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FINALISTS: 2014 Hugo Award & 1939 Retro Hugos [With Free Fiction Links!]

The finalists for the 2014 Hugo Award and the 1939 Retro Hugos have been announced.

[Woot! Hooray for Patrick Hester and the SF Signal Podcast! Hooray for Paul Weimer!]

2014 Hugo Awards

The finalists are…


(1595 ballots)

  • Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie (Orbit US / Orbit UK)
  • Neptune’s Brood by Charles Stross (Ace / Orbit UK)
  • Parasite by Mira Grant (Orbit US / Orbit UK)
  • Warbound, Book III of the Grimnoir Chronicles by Larry Correia (Baen Books)
  • The Wheel of Time by Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson (Tor Books)


(847 ballots)

  • The Butcher of Khardov by Dan Wells (Privateer Press)
  • The Chaplain’s Legacy” by Brad Torgersen (Analog, Jul-Aug 2013)
  • Equoid” by Charles Stross (, 09-2013)
  • Six-Gun Snow White by Catherynne M. Valente (Subterranean Press)
  • Wakulla Springs” by Andy Duncan and Ellen Klages (, 10-2013)

(728 ballots)


(865 ballots)

Note: category has 4 nominees due to a 5% requirement under Section 3.8.5 of the WSFS constitution.


(752 ballots)

  • Queers Dig Time Lords: A Celebration of Doctor Who by the LGBTQ Fans Who Love It Edited by Sigrid Ellis & Michael Damian Thomas (Mad Norwegian Press)
  • Speculative Fiction 2012: The Best Online Reviews, Essays and Commentary by Justin Landon & Jared Shurin (Jurassic London)
  • We Have Always Fought: Challenging the Women, Cattle and Slaves Narrative” by Kameron Hurley (A Dribble of Ink)
  • Wonderbook: The Illustrated Guide to Creating Imaginative Fiction by Jeff VanderMeer, with Jeremy Zerfoss (Abrams Image)
  • Writing Excuses Season 8 by Brandon Sanderson, Dan Wells, Mary Robinette Kowal, Howard Tayler, and Jordan Sanderson

(552 ballots)

  • Girl Genius, Volume 13: Agatha Heterodyne & The Sleeping City written by Phil and Kaja Foglio; art by Phil Foglio; colours by Cheyenne Wright (Airship Entertainment)
  • “The Girl Who Loved Doctor Who” written by Paul Cornell, illustrated by Jimmy Broxton (Doctor Who Special 2013, IDW)
  • The Meathouse Man adapted from the story by George R.R. Martin and illustrated by Raya Golden (Jet City Comics)
  • Saga, Volume 2 written by Brian K. Vaughan, illustrated by Fiona Staples (Image Comics)
  • Time” by Randall Munroe (XKCD)

(995 ballots)

  • Frozen screenplay by Jennifer Lee, directed by Chris Buck & Jennifer Lee (Walt Disney Studios)
  • Gravity written by Alfonso Cuarón & Jonás Cuarón, directed by Alfonso Cuarón (Esperanto Filmoj; Heyday Films; Warner Bros.)
  • The Hunger Games: Catching Fire screenplay by Simon Beaufoy & Michael Arndt, directed by Francis Lawrence (Color Force; Lionsgate)
  • Iron Man 3 screenplay by Drew Pearce & Shane Black, directed by Shane Black (Marvel Studios; DMG Entertainment; Paramount Pictures)
  • Pacific Rim screenplay by Travis Beacham & Guillermo del Toro, directed by Guillermo del Toro (Legendary Pictures, Warner Bros., Disney Double Dare You)

(760 ballots)

  • An Adventure in Space and Time written by Mark Gatiss, directed by Terry McDonough (BBC Television)
  • Doctor Who: “The Day of the Doctor” written by Steven Moffat, directed by Nick Hurran (BBC Television)
  • Doctor Who: “The Name of the Doctor” written by Steven Moffat, directed by Saul Metzstein (BBC Television)
  • The Five(ish) Doctors Reboot written and directed by Peter Davison (BBC Television)
  • Game of Thrones: “The Rains of Castamere” written by David Benioff & D.B. Weiss, directed by David Nutter (HBO Entertainment in association with Bighead, Littlehead; Television 360; Startling Television and Generator Productions)
  • Orphan Black: “Variations under Domestication” written by Will Pascoe, directed by John Fawcett (Temple Street Productions; Space/BBC America)

Note: category has 6 nominees due to a tie for 5th place.


