The 2017 Hugo Award Nominees and Nebula Award Winners

The Hugo Awards and Nebula Awards

The Hugo Awards and the Nebula Awards are the main awards in the world of science fiction. The Hugos seem to focus strictly on sci-fi, while the Nebulas cover science fiction and fantasy. I never followed these awards until I put together my list for this blog. But seeing as how my goal is to discover more science fiction and to immerse myself in it, I think it’s pretty important to keep tabs on them.

The Hugo Awards

This year’s Hugo Awards will take place on August 11 at Worldcon in Helsinki, Finland.

There are many categories of awards, including written stories and movies, but here I’ll highlight the written categories.

Best Novel

  • All the Birds in the Sky, by Charlie Jane Anders (Tor Books/Titan Books)
  • A Closed and Common Orbit, by Becky Chambers (Hodder & Stoughton/Harper Voyager US)
  • Death’s End, by Cixin Liu, translated by Ken Liu (Tor Books/Head of Zeus)
  • Ninefox Gambit, by Yoon Ha Lee (Solaris Books)
  • The Obelisk Gate, by N. K. Jemisin (Orbit Books)
  • Too Like the Lightning, by Ada Palmer (Tor Books)

Best Novella

  • The Ballad of Black Tom, by Victor LaValle ( publishing)
  • The Dream-Quest of Vellitt Boe, by Kij Johnson ( publishing)
  • Every Heart a Doorway, by Seanan McGuire ( publishing)
  • Penric and the Shaman, by Lois McMaster Bujold (Spectrum Literary Agency)
  • A Taste of Honey, by Kai Ashante Wilson ( publishing)
  • This Census-Taker, by China Miéville (Del Rey/Picador)

Best Novelette

  • Alien Stripper Boned From Behind By The T-Rex, by Stix Hiscock (self-published)
  • “The Art of Space Travel”, by Nina Allan (, July 2016)
  • “The Jewel and Her Lapidary”, by Fran Wilde ( publishing, May 2016)
  • “The Tomato Thief”, by Ursula Vernon (Apex Magazine, January 2016)
  • “Touring with the Alien”, by Carolyn Ives Gilman (Clarkesworld Magazine, April 2016)
  • “You’ll Surely Drown Here If You Stay”, by Alyssa Wong (Uncanny Magazine, May 2016)

Best Short Story

  • “The City Born Great”, by N. K. Jemisin (, September 2016)
  • “A Fist of Permutations in Lightning and Wildflowers”, by Alyssa Wong (, March 2016)
  • “Our Talons Can Crush Galaxies”, by Brooke Bolander (Uncanny Magazine, November 2016)
  • “Seasons of Glass and Iron”, by Amal El-Mohtar (The Starlit Wood: New Fairy Tales, Saga Press)
  • “That Game We Played During the War”, by Carrie Vaughn (, March 2016)
  • “An Unimaginable Light”, by John C. Wright (God, Robot, Castalia House)

Best Graphic Story

  • Black Panther, Volume 1: A Nation Under Our Feet, written by Ta-Nehisi Coates, illustrated by Brian Stelfreeze (Marvel)
  • Monstress, Volume 1: Awakening, written by Marjorie Liu, illustrated by Sana Takeda (Image)
  • Ms. Marvel, Volume 5: Super Famous, written by G. Willow Wilson, illustrated by Takeshi Miyazawa (Marvel)
  • Paper Girls, Volume 1, written by Brian K. Vaughan, illustrated by Cliff Chiang, colored by Matthew Wilson, lettered by Jared Fletcher (Image)
  • Saga, Volume 6, illustrated by Fiona Staples, written by Brian K. Vaughan, lettered by Fonografiks (Image)
  • The Vision, Volume 1: Little Worse Than A Man, written by Tom King, illustrated by Gabriel Hernandez Walta (Marvel)

There are some really interesting pieces in here. I certainly don’t know all the authors, but I am familiar with Charlie Jane Anders, who won the 2012 Hugo Award for Best Novelette for Six Months, Three Days, and N.K. Jemisen, whose book The Fifth Season won the 2016 Hugo Award for Best Novel and is on my list. Interestingly Jemisen is nominated in both the Best Novel and Best Short Story categories this year.

I won’t be able to read all of these stories before August, but I’d certainly like to read at last the nominated short stories.

The Nebula Awards

The Nebula Awards already took place this year in May. The Nebulas have fewer categories than the Hugos, focusing mainly on written science fiction and fantasy. Here are the winners of the main written categories.

Best Novel

  • Winner: All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders, published by Tor
  • Borderline by Mishell Baker, published by Saga Press
  • The Obelisk Gate by N.K. Jemisin, published by Orbit US
  • Ninefox Gambit by Yoon Ha Lee, published by Solaris US
  • Everfair by Nisi Shawl, publised by Tor

Best Novella

  • Runtime by S.B. Divya, published by
  • The Dream-Quest of Vellitt Boe by Kij Johnson, published by
  • The Ballad of Black Tom by Victor LaValle, published by
  • Winner: Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire, published by
  • The Liar by John P. Murphy, published by The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction
  • A Taste of Honey by Kai Ashante Wilson, published by

Best Novelette

  • “Blood Grains Speak Through Memories” by Jason Sanford, published by Beneath Ceaseless Skies
  • Winner: “The Long Fall Up” by William Ledbetter, published by The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction
  • “Sooner or Later Everything Falls Into the Sea” by Sarah Pinsker, published by Lightspeed Magazine
  • “The Orangery” by Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam, published by Beneath Ceaseless Skies
  • “The Jewel and Her Lapidary” by Fran Wilde, published by
  • “You’ll Surely Drown Here If You Stay” by Alyssa Wong, published by Uncanny

Best Short Story

  • “Our Talons Can Crush Galaxies” by Brooke Bolander, published by Uncanny
  • Winner: “Seasons of Glass and Iron” by Amal El-Mohtar, published by The Starlit Wood
  • “Sabbath Wine” by Barbara Krasnoff, published by Clockwork Phoenix 5
  • “Things With Beards” by Sam J. Miller, published by Clarkesworld
  • “This Is Not a Wardrobe Door” by A. Merc Rustad, published by Fireside Magazine
  • “A Fist of Permutations in Lightning and Wildflowers” by Alyssa Wong, published by
  • “Welcome to the Medical Clinic at the Interplanetary Relay Station│Hours Since the Last Patient Death: 0” by Caroline M. Yoachim, published by Lightspeed Magazine

A few things that stand out are that Charlie Jane Anders’ All the Birds in the Sky won Best Novel and is aso nominated in the same category for the Hugos. N.K. Jemisen’s The Obelisk Gate was also nominated for Best Novel at the Nebulas and is nominated for the same at the Hugos. Ninefox Gambit by Yoon Ha Lee was also nominated for Best Novel at the Nebulas and for the same at the Hugos. And Every Heart a Doorway, by Seanan McGuire won Best Novella at the Nebulas and is nominated in the same category for the Hugos.

I’d love to read all the winning pieces from the Nebulas and report back on them here. We’ll see if time permits.

I’m certain you’ll find some great reads on this list too. These awards are really the pulse of science fiction! :)

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