Saturday, September 4, 1999

1999 Hugo Award Finalists

Location: AussieCon Three in Melbourne, Australia.

Comments: Looking at the 1999 Hugo award winners alongside the other nominees they were competing against, I can only incredulously think "The Truman Show? How in the world did that overly long, pretentious, bore fest that consisted of almost nothing but Jim Carey mugging for the camera win a Hugo?" And then one looks at the competition and the mystery becomes even deeper. It should come as no surprise that in my opinion the Babylon 5 episode Sleeping in the Light should have won, but how did The Truman Show beat out Pleasantville and Dark City as well? It is just inexplicable unless one assumes that Peter Weir had pictures of the entire Hugo voting pool in compromising positions with farm animals.

And the reason for this conclusion is that with respect to the rest of the award categories, the voters seem to have done a creditable job of selecting worthwhile winners. If the other categories had had as inexplicably silly winners as the Best Dramatic Presentation category, then one could chalk The Truman Show's win up to the voters simply having lost their minds in a kind of mob mental lapse. But Connie Willis' To Say Nothing of the Dog is a fine novel, and a deserving Hugo winner, as are the winners in all the other categories, so the mystery remains.

Best Novel

To Say Nothing of the Dog by Connie Willis

Other Finalists:
Children of God by Mary Doria Russell
Darwinia by Robert Charles Wilson
Distraction by Bruce Sterling
Factoring Humanity by Robert J. Sawyer

Best Novella

Oceanic by Greg Egan

Other Finalists:
Aurora in Four Voices by Catherine Asaro
Get Me to the Church on Time by Terry Bisson
Story of Your Life by Ted Chiang
The Summer Isles by Ian R. MacLeod

Best Novelette

Taklamakan by Bruce Sterling

Other Finalists:
Divided by Infinity by Robert Charles Wilson
Echea by Kristine Kathryn Rusch
The Planck Dive by Greg Egan
Steamship Soldier on the Information Front by Nancy Kress
Time Gypsy by Ellen Klages
Zwarte Piet's Tale by Allen M. Steele

Best Short Story

The Very Pulse of the Machine by Michael Swanwick

Other Finalists:
Cosmic Corkscrew by Michael A. Burstein
Maneki Neko by Bruce Sterling
Radiant Doors by Michael Swanwick
Whiptail by Robert Reed
Wild Minds by Michael Swanwick

Best Nonfiction, Related, or Reference Work

The Dreams Our Stuff Is Made Of: How Science Fiction Conquered the World by Thomas M. Disch

Other Finalists:
The Hugo, Nebula, and World Fantasy Awards by Howard DeVore
Science-Fiction: The Gernsback Years by Everett F. Bleiler
Spectrum 5: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art edited by Cathy Fenner and Arnie Fenner
The Work of Jack Williamson: An Annotated Bibliography and Guide by Richard A. Hauptmann

Best Dramatic Presentation

The Truman Show

Other Finalists:
Babylon 5: Sleeping in Light
Dark City
Star Trek: Insurrection

Best Professional Editor

Gardner Dozois

Other Finalists:
Scott Edelman
David G. Hartwell
Patrick Nielsen Hayden
Stanley Schmidt
Gordon van Gelder

Best Professional Artist

Bob Eggleton

Other Finalists:
Jim Burns
Donato Giancola
Don Maitz
Nick Stathopoulos
Michael Whelan

Best Semi-Prozine

Locus edited by Charles N. Brown

Other Finalists:
Interzone edited by David Pringle
The New York Review of Science Fiction edited by Kathryn Cramer, Ariel Haméon, David G. Hartwell, and Kevin J. Maroney
Science Fiction Chronicle edited by Andrew I. Porter
Speculations edited by Denise Lee

Best Fanzine

Ansible edited by Dave Langford

Other Finalists:
File 770 edited by Mike Glyer
Mimosa edited by Richard Lynch and Nicki Lynch
Plokta edited by Alison Scott and Steve Davies
Tangent edited by David Truesdale
Thyme edited by Alan Stewart

Best Fan Writer

Dave Langford

Other Finalists:
Bob Devney
Mike Glyer
Evelyn C. Leeper
Maureen Kincaid Speller

Best Fan Artist

Ian Gunn

Other Finalists:
Freddie Baer
Brad W. Foster
Teddy Harvia
Joe Mayhew
D. West

John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer

Nalo Hopkinson

Other Finalists:
Kage Baker
Julie E. Czerneda
Susan R. Matthews
James Van Pelt

What Are the Hugo Awards?

Go to previous year's finalists: 1998
Go to subsequent year's finalists: 2000

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