The winners of the Hugo Award were announced last night at Worldcon in Austin, Texas. Congratulations to the winning authors:
Novel: Redshirts: A Novel with Three Codas by John Scalzi
Novella: “The Emperor’s Soul” by Brandon Sanderson
Novelette: “The Girl-Thing Who Went Out for Sushi” by Pat Cadigan
Short Story: “Mono no Aware” by Ken Liu
Often there is overlap between the Hugo and Nebula Award winners, but not this year. I hate to admit, but I’ve not read any of these Hugo-winning stories, so it’s difficult to comment. I noticed that all are by big name writers, but I would suspect they’re worthy of the accolade. This is Ken Liu’s second Hugo in a row—he won the award last year for the “Paper Menagerie.” Ken’s win surprised me a little because Aliette de Bodard’s “Immersion” was simply a stunning story. I’ll have to see if I can locate “Mono no Aware” as well as these other works.