(656 ballots)

  • John Joseph Adams
  • Neil Clarke
  • Ellen Datlow
  • Jonathan Strahan
  • Sheila Williams

(632 ballots)

  • Ginjer Buchanan
  • Sheila Gilbert
  • Liz Gorinsky
  • Lee Harris
  • Toni Weisskopf

(624 ballots)

Note: category has 6 nominees due to a tie for 5th place.


(411 ballots)

  • Apex Magazine edited by Lynne M. Thomas, Jason Sizemore, and Michael Damian Thomas
  • Beneath Ceaseless Skies edited by Scott H. Andrews
  • Interzone edited by Andy Cox
  • Lightspeed Magazine edited by John Joseph Adams, Rich Horton, and Stefan Rudnicki
  • Strange Horizons edited by Niall Harrison, Brit Mandelo, An Owomoyela, Julia Rios, Sonya Taaffe, Abigail Nussbaum, Rebecca Cross, Anaea Lay, and Shane Gavin

(478 ballots)


(396 ballots)

Note: category has 7 nominees due to a tie for 5th place.


(521 ballots)


(316 ballots)


(767 ballots)
Award for the best new professional science fiction or fantasy writer of 2012 or 2013, sponsored by Dell Magazines (not a Hugo Award).

  • Wesley Chu
  • Max Gladstone *
  • Ramez Naam *
  • Sofia Samatar *
  • Benjanun Sriduangkaew

* Denotes finalists in their 2nd year of eligibility.

1939 Retro Hugo Awards

The finalists are…


(208 ballots)

  • Carson of Venus by Edgar Rice Burroughs (Argosy, February 1938)
  • Galactic Patrol by E. E. Smith (Astounding Stories, February 1938)
  • The Legion of Time by Jack Williamson (Astounding Science-Fiction, July 1938)
  • Out of the Silent Planet by C. S. Lewis (The Bodley Head)
  • The Sword in the Stone by T. H. White (Collins)

(125 ballots)

  • Anthem by Ayn Rand (Cassell)
  • “A Matter of Form” by H. L. Gold (Astounding Science-Fiction, December 1938)
  • “Sleepers of Mars” by John Beynon [John Wyndham] (Tales of Wonder, March 1938)
  • “The Time Trap” by Henry Kuttner (Marvel Science Stories, November 1938)
  • “Who Goes There?” by Don A Stuart [John W. Campbell] (Astounding Science-Fiction, August 1938)

(80 ballots)

  • “Dead Knowledge” by Don A. Stuart [John W. Campbell] (Astounding Stories, January 1938)
  • Hollywood on the Moon” by Henry Kuttner (Thrilling Wonder Stories, April 1938)
  • Pigeons From Hell” by Robert E. Howard (Weird Tales, May 1938)
  • “Rule 18” by Clifford D. Simak (Astounding Science-Fiction, July 1938)
  • “Werewoman” by C. L. Moore (Leaves #2, Winter 1938)

(108 ballots)

  • “The Faithful” by Lester Del Rey (Astounding Science-Fiction, April 1938)
  • “Helen O’Loy” by Lester Del Rey (Astounding Science-Fiction, December 1938)
  • “Hollerbochen’s Dilemma” by Ray Bradbury (Imagination!, January 1938)
  • “How We Went to Mars” by Arthur C. Clarke (Amateur Science Stories, March 1938)
  • “Hyperpilosity” by L. Sprague de Camp (Astounding Science-Fiction, April 1938)

(137 ballots)

  • Around the World in Eighty Days by Jules Verne. Written & directed by Orson Welles (The Mercury Theater of the Air, CBS)
  • A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. Written & directed by Orson Welles (The Campbell Playhouse, CBS)
  • Dracula by Bram Stoker. Written by Orson Welles and John Houseman, directed by Orson Welles (The Mercury Theater of the Air, CBS)
  • R. U. R. by Karel Capek. Produced by Jan Bussell (BBC)
  • The War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells. Written by Howard Koch & Anne Froelick, directed by Orson Welles (The Mercury Theater of the Air, CBS)

(99 ballots)

  • John W. Campbell
  • Walter H. Gillings
  • Raymond A. Palmer
  • Mort Weisinger
  • Farnsworth Wright

(86 ballots)

