The nominees for the Hugo Awards were announced last week, and although I was too ill to post about it then, I wanted to take a moment now to write that Amal El-Mohtar’s beautiful story from The Starlit Wood, “Seasons of Glass and Iron” garnered a nomination in the Short Fiction category! It is heartening to see this story receive so much love and praise. Congratulations, Amal!! Amal wrote about her nomination here.
Also, also, also, monumental news, NAVAH WOLFE, dearest Navah, my co-editor for The Starlit Wood, is nominated for Best Editor, Long Form, alongside the wonderful Liz Gorinsky, Devi Pillai, and Miriam Weinberg. I am so incredibly happy to see Navah recognized for her hard work and her excellent taste in fiction!
This year’s list is, I feel, quite a fabulous one. The novel category in particular may be the most diverse I’ve ever seen, with outstanding work by Charlie Jane Anders, Becky Chambers, Cixin Liu, Yoon Ha Lee, N.K. Jemisin, and Ada Palmer. Personally, I hope to see either Anders or Lee win, but they would all be excellent choices. Voters have their work cut out for them.
In the short fiction category Amal has some stiff competition, with great stories by N.K. Jemisin, Alyssa Wong, and Brooke Bolander.
I love the selection for the Best Graphic Story category, and I am glad to see the excellent The Coode Street Podcast receive a nomination for Best Fancast.
Lynne & Michael Thomas at Uncanny Magazine are also on fire this year, receiving nominations for Best Editor, Short Fiction alongside John Joseph Adams, Neil Clarke, Ellen Datlow, Jonathan Strahan, and Sheila Williams, as well as a nomination for Uncanny Magazine itself in the Best Semiprozine.
I am also excited for this year’s nominees for the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer, in particular Sarah Gailey, Malka Older, Ada Palmer, and especially my friend Kelly Robson.
Congratulations to all the nominees!