Once Again, Women Casually Dominated the Hugo Awards

The very cool cover of Kowal’s novel
The very cool cover of Kowal’s novel
Image: Tor Books

Once again, as they have for several years running, women cleaned up at the Hugos, a premiere industry award for science fiction and fantasy.


The Verge ran through some of the big wins, noting that it was almost a clean sweep:

Mary Robinette Kowal’s The Calculating Stars (the first in her Lady Astronaut series) won Best Novel; Artificial Condition by Martha Wells took home Best Novella; If At First You Don’t Succeed, Try, Try Again by Zen Cho won Best Novelette; and A Witch’s Guide to Escape: A Practical Compendium of Portal Fantasies by Alix E. Harrow won Best Short Story. Best Series went to Becky Chambers’ Wayfarers books.

The streak is notable, because it comes even after a Gamergate-style pushback attempt in 2015. Slate covered the controversy at the time:

On Saturday, nominations for the prestigious science fiction and fantasy prizes were announced. As usual, the finalists were determined by ballot; any member of the 2014, 2015, or 2016 WorldCons (that is, any fan who shelled out the requisite $40 to sign up for one of those conventions) could vote. And yet the names and works that rose to the top provoked a tsunami of controversy. That’s because a group of rightwing activists managed to game the selection process, proposing a fixed slate of nominees and feverishly promoting it. Since small margins are sufficient to secure Hugo nods, what emerged was what many are calling a strange, ideologically driven, and unrepresentative sample of fiction.

Of course, the idea of a golden age of science fiction that belonged to men and men only was always bogus, as a recent anthology from the Library of America and this Smithsonian tribute to editorial force Betty Ballantine both make clear.

See the complete list of winners over at io9; also, definitely watch N.K. Jemisin’s 2018 best novel award acceptance speech.



Mary Robinette Kowal’s The Calculating Stars (the first in her Lady Astronaut series) won Best Novel

let me stop you right there

...so i can open up my goodreads account in a new tab and start adding to my already very very long to-read list