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2017 Hugo Ballot Announced

The list was announced yesterday. This post lists all the nominees, some with links. If it's cataloged on booklikes, I've included a cover link. If there is an excerpt or the work is available for free, I've included a link.


+ link goes to sample, not full work

^ includes audio

* was on my nomination ballot


Also: Yes, there used to be 5 finalists per category. Last year's committee ratified a 5/6 rule that changed the rules. Nominees pick 5 and the top 6 are finalists.



Best Novel


All the Birds in the Sky - Charlie Jane Anders  All the Birds in the Sky, by Charlie Jane Anders (Tor Books / Titan Books)+

The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet - Becky Chambers  A Closed and Common Orbit, by Becky Chambers (Hodder & Stoughton / Harper Voyager US)+* [contains spoilers for The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet - Becky Chambers ]

Death's End (Remembrance of Earth's Past) - Cixin Liu,Ken Liu  Death’s End, by Cixin Liu, translated by Ken Liu (Tor Books / Head of Zeus)+ [contains spoilers for The Three-Body Problem - Cixin Liu,Ken Liu  and The Dark Forest - Cixin Liu]

Ninefox Gambit - Yoon Ha Lee   Ninefox Gambit, by Yoon Ha Lee (Solaris Books)+

The Obelisk Gate - N.K. Jemisin  The Obelisk Gate, by N. K. Jemisin (Orbit Books)+* [contains spoilers for last year's Hugo winner: The Fifth Season - N.K. Jemisin]

Too Like the Lightning (Terra Ignota) - Ada Palmer  Too Like the Lightning, by Ada Palmer (Tor Books)+


Best Novella


The Ballad of Black Tom - Victor LaValle   The Ballad of Black Tom, by Victor LaValle (Tor.com publishing)+^

The Dream-Quest of Vellitt Boe - Kij Johnson   The Dream-Quest of Vellitt Boe, by Kij Johnson (Tor.com publishing)+

Every Heart a Doorway - Seanan McGuire  Every Heart a Doorway, by Seanan McGuire (Tor.com publishing)+

Penric and the Shaman - Lois McMaster Bujold  Penric and the Shaman, by Lois McMaster Bujold (Spectrum Literary Agency)

A Taste of Honey - Kai Ashante Wilson  A Taste of Honey, by Kai Ashante Wilson (Tor.com publishing)

This Census-Taker - China Miéville  This Census-Taker, by China Miéville (Del Rey / Picador)+ [you will need to click the "Read an Excerpt" link as I cannot link directly]


Best Novelette


Alien Stripper Boned From Behind By The T-Rex: (Romance, Erotica, Humorous, Contemporary, Short Stories) - Stix Hiscock  Alien Stripper Boned From Behind By The T-Rex, by Stix Hiscock (self-published)


The Art of Space Travel: A Tor.Com Original - Nina Allan  “The Art of Space Travel”, by Nina Allan (Tor.com , July 2016)


The Jewel and Her Lapidary - Fran Wilde   “The Jewel and Her Lapidary”, by Fran Wilde (Tor.com publishing, May 2016)+^


“The Tomato Thief”, by Ursula Vernon (Apex Magazine, January 2016)


“Touring with the Alien”, by Carolyn Ives Gilman (Clarkesworld Magazine, April 2016)^


“You’ll Surely Drown Here If You Stay”, by Alyssa Wong (Uncanny Magazine, May 2016)


Best Short Story


The City Born Great: A Tor.com Original - N. K. Jemisin  “The City Born Great”, by N. K. Jemisin (Tor.com, September 2016)

A Fist of Permutations in Lightning and Wildflowers - Alyssa Wong  “A Fist of Permutations in Lightning and Wildflowers”, by Alyssa Wong (Tor.com, March 2016)

“Our Talons Can Crush Galaxies”, by Brooke Bolander (Uncanny Magazine, November 2016)

The Starlit Wood: New Fairy Tales - Navah Wolfe,Amal El-Mohtar,Charlie Jane Anders,Max Gladstone,Naomi Novik,Karin Tidbeck,Dominik Parisien,Sofia Samatar,Kat Howard,Seanan McGuire,Genevieve Valentine,Aliette de Bodard,Daryl Gregory,Stephen Graham Jones,Margo Lanagan,Marjorie M. Liu,Jeffrey  “Seasons of Glass and Iron”, by Amal El-Mohtar (The Starlit Wood: New Fairy Tales, Saga Press)

That Game We Played During the War: A Tor.Com Original - Carrie Vaughn  “That Game We Played During the War”, by Carrie Vaughn (Tor.com, March 2016)