  • Margaret Brundage
  • Virgil Finlay
  • Frank R. Paul
  • Alex Schomburg
  • H. W. Wesso

(42 ballots)

  • Fantascience Digest edited by Robert A. Madle
  • Fantasy News edited by James V. Taurasi
  • Imagination! edited by Forrest J Ackerman, Morojo, and T. Bruce Yerke
  • Novae Terrae edited by Maurice K. Hanson
  • Tomorrow edited by Douglas W. F. Mayer

(50 ballots)

  • Forrest J Ackerman
  • Ray Bradbury
  • Arthur Wilson “Bob” Tucker
  • Harry Warner, Jr.
  • Donald A. Wollheim

Congratulations to all the finalists!

The Retro Hugos and the Hugo Awards will be presented at Loncon 3 The Hugo Awards will be presented at Loncon 3, the 72nd World Science Fiction Convention, which takes place at the ExCeL in Docklands, London, from 14-18 August 2014.

The Retro Hugo award ceremony takes place on 14 August and the Hugo Award Ceremony will be held on 17 August.

See also: Past winners

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20 Comments on FINALISTS: 2014 Hugo Award & 1939 Retro Hugos [With Free Fiction Links!]

  1. Congrats to all nominees! Looks like a gaming-based novella was nominated. (Butcher of Khardov from Privateer Press) Is it that good?

  2. Are you sure you have the right Sarah Webb artist link?

  3. This is a delightful list…

    I laughed out loud several times when I went back and read twitter streams, and several blog posts whining about the nominees.

    I especially loved the “That/They shouldnt be nominated/should be disqualified because: that rule wasnt meant to be read that way, I dont like it/him because of politics, they wanted to be nominated out of spite, he is a hateful bigot, or ‘Authors asking for votes is block voting and against the rules’…” comments.

    It warms the cockles of my heart that such evil people could get a 5 million word extravaganza which was published over 20+ years nominated as a single work, that an author of good fun reads could bring the sad puppies out and be nominated over a bunch of pretentious bullshit, and it even made me chuckle that the much hated and reviled Theo Beale/Vox Day could rally a fan base and get on the ballot in order to stick it to worldcon/sfwa crowd (oh the wailing and gnashing of teeth over that last one has been most delicious).

    I would hope that voters would decide on the winners on the quality of work, but I have serious doubts that can, or ever will, happen.

    In other words, this is just one more piece showing the ludicrousness that the Hugo Award has become in the age of the internet.

  4. Eyedunno // April 20, 2014 at 3:14 pm //

    I hope Chiang wins, as I don’t think there’s enough SF with a strong linguistic focus, and in that one area, this is even better than “Story of Your Life”. (I still kinda doubt it will win.)

    I also hope Randroids don’t snipe the Retro Best Novella category. “Who Goes There?” is a safe bet to take this one otherwise. I just reread it a few weeks ago and was impressed with how sound the biology was, not just for a story from 1938, but even if it had been written yesterday, I would have found very little to fault it for. In spite of having been written almost 15 years prior to the proper birth of molecular genetics, its treatment of an alien infectious agent puts a lot of modern SF (and especially SF films) to shame.

  5. Locke & Key is just as good as Saga.

  6. Dear Publishers of All These Works (especially the short works), please make eBook versions available in multiple formats as reading things on webpages drives me bonkers. Hell, I’ll even pay for copies.

  7. Not a single nominee from Asimov’s this year. That’s pretty amazing but, perhaps, to be expected given the amount of good stories coming out of free sources like and Subterranean.

    • I’d be interested to see (when the awards come out and they release all the statistics) how many short works got short-changed by that irritating “5% rule”. There are a lot of short works out these days and a lot of markets, online and paper, paid and free. I wonder if the diversity is hurting more than when all you had was F&SF – Asimov’s – Analog as a paper bloc.

  8. A better link for Brad Foster is and it is his preferred page for his 2013 fan related work.

  9. Four of the five 1939 dramatic presentations appear to be available here:

    I still can’t find the 1938 version of R.U.R., though.

  10. Both Brad Torgersen stories are up on Analog.

    The collection of Girl Genius starts here:

    The XKCD is here:

    • Updated. Thanks, Joe! Ever-vigilant…

      • Really, I was just checking Analog to see if they had the Torgersen stories so I could read them this year. I’m not a member of Worldcon this year, so anything in the voting packet that isn’t otherwise available is just out.

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