Saturday, September 2, 2000

2000 Hugo Award Finalists

Location: Chicon 2000 in Chicago, Illinois.

Comments: 2000 was a great year for science fiction. Just look at the list of nominees for Best Novel: A Deepness in the Sky, A Civil Campaign, Cryptonmicon, and Darwin's Radio would all have been clear winners in most other years. The only book that sticks out as misplaced on this list is Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, and that's not because it is a bad book, but rather because it just isn't nearly as good as the rest of the field.

The other categories were similarly strong, most notably the Best Dramatic Presentation field, in which the hilarious Star Trek spoof Galaxy Quest beat out a field that included The Matrix and The Iron Giant. It does, however, seem somewhat ironic that at this point Star Trek parody movies have won more Hugo awards than actual Star Trek movies have.

The other noteworthy thing about the 2000 Hugo Awards is Michael Swanwick's win for his short story Scherzo with Tyrannosaur, which was his second win in and many years, and the middle of four year run in which he won the Hugo Award for Best Short Story three times.

Best Novel

A Deepness in the Sky by Vernor Vinge

Other Finalists:
A Civil Campaign by Lois McMaster Bujold
Cryptonomicon by Neal Stephenson
Darwin's Radio by Greg Bear
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling

Best Novella

The Winds of Marble Arch by Connie Willis

Other Finalists:
The Astronaut from Wyoming by Adam-Troy Castro and Jerry Oltion
Forty, Counting Down by Harry Turtledove
Hunting the Snark by Mike Resnick
Son Observe the Time by Kage Baker

Best Novelette

1016 to 1 by James Patrick Kelly

Other Finalists:
Border Guards by Greg Egan
The Chop Girl by Ian R. MacLeod
Fossil Games by Tom Purdom (reviewed in Lovers & Fighters, Starships & Dragons)
The Secret History of the Ornithopter by Jan Lars Jensen
Stellar Harvest by Eleanor Arnason

Best Short Story

Scherzo with Tyrannosaur by Michael Swanwick

Other Finalists:
Ancient Engines by Michael Swanwick
Hothouse Flowers by Mike Resnick
macs by Terry Bisson
Sarajevo by Nick DiChario

Best Nonfiction, Related, or Reference Work

Science Fiction of the 20th Century by Frank M. Robinson

Other Finalists:
Minicon 34 Restaurant Guide by Karen Cooper and Bruce Schneier
The Sandman: The Dream Hunters by Neil Gaiman, illustrated by Yoshitaka Amano
The Science of Discworld by Terry Pratchett, Ian Stewart, and Jack Cohen
Spectrum 6: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art by Cathy Fenner and Arnie Fenner

Best Dramatic Presentation

Galaxy Quest

Other Finalists:
Being John Malkovich
The Iron Giant
The Matrix
The Sixth Sense

Best Professional Editor

Gardner Dozois

Other Finalists:
Patrick Nielsen Hayden
David G. Hartwell
Stanley Schmidt
Gordon van Gelder

Best Professional Artist

Michael Whelan

Other Finalists:
Jim Burns
Bob Eggleton
Donato Giancola
Don Maitz

Best Semi-Prozine

Locus edited by Charles N. Brown

Other Finalists:
Interzone edited by David Pringle
The New York Review of Science Fiction edited by Kathryn Cramer, Ariel Haméon, David G. Hartwell, and Kevin J. Maroney
Science Fiction Chronicle edited by Andrew I. Porter
Speculations edited by Kent Brewster

Best Fanzine

File 770 edited by Mike Glyer

Other Finalists:
Ansible edited by Dave Langford
Challenger edited by Guy H. Lillian III
Mimosa edited by Nicki Lynch and Richard Lynch
Plokta edited by Alison Scott, Steve Davies, and Mike Scott

Best Fan Writer

Dave Langford

Other Finalists:
Bob Devney
Mike Glyer
Evelyn C. Leeper
Steven H. Silver

Best Fan Artist

Joe Mayhew

Other Finalists:
Freddie Baer
Brad W. Foster
Teddy Harvia
Taral Wayne

John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer

Cory Doctorow

Other Finalists:
Thomas Harlan
Ellen Klages
Kristine Smith
Shane Tourtellotte

What Are the Hugo Awards?

Go to previous year's finalists: 1999
Go to subsequent year's finalists: 2001

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