Worldcon has released the finalists for the 2017 Hugo Awards, the science fiction and fantasy awards named after Amazing Stories founder Hugo Gernsback. We're pretty sure that's the book Spider-Man first appeared in. In true snooty comics website fashion, we'll only talk about the things that relate to comic books and ignore everything else.
First, in the most important category, Best Graphic Story (that's fancy-speak for comics), nominees included Marvel's Black Panther, Ms. Marvel, and The Vision, two of the most successful and acclaimed books the likes of which Marvel "has heard" people don't want anymore, and one written by a guy who "rode off into the sunset." Monstress, Paper Girls, and Saga from Image took the other three slots, shutting out all other publishers. Shockingly, no prominent editors from the superhero comics community earned nominations in any of the editorial categories, though Sana Takeda, a familiar name to comics readers, did move the needle with a spot on Best Professional Artist list.
Dan Slott failed to secure a nomination in Best Fan Writer despite writing some of the most acclaimed Doctor Who fan fiction around in Silver Surfer, though Doctor Who's Christmas Special, The Return of Doctor Mysterio, was nominated under the Best Dramatic Presentation (Short Form) category, which is a fancy way of saying "TV show." Yes, we know we're breaking out "only talk about comics" rule, but what could be more "comics website" than that?! Sir Robert Liefeld's greatest creation, Deadpool, earned a nomination in the Best Dramatic Presentation (Long Form) category, which is a fancy way of saying "movie."
Check out the full list of nominations below, copied and pasted from the Worldcon 75 site. The rest of them all appear to have to do with something called "novels," which Bleeding Cool has learned are like comics without pictures. The winners will be presented at Worldcon 75 in Finland on August 12.
2078 ballots cast for 652 nominees.
Votes for finalists ranged from 156 to 480.
- All the Birds in the Sky, by Charlie Jane Anders (Tor Books / Titan Books)
- A Closed and Common Orbit, by Becky Chambers (Hodder & Stoughton / Harper Voyager US)
- Death's End, by Cixin Liu, translated by Ken Liu (Tor Books / Head of Zeus)
- Ninefox Gambit, by Yoon Ha Lee (Solaris Books)
- The Obelisk Gate, by N. K. Jemisin (Orbit Books)
- Too Like the Lightning, by Ada Palmer (Tor Books)
1410 ballots cast for 187 nominees.
Votes for finalists ranged from 167 to 511.
- The Ballad of Black Tom, by Victor LaValle (Tor.com publishing)
- The Dream-Quest of Vellitt Boe, by Kij Johnson (Tor.com publishing)
- Every Heart a Doorway, by Seanan McGuire (Tor.com publishing)
- Penric and the Shaman, by Lois McMaster Bujold (Spectrum Literary Agency)
- A Taste of Honey, by Kai Ashante Wilson (Tor.com publishing)
- This Census-Taker, by China Mieville (Del Rey / Picador)
1097 ballots cast for 295 nominees.
Votes for finalists ranged from 74 to 268.
- Alien Stripper Boned From Behind By The T-Rex, by Stix Hiscock (self-published)
- "The Art of Space Travel", by Nina Allan (Tor.com , July 2016)
- "The Jewel and Her Lapidary", by Fran Wilde (Tor.com, May 2016)
- "The Tomato Thief", by Ursula Vernon (Apex Magazine, January 2016)
- "Touring with the Alien", by Carolyn Ives Gilman (Clarkesworld Magazine, April 2016)
- "You'll Surely Drown Here If You Stay", by Alyssa Wong (Uncanny Magazine, May 2016)
Best Short Story
1275 ballots cast for 830 nominees.
Votes for finalists ranged from 87 to 182.
- "The City Born Great", by N. K. Jemisin (Tor.com, September 2016)
- "A Fist of Permutations in Lightning and Wildflowers", by Alyssa Wong (Tor.com, March 2016)
- "Our Talons Can Crush Galaxies", by Brooke Bolander (Uncanny Magazine, November 2016)
- "Seasons of Glass and Iron", by Amal El-Mohtar (The Starlit Wood: New Fairy Tales, Saga Press)
- "That Game We Played During the War", by Carrie Vaughn (Tor.com, March 2016)
- "An Unimaginable Light", by John C. Wright (God, Robot, Castalia House)
Best Related Work
1122 ballots cast for 344 nominees.
Votes for finalists ranged from 88 to 424.
