On Thursday, the 2022 Hugo Awards announced their nominees for best sci-fi and fantasy books, comics, short stories, movies, fanfiction, and more. Basically, it’s the Science Fiction and Fantasy Literary Prize. The novel is probably the most bragging-worthy award, but for anyone who cares about storytelling, it’s a creation. and popular victory just to be nominated for the Hugo Awards. Members of the World Science Fiction Society choose the Hugo Award nominations and then the winners.
The 2022 Hugo Awards will be presented at the 80th World Science Fiction Convention (Worldcon) in Chicago on September 4. Charlie Jane Anders and Annalee Newitz, co-founders of io9.com, and science fiction writers in their own right, will host.
The 2022 Hugo Awards nominations are in
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Nominated for Best Novel:
The favorite here might just be Martian author Andy Weir, whose Hail Mary Project has been enthusiastically received by many, including Hollywood who have already chosen him for a film. Another intriguing Hugo Award nomination is the first novel The one who became the sun, an alternate history of 15th-century China. There is also the possibility of A desolation called peacewhich is the sequel to the best novel awarded at the Hugo Awards 2019 A memory called Empire.
A desolation called peaceby Arkady Martine (Tor)
The Galaxy and the Inner Soilby Becky Chambers (Harper Voyager / Hodder & Stoughton)
Uncommon starlightby Ryka Aoki (Tor/St Martin’s Press)
A Master of the Djinnby P. Djèlí Clark (Tordotcom / Orbit UK)
Hail Mary Projectby Andy Weir (Ballantine/Del Rey)
The one who became the sunby Shelley Parker-Chan (Tor/Mantle)
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Nominated for Best Novel:
The best news is another important category. Seanan McGuire is a favorite for Hugo Award nominations, breaking records with five in 2013. Through the fields of green grass is the sixth story in his stray portal fantasy series. Adrian Tchaikovsky is another prolific author whose children of time won an Arthur C. Clarke Award in 2016. His Race of the Ancients sounds appropriately Clarkian with its story of a young hero going up against an ancient magical power.
Through the fields of green grassby Seanan McGuire (Tordotcom)
Race of the Ancientsby Adrian Tchaikovsky (Tordotcom)
Fireheart Tigerby Aliette de Bodard (Tordotcom)
The past is redby Catherine M. Valente (Tordotcom)
A Psalm for the wild mountsby Becky Chambers (Tordotcom)
A busted broochby Alix E. Harrow (Tordotcom)
Best Short Story nominees:
The Best Short Story and Best Short Story nominations are both a great reminder that the age of the short story may be over in most places, but not in the land of sci-fi and fantasy. By the way, a short story is longer than a short story, but shorter than a short story. You probably guessed it.
“Bots of the Lost Ark”, by Suzanne Palmer (Clarkesworld, June 2021)
“Colors of the Immortal Palette”, by Caroline M. Yoachim (Uncanny Magazine, March/April 2021)
The Spirit of the Staircase, by Catherine M. Valente (Tordotcom)
“O2 Arena”, by Oghenechovwe Donald Ekpeki (Galaxy’s Edge, November 2021)
“This story is not the story”, by John Wiswell (Uncanny Magazine, November/December 2021)
“Unseelie Brothers, Ltd.”, by Fran Wilde (Uncanny Magazine, May/June 2021)
Best Short Story nominees:
“Mr. Death,” by Alix E. Harrow (Apex Magazine, February 2021)
“Proof by induction”, by José Pablo Iriarte (Uncanny Magazine, May/June 2021)
“America’s Sin,” by Catherynne M. Valente (Uncanny Magazine, March/April 2021)
“Tangles”, by Seanan McGuire (Magicthegathering.com: Magic Story, September 2021)
“Unknown number”, by Blue Neustifter (Twitter, July 2021)
“Where Oaken Hearts Do Gather”, by Sarah Pinsker (Uncanny Magazine, March/April 2021)
Best Series nominees:
Once again, you have to put down roots for these wayward children. The stories of children who feel like they’re in different worlds and then find themselves in the real thing are poignant, funny, and imaginative character studies. The Kingston Cycle, however, is also a fun Hugo nomination. The Edwardian-era setting seems perfect for a fantasy world of witches and wizards.
The Green Bones Saga, by Fonda Lee (Orbit)
The Kingston Cycle, by CL Polk (Tordotcom)
Merchant Princes, by Charles Stross (Macmillan)
Terra Ignota, by Ada Palmer (Tor Books)
Wayward Children, by Seanan McGuire (Tordotcom)
The World of the White Rat, by T. Kingfisher (Ursula Vernon) (Argyll Productions)
Nominees for Best Graphic Story or Comic:
DIE, vol. 4: Bleed, writing by Kieron Gillen, art by Stephanie Hans, lettering by Clayton Cowles (Image)
Far Sector, written by NK Jemisin, art by Jamal Campbell (DC)
Lore Olympe, vol. 1, by Rachel Smythe (Del Rey)
Monster, vol. 6: The Vow, written by Marjorie Liu, art by Sana Takeda (Image)
Once and Future, Vol. 3: Parliament of the Magpies, written by Kieron Gillen, illustrated by Dan Mora, colored by Tamra Bonvillain (BOOM!)
Strange Adventures, written by Tom King, art by Mitch Gerads and Evan “Doc” Shaner (DC)
Best Related Work Nominees:
The most compelling Hugo nominee in this type of meta category has to be Emily St. James Vox’s investigation into the backlash sci-fi writer Isabel Fall suffered after writing a surreal piece titled “I sexually identifies me as an attack helicopter” for Clarkesworld. magazine.
