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Hugo 2020 Award Winners
#1  astrangerhere 08-05-2020, 07:43 AM
The Hugos were held this weekend and I'd not seen anyone post about it yet. By all accounts, the ceremony was...not good, but the acceptance speeches were. You can find all the nominees and winners here. Here are the big three categories:

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Best Novel

A Memory Called Empire, by Arkady Martine (Tor; Tor UK)
The City in the Middle of the Night, by Charlie Jane Anders (Tor; Titan)
Gideon the Ninth, by Tamsyn Muir (Tor.com Publishing)
The Light Brigade, by Kameron Hurley (Saga; Angry Robot UK)
Middlegame, by Seanan McGuire (Tor.com Publishing)
The Ten Thousand Doors of January, by Alix E. Harrow (Redhook; Orbit UK)

Best Novella

This Is How You Lose the Time War, by Amal El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone (Saga Press; Jo Fletcher Books)
“Anxiety Is the Dizziness of Freedom”, by Ted Chiang (Exhalation (Borzoi/Alfred A. Knopf; Picador)
The Deep, by Rivers Solomon, with Daveed Diggs, William Hutson & Jonathan Snipes (Saga Press/Gallery)
The Haunting of Tram Car 015, by P. Djèlí Clark (Tor.com Publishing)
In an Absent Dream, by Seanan McGuire (Tor.com Publishing)
To Be Taught, If Fortunate, by Becky Chambers (Harper Voyager; Hodder & Stoughton)

Best Novelette

Emergency Skin, by N.K. Jemisin (Forward Collection (Amazon))
“The Archronology of Love”, by Caroline M. Yoachim (Lightspeed, April 2019)
“Away With the Wolves”, by Sarah Gailey (Uncanny Magazine: Disabled People Destroy Fantasy Special Issue, September/October 2019)
“The Blur in the Corner of Your Eye”, by Sarah Pinsker (Uncanny Magazine, July-August 2019)
“For He Can Creep”, by Siobhan Carroll (Tor.com, 10 July 2019)
“Omphalos”, by Ted Chiang (Exhalation (Borzoi/Alfred A. Knopf; Picador))
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#2  kyrilson 08-06-2020, 02:25 PM
Quote astrangerhere
The Hugos were held this weekend and I'd not seen anyone post about it yet. By all accounts, the ceremony was...not good, but the acceptance speeches were. You can find all the nominees and winners here. Here are the big three categories:
I'm not sure why, but the Hugos don't seem to have the hype they used to have. I used to be really into them but now, I wasn't even aware of them this year. Maybe it's all of that political BS that happened a while back. I don't care about stuff like that. I just want to read a good book, you know?

Anywho, I can vouch that the best novel and novella are both good reads.
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#3  ZodWallop 08-06-2020, 02:43 PM
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I'm not sure why, but the Hugos don't seem to have the hype they used to have. I used to be really into them but now, I wasn't even aware of them this year. Maybe it's all of that political BS that happened a while back. I don't care about stuff like that. I just want to read a good book, you know?

Anywho, I can vouch that the best novel and novella are both good reads.
I agree. I think the Puppies groups got what they wanted, loss of relevance of the Hugos. I think it's a shame.
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#4  astrangerhere 08-06-2020, 02:48 PM
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I agree. I think the Puppies groups got what they wanted, loss of relevance of the Hugos. I think it's a shame.
But some really great stuff won this year, at least. The novella winner is in my top 10 for the year.
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#5  ZodWallop 08-06-2020, 03:18 PM
Quote astrangerhere
But some really great stuff won this year, at least. The novella winner is in my top 10 for the year.
Sorry. I wasn't implying the Hugos aren't worth paying attention to any longer.

In my opinion, the books the Puppies were promoting would have dragged down the quality.

I just mean that the flurry of news about the Hugos and the Puppies groups made people pay less attention.
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#6  Pajamaman 08-06-2020, 04:20 PM
Read the amazon reviews of the first three. Sound dreadful. Politically correct and dull. One described as lesbians in space. All by women, one called Tamsyn. There I said it. *prepares to be flamed*. Sci-fi has lost its way.
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#7  DiapDealer 08-06-2020, 04:50 PM
SciFi is alive and well. Homophobes and misogynists probably aren't catered to as much as they want to be these days, but other than that: scifi is still scifi. It hasn't "lost" anything that didn't need losing.
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#8  issybird 08-06-2020, 04:51 PM
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Read the amazon reviews of the first three. Sound dreadful. Politically correct and dull. One described as lesbians in space. All by women, one called Tamsyn. There I said it. *prepares to be flamed*. Sci-fi has lost its way.
“All by women.” How would you have reacted if the first three were by men?

And because someone’s name rubs you the wrong way?

And now I’ll say it. Discussion is fine, but deliberately posting something bigoted just to start a flame war is treading on thin ice. Keep it up, and you’ll be sanctioned.
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#9  pwalker8 08-06-2020, 05:01 PM
Quote ZodWallop
I agree. I think the Puppies groups got what they wanted, loss of relevance of the Hugos. I think it's a shame.
I think the Hugos started losing relevance well before the Puppies came around. I have to go back to 2013 before I find a winning novel that I read (well, actually listened to as an audiobook in that particular case). I tried to read the winner in 2005, but only got a couple of chapters in before giving up. Then I go all the way back to 2001. So 2 books in 20 years. Yea, not very relevant with regard to the sort of SF&F that I read. Kind of sad how many of those authors I can't really recall hearing of. If relevance means authors that people buy the book and read, well then, not so much.
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#10  JSWolf 08-06-2020, 05:30 PM
None of the books in the Hugo list are all that big. There were times before the puppies where there were some well known books. This year that's not happened.
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