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2011 Hugo Award Nominees

Looking at this list, I’m starting to think the SF/F community just might be changing for the better (finally):

Campbell Award For Best New Writer
Saladin Ahmed1
Lauren Beukes
Larry Correia
Lev Grossman
Dan Wells

Best Fan Artist
Brad W. Foster
Randall Munroe
Maurine Starkey
Steve Stiles
Taral Wayne

Best Fan Writer
James Bacon
Claire Brialey
Christopher J Garcia
James Nicoll
Steven H Silver

Best Fanzine
Banana Wings, edited by Claire Brialey and Mark Plummer
Challenger, edited by Guy H. Lillian III
The Drink Tank, edited by Christopher J Garcia and James Bacon
File 770, edited by Mike Glyer
StarShipSofa, edited by Tony C. Smith2

Best Semiprozine3
Clarkesworld, edited by Neil Clarke, Cheryl Morgan, Sean Wallace; podcast directed by Kate Baker
Interzone, edited by Andy Cox
Lightspeed, edited by John Joseph Adams
Locus, edited by Liza Groen Trombi and Kirsten Gong-Wong
Weird Tales, edited by Ann VanderMeer and Stephen H. Segal

Best Professional Artist
Daniel Dos Santos
Bob Eggleton
Stephan Martiniere
John Picacio
Shaun Tan4

Best Editor, Long Form
Lou Anders
Ginjer Buchanan
Moshe Feder
Liz Gorinsky
Nick Mamatas
Beth Meacham
Juliet Ulman

Best Editor, Short Form
John Joseph Adams5
Stanley Schmidt
Jonathan Strahan
Gordon Van Gelder
Sheila Williams

Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form
Doctor Who: “A Christmas Carol,” written by Steven Moffat; directed by Toby Haynes (BBC Wales)
Doctor Who: “The Pandorica Opens/The Big Bang,” written by Steven Moffat; directed by Toby Haynes (BBC Wales)
Doctor Who: “Vincent and the Doctor,” written by Richard Curtis; directed by Jonny Campbell (BBC Wales)6
Fuck Me, Ray Bradbury, written by Rachel Bloom; directed by Paul Briganti
The Lost Thing, written by Shaun Tan; directed by Andrew Ruhemann and Shaun Tan (Passion Pictures)7

Best Dramatic Presentation, Long Form
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1, screenplay by Steve Kloves; directed by David Yates (Warner)8
How to Train Your Dragon, screenplay by William Davies, Dean DeBlois & Chris Sanders; directed by Dean DeBlois & Chris Sanders (DreamWorks)
Inception, written and directed by Christopher Nolan (Warner)
Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, screenplay by Michael Bacall & Edgar Wright; directed by Edgar Wright (Universal)9
Toy Story 3, screenplay by Michael Arndt; story by John Lasseter, Andrew Stanton & Lee Unkrich; directed by Lee Unkrich (Pixar/Disney)

Best Graphic Story
Fables: Witches, written by Bill Willingham; illustrated by Mark Buckingham (Vertigo)
Girl Genius, Volume 10: Agatha Heterodyne and the Guardian Muse, written by Phil and Kaja Foglio; art by Phil Foglio; colors by Cheyenne Wright (Airship Entertainment)
Grandville Mon Amour, by Bryan Talbot (Dark Horse)
Schlock Mercenary: Massively Parallel, written and illustrated by Howard Tayler; colors by Howard Tayler and Travis Walton (Hypernode)
The Unwritten, Volume 2: Inside Man, written by Mike Carey; illustrated by Peter Gross (Vertigo)

Best Related Work
Bearings: Reviews 1997-2001, by Gary K. Wolfe (Beccon)
The Business of Science Fiction: Two Insiders Discuss Writing and Publishing, by Mike Resnick and Barry N. Malzberg (McFarland)
Chicks Dig Time Lords: A Celebration of Doctor Who by the Women Who Love It, edited by Lynne M. Thomas and Tara O’Shea (Mad Norwegian)10
Robert A. Heinlein: In Dialogue with His Century, Volume 1: (1907 – 1948): Learning Curve, by William H. Patterson, Jr. (Tor)
Writing Excuses, Season 4, by Brandon Sanderson, Jordan Sanderson, Howard Tayler, Dan Wells

Best Short Story
“Amaryllis” by Carrie Vaughn (Lightspeed, June 2010)
“For Want of a Nail” by Mary Robinette Kowal (Asimov’s, September 2010)
“Ponies” by Kij Johnson (, November 17, 2010)
“The Things” by Peter Watts (Clarkesworld, January 2010)

Best Novelette
“Eight Miles” by Sean McMullen (Analog, September 2010)
“The Emperor of Mars” by Allen M. Steele (Asimov’s, June 2010)
“The Jaguar House, in Shadow” by Aliette de Bodard (Asimov’s, July 2010)
“Plus or Minus” by James Patrick Kelly (Asimov’s, December 2010)
“That Leviathan, Whom Thou Hast Made” by Eric James Stone (Analog, September 2010)

Best Novella
“The Lady Who Plucked Red Flowers beneath the Queen’s Window” by Rachel Swirsky (Subterranean Magazine, Summer 2010)
“The Lifecycle of Software Objects” by Ted Chiang (Subterranean)
“The Maiden Flight of McCauley’s Bellerophon” by Elizabeth Hand (Stories: All New Tales, William Morrow)
“The Sultan of the Clouds” by Geoffrey A. Landis (Asimov’s, September 2010)
“Troika” by Alastair Reynolds (Godlike Machines, Science Fiction Book Club)

