The 2011 Hugo Award winners were just announced, and it's a good year for time-travel stories, including Connie Willis' Blackout/All Clear and Doctor Who's fifth season finale. Plus it's an excellent night for Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine.
So, the winners:
Best novel: Blackout/All Clear by Connie Willis. She gave a really lovely speech about how all of us, the fans and readers in the audience, were like a family to her because this community had taken her in at a young age and shown her nothing but kindness since.
Best novella: "The Lifecycle of Software Objects" by Ted Chiang (Subterranean)
Best novelette: "The Emperor of Mars" by Allen M. Steele (Asimov's, June 2010)
Best short story: "For Want of a Nail" by Mary Robinette Kowal (Asimov's, September 2010) She thanked Sheila Williamson for asking her about one scene form a failed short story, which she was inspired and incentivized to pull out and polish up a year later. Because if Sheila Williams asks you about a story, you get it done.
Best related work: Chicks Dig Time Lords: A Celebration of Doctor Who by the Women Who Love It, edited by Lynne M. Thomas and Tara O'Shea (Mad Norwegian)
Best graphic story: Girl Genius, Volume 10: Agatha Heterodyne and the Guardian Muse, written by Phil and Kaja Foglio; art by Phil Foglio, colors by Cheyenne Wright (airship Entertainment)
Best dramatic presentation, long form: Inception, written and directed by Christopher Nolan (Warner)
Best dramatic presentation, short form: Doctor Who, "The Pandorica Opens"/"The Big Bang," written by Steven Moffat, directed by Toby Haynes. The award was presented by A Song of Ice and Fire author George R.R. Martin, who explained that this was mostly an award for television but didn't actually have to be. And Martin seemed to pause before naming one of the nominees, the song "Fuck Me Ray Bradbury." The award was accepted by Who writer Paul Cornell. Who pointed out that this made Who the most successful show, in Hugo terms, of all time.
Best editor, short form: Sheila Williams (Asimov's Magazine) who thanked all her authors as well as Analog editor Stanley Schmidt. Plus two friends who aren't here any more: Isaac Asimov and her father. Her speech was short and simple, but very emotional.
Best editor, long form: Lou Anders (Pyr Books), who gave a really powerful speech about the role of the editor as the "first fan" of a book, who has to recognize — and improve — a book. And he stressed that the award was a recognition of all the authors he's worked with, because an editor award is a way of saying "I like what you like."
Best professional artist: Shaun Tan
Best semiprozine: Clarkesworld, edited by Neil Clarke, Cheryl Morgan, Sean Wallace; podcast directed by Kate Baker
Best fanzine: The Drink Tank, edited by Christopher J. Garcia and James Bacon — Garcia hugged everybody and sobbed, in his resplendent Fred Flintstone T-shirt, and graciously thanked a lot of his zine's contributors including Mo Starkey.
Best fan writer: Claire Brialey
Best fan artist: Brad W. Foster
John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer: Lev Grossman, who made a nice speech about the fact that as "best new writer" winners go, he's not a very new person — but it took him some time to figure out what he wanted to do and who he wanted to be. And he promised to share the Campbell tiara with his daughter. At left: a picture of him receiving the lovely tiara from previous winner Seanan McGuire.
And the "Big Heart Award" went to Gay Haldeman, wife of writer Joe Haldeman, to a huge standing ovation.
This year's Hugo Award trophy was the usual rocket design created by Peter Weston, but this year's trophy base was a lovely blown-glass surface by artist Marina Gelineau.
The night's biggest winners must include MCs Jay Lake and Ken Scholes, who came out in top hats, tuxedo jackets and colorful shirts, before playing an acoustic parody song about how Hugo Weaving started the first science fiction magazine, to the tune of "American Pie," before launching into a weird alternate history about Victor Hugo and the French Hugo-nauts. Or wait, did Hugo Gernsback wrote Neuromancer? Their dada ahistorical ramblings about science fiction history were pretty hilarious and helped us all get through the suspense.