Hugo Awards 2016 winners announced
The winners of the 2016 Hugo Awards for the best science-fiction and fantasy titles of the previous year have been announced, with N K Jemisin’s The Fifth Season (Orbit) winning in the Best Novel category. Best Novella was awarded to Nnedi Okorafor’s Binti (Tor.com), Best Novelette to ‘Folding Beijing’ (Hao Jingfang, trans by Ken Liu, Uncanny Magazine Jan-Feb 2015), and Best Short Story to ‘Cat Pictures Please’ (Naomi Kritzer, Clarkesworld January 2015). For the second year in a row, the winners are seen as a repudiation of the ‘Sad Puppies’ and ‘Rabid Puppies’ voting blocs, who try to skew the awards in favour of select finalists to protest what the groups see as a left-wing bias in the Hugo Awards. Last year saw a record five No Awards handed out in response to the ‘Puppies’ campaign. This year only saw two No Awards, in the categories of Best Related Work and Best Fancast. The Hugo awards are voted on by members of the World Science Fiction Convention (WSFS). The presentation ceremony was held at the 74th World Science Fiction Convention in Kansas City in the US. More information on the awards, including the full list of winners, is available here.