Monday, August 15, 2005

Hugo Awards

The 2005 Hugo Awards were announced on August 7th at World Science Fiction Convention in Glasgow. Winners are chosen by the votes of fans attending Worldcon. Some have complained that this method of voting skews the winners toward local favorites. Fortunately, many of the winning stories, at least in the short fiction categories, are available on-line. Even the longer works (and television and movies) have their own websites with samples and bonus material. I haven't had a chance to read all of these, but I can strongly recommend "Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norell". Judge for yourself!

• Best Novel: Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke (Official website with short story and other materials)
• Best Novella: "The Concrete Jungle" by Charles Stross (Read the Concrete Jungle)
• Best Novelette: "The Faery Handbag" by Kelly Link (Read the Faery Handbag)
• Best Short Story: "Travels with My Cats" by Mike Resnick (Other Resnick stories)
• Best Dramatic Presentation, Long Form: The Incredibles, Written & Directed by Brad Bird (Official site with trailers)
• Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form: "33" - Battlestar Galactica, Written by Ronald D. Moore and Directed by Michael Rymer. (Episode information with deleted scenes. Unofficial guide with director's commentary.)
• Best Professional Editor: Ellen Datlow (SciFiction. Datlow's writing tips)
• Best Professional Artist: Jim Burns (Gallery of Burns' art)
• Best Semiprozine: Ansible, Edited by David Langford (Read the latest issue)
• Best Fanzine: Plokta, Edited by Alison Scott, Steve Davies and Mike Scott (Back issues)
• Best Fan Writer: David Langford (Langford's writings)
• Best Fan Artist: Sue Mason (Mason's art)
• Best Web Site: SciFiction, Edited by Ellen Datlow. Craig Engler, general manager (
• John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer (not a Hugo Award): Elizabeth Bear (read Bear's stories)



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