Friday, March 20, 2009

Hugo Awards 2009: Novel winner & nominees

Anticipation has posted this year's Hugo Award nominees. Fiction nominations apply to work originally published during the year 2008.
Update 10 August 2009: Winners announced.

Note: Novel is more than 40 thousand words, according to Hugo Award definition, with a 20% leeway at boundary.

I include the download links for stories I know are online. Link on author name yields more works of author. Link on story title goes to my post on the story, if I have one. My rating is in brackets.

Novella nominees (5 stories, best first, unread last).

  1. Cory Doctorow's "Little Brother" (A); download; Tor Teen, HarperVoyager UK: Anti-terror cops run amok.
  2. Neal Stephenson's "Anathem", Morrow Atlantic UK: Not read. I've read a lot of good things about it, but usually with this caveat - reserve at least a year to read it, & then some to understand it!
  3. [winner] Neil Gaiman's "The Graveyard Book"; video of author's reading of the book; HarperCollins, Bloomsbury UK: Not read.
  4. Charles Stross' "Saturn's Children"; Ace, Orbit UK: Not read.
  5. John Scalzi's "Zoe's Tale"; Tor: Not read.


  1. Hugo Awards 2009: novelettes, short stories, novellas.
  2. Hugo award fiction (includes past winners & nominees).
  3. Fiction by & about Hugo Gernsback, the man after whom Hugo Awards are named.
  4. "Best of" lists.
  5. A discussion about these novels at rasfw - not always charitable towards nominees.