Hello everyone and happy Sunday! Ana here, live-blogging from NY where The Book Smugglers are having our annual meeting to hatch
evil plans for world domination for 2016. We have a lot of awesome, cool stuff planned and will announce them soon.
For now, we are in full celebration mode. Last night, the Hugo Awards were announced and the results are amazing. Sadly, we didn’t watch the ceremony as we were out celebrating Thea’s birthday. On a sidenote, I HIGHLY recommend following the Hugos on Twitter, while drunk on the dance floor. It made the whole thing absolutely RIVETING.
In case you missed it, the Sad and Rabid Puppies took a well reserved beating and were annihilated with the results as No Award took most of the SP/RP-heavy categories (Best Novella, Short Story, Related Work, Editor Short Form, and Editor Long Form.). The lesson here is: Fandom takes no shit from recalcitrant children, guys, go play in your sexist/racist/homophobic sad little corner of the world and don’t TAINT us with your bullshit. Yes, we are fucking GLOATING.
Needless to say, we are pretty happy with the results such as they were, given the circumstances. We are delighted that The Three Body Problem won Best Novel and loved how that award was presented by an actual ASTRONAUT. IN SPACE. The rest of the results basically matched both our ballots, apart from Best Fan Writer and Best Novelette, where we No Awarded the entire categories. Here is the full list of winners:
BEST NOVEL: The Three Body Problem, Cixin Liu, Ken Liu translator (Tor Books)
BEST NOVELETTE: “The Day the World Turned Upside Down”, Thomas Olde Heuvelt, Lia Belt translator (Lightspeed, 04-2014)
BEST GRAPHIC STORY: Ms. Marvel Volume 1: No Normal, written by G. Willow Wilson, illustrated by Adrian Alphona and Jake Wyatt, (Marvel Comics)
BEST DRAMATIC PRESENTATION, LONG FORM: Guardians of the Galaxy, written by James Gunn and Nicole Perlman, directed by James Gunn (Marvel Studios, Moving Picture Company)
BEST DRAMATIC PRESENTATION, SHORT FORM: Orphan Black: “By Means Which Have Never Yet Been Tried”, ” written by Graham Manson, directed by John Fawcett (Temple Street Productions, Space/BBC America)
BEST PROFESSIONAL ARTIST: Julie Dillon
BEST SEMIPROZINE: Lightspeed Magazine, edited by John Joseph Adams, Stefan Rudnicki, Rich Horton, Wendy N. Wagner, and Christie Yant
BEST FANZINE: Journey Planet, edited by James Bacon, Christopher J Garcia, Colin Harris, Alissa McKersie, and Helen J. Montgomery
BEST FANCAST: Galactic Suburbia Podcast, Alisa Krasnostein, Alexandra Pierce, Tansy Rayner Roberts (Presenters) and Andrew Finch (Producer)
BEST FAN WRITER: Laura J. Mixon
BEST FAN ARTIST: Elizabeth Leggett
JOHN W. CAMPBELL AWARD FOR BEST NEW WRITER: Wesley Chu
After the awards were presented, the full breakdown stats were released and you can check them here. As you can see The Book Smugglers almost made the ballot for Best Semiprozine. Thank you SO much for nominating and considering us for the Hugo Awards. We really appreciate it.
We have one winner to announce! The winner of The Dogs is…
Congratulations to the winner! Send an email to us (contact AT thebooksmugglers DOT com) with your snail mail addresses, and we’ll get your winnings out to you as soon as possible.
And for everyone else, make sure to check out our Court of Fives giveaway, or enter for a chance to win Percy Jackson’s Greek Heroes.
This Week on The Book Smugglers:
We kick off the week with a Inspirations & Influences post for The Vishakanya’s Choice by Roshani Chokshi.
Tuesday, we officially publish The Vishakanya’s Choice by Roshani Chokshi. This is our last First Contact short story of the summer season, and it will be available for free on the blog on Tuesday (although you can preorder and buy an early copy for immediate reading RIGHT NOW).
On Wednesday, it’s time for this month’s Old School Wednesdays readalong as we take a look at Morning Glories, vol.2…
And on Thursday, we are delighted to host the Amazing Frances Hardinge with an essay on The Lie Tree, one of Ana’s top books of the year so far.
Friday, we close out the week with a review of The Death House by Sarah Pinborough, from Thea over at Kirkus
That is all! Until tomorrow, we remain…
~ Your Friendly Neighborhood Book Smugglers