- The Geek Feminist Revolution, by Kameron Hurley (Tor Books)
- The Princess Diarist, by Carrie Fisher (Blue Rider Press)
- Traveler of Worlds: Conversations with Robert Silverberg, by Robert Silverberg and Alvaro Zinos-Amaro (Fairwood)
- The View From the Cheap Seats, by Neil Gaiman (William Morrow / Harper Collins)
- The Women of Harry Potter posts, by Sarah Gailey (Tor.com)
- Words Are My Matter: Writings About Life and Books, 2000-2016, by Ursula K. Le Guin (Small Beer)
Best Graphic Story
842 ballots cast for 441 nominees.
Votes for finalists ranged from 71 to 221.
- Black Panther, Volume 1: A Nation Under Our Feet, written by Ta-Nehisi Coates, illustrated by Brian Stelfreeze (Marvel)
- Monstress, Volume 1: Awakening, written by Marjorie Liu, illustrated by Sana Takeda (Image)
- Ms. Marvel, Volume 5: Super Famous, written by G. Willow Wilson, illustrated by Takeshi Miyazawa (Marvel)
- Paper Girls, Volume 1, written by Brian K. Vaughan, illustrated by Cliff Chiang, colored by Matthew Wilson, lettered by Jared Fletcher (Image)
- Saga, Volume 6, illustrated by Fiona Staples, written by Brian K. Vaughan, lettered by Fonografiks (Image)
- The Vision, Volume 1: Little Worse Than A Man, written by Tom King, illustrated by Gabriel Hernandez Walta (Marvel)
Best Dramatic Presentation (Long Form)
1733 ballots cast for 206 nominees.
Votes for finalists ranged from 240 to 1030.
- Arrival, screenplay by Eric Heisserer based on a short story by Ted Chiang, directed by Denis Villeneuve (21 Laps Entertainment/FilmNation Entertainment/Lava Bear Films)
- Deadpool, screenplay by Rhett Reese & Paul Wernick, directed by Tim Miller (Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation/Marvel Entertainment/Kinberg Genre/The Donners' Company/TSG Entertainment)
- Ghostbusters, screenplay by Katie Dippold & Paul Feig, directed by Paul Feig (Columbia Pictures/LStar Capital/Village Roadshow Pictures/Pascal Pictures/Feigco Entertainment/Ghostcorps/The Montecito Picture Company)
- Hidden Figures, screenplay by Allison Schroeder and Theodore Melfi, directed by Theodore Melfi (Fox 2000 Pictures/Chernin Entertainment/Levantine Films/TSG Entertainment)
- Rogue One, screenplay by Chris Weitz and Tony Gilroy, directed by Gareth Edwards (Lucasfilm/Allison Shearmur Productions/Black Hangar Studios/Stereo D/Walt Disney Pictures)
- Stranger Things, Season One, created by the Duffer Brothers (21 Laps Entertainment/Monkey Massacre)
Best Dramatic Presentation (Short Form)
1159 ballots cast for 569 nominees.
Votes for finalists ranged from 91 to 193.
- Black Mirror: "San Junipero", written by Charlie Brooker, directed by Owen Harris (House of Tomorrow)
- Doctor Who: "The Return of Doctor Mysterio", written by Steven Moffat, directed by Ed Bazalgette (BBC Cymru Wales)
- The Expanse: "Leviathan Wakes", written by Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby, directed by Terry McDonough (SyFy)
- Game of Thrones: "Battle of the Bastards", written by David Benioff and D. B. Weiss, directed by Miguel Sapochnik (HBO)
- Game of Thrones: "The Door", written by David Benioff and D. B. Weiss, directed by Jack Bender (HBO)
- Splendor & Misery, by Clipping (Daveed Diggs, William Hutson, Jonathan Snipes)
Best Editor – Short Form
951 ballots cast for 191 nominees.
Votes for finalists ranged from 149 to 229.
- John Joseph Adams
- Neil Clarke
- Ellen Datlow
- Jonathan Strahan
- Lynne M. Thomas & Michael Damian Thomas
- Sheila Williams
Best Editor – Long Form
752 ballots cast for 148 nominees.
Votes for finalists ranged from 83 to 201.
- Vox Day
- Sheila E. Gilbert
- Liz Gorinsky
- Devi Pillai
- Miriam Weinberg
- Navah Wolfe
Best Professional Artist
817 ballots cast for 387 nominees.
