The 2013 Hugo Award Winners!

The 2013 Hugo Awards for excellence in science fiction and fantasy storytelling were announced, September 1st at the Lonestar Con 3.

Check out the winners at your local SCCLD library!

Best Novel

Redshirts by John Scalzi

I had assumed that Robinson's Nebula winning 2312 would be the odds on favorite.  However, John Scalzi's dark, comic Star Trek pastiche about how low ranking officers on a starship keep meeting untimely ends, managed to take the top prize.  This is Scalzi's first time winning the Hugo award for Best Novel.

The Emperor's Soul

Best Novella

The Emperor's Soul by Brandon Sanderson

Sanderson,  best known for completing the writing of Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time series, scored a Hugo win for this tale of a thief who must create a forgery of an emperor's soul.

Edge Of Infinity

Best Novelette

"The Girl-Thing Who Went Out for Sushi" by Pat Cadigan 

A group of workers who live in the orbit of the planet Jupiter convert themselves to forms of marine life (or sushi) in order to function better in orbit.  The transformation comes at a cost.  Veteran cyberpunk writer Cadigan scored her first Hugo in this story featured in the anthology,  Edge Of Infinity.

The Future Is Japanese

Best Short Story

"Mono no Aware" by Ken Liu

A young man in a starship heading towards a distant location only his children will ever see.  The story is featured in the collection The Future Is Japanese



Best Graphic Story

Saga, Volume 1 by Brian K. Vaughan, illustrated by Fiona Staples

Vaughan's terrific story of two lovers from opposing armies escaping: soldiers from both sides, mercenaries, robot royalty and a treacherous planet with their newborn baby gets combined with Staples' elegant art which gives the tale a cinematic feel. This is a mature, witty and deeply involving world.  Also the winner of the Eisner Award.


The Avengers

Best Dramatic Presentation, Long Form

The Avengers, Written and Directed by Joss Whedon

Like the four super powered protagonists, director/writer Whedon makes the impossible look easy.  He took four superheroes from four different storylines and wove them into one satisfying story, pleased hardcore fans and summer movie goers and kept the whole movie fun and light on its feet.  This movie managed to enhance all the movies it tied together AND win a Hugo to top it all off.


Game of Thrones

Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form

"Blackwater" from Game of Thrones Season 2, Written by George R.R. Martin, Directed by Neil Marshall

HBO's sprawling adaptation of Martin's fantasy series broke the winning streak of the BBC's Doctor Who reboot.

The "Blackwater" episode was the season finale and brought the many simmering conflicts to a large scale and incredibly powerful resolution.


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