CoNZealand, the 78th World Science Fiction Convention, has announced the finalists for the 2020 Hugo Awards, the Lodestar Award for Best Young Adult Book, and the Astounding Award for Best New Writer. You can watch a video of the announcement on CoNZealand’s YouTube channel or view the complete list on the Hugo Awards website. JJ at File 770 has put together a post on Where To Find The 2020 Hugo Award Finalists For Free Online.
This is the third of four posts with my initial thoughts. I’m dividing the nineteen award categories into written fiction works (novel, novella, novelette, short story, young adult book), other individual works (related work, graphic story, long form dramatic presentation, short form dramatic presentation), people categories (short form editor, long form editor, professional artist, fan writer, fan artist, new writer), and serial categories (series, semiprozine, fanzine, fancast).
Best Editor, Short Form
- Neil Clarke
- Ellen Datlow
- C.C. Finlay
- Jonathan Strahan
- Lynne M. Thomas and Michael Damian Thomas
- Sheila Williams
The first three were my own nominees. I nominated Uncanny in Best Semiprozine rather than nominating the Thomases in this category. I’m particularly pleased for C.C. Finlay’s first-time appearance here. I became a regular reader of The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction around the time that he took over as editor in 2015, and I’ve been subscribing ever since.
Best Editor, Long Form
- Sheila E. Gilbert
- Brit Hvide
- Diana M. Pho
- Devi Pillai
- Miriam Weinberg
- Navah Wolfe
Devi Pillai was my nominee in this category, but I’m glad to see Brit Hvide make her first appearance here. (I actually nominated her for the Astounding Award this year.) She is now the editor for many of the authors who previously worked with Devi Pillai after Pillai moved from Orbit to Tor.
Best Professional Artist
- Tommy Arnold
- Rovina Cai
- Galen Dara
- John Picacio
- Yuko Shimizu
- Alyssa Winans
I nominated Alyssa Winans, but I’m also happy for the other two newcomers. Tommy Arnold has been right on the cusp of making the final ballot a couple times in the past few years. Rovina Cai was on the longlist last year too.
Best Fan Writer
- Cora Buhlert
- James Davis Nicoll
- Alasdair Stuart
- Bogi Takács
- Paul Weimer
- Adam Whitehead
We also have three new names in this category. I’m especially thrilled for my own nominee Adam Whitehead. His blog was one of the first I started following way back when blogs were the cool, new thing. Although this is both of their first appearances here, Cora Buhlert and Paul Weimer are familiar names I’m pleased to see as well.
Best Fan Artist
- Iain Clark
- Sara Felix
- Grace P. Fong
- Meg Frank
- Ariela Housman
- Elise Matthesen
My nominees were newcomer Iain Clark and returning finalist Ariela Housman. Jewelry artist Elise Matthesen is the other first-time finalist here while the remaining three are also previous finalists.
Astounding Award for Best New Writer
- Sam Hawke (2nd year of eligibility)
- R.F. Kuang (2nd year of eligibility)
- Jenn Lyons (1st year of eligibility)
- Nibedita Sen (2nd year of eligibility)
- Tasha Suri (2nd year of eligibility)
- Emily Tesh (1st year of eligibility)
R.F. Kuang was my own nominee. Nibedita Sen is also a finalist for Best Short Story. The other four authors are on my TBR list.
Who are you excited to see here? And who are you looking forward to learning more about?