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2014 Hugo Awards Honor Gravity, Ancillary Justice, And More

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HugoThis past weekend the 72nd World Science Fiction Convention unfolded in London, England, and among the many festivities was the announcement of the 2014 winners for the annual Hugo Awards. First handed out in 1953, the Hugos have become an annual staple and one of the highest honors in science fiction, with members of the World Science Fiction Society voting to decide which works and talents deserve their own snazzy rocketship trophy. This year’s winners include Alfonso Cuaron’s Gravity and Ann Leckie’s Ancillary Justice, which took home awards for Best Dramatic Presentation, Long Form and Best Novel, respectively.

If you’re not familiar with Ann Leckie or her novel Ancillary Justice, it might be time to update your Amazon wish list. Leckie knocked it out of the park with the acclaimed Ancillary Justice, her debut novel. The book follows “the sole survivor of a starship destroyed by treachery, and the vessel of that ship’s artificial consciousness — as she attempts to revenge herself on the ruler of her civilization.” The space opera is the first of a planned trilogy, with the next installment, Ancillary Sword, due out on October 7. In addition to the 2014 Hugo for Best Novel, Leckie’s Ancillary Justice also won a Nebula Award, an Arthur C. Clarke Award, and tied for a BSFA Award. Talk about making a good first impression! Ancillary Justice is available on Amazon and all the other usual outlets.

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Doctor Who, Saga, And Pacific Rim Are Among The 2014 Hugo Award Nominees

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AncillaryIt’s that time of year again! The official nominees for the 2014 Hugo Awards were announced this past weekend, shining the genre’s spotlight on old staples like Doctor Who, the massively entertaining Pacific Rim, and critically acclaimed works such as Brian K. Vaughan’s Saga and Ann Leckie’s Ancillary Justice. We’ve got the full rundown of the nominees below, scattered across categories that recognize literature, film, TV, comics, and more.

The Hugo Awards were first given out in 1953, named after Amazing Stories founder Hugo Gernsback and recognizing quality science fiction achievements across a variety of media. The winners are announced and the Awards handed out each year at the World Science Fiction Convention, which this year will unfold this August 14 – 18 in London. Here are the nominees for this year’s Hugo Awards!

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2013 Hugo Awards Honor Whedon’s Avengers, Vaughan’s Saga, And More

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SagaThe annual Worldcon unfolded this past weekend in San Antonio. Texas, and that means one thing: the Hugo Awards. The Awards have been an annual event since 1955, and they recognize genre excellence across a wide span of categories. This year’s nominees included big-screen epics such as Joss Whedon’s The Avengers and The Cabin in the Woods (which should have won, in my humble opinion), and TV favorites such as Doctor Who and Fringe. Chances are, you love some of the nominees, dislike others, and have never even heard of some of them.

Here’s the full breakdown of this year’s Hugo nominees and winners!

Best Novel

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2013 Hugo Noms Include Joss Whedon, Rian Johnson, And Steven Moffat

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This past year was the first one where I’ve worked exclusively for GFR. And while that’s cool in a lot of ways, there was one particular perk that I really enjoyed: not having to pay any attention whatsoever to the Oscars. When you’re writing for a more generalized entertainment site (such as our awesome sister site, Cinema Blend), you pretty much have to keep track of them so you can write about the movies in an informed way. Here on GFR, I’m freed to focus on far more interesting things, like the Hugo Awards!

Yes, the World Science Fiction Society (whose web design appears to be trapped in 1996 for some reason) has released its nominations for the 2013 Hugo Awards, which are in their 60th year. The Hugos, of course, are one of the most prestigious of genre awards, recognizing excellence in science fiction/fantasy/etc. across multiple forms including movies, TV, books, and comics. This year’s nominees include folks such as Joss Whedon, Looper’s Rian Johnson, Saga’s Brian K. Vaughn, and Doctor Who’s Steven Moffat. More on that in a second.

Hugo Awards

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Copyright Enforcement Robots Took Down The Hugo Awards Live Broadcast

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We like robots. It’s right there in the name. And while we have a proclivity for the giant version, we love robots of all shapes and sizes. But we really, really don’t like the copyright enforcement drones that interrupted the live broadcast of the Hugo Awards Sunday night. Those robots should go suck a stack of magnets.

There’s no denying the unintentional humor of a ceremony celebrating science fiction being shut down by overzealous technology run amok, but I doubt anyone was laughing when the live stream of the Hugos was cut off right as Neil Gaiman took the stage to receive the “Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form” award for his Doctor Who script. Anyone watching the stream, rather than getting to see Neil’s speech — including his revelation that he was writing another Who episode — instead was left staring at the words “Worldcon banned due to copyright infringement.”

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2012 Hugo Award Winners

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The 2012 Hugo Award winners were announced last night at Chicon 7, during a ceremony hosted by toastmaster John Scalzi (Redshirts, Old Man’s War). Named after legendary SF writer/publisher Hugo Gernsback, the Hugos have been recognizing the best science fiction and fantasy across various media since 1953. This year’s Hugo winners included a Doctor Who episode penned by Neil Gaiman, HBO’s acclaimed Game of Thrones series, and various other things you should really add to your “to read/watch/listen” list.

Here’s the full list of winners and nominees. For each category, we’ve bolded the winners. Do you think the right people took home the rocket ships this year?

Best Novel

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

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