The WorldCon75 Committee announced that, when the Hugo voting closed, they had received 3319 ballots, the third highest turnout in the history of the award.
This year, in addition to the familiar categories, the Hugos added a Best Series category. I’m interested to see who wins, and what people even think of the category as a concept.
Best Novel finalists are: (click the links for our reviews)
- All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders (winner of the Nebula for Best Novel and the Locus award for Best Fantasy Novel)
- A Closed and Common Orbit by Becky Chambers
- Death’s End by Cixin Liu, translated by Kin Liu (winner of the Locus award for Best Science Fiction Novel).
- Ninefox Gambit by Yoon Ha Lee
- The Obelisk Gate by N.K. Jemisin
- Too Like the Lightning by Ada Palmer
What’s your prediction? Will All the Birds in the Sky sweep this year? The Obelisk Gate is highly regarded, but it is the second book in a trilogy and Book One won last year. Does that make a difference? Did voters lean toward hard SF this year?
And now, the new and challenging category, Best Series: (click the links for our reviews)
- THE CRAFT SEQUENCE
by Max Gladstone
- THE EXPANSE by James S.A. Corey
- OCTOBER DAYE by Seanan McGuire
- PETER GRANT / RIVERS OF LONDON
by Ben Aaronovitch
- TEMERAIRE by Naomi Novik
- THE VORKOSIGAN SAGA
by Lois McMaster Bujold
Well, that’s certainly a list. This is an odd mix; quite a bit of urban or contemporary fantasy, which seems to lend itself to series characters. At last year’s WorldCon, Max Gladstone said, somewhat jokingly, that his series must be urban fantasy. And space opera is well represented too.
What do you think? What series will win? Is “Best Series” even a good idea for a category? Weigh in with your predictions, opinion and thoughts, and one random commenter with a USA mailing address will win a book from our Stacks.