The 2019 Hugo Award winners were announced just a few hours ago at WorldCon 77 in Dublin, Ireland!
These awards celebrate the best science fiction media from the previous year, with past winners including N.K. Jemisin, Ursula K. Le Guin, Philip K. Dick, Isaac Asimov, and more.
The 2019 Hugo Awards are handed out across a wide range of categories, including film, artistry, and editing, but below you’ll find the bookish winners of 2019 – scroll down and check them out!
The Calculating Stars by Mary Robinette Kowal
Synopsis: A meteor decimates the U.S. government and paves the way for a climate cataclysm that will eventually render the earth inhospitable to humanity. This looming threat calls for a radically accelerated timeline in the earth’s efforts to colonize space, as well as an unprecedented opportunity for a much larger share of humanity to take part.
One of these new entrants in the space race is Elma York, whose experience as a WASP pilot and mathematician earns her a place in the International Aerospace Coalition’s attempts to put man on the moon. But with so many skilled and experienced women pilots and scientists involved with the program, it doesn’t take long before Elma begins to wonder why they can’t go into space, too—aside from some pesky barriers like thousands of years of history and a host of expectations about the proper place of the fairer sex. And yet, Elma’s drive to become the first Lady Astronaut is so strong that even the most dearly held conventions may not stand a chance.
Best Novel Shortlist:
- Record of a Spaceborn Few by Becky Chambers
- Revenant Gun by Yoon Ha Lee
- Space Opera by Catherynne M. Valente
- Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik
- Trail of Lightning by Rebecca Roanhorse
Artificial Condition by Martha Wells
Synopsis: Artificial Condition continues The Murderbot Diaries, a science fiction series that tackles questions of the ethics of sentient robotics. It appeals to fans of Westworld, Ex Machina, Ann Leckie’s Imperial Raadch series, or Iain M. Banks’ Culture novels. The main character is a deadly security droid that has bucked its restrictive programming and is balanced between contemplative self-discovery and an idle instinct to kill all humans.
“As a heartless killing machine, I was a complete failure.”
It has a dark past—one in which a number of humans were killed. A past that caused it to christen itself “Murderbot.” But it has only vague memories of the massacre that spawned that title, and it wants to know more. Teaming up with a Research Transport vessel named ART (you don’t want to know what the “A” stands for), Murderbot heads to the mining facility where it went rogue.
What it discovers will forever change the way it thinks.
Best Novella Shortlist:
- Beneath the Sugar Sky by Seanan McGuire
- Binti: The Night Masquerade by Nnedi Okorafor
- The Black God’s Drums by P. Djèlí Clark
- Gods, Monsters, and the Lucky Peach by Kelly Robson
- The Tea Master and the Detective by Aliette De Bodard
Best Graphic Story
Monstress, Volume 3 by Marjorie Liu and Sana Takeda
Synopsis: Maika has spent most of her life learning how to fight, but how will she fare when the only way to save her life… is to make friends?
Collects issues 13-18 of the Hugo Award and British Fantasy Award series.
Best Graphic Story Shortlist:
- Abbott by Saladin Ahmed, Sami Kivela and Jason Wordie
- Black Panther: Long Live the King by Nnedi Okorafor, Aaron Covington, André Lima Araújo, Mario Del Pennino and Tana Ford
- On a Sunbeam by Tillie Walden
- Paper Girls, Volume 4 by Brian K. Vaughan, Cliff Chiang and Matthew Wilson
- Saga, Volume 9 by Brian K Vaughan and Fiona Staples
Wayfarers by Becky Chambers
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