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FINALISTS: 2012 Hugo Award [Now With Free Fiction Links!]

The finalists for the 2012 Hugo Award have been announced.

Short version: OmigodOmigodOmigodOmigodOmigod! Ahem….

Long version: The nominees are:

Best Novel
  • Among Others by Jo Walton (Tor)
  • A Dance With Dragons by George R. R. Martin (Bantam Spectra)
  • Deadline by Mira Grant (Orbit)
  • Embassytown by China Miéville (Macmillan / Del Rey)
  • Leviathan Wakes by James S. A. Corey (Orbit)

Best Novella
Best Novelette
  • The Copenhagen Interpretation” by Paul Cornell (Asimov’s July 2011)
  • Fields of Gold” by Rachel Swirsky (Eclipse Four)
  • “Ray of Light” by Brad R. Torgersen (Analog December 2011)
  • Six Months, Three Days” by Charlie Jane Anders (
  • “What We Found” by Geoff Ryman (The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction March/April 2011)
Best Short Story
Best Related Work
  • The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction, Third Edition edited by John Clute, David Langford, Peter Nicholls, and Graham Sleight (Gollancz)
  • Jar Jar Binks Must Die… and Other Observations about Science Fiction Movies by Daniel M. Kimmel (Fantastic Books)
  • The Steampunk Bible: An Illustrated Guide to the World of Imaginary Airships, Corsets and Goggles, Mad Scientists, and Strange Literature by Jeff VanderMeer and S. J. Chambers (Abrams Image)
  • Wicked Girls by Seanan McGuire
  • Writing Excuses, Season 6 by Brandon Sanderson, Dan Wells, Howard Tayler, Mary Robinette Kowal, and Jordan Sanderson
Best Graphic Story
  • Digger by Ursula Vernon (Sofawolf Press)
  • Fables Vol 15: Rose Red by Bill Willingham and Mark Buckingham (Vertigo)
  • Locke & Key Volume 4, Keys to the Kingdom written by Joe Hill, illustrated by Gabriel Rodriguez (IDW)
  • Schlock Mercenary: Force Multiplication written and illustrated by Howard Tayler, colors by Travis Walton (The Tayler Corporation)
  • The Unwritten (Volume 4): Leviathan created by Mike Carey and Peter Gross. Written by Mike Carey, illustrated by Peter Gross (Vertigo)
Best Dramatic Presentation (Long Form)
  • Captain America: The First Avenger, screenplay by Christopher Markus and Stephan McFeely, directed by Joe Johnston (Marvel)
  • Game of Thrones (Season 1), created by David Benioff and D. B. Weiss; written by David Benioff, D. B. Weiss, Bryan Cogman, Jane Espenson, and George R. R. Martin; directed by Brian Kirk, Daniel Minahan, Tim van Patten, and Alan Taylor (HBO)
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, screenplay by Steve Kloves; directed by David Yates (Warner Bros.)
  • Hugo, screenplay by John Logan; directed by Martin Scorsese (Paramount)
  • Source Code, screenplay by Ben Ripley; directed by Duncan Jones (Vendome Pictures)
Best Dramatic Presentation (Short Form)
  • “The Doctor’s Wife” (Doctor Who), written by Neil Gaiman; directed by Richard Clark (BBC Wales)
  • The Drink Tank’s Hugo Acceptance Speech,” Christopher J Garcia and James Bacon (Renovation)
  • “The Girl Who Waited” (Doctor Who), written by Tom MacRae; directed by Nick Hurran (BBC Wales)
  • “A Good Man Goes to War” (Doctor Who), written by Steven Moffat; directed by Peter Hoar (BBC Wales)
  • “Remedial Chaos Theory” (Community), written by Dan Harmon and Chris McKenna; directed by Jeff Melman (NBC)
Best Semiprozine
Best Fanzine
Best Fancast
Best Professional Editor — Long Form
Best Professional Editor — Short Form
Best Professional Artist
Best Fan Artist
Best Fan Writer
John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer

Award for the best new professional science fiction or fantasy writer of 2010 or 2011, sponsored by Dell Magazines (not a Hugo Award, * = 2nd year of eligibility).

