Sunday, September 2, 2007

2007 Hugo Award Finalists

Location: Nippon 2007 in Yokohama, Japan.

Comments: 2007 was a fairly ordinary year for the Hugo awards. Vernor Vinge won the Best Novel Hugo, an episode of Doctor Who won the Best Dramatic Presentation: Short Form award. In the other categories, a collection of the usual suspects were nominated for, and won the various awards. In fact, the only really interesting thing that happened in this year was that the Best Professional Editor award was split into a pair of awards for Long Form and Short Form. This was probably a decent idea, as the list of nominees for Best Professional Editor had become rather static over the course of the previous few years, with the same names being nominated repeatedly. With the split award, the field was opened up a bit allowing for a wider array of people to get a shot at the Hugo. Whether that is a good or a bad thing is a matter of opinion, and I tend to think having a wider field, within reason, is a good thing.

Best Novel

Rainbow's End by Vernor Vinge

Other Finalists:
Blindsight by Peter Watts
Eifelheim by Michael F. Flynn
Glasshouse by Charles Stross
His Majesty's Dragon by Naomi Novik

Best Novella

A Billion Eves by Robert Reed

Other Finalists:
Inclination by William Shunn
Julian: A Christmas Story by Robert Charles Wilson
Lord Weary's Empire by Michael Swanwick
The Walls of the Universe by Paul Melko

Best Novelette

The Djinn's Wife by Ian McDonald

Other Finalists:
All the Things You Are by Mike Resnick
Dawn, and Sunset, and the Colours of the Earth by Michael F. Flynn
Pol Pot's Beautiful Daughter (Fantasy) by Geoff Ryman
Yellow Card Man Paolo Bacigalupi

Best Short Story

Impossible Dreams by Tim Pratt

Other Finalists:
Eight Episodes by Robert Reed
The House Beyond Your Sky by Benjamin Rosenbaum
How to Talk to Girls at Parties by Neil Gaiman
Kin by Bruce McAllister

Best Nonfiction, Related, or Reference Work

James Tiptree, Jr.: The Double Life of Alice B. Sheldon by Julie Phillips

Other Finalists:
About Writing: Seven Essays, Four Letters, and Five Interviews by Samuel R. Delany
Cover Story: The Art of John Picacio by John Picacio
Heinlein's Children: The Juveniles by Joseph T. Major
Worldcon Guest of Honor Speeches edited by Mike Resnick and Joe Siclari

Best Dramatic Presentation: Long Form

Pan's Labyrinth

Other Finalists:
Children of Men
The Prestige
A Scanner Darkly
V for Vendetta

Best Dramatic Presentation: Short Form

Doctor Who: Girl in the Fireplace

Other Finalists:
Battlestar Galactica: Downloaded
Doctor Who: School Reunion
Doctor Who: Army of Ghosts and Doomsday
Stargate SG-1: 200

Best Professional Editor: Short Form

Gordon van Gelder

Other Finalists:
Gardner Dozois
David G. Hartwell
Stanley Schmidt
Sheila Williams

Best Professional Editor: Long Form

Patrick Nielsen Hayden

Other Finalists:
Lou Anders
James Patrick Baen
Ginjer Buchanan
David G. Hartwell

Best Professional Artist

Donato Giancola

Other Finalists:
Bob Eggleton
Stephan Martiniere
John Jude Palencar
John Picacio

Best Semi-Prozine

Locus edited by Charles N. Brown, Kirsten Gong-Wong, and Liza Groen Trombi

Other Finalists:
Ansible edited by Dave Langford
Interzone edited by Andy Cox
Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet edited by Gavin Grant and Kelly Link
The New York Review of Science Fiction edited by Kathryn Cramer, David G. Hartwell, and Kevin J. Maroney

Best Fanzine

Science-Fiction Five-Yearly edited by Randy Byers, Lee Hoffman, and Geri Sullivan

Other Finalists:
Banana Wings edited by Claire Brialey and Mark Plummer
Challenger edited by Guy H. Lillian, III
The Drink Tank edited by Christopher J. Garcia
Plokta edited by Steve Davies, Alison Scott, and Mike Scott

Best Fan Writer

Dave Langford

Other Finalists:
Christopher J. Garcia
John Hertz
John Scalzi
Steven H Silver

Best Fan Artist


Other Finalists:
Brad W. Foster
Teddy Harvia
Sue Mason
Steve Stiles

John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer

Naomi Novik

Other Finalists:
Scott Lynch
Sarah Monette
Brandon Sanderson
Lawrence M. Schoen

What Are the Hugo Awards?

Go to previous year's nominees: 2006
Go to subsequent year's nominees: 2008

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