The 2018 Hugo Awards will be presented at Worldcon 76 in San Jose, California, on August 19. The Hugo Award finalists are chosen by readers who are voting members of Worldcon. This week we’ll talk about the awards for Best Series, Best Young Adult Novel, and the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Author. We discussed the categories for short works a few weeks ago and we’ll discuss the novels and novellas in our August 9 column.
Best series (in its second year) has a bumper crop of great stories. This category points out, once again, the difficulty in the category, with books that are definitely linked (Robert Jackson Bennett, Brandon Sanderson, for example) and series like Seanan McGuire’s books, which can be read as stand-alones. It will be interesting to watch this category evolve.
Click the title links below to read our reviews for these works and authors. We’re displaying the covers for our favorite finalists.
- THE BOOKS OF THE RAKSURA by Martha Wells, Night Shade
- THE DIVINE CITIES by Robert Jackson Bennett, Broadway/Jo Fletcher
- INCRYPTID by Seanan McGuire, DAW
- THE MEMOIRS OF LADY TRENT by Marie Brennan, Tor/Titan
- THE STORMLIGHT ARCHIVE by Brandon Sanderson, Tor/Gollancz
- WORLD OF THE FIVE GODS by Lois McMaster Bujold, Harper Voyager/Spectrum
Young Adult is a new category and it too is filled with strong contenders.
BEST YOUNG ADULT BOOK
- Akata Warrior by Nnedi Okorafor, Viking
- The Art of Starving by Sam J. Miller, HarperTeen
- The Book of Dust: La Belle Sauvage by Philip Pullman, Knopf
- In Other Lands by Sarah Rees Brennan, Big Mouth House
- A Skinful of Shadows by Frances Hardinge, Macmillan/Harry N. Abrams
- Summer in Orcus by T. Kingfisher, Sofawolf Press
JOHN W. CAMPBELL AWARD FOR BEST NEW WRITER
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