This 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.
Here’s the full list of winners.
Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie
BEST SHORT STORY
‘The Water That Falls on You from Nowhere’ by John Chu (Tor.com, 02-2013)
BEST RELATED WORK
‘We Have Always Fought: Challenging the Women, Cattle and Slaves Narrative’ by Kameron Hurley (A Dribble of Ink)
BEST GRAPHIC STORY
‘Time’ by Randall Munroe (xkcd)
BEST DRAMATIC PRESENTATION, LONG FORM
Gravity written by Alfonso Cuarón & Jonás Cuarón, directed by Alfonso Cuarón (Esperanto Filmoj; Heyday Films;Warner Bros.)
BEST DRAMATIC PRESENTATION, SHORT FORM
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)
BEST EDITOR, SHORT FORM
BEST EDITOR, LONG FORM
BEST PROFESSIONAL ARTIST
Lightspeed Magazine edited by John Joseph Adams, Rich Horton, and Stefan Rudnicki
A Dribble of Ink edited by Aidan Moher
SF Signal Podcast, Patrick Hester
BEST FAN WRITER
BEST FAN ARTIST
JOHN W. CAMPBELL AWARD FOR BEST NEW WRITER
Sofia Samatar (Award for the best new professional science fiction or fantasy writer of 2012 or 2013, sponsored by Dell Magazines – not a Hugo Award).