Saturday, August 26, 2006

2006 Hugo Award Finalists

Location: L.A. Con IV in Anaheim, California.

Comments: Partially making up for its woefully short run on network television, and its snubbing in previous Hugo ceremonies, the Firefly universe got a nod in 2006 when the movie Serenity won the Hugo for Best Dramatic Presentation: Long Form. While I am sure that most Browncoats would have preferred a long run as a broadcast program, the nod from the Hugo voters was nice.

Meanwhile, over in the Short Form category, the revamped Doctor Who show began its run of dominating the award with a win for the two part story The Empty Child and The Doctor Dances. Over the next six years, Doctor Who would go on to win five of the Short Form Hugo Awards, a run interrupted only by Dr. Horrible's Sing Along Blog. Granted, Doctor Who is a very good show, but it seems to me to be quite unhealthy for the Hugo Awards, and for science fiction as a televised genre, to have a single program dominating an award category like this.

Best Novel

Spin by Robert Charles Wilson

Other Finalists:
Accelerando by Charles Stross
A Feast for Crows by George R.R. Martin
Learning the World by Ken MacLeod
Old Man's War by John Scalzi

Best Novella

Inside Job by Connie Willis

Other Finalists:
Burn by James Patrick Kelly
Identity Theft by Robert J. Sawyer (reviewed in Red Planet Blues)
The Little Goddess by Ian McDonald
Magic for Beginners by Kelly Link

Best Novelette

Two Hearts by Peter S. Beagle

Other Finalists:
The Calorie Man by Paolo Bacigalupi
I, Robot by Cory Doctorow
The King of Where-I-Go by Howard Waldrop
TelePresence by Michael A. Burstein

Best Short Story

Tk'tk'tk by David D. Levine

Other Finalists:
The Clockwork Atom Bomb by Dominic Green
Down Memory Lane by Mike Resnick
Seventy-Five Years by Michael A. Burstein
Singing My Sister Down by Margo Lanagan

Best Nonfiction, Related, or Reference Work

Storyteller: Writing Lessons and More from 27 Years of the Clarion Writers' Workshop by Kate Wilhelm

Other Finalists:
Science Fiction Quotations by Gary Westfahl
The SEX Column and Other Misprints by David Langford
Soundings: Reviews 1992-1996 by Gary K. Wolfe
Transformations: The Story of the Science-Fiction Magazines from 1950 to 1970 by Mike Ashley

Best Dramatic Presentation: Long Form


Other Finalists:
Batman Begins
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
Wallace & Gromit in the Curse of the Were-Rabbit

Best Dramatic Presentation: Short Form

Doctor Who: The Empty Child and The Doctor Dances

Other Finalists:
Battlestar Galactica: Pegasus
Doctor Who: Dalek
Doctor Who: Father's Day
Jack-Jack Attack
Lucas Back in Anger
Prix Victor Hugo Awards Ceremony: Opening Speech and Framing Device

Best Professional Editor

David G. Hartwell

Other Finalists:
Ellen Datlow
Stanley Schmidt
Gordon van Gelder
Sheila Williams

Best Professional Artist

Donato Giancola

Other Finalists:
Jim Burns
Bob Eggleton
Stephan Martiniere
John Picacio
Michael Whelan

Best Semi-Prozine

Locus edited by Charles N. Brown, Kirsten Gong-Wong, and Liza Groen Trombi

Other Finalists:
Ansible edited by David Langford
Emerald City edited by Cheryl Morgan
Interzone edited by Andy Cox
The New York Review of Science Fiction edited by Kathryn Cramer, Kevin Maroney, and David G. Hartwell

Best Fanzine

Plokta edited by Steve Davies, Alison Scott, and Mike Scott

Other Finalists:
Banana Wings edited by Claire Brialey and Mark Plummer
Challenger edited by Guy H. Lillian, III
Chunga edited by Randy Byers, Andy Hooper, and Carl Juarez
File 770 edited by Mike Glyer

Best Fan Writer

Dave Langford

Other Finalists:
Claire Brialey
John Hertz
Cheryl Morgan
Steven H Silver

Best Fan Artist


Other Finalists:
Brad Foster
Teddy Harvia
Sue Mason
Steve Stiles

John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer

John Scalzi

Other Finalists:
K.J. Bishop
Sarah Monette
Chris Roberson
Brandon Sanderson
Steph Swainston

What Are the Hugo Awards?

Go to previous year's nominees: 2005
Go to subsequent year's nominees: 2007

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