Being Seen: A Deafblind Woman’s Struggle to End Ableismby Elsa Sjunneson (Tiller Press)
The Complete Debarkle: Saga of a Culture Warby Camestros Felapton (Camestros Felapton)
Dangerous Visions and New Worlds: Radical Science Fiction, 1950 to 1985edited by Andrew Nette and Iain McIntyre (PM Press)
“How Twitter can ruin a life”by Emily St. James (Vox, June 2021)
Never Say You Can’t Survive, by Charlie Jane Anders (Tordotcom)
True Believer: The Rise and Fall of Stan Leeby Abraham Riesman (Crown)
Hugo Award Nominees for Film or Television
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Nominees for Best Dramatic Presentation, Long Form:
The 2022 Hugo Awards Nominations Selected A Lot Of Great Movies, But The Winner Has To Be Dunes, to the right? It was a highly acclaimed, Oscar-nominated film adaptation of one of the sci-fi classics. And it didn’t even involve Sting this time! The second guess for the Hugo Award winning nominee must be Wanda Vision. This Disney+ show was critically acclaimed and made a cultural splash when it was released.
Dunes, screenplay by Jon Spaihts, Denis Villeneuve and Eric Roth; directed by Denis Villeneuve; based on the novel Dune by Frank Herbert (Warner Bros/Legendary Entertainment)
Encanto, screenplay by Charise Castro Smith and Jared Bush; directed by Jared Bush, Byron Howard and Charise Castro Smith (Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures)
The green knightwritten and directed by David Lowery (BRON Studios/A24)
Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, screenplay by Dave Callaham, Destin Daniel Cretton, Andrew Lanham; directed by Destin Daniel Cretton (Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures)
Space sweeperswritten and directed by Jo Sung-hee (Bidangil Pictures)
Wanda Vision, screenplay by Peter Cameron, Mackenzie Dohr, Laura Donney, Bobak Esfarjani, Megan McDonnell, Jac Schaeffer (created by and head writer), Cameron Squires, Gretchen Enders, Chuck Hayward; directed by Matt Shakman (Disney+)
Nominees for Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form:
It’s now a fierce competition between the Hugo Award nominees. Maybe we should give it to The extent, yet. This beloved season, but not enough to get another season, but it should have ended this year. On the other hand, the rest of the Hugo Award nominations come from fabulous TV shows representing fantasy, hard sci-fi, comic book multiverse madness, alternate history, and comic cartoon sci-fi!
The wheel of time: “The Flame of Tar Valon”, written by Justine Juel Gillmer, directed by Salli Richardson-Whitfield, based on The wheel of time series by Robert Jordan (Amazon Studios)
For all mankind: “The Grey”, written by Matt Wolpert and Ben Nedivi; directed by Sergio Mimica-Gezzan (Tall Ship Productions/Sony Pictures Television)
Esoteric: “The Monster You Made”, written by Christian Linke and Alex Yee; story by Christian Linke, Alex Yee, Conor Sheehy and Ash Brannon; directed by Pascal Charrue and Arnaud Delord (Netflix)
The extent: “Nemesis Games”, written by Daniel Abraham, Ty Franck and Naren Shankar; directed by Breck Eisner (Amazon Studios)
Loki: “The Nexus Event”, written by Eric Martin, directed by Kate Herron, created for television by Michael Waldron (Disney+)
Star Trek: Lower Decks: “wej Duj”, written by Kathryn Lyn, directed by Bob Suarez (CBS Eye Animation Productions)
Nominees for Best Editor, Short Form:
I can’t speak to the top publishers, but it’s very cool that the Hugo award honors them. It’s a particularly good idea in a complicated genre like science fiction. Good luck to all those Hugo nominees! Publishers need more love!
Oghenechovwe Donald Ekpeki
Wall Lafferty & SB Divya
Sheree Renee Thomas
Nominees for Best Editor, Long Version:
Sarah T. Guan
Patrick Nielsen Hayden
Hugo Award Nominations for YA Books and New (If Not Young!) Writers
Nominees for the Lodestar Award for Best Book for Young Adults (presented by the World Science Fiction Society):
Comic Years loves Charlie Jane Anders, so we have to research every time she’s nominated, especially for her debut YA book. It’s Comic Years law. Without a doubt, the other Hugo Award nominations are fantastic.
Chaos on CatNetby Naomi Kritzer (Tor Teen)
iron widowby Xiran Jay Zhao (Penguin Teen/Rock the Boat)
The last graduateby Naomi Novik (Del Rey Books)
Redeemerby Jordan Ifueko (Amulet Books / Hot Key Books)
A snake falls to earthby Darcie Little Badger (Levine Querido)
Victories greater than deathby Charlie Jane Anders (Tor Teen / Titan)
Nominated for Astounding Award for Best New Writer (presented by Dell Magazines)
Tracy Deonn (2nd year eligible)
Micaiah Johnson (2nd year of eligibility)
AK Larkwood (2nd year of eligibility)
Everina Maxwell (1st year of eligibility)
Shelley Parker-Chan (1st year of eligibility)
Xiran Jay Zhao (1st year of eligibility)
Which Hugo nominees did you love?
View the full list of 2022 Hugo Award Nominations and the nominees on their official website. The awards include plenty of semi-professional fandom and critic awards, which is another really cool thing that the Hugo Award nominations highlight.
What have you read and watched this year that earned a Hugo Award nomination? Which Hugo 2022 nominees do you encourage? Let us know in the comments!
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