Stats were a little late being released and currently, the usual nomination data isn’t there.
There are some interesting twists in the distribution preferences. Sometimes, the 1st pref voting order is a close match with the final voting order but lots of exceptions this year.
- Novel: Network Effect was an easy winner for Best Novel but Piranesi started at 2nd place but came in third after The City We Became.
- Novella: Come Tumbling Down (Wayward Children) came top of 1st round but came in third after The Empress of Salt and Fortune and Ring Shout.
- Novelette: The pattern was even more pronounced here. Isabel Fall’s Helicopter Story came top of 1st preferences but after several rounds only came in fifth. Basically a lot of focused support but not a broadly popular story. The original controversy aside, I think that fits with what was a very marmite sort of story.
- Series: So for once I’d read all of them and voted but in the end Murderbot won anyway which is what I would have voted for if I hadn’t made the effort. Easy win for SecUnit.
- BRW: I was surprised Beowulf one because it was not an obvious inclusion in the category and the trend had been towards easier, more populist wins. Given FIYAH’s win earlier I thought FIYAHCON would win. No Award didn’t beat anybody but had a strong showing in the voting.
- skip a few categories
- BDP Short: Sorry, while I really enjoyed The Good Place, I simply don’t get the Hugo voter enthusiasm for it. Maybe it’s just the thing that most voters have in common? There maybe a Netflix effect (which goes for The Old Guard as well) in that the streaming service that most people have has an advantage.
- Semiprozine: Strange Horizons neither suffered nor gained from the minor fuss about their cast list.
- Fanzine, Fancast: I have nothing interesting to say
- Fanwriter: Cora was second! It was a really close second as well. She led on 1st preferences and it was a close choice on each pass. [Seriously though, fuck those arseholes who keep No Awarding in this category.] Tough field with Jason Sandford, Alistair Stuart, Paul and Charles Payseur.
- Best Video Game: Hades seemed a likely choice. I voted Spiritfarer 1 and it came 3rd.
- Lodestar: Kingfisher absolutely romped home. It’s a very loveable book but I thought the others would be stiffer competition. Worth it for the Slime Mold speech and I’ll confess that my first thought when she was annouced as winner was “Oh, this will be a great speech”.
That’s all I’ve got.