Thoughtful Thursday: Hugo edition

It’s time for the Hugo Awards! At FanLit we are especially exited this year since several of us will be arriving in Kansas City, MO next week to attend the 74th WorldCon where this year’s Hugo Awards will be announced. It will be the first time that most of us have met each other in person, though we’ve been working closely together for years. We are looking forward to it!

We’re satisfied with the finalists for the Best Novel category. They are:

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I am terrible at predictions and if I’ve learned anything over the past couple of years it’s that I really can’t predict these awards at all. With that disclaimer out of the way, I think probably the winner will be Jemisin’s The Fifth Season. Hard-science-fiction fans campaigned hard for Stephenson’s Seveneves, but Jemisin’s new series generated a lot of buzz, and it’s exciting, and I think more people read it. Uprooted was also a fan favorite. Jim Butcher has many loyal fans but I don’t know if this new series draws the numbers that his classic HARRY DRESDEN series did.

Who do you want to win? Who do you think will win? Comment below. One commenter with a USA mailing address will win a book from our Stacks.

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Marion Deeds, with us since March, 2011, is the author of the fantasy novella ALUMINUM LEAVES. Her short fiction has appeared in the anthologies BEYOND THE STARS, THE WAND THAT ROCKS THE CRADLE, STRANGE CALIFORNIA, and in Podcastle, The Noyo River Review, Daily Science Fiction and Flash Fiction Online. She’s retired from 35 years in county government, and spends some of her free time volunteering at a second-hand bookstore in her home town. You can read her blog at, and follow her on Twitter: @mariond_d.

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  1. M. Robinson /

    Stephenson’s Seveneves.

  2. James Veitch /

    The only one I have thus far read is The Fifth Season and it knocked me out. If the others are comparable, then I’ll be satisfied with any of them winning.

  3. I think The Fifth Season is going to win.

  4. margo /

    I hope The Fifth Season will win because it’s a bit of a paradigm shift and I really really loved it. I’d also be happy with an Ancillary Mercy win, although I think that’s less likely because Ancillary Justice won 2 years ago. Uprooted won the Nebula and the fantasy Locus, so it’s definitely in the running. In short, I don’t have a prediction to go with my preferences.
    I’m also really happy to learn you guys are planning to meet up in KC. Maybe I’ll get to meet some of you there too.

  5. RedEyedGhost /

    I haven’t read any of them. Uprooted was the one I was most interested in reading, but I haven’t gotten around to it yet.

    I wish Worldcon was at a different time of year, as I had a really fun time the year it was in Denver, but work’s too crazy to even think about traveling this time of year.

  6. Sandy Giden /

    I couldn’t get into the Jim Butcher book at all so I’d vote for Uprooted.

  7. The only one I have read is The Aeronaut’s Windlass by Jim Butcher. It was a great book!

  8. April /

    I’ve read three of the books but I think there has been more ‘critical’ talk about the other two so more than likely one of those will win which makes it either Seveneves or Fifth Season. I need to get around to reading those at some point though Stephenson is hit or miss with me and the first series I tried by Jemisin I couldn’t finish the first book.

  9. Melanie Goldmund /

    Well, I’ve only read two of these books — The Aeromaut’s Windlass and Uprooted — and of those two, I think that Uprooted would be more likely to win this award.

  10. I have been reading the books this week in preparation for the award ceremony. (Except that I haven’t read Leckie’s). My favorite is definitely SevenEves. I love it. Jemisin’s book comes next.

  11. Margo, if you live in the USA, you win a book of your choice from our stacks.
    Please contact me (Marion) with your choice and a US address. Happy reading!

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