Women Destroy the Hugo Awards! How much visibility have women authors received in recent years, versus the past? Livejournal user Kalimac did a statistical analysis of Hugo nominations by gender going back to 1959, and found two spikes — one in the mid-1990s, and one from 2010 onwards. » 2/02/15 4:00pm 2/02/15 4:00pm

All The Most Exciting Moments From The 2014 Hugo Awards!

Tonight at the World SF Convention, we saw the brilliance and inventiveness of science fiction and fantasy on full display. Tonight's Hugo Awards winners include Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie, along with stories by Charles Stross, Mary Robinette Kowal and John Chu. And Kameron Hurley, twice. » 8/17/14 2:15pm 8/17/14 2:15pm

Tough time for Orbit authors. First Orbit Books' parent company Hachette clashed with Amazon, causing the online retailer to delay sending books and raise prices. Then Orbit announced it won't send free copies of books to Hugo voters, putting authors at a distinct disadvantage. » 5/15/14 4:40pm 5/15/14 4:40pm

Announcing the 2014 Hugo Award Nominees

The nominees for the 2014 Hugo Awards have been announced! This year's nominating ballot saw a record-shattering 1,923 valid nominations. The winners will be announced on Sunday, August 17, during the Hugo Awards Ceremony at Loncon 3. Hit the jump for the full list! » 4/19/14 3:09pm 4/19/14 3:09pm

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 Glamour! The Drama! The Full Results of the 2013 Hugo Awards!

The Hugo Awards just happened at San Antonio's LoneStarCon 3, and it was a night of dramatic reveals. The winners: Game of Thrones! John Scalzi! Tor's Patrick Nielsen Hayden! Ken Liu! Pat Cadigan! Stanley Schmidt, twice! Brandon Sanderson, twice. And Saga! Full details below. » 9/01/13 8:58pm 9/01/13 8:58pm

Want to follow the Hugo Awards? You can watch them live via UStream (unless it gets taken down again), or read the official liveblog. Plus @WWEnd and @LightspeedMag will Livetweet. Plus check back here for the complete list of winners later this evening! » 9/01/13 2:47pm 9/01/13 2:47pm

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

Congrats to the winners of the 2012 Hugo Awards!

Tonight, the World Science Fiction Society gave out this year's Hugo Awards and the John W. Campbell Award as part of this weekend's Worldcon festivities. Congrats to all of this year's winners, including io9's own Charlie Jane Anders, who took home a silver rocket for her novelette, "Six Months, Three Days." Here is… » 9/02/12 8:34pm 9/02/12 8:34pm

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

The 2012 Hugo Nominations have been announced!

The nominations for this year's Hugo Awards are up, with big nods for George R.R. Martin, China Miéville, John Scalzi, Doctor Who, Community, and io9's own Charlie Jane Anders. » 4/07/12 2:00pm 4/07/12 2:00pm

David Brin's Startide Rising takes off, but could use more gravity

Dolphin starship pilots! Chimpanzee scientists! Hordes of vicious aliens! And a fleet of billion-year-old warships connected to a galactic conspiracy. 1984's Hugo-winning novel Startide Rising has everything — yet something important is missing. » 10/22/11 11:00am 10/22/11 11:00am

Weird Tales Magazine starts a whole new weird journey

Weird Tales Magazine has been many different things, under many different sets of eyes, over the decades. And now, the magazine is starting yet another new chapter, as a new owner and editor takes over. » 8/24/11 9:30am 8/24/11 9:30am

2011 Hugo Awards: A good night for time travel, artificial…

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. » 8/20/11 11:10pm 8/20/11 11:10pm

In which a great work is finally completed: Isaac Asimov's Forward the…

Though not without its flaws, Forward the Foundation is a fascinating book, in which both author Isaac Asimov and his hero scientist Hari Seldon strive to finish the works that would define them after they were gone. » 5/15/11 7:00am 5/15/11 7:00am

In Prelude to Foundation, Isaac Asimov delves into psychohistory's…

In the prequel Prelude to Foundation, Isaac Asimov takes us back to see how psychohistory, the science that saved humanity, was born — and it's kind of a crazy ride. Knife fights, mustaches, and high-level math await! » 5/14/11 12:00pm 5/14/11 12:00pm