Best Novel11
Blackout/All Clear by Connie Willis (Ballantine Spectra)
Cryoburn by Lois McMaster Bujold (Baen)
The Dervish House by Ian McDonald (Gollancz; Pyr)
Feed by Mira Grant (Orbit)
The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms by N.K. Jemisin (Orbit)12

Quick tally. In the fiction nominations, I see 10 women, 9 men. Apparently men are good at novelettes and women are good at short stories and novels. Actually, if you add in the graphic story category, the number of men rises to 14 and women to 11. Only one woman in best new writer. I don’t know enough about all the nominees to tally up creators of color — anyone care to help out on that score?

Glad to see a lot of newer/younger writers here. Things are changing slowly. So I guess we keep working :)


  1. Not only a fabulous writer and a writer of color, but also a good friend of mine. So obviously he’s going to win :) []
  2. This has my vote. I listen to this podcast all the time. []
  3. Seriously hard to choose in this category this year as there are a ton of really wonderful publications in there. Good to see Lightspeed on the list! []
  4. Artist of color I really admire. And: he won an Oscar. Obviously he’s already transcended all of this… but you should vote for him, anyway. []
  5. Consistently puts out really solid anthologies. Plus I’m a fan of many stories over at Lightspeed. []
  6. Can I point out how fail this is? Season 5 of DW wasn’t worth much, and certainly not THREE Hugo nominations. Isn’t there anything else at all, people? []
  7. It won an Oscar. If it can;t win this, there’s definitely something wrong at Worldcon. []
  8. I’d like to see this win just because it was so very much better than the movies that came before, they deserve something for the effort. []
  9. Can we say No to this because of all the fail? []
  11. Hey… where’s Kraken? []
  12. Obviously this should win. []

10 thoughts on “2011 Hugo Award Nominees”

  1. Emily says:

    What’s the ruling where Randall Munroe is considered a fan artist? Just that he isn’t doing art for book covers or something? He makes money off the comic, so I would have considered him professional, but IDK how that works. One time I tried to get someone to explain the different magazine categories and then my brain broke, so I may regret asking this but I WANT TO KNOW.

    Liz Gorinsky on the editor ballot! That’s a yay!


    1. The Angry Black Woman says:

      I am not sure where the Fan/Pro line for artists lies. Frank Wu was in this category for a long time, even after he did covers and had art in major SF mags, so I dunno.

      1. Emily says:

        Yeah, it’s all very confusing. I’ll go ask on Genreville too, someone there probably knows the intricacies here.

        1. Rose Fox says:

          Your faith is touching!

          The Hugo Awards website says:

          “Some Hugo categories are divided by whether the work done was professional, semi-professional, or fannish. The definition of what is ‘professional’ work is left up to the voters.”

          So I’m guessing that more people put his name in the “best fan artist” category than in the “best professional artist” category, and therefore he is a fan artist.

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  4. Alex D M says:

    I’ve been really enjoying some of the ballots this year. Diverse and interesting works by diverse and interesting people. =D

  5. John Picacio says:

    Stumbled on this blog today. Enjoyed the comments! :)

    1. Love Shaun Tan. One of my faves always, not just because of recent work but because he evolves. Brilliant cat!

    2. Lauren Beukes is up for the Campbell. Personally, I thought her 2010 novel ZOO CITY was one of the best of 2010. Was disappointed that it didn’t make the Best Novel category, but thrilled that she’s up for the Campbell. Tough crowd there with Saladin, Lev and company. She’s a South African author and I did the US artwork for ZOO CITY. Without going into too much detail, I can safely say that this cover was a direct response to the racefail cover controversy. Was proud to be part of a team that celebrated diversity on genre covers. Will be happier when diversity like this isn’t the one-off, but the norm.

    1. The Angry Black Woman says:

      I raise a drink to you, sir! (I also fangirl your art.)

  6. Andrew Trembley says:

    Most Hugo admins take a “vox populi, vox dei” approach to nominations and voting. Unless there’s an clear and explicit exclusion they’re not going to go against the will of the voters.

    At it’s most basic, the “fan” and “pro” divide is about the work, not about the person. A person may simultaneously be a fan and a pro. They’re not mutually exclusive. A professional writer, though, may write material of a fannish nature for publication in non-professional “markets” (a fanzine, podcast or non-commercial blog, for example). A professional artist may produce art of a fannish nature for publication in some of the same non-professional “markets.”

    Sure, Frank Wu was producing plenty of art for sale, and having work published in recognized commercial markets. He also produced lots of art for fanzines and convention committees when he won his Fan Artist Hugos. Maurine Starkey (nominated this year) is a 25-year veteran of the computer gaming industry, where she worked as an art director for many of the big-name publishers. She’s doing a lot of art for fanzines, did spectacular work for the 2009 World Fantasy Convention consuite and created original decor and props for parties we’ve hosted at Gallifrey One.

    I’m concerned with Munroe because he’s turned xkcd into his livelihood. It’s not non-commercial work anymore, it’s professional work.

  7. Frank Wu says:

    Hey everybody. I posted my thoughts on this over at my blog. Andy, I’d especially love to see you chime in on this, since you seem to be more in-the-know than most people.

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