“An Unimaginable Light”, by John C. Wright (God, Robot, Castalia House)


Best Related Work


The Geek Feminist Revolution - Kameron Hurley  The Geek Feminist Revolution, by Kameron Hurley (Tor Books)+*

The Princess Diarist - Carrie Fisher  The Princess Diarist, by Carrie Fisher (Blue Rider Press)+ [audio excerpt here^]

Traveler of Worlds: Conversations with Robert Silverberg - Robert Silverberg,Alvaro Zinos-Amaro    Traveler of Worlds: Conversations with Robert Silverberg, by Robert Silverberg and Alvaro Zinos-Amaro (Fairwood)

The View from the Cheap Seats: Selected Nonfiction - Neil Gaiman  The View From the Cheap Seats, by Neil Gaiman (William Morrow / Harper Collins)+

The Women of Harry Potter posts, by Sarah Gailey (Tor.com) [Ginny WeasleyMolly Weasley, Dolores UmbridgeLuna Lovegood, and 2017 entry Minerva McGonagall]

Words Are My Matter: Writings About Life and Books, 2000-2016, with a Journal of a Writer’s Week - Ursula K. Le Guin  Words Are My Matter: Writings About Life and Books, 2000-2016, by Ursula K. Le Guin (Small Beer)+ [you'll have to scroll down a bit to find the excerpt]


Best Graphic Story


Black Panther: A Nation Under Our Feet Book 1 - Ta-Nehisi Coates,Brian Stelfreeze  Black Panther, Volume 1: A Nation Under Our Feet, written by Ta-Nehisi Coates, illustrated by Brian Stelfreeze (Marvel)

Monstress Volume 1: Awakening - Marjorie M. Liu  Monstress, Volume 1: Awakening, written by Marjorie Liu, illustrated by Sana Takeda (Image)*

Ms. Marvel, Vol. 5: Super Famous - Nico Leon,G. Willow Wilson,Cliff Chiang,Takeshi Miyazawa,Adrian Alphona  Ms. Marvel, Volume 5: Super Famous, written by G. Willow Wilson, illustrated by Takeshi Miyazawa (Marvel)

Paper Girls Volume 1 - Cliff Chiang,Brian K. Vaughan  Paper Girls, Volume 1, written by Brian K. Vaughan, illustrated by Cliff Chiang, colored by Matthew Wilson, lettered by Jared Fletcher (Image)*

Saga, Volume 6 - Fiona Staples,Brian K. Vaughan  Saga, Volume 6, illustrated by Fiona Staples, written by Brian K. Vaughan, lettered by Fonografiks (Image)

Vision Vol. 1 - Gabriel Hernandez Walta,Tom King  Vision, Volume 1: Little Worse Than A Man, written by Tom King, illustrated by Gabriel Hernandez Walta (Marvel)


Best Dramatic Presentation, Long Form (links to IMDB entries)


Arrival, screenplay by Eric Heisserer based on a short story by Ted Chiang, directed by Denis Villeneuve (21 Laps Entertainment/FilmNation Entertainment/Lava Bear Films)*

Deadpool, screenplay by Rhett Reese & Paul Wernick, directed by Tim Miller (Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation/Marvel Entertainment/Kinberg Genre/The Donners’ Company/TSG Entertainment)

Ghostbusters, screenplay by Katie Dippold & Paul Feig, directed by Paul Feig (Columbia Pictures/LStar Capital/Village Roadshow Pictures/Pascal Pictures/Feigco Entertainment/Ghostcorps/The Montecito Picture Company)*

Hidden Figures, screenplay by Allison Schroeder and Theodore Melfi, directed by Theodore Melfi (Fox 2000 Pictures/Chernin Entertainment/Levantine Films/TSG Entertainment)

Rogue One, screenplay by Chris Weitz and Tony Gilroy, directed by Gareth Edwards (Lucasfilm/Allison Shearmur Productions/Black Hangar Studios/Stereo D/Walt Disney Pictures)*

Stranger Things, Season One, created by the Duffer Brothers (21 Laps Entertainment/Monkey Massacre)


Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form (IMDB for TV episodes, youtube for album)


Black Mirror: “San Junipero”, written by Charlie Brooker, directed by Owen Harris (House of Tomorrow)

Doctor Who: “The Return of Doctor Mysterio”, written by Steven Moffat, directed by Ed Bazalgette (BBC Cymru Wales)

The Expanse: “Leviathan Wakes”, written by Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby, directed by Terry McDonough (SyFy)

Game of Thrones: “Battle of the Bastards”, written by David Benioff and D. B. Weiss, directed by Miguel Sapochnik (HBO)

