Via SF Signal, here are the winners of this year’s Hugo Awards:
- BEST NOVEL: The Yiddish Policeman’s Union by Michael Chabon (HarperCollins, Fourth Estate)
- BEST NOVELLA: “All Seated on the Ground” by Connie Willis (Asimov’s Dec. 2007, Subterranean Press)
- BEST NOVELETTE: “The Merchant and the Alchemist’s Gate” by Ted Chiang (F&SF Sept. 2007)
- BEST SHORT STORY: “Tideline” by Elizabeth Bear (Asimov’s June 2007)
- BEST RELATED BOOK: Brave New Words: The Oxford Dictionary of Science Fiction by Jeff Prucher (Oxford University Press)
- BEST DRAMATIC PRESENTATION, LONG FORM: Stardust Written by Jane Goldman & Matthew Vaughn; based on the novel by Neil Gaiman; directed by Matthew Vaughn (Paramount Pictures)
- BEST DRAMATIC PRESENTATION, SHORT FORM: Doctor Who “Blink”; written by Stephen Moffat; directed by Hettie Macdonald (BBC)
- BEST PROFESSIONAL EDITOR, SHORT FORM: Gordon Van Gelder
- BEST PROFESSIONAL EDITOR, LONG FORM: David G. Hartwell
- BEST PROFESSIONAL ARTIST: Stephan Martiniere
- BEST SEMIPROZINE: Locus
- BEST FANZINE: File 770 edited by Mike Glyer
- BEST FAN WRITER: John Scalzi
- BEST FAN ARTIST: Brad Foster
- JOHN W. CAMPBELL AWARD FOR BEST NEW WRITER: Mary Robinette Kowal
Very few surprises there, I think it’s safe to say. Ted Chiang’s victory was a given long before the nominations were announced, for example; Van Gelder is a shoo-in based on subscriber figures alone, and likewise Scalzi.
The only vague surprise is Chabon taking the Best Novel – not because it’s an undeserving book, as I’m assured it’s excellent, but because its definition as sf has been such a controversial issue elsewhere.
How would you rewrite this list if you had control of sf fandom for the day?
Wednesday 30th April sees the presentation ceremony for this year’s Arthur C Clarke Award for the best science fiction novel published in 2007. Never short on controversy, this year’s shortlist has generated plenty of discussion and debate – no less for the novels that are missing from it than for those that are present.
It’s Futurismic‘s great privilege to feature this round-up review of the Clarke Award shortlist by noted science fiction novelist, critic and academic Adam Roberts. So settle down with a good big cup of coffee, let Professor Roberts walk you through the shortlist … and then place your bets on the winner in the comments!
- Stephen Baxter, The H-Bomb Girl (Faber 2007)
- Matthew De Abaitua, The Red Men (Octopus 2007)
- Sarah Hall, The Carhullan Army (Faber 2007)
- Stephen Hall, The Raw Shark Texts (Canongate 2007)
- Ken MacLeod, The Execution Channel (2007)
- Richard Morgan, Black Man (Gollancz, 2007)
There’s been a deal of pother about this year’s Clarke shortlist, more even than this often-controversial event usually generates. Surprise at the omission of a number of highly regarded titles – we might mention, say, McDonald’s Brasyl and Chabon’s Yiddish Policemen’s Union – fuelled bloggish mutterings about hidden agendas, panderings to Evil Mainstream Lit and a desire to generate Turner Award-style notoriety rather than simply to choose last year’s best SF novel.
The muttering boiled down to a sense that the Clarke judges were liable to corrupt the nation’s youth and ought all to drink hemlock without ado. The question, though. is a simple one: do these six titles constitute a list of the best sf novels published in the UK last year? Continue reading The Arthur C Clarke Award Shortlist 2008 – a Round-up Review