Women swept nearly every category at the 2017 Hugo Awards

The 75th World Science Fiction Convention (commonly known as WorldCon) is being held this weekend in Helsinki, Finland. The convention is where the annual Hugo Awards are presented, and today, the convention announced the latest recipients.

This year, women almost completely swept the Hugo Awards, taking home the top prizes for literature in the science fiction community. That’s particularly notable, given how the awards have been increasingly recognizing works from female and minority creators. The trend prompted a counter-movement from two group of fans, the self-described “Sad Puppies,” and their alt-right equivalents, the “Rabid Puppies.” These groups gamed the awards and forced a slate of nominees onto the Hugo ballot in 2015, prompting widespread backlash within the wider genre community. Another award, the Dragon, faced similar issues earlier this week when several authors asked to pull their nominations over concerns about Puppy interference and the award’s integrity.

This year’s sweep by female creators seems to be a strong repudiation of anti-diversity groups. 2017 also marked the year the ceremony earned its own award: a representative from the Guinness Book of World Records certified that the Hugos are the longest-running science fiction awards ever.

The Best Novel Hugo went to N.K. Jemisin, for The Obelisk Gate, a novel set in the midst of a magical apocalypse. It’s also the sequel to The Fifth Season, which took home the same award last year. Her next novel, and final installment of the trilogy, The Stone Sky, is out next week.


Image: Orbit Books

Here’s the full list of nominees and winners (in bold) for 2017’s Hugo Awards:

BEST NOVEL

  • The Obelisk Gate by N. K. Jemisin
  • All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders
  • A Closed and Common Orbit by Becky Chambers
  • Death’s End by Cixin Liu
  • Ninefox Gambit by Yoon Ha Lee
  • Too Like the Lightning by Ada Palmer

BEST NOVELLA

  • Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire
  • The Ballad of Black Tom by Victor LaValle
  • The Dream-Quest of Vellitt Boe by Kij Johnson
  • Penric and the Shaman by Lois McMaster Bujold
  • A Taste of Honey by Kai Ashante Wilson
  • This Census-Taker by China Miéville

BEST NOVELETTE

  • The Tomato Thief by Ursula Vernon
  • Alien Stripper Boned From Behind By The T-Rex by Stix Hiscock
  • The Art of Space Travel by Nina Allan
  • The Jewel and Her Lapidary by Fran Wilde

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