactic Journey, founder Gideon Marcus, editor Janice Marcus
- Journey Planet, edited by Team Journey Planet
- Lady Business, editors Ira, Jodie, KJ, Renay & Susan
- nerds of a feather, flock together, editors Joe Sherry, Vance Kotrla and The G
- Quick Sip Reviews, editor Charles Payseur
- Rocket Stack Rank, editors Greg Hullender and Eric Wong
I’m just not much a podcast person but lots of people I like in this list nonetheless.
- Be the Serpent, presented by Alexandra Rowland, Freya Marske and Jennifer Mace
- The Coode Street Podcast, presented by Jonathan Strahan and Gary K. Wolfe
- Fangirl Happy Hour, hosted by Ana Grilo and Renay Williams
- Galactic Suburbia, hosted by Alisa Krasnostein, Alexandra Pierce, and Tansy Rayner Roberts, produced by Andrew Finch
- Our Opinions Are Correct, hosted by Annalee Newitz and Charlie Jane Anders
- The Skiffy and Fanty Show, produced by Jen Zink and Shaun Duke, hosted by the Skiffy and Fanty Crew
Best Fan Writer
A nice set of nominees but I’m a bit disappointed that many of the people I nominated aren’t there. I think Cora Buhlert should have been a finalist.
- Foz Meadows
- James Davis Nicoll
- Charles Payseur
- Elsa Sjunneson-Henry
- Alasdair Stuart
- Bogi Takács
Best Fan Artist
OK – not much to say on these finalists.
- Sara Felix
- Grace P. Fong
- Meg Frank
- Ariela Housman
- Likhain (Mia Sereno)
- Spring Schoenhuth
Best Art Book
When the category was announced several of these works were suggested as possibilities. The Books of Earthsea is a marginal example (it’s mainly text) but a strong contender. Dungeons & Dragons Art & Arcana has been a front runner since the category was announced.
- The Books of Earthsea: The Complete Illustrated Edition, illustrated by Charles Vess, written by Ursula K. Le Guin (Saga Press /Gollancz)
- Daydreamer’s Journey: The Art of Julie Dillon, by Julie Dillon (self-published)
- Dungeons & Dragons Art & Arcana: A Visual History, by Michael Witwer, Kyle Newman, Jon Peterson, Sam Witwer (Ten Speed Press)
- Spectrum 25: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art, ed. John Fleskes (Flesk Publications)
- Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse – The Art of the Movie, by Ramin Zahed (Titan Books)
- Tolkien: Maker of Middle-earth, ed. Catherine McIlwaine (Bodleian Library)
John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer
Mainly 2nd year eligible nominees. Jeannette Ng possibly a front runner but this is always a hard category to judge.
- Katherine Arden (2nd year of eligibility)
- S.A. Chakraborty (2nd year of eligibility)
- R.F. Kuang (1st year of eligibility)
- Jeannette Ng (2nd year of eligibility)
- Vina Jie-Min Prasad (2nd year of eligibility)
- Rivers Solomon (2nd year of eligibility)
Lodestar Award for Best Young Adult Book
I’ve heard and read about each of these but I haven’t read any of them.
- The Belles, by Dhonielle Clayton (Freeform / Gollancz)
- Children of Blood and Bone, by Tomi Adeyemi (Henry Holt / Macmillan Children’s Books)
- The Cruel Prince, by Holly Black (Little, Brown / Hot Key Books)
- Dread Nation, by Justina Ireland (Balzer + Bray)
- The Invasion, by Peadar O’Guilin (David Fickling Books / Scholastic)
- Tess of the Road, by Rachel Hartman (Random House / Penguin Teen)