Sunday, September 2, 2012

2012 Hugo Award Finalists

Location: Chicon 7 in Chicago, Illinois.

Comments: In 2012 the Hugo Award voters decided to just give in to the inevitable, handing out an award to Doctor Who and Neil Gaiman at the same time by bestowing the Best Short Form Award to the Gaiman penned episode The Doctor's Wife. To save time, the World Science Fiction committee should just add two more awards. One for "Best Work by Neil Gaiman", and another for "Best Doctor Who Episode".

2012 also saw the introduction of a new category, with an award bestowed for Best Fancast, although it was a one-time award. In the other relatively new category, Best Graphic Novel, the award went to someone other than Phil and Kaja Foglio for the first time in the award's history, with Digger by Ursula Vernon taking home the prize. But Digger got a big assist in its quest for victory when Phil and Kaja announced that they would not accept a nomination for their latest installment in the Girl Genius series so that someone else could win the award. The impetus behind the Foglio's decision was to demonstrate that the Best Graphic Novel category was a viable one and not just the "Phil and Kaja Show". But if the only way to get someone else to win is to have the Foglio's decline to participate, is it really a viable category?

Best Novel

Among Others by Jo Walton

Other Finalists:
A Dance with Dragons by George R.R. Martin
Deadline by Mira Grant
Embassytown by China Miéville
Leviathan Wakes by James S.A. Corey

Best Novella

The Man Who Bridged the Mist by Kij Johnson

Other Finalists:
Countdown by Mira Grant
The Ice Owl by Carolyn Ives Gilman
Kiss Me Twice by Mary Robinette Kowal
The Man Who Ended History: A Documentary by Ken Liu
Silently and Very Fast by Catherynne M. Valente

Best Novelette

Six Months, Three Days by Charlie Jane Anders

Other Finalists:
The Copenhagen Interpretation by Paul Cornell
Fields of Gold by Rachel Swirsky
Ray of Light by Brad R. Torgersen
What We Found by Geoff Ryman

Best Short Story

The Paper Menagerie by Ken Liu

Other Finalists:
The Cartographer Wasps and the Anarchist Bees by E. Lily Yu
The Homecoming by Mike Resnick
Movement by Nancy Fulda
Shadow War of the Night Dragons, Book One: The Dead City (Prologue) by John Scalzi

Best Nonfiction, Related, or Reference Work

The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction, Third Edition edited by John Clute, David Langford, Peter Nicholls, and Graham Sleight

Other Finalists:
Jar Jar Binks Must Die . . . and Other Observations about Science Fiction Movies by Daniel M. Kimmel
The Steampunk Bible: An Illustrated Guide to the World of Imaginary Airships, Corsets and Goggles, Mad Scientists, and Strange Literature by S.J. Chambers and Jeff VanderMeer
Wicked Girls by Seanan McGuire
Writing Excuses, Season 6 by Mary Robinette Kowal, Brandon Sanderson, Jordan Sanderson, Howard Tayler, and Dan Wells

Best Graphic Story

Digger by Ursula Vernon

Other Finalists:
Fables, Vol. 15: Rose Red by Mark Buckingham and Bill Willingham
Locke & Key, Vol. 4: Keys to the Kingdom by Joe Hill, art by Gabriel Rodriguez
Schlock Mercenary: Force Multiplication by Howard Tayler, colors by Travis Walton
The Unwritten, Vol. 2: Leviathan by Mike Carey, art by Peter Gross

Best Dramatic Presentation: Long Form

Game of Thrones (Season 1)

Other Finalists:
Captain America: The First Avenger
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2
Source Code

Best Dramatic Presentation: Short Form

Doctor Who: The Doctor's Wife

Other Finalists:
Community: Remedial Chaos Theory
Doctor Who: A Good Man Goes to War
Doctor Who: The Girl Who Waited
The Drink Tank's Hugo Acceptance Speech by James Bacon and Christopher J. Garcia

Best Professional Editor: Short Form

Sheila Williams

Other Finalists:
John Joseph Adams
Neil Clarke
Stanley Schmidt
Jonathan Strahan

Best Professional Editor Long Form

Betsy Wollheim

Other Finalists:
Lou Anders
Liz Gorinsky
Anne Lesley Groell
Patrick Nielsen Hayden

Best Professional Artist

John Picacio

Other Finalists:
Dan Dos Santos
Bob Eggleton
Michael Komarck
Stephan Martiniere

Best Semi-Prozine

Locus edited by Kirsten Gong-Wong and Liza Groen Trombi

Other Finalists:
Apex Magazine edited by Jason Sizemore, Lynne M. Thomas, and Catherynne M. Valente
Interzone edited by Andy Cox
Lightspeed edited by John Joseph Adams
The New York Review of Science Fiction edited by Kris Dikeman, Avram Grumer, David G. Hartwell, and Kevin J. Maroney

Best Fanzine

SF Signal by John DeNardo

Other Finalists:
Banana Wings by Claire Brialey and Mark Plummer
The Drink Tank by James Bacon and Christopher J. Garcia
File 770 by Mike Glyer
Journey Planet by James Bacon and Christopher J. Garcia

Best Fan Writer

Jim C. Hines

Other Finalists:
James Bacon
Claire Brialey
Christopher J. Garcia
Steven H Silver

Best Fan Artist

Maurine Starkey

Other Finalists:
Brad W. Foster
Randall Munroe
Spring Schoenhuth
Steve Stiles
Taral Wayne

Best Fancast


Other Finalists:
The Coode Street Podcast by Jonathan Strahan and Gary K. Wolfe
Galactic Suburbia Podcast presented by Alisa Krasnostein, Alexandra Pierce, Tansy Rayner Roberts; produced by Andrew Finch
SF Signal Podcast by John DeNardo and J.P. Frantz; produced by Patrick Hester
StarShipSofa by Tony C. Smith

John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer

E. Lily Yu

Other Finalists:
Mur Lafferty
Stina Leicht
Karen Lord
Brad R. Torgersen

What Are the Hugo Awards?

Go to previous year's finalists: 2011
Go to subsequent year's finalists: 2013

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