Congratulations to all the nominees!

The winners will be announced at Chicon 7, home of the 2012 World Science Fiction Convention (“Worldcon”).

[Free Fiction links via Joe Sherry at Adventures in Reading]

See also: Past winners

On the nominations: I cannot tell you how incredibly thrilled I am to see SF Signal on the ballot, not just once, but twice. Even though I’ve known for a couple of weeks, It’s all still very surreal. And, credit where it’s due: none of this would have happened without the generous contributions of of the SF Signal blog army. So props to all of them!

Also: George R.R. Martin totally said my name. Twice. 🙂

About John DeNardo (13012 Articles)
John DeNardo is the Managing Editor at SF Signal and a columnist at Kirkus Reviews. He also likes bagels. So there.

50 Comments on FINALISTS: 2012 Hugo Award [Now With Free Fiction Links!]

  1. Congrats on the nomination, John! Well deserved.

  2. That is BRILLIANT. It’s an excellent list, but the icing on the cake is that you and SF Signal are on there. That made me grin foolishly. I really hope you win. 😀

  3. Congratulations on being nominated not just once, but twice! That is fantastic and I was glad to see SF Signal on the ballot.

  4. Is it infinite recursion if Hugo wins a Hugo?

  5. I’ll add my congrats too, John. Well deserved and I’m glad to see my vote counted. I noticed you’ve got Feed pictured where you should have Deadline the sequel to Feed.

  6. That was me, John. And you’re welcome.;)

  7. Congrats to everybody!

  8. Big Congrats, John! Well Deserved!!

  9. Nice to see all your hard work recognized. Hope you win at least one highly deserved award – in lieu of all the bagels you seem to miss out on. Though winning for both categories would be pretty awesome. 🙂

  10. Lou Anders // April 7, 2012 at 6:15 pm //

    Huge congratulations guys. Richly deserved!

  11. John DeNardo is the new Connie Willis.

  12. I look forwarded to losing to you twice in the same category!

  13. ohthatashley // April 7, 2012 at 8:09 pm //

    party catered exclusively by … bagel people?

  14. Urstoff // April 7, 2012 at 8:23 pm //

    Some nice novels on there, really pleased to see Among Others and Leviathan Wakes (but Mira Grant again, wtf). I was disappointed not to see Elizabeth Bear’s Novella “In the House of Aryaman, a Lonely Signal Burns” until I realized it was in the January 2012 issue of Asimov’s; so I read it in October 2011, but it’s probably not eligible. Asimov’s needs to release their issues in their titled month and stop confusing me.

  15. Can’t think of a better fan…zine (can’t they just change it to fan site? Jeez) to win a Hugo. And looks like the podcast is a hit also!

  16. Congrats to everyone, but I want to give a special shout out to John DeNardo for 10 years of hard work on the blog and to Patrick Hester for not only producing the SFSignal podcast, but for also hosting, booking and conducting many of the interviews as well. Not to mention his producing and co-hosting duties on the Functional Nerds podcast and his production work on Mur Lafferty’s I Should Be Writing Podcast.

    Congrats guys!

  17. Congrats on the nomination! SF Signal well deserves it (even though I don’t think of it as a ‘zine exactly).

    • Thanks, Peggy! I like to think we qualify for the spirit of the award: a vehicle for fans sharing the genre they love with other fans. 🙂

  18. Bravo, John! Well deserved! Kudos to you and your team!

  19. Congrats, John! I’m super excited to see your nomination(s)!! Well done.

  20. David Greybeard // April 8, 2012 at 11:17 am //

    John, you and everyone at SF Signal deserve a HUGO. It’s the best site around. Those others nominated don’t even come close.

  21. *pats nominations* Isn’t it so nice to have a reading list put together for you?

    Congrats on SF Signal’s placings. Deserved!

  22. Thanks, Kathrine!

  23. Congratulations to John and the whole SF Signal team: well deserved after years of hard work!

    Keeping my fingers crossed (and yes: you’ve got my vote).

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