2021 Hugo Nominations

Nominations for the 2021 Hugo Awards, the Lodestar Award for Best Young Adult Book, and the Astounding Award for Best New Writer closed on Friday, March 19 at 11:59 pm PDT (UTC−07:00). I finished my ballot with about 12 hours to spare! The finalists will be announced on Tuesday, April 13 at 11:00 am EDT (UTC−04:00). The winners will be presented at DisCon III, now scheduled for December 15-19, 2021. Here are my choices:

Best Novel

  • Black Sun, Rebecca Roanhorse (Saga)
  • The City We Became, N.K. Jemisin (Orbit)
  • The Once and Future Witches, Alix E. Harrow (Redhook)
  • Phoenix Extravagant, Yoon Ha Lee (Solaris)
  • Unconquerable Sun, Kate Elliott (Tor)

Best Novella

  • The Empress of Salt and Fortune, Nghi Vo (Tordotcom)
  • Eyetooth, Chris Willrich, Beneath Ceaseless Skies 314 (8 Oct 2020)
  • Nine Words for Loneliness in the Language of the Uma’u, M.L. Clark, Clarkesworld 165 (Jun 2020)
  • Of Them All, Leah Cypess, Fantasy & Science Fiction Sep/Oct 2020
  • Upright Women Wanted, Sarah Gailey (Tordotcom)

Best Novelette

Best Short Story

Best Series

  • The Dresden Files, Jim Butcher
  • The Folk of the Air, Holly Black
  • The Murderbot Diaries, Martha Wells
  • The Stormlight Archive, Brandon Sanderson
  • Wild Cards, George R.R. Martin and Melinda M. Snodgrass

Best Related Work

  • The Art of NASA: The Illustrations that Sold the Missions, Piers Bizony (Motorbooks)
  • Disfigured: On Fairy Tales, Disability, and Making Space, Amanda Laduc (Coach House)
  • Enchanted: A History of Fantasy Illustration, Jesse Kowalski (Abbeville Press)
  • The Heroine’s Journey, Gail Carriger (self-published)
  • The Worlds of J.R.R. Tolkien: The Places That Inspired Middle-Earth, John Garth (Princeton)

Best Graphic Story

  • Fangs, Sarah Andersen (Andrews McMeel)
  • Invisible Kingdom, Vol 2: Edge of Everything, G. Willow Wilson and Christian Ward (Berger Books)
  • The Magicians: New Class, Lev Grossman, Lilah Sturges, and Pius Bak (Archaia)
  • Octavia E. Butler’s Parable of the Sower, Damian Duffy and John Jennings (Abrams ComicArts)
  • Once & Future, Vol 1: The King Is Undead, Kieron Gillen and Dan Mora (BOOM! Studios)

Best Dramatic Presentation, Long Form

  • Beastars, Season 1
  • The Invisible Man
  • Sputnik
  • The Vast of Night
  • Wolfwalkers

Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form

  • The Expanse, Gaugamela
  • The Magicians, Oops!…I Did It Again
  • The Mandalorian, Chapter 13: The Jedi
  • Star Trek: Picard, The Impossible Box
  • Westworld, The Winter Line

Best Editor, Short Form

  • Scott H. Andrews
  • Neil Clarke
  • Ellen Datlow
  • C.C. Finlay
  • Lynne M. Thomas and Michael Damian Thomas

Best Editor, Long Form

  • Nivia Evans
  • Brit Hvide
  • Joe Monti
  • Miriam Weinberg

Best Professional Artist

  • Sam Hogg
  • Sija Hong
  • Paul Lewin
  • Maurizio Manzieri
  • Magali Villeneuve

Best Semiprozine

  • Beneath Ceaseless Skies
  • Strange Horizons
  • Uncanny

Best Fanzine

  • Camestros Felapton
  • nerds of a feather, flock together
  • Quick Sip Reviews
  • Rocket Stack Rank
  • The Wertzone

Best Fancast

  • Kalanadi
  • Kitty G
  • SFF180

Best Fan Writer

  • Cora Buhlert
  • JJ at File770
  • Adri Joy
  • Bonnie McDaniel
  • Adam Whitehead

Best Fan Artist

  • Iain J Clark
  • Kolarp Em
  • Sara Felix
  • Jessica Liu
  • Laya Rose

Lodestar Award for Best Young Adult Book

  • A Deadly Education, Naomi Novik (Del Rey)
  • Elatsoe, Darcie Little Badger (Levine Querido)
  • How the King of Elfhame Learned to Hate Stories, Holly Black (Little, Brown)
  • Legendborn, Tracy Deonn (Margaret K. McElderry Books)
  • Race to the Sun, Rebecca Roanhorse (Disney Hyperion)

Astounding Award for Best New Writer

  • Tracy Deonn
  • Andrew Dykstal
  • Mackenzie Kincaid
  • Emily Tesh
  • Christine Tyler

There is also a special Hugo category this year for Best Video Game, but I did not submit any nominations for it. What were your favorites from 2020?

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