Game of Thrones: “The Door”, written by David Benioff and D. B. Weiss, directed by Jack Bender (HBO)

Splendor & Misery [album], by Clipping (Daveed Diggs, William Hutson, Jonathan Snipes)


Best Editor, Short Form


John Joseph Adams

Neil Clarke

Ellen Datlow

Jonathan Strahan

Lynne M. Thomas & Michael Damian Thomas

Sheila Williams


Best Editor, Long Form


Vox Day

Sheila E. Gilbert

Liz Gorinsky

Devi Pillai

Miriam Weinberg

Navah Wolfe


Best Professional Artist


Galen Dara

Julie Dillon

Chris McGrath

Victo Ngai

John Picacio

Sana Takeda


Best Semiprozine 


Beneath Ceaseless Skies, editor-in-chief and publisher Scott H. Andrews

Cirsova Heroic Fantasy and Science Fiction Magazine, edited by P. Alexander

GigaNotoSaurus, edited by Rashida J. Smith

Strange Horizons, edited by Niall Harrison, Catherine Krahe, Vajra Chandrasekera, Vanessa Rose Phin, Li Chua, Aishwarya Subramanian, Tim Moore, Anaea Lay, and the Strange Horizons staff [I'm a patreon backer and have contributed an item to a previous fund drive give away - so, obviously a big fan of their work]*

Uncanny Magazine, edited by Lynne M. Thomas & Michael Damian Thomas, Michi Trota, Julia Rios, and podcast produced by Erika Ensign & Steven Schapansky

The Book Smugglers, edited by Ana Grilo and Thea James*


Best Fanzine


Castalia House Blog, edited by Jeffro Johnson

Journey Planet, edited by James Bacon, Chris Garcia, Esther MacCallum-Stewart, Helena Nash, Errick Nunnally, Pádraig Ó Méalóid, Chuck Serface, and Erin Underwood

Lady Business, edited by Clare, Ira, Jodie, KJ, Renay, and Susan*

nerds of a feather, flock together, edited by The G, Vance Kotrla, and Joe Sherry

Rocket Stack Rank, edited by Greg Hullender and Eric Wong

SF Bluestocking, edited by Bridget McKinney


Best Fancast


The Coode Street Podcast, presented by Gary K. Wolfe and Jonathan Strahan

Ditch Diggers, presented by Mur Lafferty and Matt Wallace

Fangirl Happy Hour, presented by Ana Grilo and Renay Williams*

Galactic Suburbia, presented by Alisa Krasnostein, Alexandra Pierce and Tansy Rayner Roberts, produced by Andrew Finch

The Rageaholic, presented by RazörFist

Tea and Jeopardy, presented by Emma Newman with Peter Newman


Best Fan Writer


Mike Glyer

Jeffro Johnson

Natalie Luhrs*

Foz Meadows*

Abigail Nussbaum

Chuck Tingle*


Best Fan Artist


Ninni Aalto

Alex Garner

Vesa Lehtimäki

Likhain (M. Sereno)

Spring Schoenhuth

Mansik Yang


Best Series (2017 special category, may be permanent in future. First book cover shown for each) 


Full Fathom Five: A Novel of the Craft Sequence - Max Gladstone  The Craft Sequence, by Max Gladstone (Tor Books)

Leviathan Wakes - James S.A. Corey  The Expanse, by James S.A. Corey (Orbit US / Orbit UK)*

Rosemary and Rue - Seanan McGuire  The October Daye Books, by Seanan McGuire (DAW / Corsair)

By Ben Aaronovitch - Midnight Riot / Rivers of London (Original) (1/16/11) - Ben Aaronovitch  The Peter Grant / Rivers of London series, by Ben Aaronovitch (Gollancz / Del Rey / DAW / Subterranean)

Temeraire: In the Service of the King - Naomi Novik  The Temeraire series, by Naomi Novik (Del Rey / Harper Voyager UK)

Cordelia's Honor - Lois McMaster Bujold  The Vorkosigan Saga, by Lois McMaster Bujold (Baen)


The John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer


Sarah Gailey (1st year of eligibility)

J. Mulrooney (1st year of eligibility)

Malka Older (2nd year of eligibility)

Ada Palmer (1st year of eligibility)

Laurie Penny (2nd year of eligibility)

Kelly Robson (2nd year of eligibility)


So, a pretty good list in general. Not everything I nominated made it, but several things did. Tor's representation in the short fiction categories is a bit heavy, but with so many high quality short fiction markets out there right now, I'm really interested in seeing the long lists for those categories.