I usually show disdain for anything that is popular, but the Hugo awards are an exception — I often seek out the science fiction that wins the coveted honor. I am the proud owner of hardcover copies of volume one through four of The Hugo Winners (which were edited by Isaac Asimov) and Clifford D. Simak's Way Station (which won a Hugo in 1964).
The award is named for Hugo Gernsback, who founded the science-fiction magazine Amazing Stories in 1926. Since the first Hugo awards in 1955, some of the categories have changed over time. For instance, The John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer was added in 1973. (Even though it isn't actually a Hugo, it's awarded at the same time.)
- Best novel: Paolo Bacigalupi The Windup Girl, China Miéville City & The City (tie)
- Best novella: Charles Stross "Palimpsest"
- Best novelette: Peter Watts "The Island"
- Best short story: Will McIntosh "Bridesicle"
- Best related work: Jack Vance This is Me, Jack Vance! (Or, More Properly, This is "I")
- Best graphic story: Girl Genius, Volume 9: Agatha Heterodyne and the Heirs of the Storm, Kaja and Phil Foglio, art by Phil Foglio, colours by Cheyenne Wright
- Best dramatic presentation, long form: Moon, Screenplay Nathan Parker, Story by Duncan Jones, Directed by Duncan Jones
- Best dramatic presentation, short form: Doctor Who: "The Waters of Mars", Russell T. Davies and Phil Ford, Directed by Graeme Harper
- Best editor, long form: Patrick Nielsen Hayden
- Best editor, short form: Ellen Datlow
- Best professional artist: Shaun Tan
- Best semiprozine: Clarkesworld, edited by Neil Clarke, Sean Wallace, and Cheryl Morgan
- Best fan writer: Frederik Pohl
- Best fan artist: Brad W. Foster
- Best fanzine: StarShipSofa, Edited by Tony C. Smith
And The John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer went to Seanan McGuire.
The unfortunate thing about the Hugo awards is that my "to read pile" keeps getting a little larger, and my time to read keeps getting a little smaller. It seems to me that the "to read pile" is starting to be compressed into diamonds, but even if it's not, there certainly are a lot of gems in there.
What have you read or watched from the titles on this list? Which 2010 Hugo award winners do you plan to check out?