Votes for finalists ranged from 53 to 143.
- Galen Dara
- Julie Dillon
- Chris McGrath
- Victo Ngai
- John Picacio
- Sana Takeda
857 ballots cast for 103 nominees.
Votes for finalists ranged from 80 to 434.
- Beneath Ceaseless Skies, editor-in-chief and publisher Scott H. Andrews
- Cirsova Heroic Fantasy and Science Fiction Magazine, edited by P. Alexander
- GigaNotoSaurus, edited by Rashida J. Smith
- Strange Horizons, edited by Niall Harrison, Catherine Krahe, Vajra Chandrasekera, Vanessa Rose Phin, Li Chua, Aishwarya Subramanian, Tim Moore, Anaea Lay, and the Strange Horizons staff
- Uncanny Magazine, edited by Lynne M. Thomas & Michael Damian Thomas, Michi Trota, Julia Rios, and podcast produced by Erika Ensign & Steven Schapansky
- The Book Smugglers, edited by Ana Grilo and Thea James
610 ballots cast for 152 nominees.
Votes for finalists ranged from 53 to 159.
- Castalia House Blog, edited by Jeffro Johnson
- Journey Planet, edited by James Bacon, Chris Garcia, Esther MacCallum-Stewart, Helena Nash, Errick Nunnally, Padraig O Mealoid, Chuck Serface, and Erin Underwood
- Lady Business, edited by Clare, Ira, Jodie, KJ, Renay, and Susan
- nerds of a feather, flock together, edited by The G, Vance Kotrla, and Joe Sherry
- Rocket Stack Rank, edited by Greg Hullender and Eric Wong
- SF Bluestocking, edited by Bridget McKinney
690 ballots cast for 253 nominees.
Votes for finalists ranged from 76 to 109.
- The Coode Street Podcast, presented by Gary K. Wolfe and Jonathan Strahan
- Ditch Diggers, presented by Mur Lafferty and Matt Wallace
- Fangirl Happy Hour, presented by Ana Grilo and Renay Williams
- Galactic Suburbia, presented by Alisa Krasnostein, Alexandra Pierce and Tansy Rayner Roberts, produced by Andrew Finch
- The Rageaholic, presented by RazorFist
- Tea and Jeopardy, presented by Emma Newman with Peter Newman
Best Fan Writer
802 ballots cast for 275 nominees.
Votes for finalists ranged from 80 to 152.
- Mike Glyer
- Jeffro Johnson
- Natalie Luhrs
- Foz Meadows
- Abigail Nussbaum
- Chuck Tingle
Best Fan Artist
528 ballots cast for 242 nominees.
Votes for finalists ranged from 39 to 121.
- Ninni Aalto
- Alex Garner
- Vesa Lehtimaki
- Likhain (M. Sereno)
- Spring Schoenhuth
- Mansik Yang
1393 votes for 290 nominees.
Votes for finalists ranged from 129 to 325.
- The Craft Sequence, by Max Gladstone (Tor Books)
- The Expanse, by James S.A. Corey (Orbit US / Orbit UK)
- The October Daye Books, by Seanan McGuire (DAW / Corsair)
- The Peter Grant / Rivers of London series, by Ben Aaronovitch (Gollancz / Del Rey / DAW / Subterranean)
- The Temeraire series, by Naomi Novik (Del Rey / Harper Voyager UK)
- The Vorkosigan Saga, by Lois McMaster Bujold (Baen)
John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer
933 votes for 260 nominees.
Votes for finalists ranged from 88 to 255.
- Sarah Gailey (1st year of eligibility)
- J. Mulrooney (1st year of eligibility)
- Malka Older (2nd year of eligibility)
- Ada Palmer (1st year of eligibility)
- Laurie Penny (2nd year of eligibility)
- Kelly Robson (2nd year of eligibility)
The following nominees received enough votes to qualify for the final ballot, but either declined nomination or were found to be ineligible.
- Best Dramatic Presentation (Short Form): Game of Thrones: "The Winds of Winter"
(No more than two episodes of any one show may be finalists in this category)
- Best Professional Artist: Tomek Radziewicz
(No qualifying publications in 2016)
- Best Professional Artist: JiHun Lee
(No qualifying publications in 2016)
- Best Semiprozine: Lightspeed Magazine
- Best Fanzine: File 770