Eight Books You Need To Know About To Understand The Hugo Awards Snafu

This year’s Hugo Awards controversy is confusing. There are two kinds of puppies! Are the puppies against diversity, or literary snobbery? And so on. But really, this is all about books, and particularly what kind of books we’re supposed to celebrate. So here are eight books that can help you understand the Hugo mess. » 6/30/15 10:05am Yesterday 10:05am

America's Largest Sci-Fi Publisher Gives in to Reactionary "Sad Puppies"

Earlier this year, two campaigns variously made up of traditionalist sci-fi fans, neoreactionaries, Gamergaters and other flavors of angry white dude hijacked the nominations for one of sci-fi’s most prestigious awards, the Hugo. Now one of the biggest publishers in sci-fi and fantasy seems to have come out in support… » 6/09/15 9:25pm 6/09/15 9:25pm

The Hugo Awards Were Always Political. But Now They're Only Political.

Last August, the Hugo Awards for science fiction and fantasy were swept by a younger group of women and people of color. At the time, we said "This was really a year that underscored that a younger generation of diverse writers are becoming central to the genre." So maybe it's not surprising that there was an… » 4/04/15 1:35pm 4/04/15 1:35pm

This wistful astronaut story will seriously mess you up

Now that the Hugo Awards have recognized the greatness of Clarkesworld Magazine, it's time to celebrate — with a fantastic story by James Patrick Kelly. "The Promise of Space" is a tear-jerking story about a woman visiting her astronaut husband in the hospital — and talking to the A.I. that now speaks for him. » 9/03/13 11:20am 9/03/13 11:20am

The nominees for the 2013 Hugo Awards have been announced!

Earlier today, the nominees for the 2013 Hugo Awards were announced simultaneously at four science fiction conventions in the US and UK. This year saw a record breaking 1,343 valid nominating ballots cast. The winners will be announced on Sunday, September 1, 2013, during the Hugo Awards Ceremony at LoneStarCon 3.… » 3/30/13 4:00pm 3/30/13 4:00pm

Fake Hugo Award Categories lists all the hilarious scifi awards we wish…

Sure, the Hugo Awards have a prize for everything from Best Novel to Best Semiprozine to Best Fanartist. But what about an award for oddest use of steampunk? Or one that acknowledges how much we dig Doctor Who? Hugo Award-winning author Tim Pratt devised the #FakeHugoAwardCategories hashtag on Twitter, and it's a riot… » 2/27/13 2:00pm 2/27/13 2:00pm

After copyright takedown debacle, Ustream to rebroadcast the Hugo…

As we reported last weekend, the Sept. 2 livestream of the Hugo Awards was halted when copyright robots detected some Doctor Who footage in the broadcast (for the winning theatrical presentation, Neil Gaiman's "The Doctor's Wife."). The feed was taken down, for "copyright infringement," and nobody at streaming… » 9/08/12 12:20pm 9/08/12 12:20pm

How copyright enforcement robots killed the Hugo Awards [UPDATED…

Last night, robots shut down the live broadcast of one of science fiction's most prestigious award ceremonies. No, you're not reading a science fiction story. In the middle of the annual Hugo Awards event at Worldcon, which thousands of people tuned into via video streaming service Ustream, the feed cut off — just as… » 9/03/12 10:25am 9/03/12 10:25am

And Now, A Dramatic Cold Reading of John Scalzi's Hugo-Nominated "The…

Not only is John Scalzi's "The Shadow War of the Night Dragons, Book One: The Dead City" a Hugo-nominated work of fiction, it is also a major cultural phenomenon. And now, you can watch someone named Mark Orshiro, of the famed "Mark Does Stuff" series of videos, do a dramatic reading of a huge chunk of it — without… » 6/11/12 3:53pm 6/11/12 3:53pm