2017 Hugo Finalists

Finalists for the 2017 Hugo Awards have been announced.

Alien Stripper Boned From Behind By The T-Rex

Here are some highlights.

Best Novel (2078 ballots)
  • 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 (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)

Best Novella (1410 ballots)
  • 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 Miéville (Del Rey / Picador)

Best Novelette (1097 ballots)
  • 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 Publishing, 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)
  • “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 Editor – Long Form (752 ballots)
  • Vox Day
  • Sheila E. Gilbert
  • Liz Gorinsky
  • Devi Pillai
  • Miriam Weinberg
  • Navah Wolfe

Best Semiprozine (857 ballots)
  • 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

Best Fanzine (610 ballots)
  • “Castalia House Blog”, edited by Jeffro Johnson
  • “Journey Planet”, edited by James Bacon, Chris Garcia, Esther MacCallum-Stewart, Helena Nash, Errick Nunnally, Pádraig Ó Méalóid, 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

Best Fan Writer (802 ballots)
  • Mike Glyer
  • Jeffro Johnson
  • Natalie Luhrs
  • Foz Meadows
  • Abigail Nussbaum
  • Chuck Tingle

John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer (937 ballots)
  • 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)

Congratulations to all of this year's finalists, especially:
  • P. Alexander
  • Vox Day
  • Carrie Fisher
  • Stix Hiscock
  • Jeffro Johnson
  • J. Mulrooney
  • Razörfist
  • Dr. Chuck Tingle
  • John C. Wright
FYI: In case you're wondering how this year's Rabid Puppies list stacks up against the final Hugo ballot, 13 of the 22 proposed RP nominees made the final cut--a success rate of 60%. Condolences to those who hoped that this year's new e pluribus Hugo nominating rules would make the Hugos safe from Puppies. As you can see, no one is safe; least of all alien strippers.

After reading this, I can't understand why other authors limit themselves.


  1. Vox's chess games never cease to amuse. One day I hope geekgab gets a nominee for fancast.

    1. The Nielsen Haydens had no idea what they were messing with when they made their unprovoked attacks against Vox.

      They were so used to browbeating validation-seeking, low self-esteem authors that they couldn't conceive of the usual ostracizing routine failing. They had no idea how to deal with a guy who runs companies (plural), made the Billboard charts, and sees writing as a hobby; not his sole source of self-worth.

      The Nielsen Haydens, and now Scalzi, have bought their ticket for the ride that never ends.

      "One day I hope geekgab gets a nominee for fancast."

      Thank you?

  2. Why don't we just rename the damn things the Tories. They sure as hell have paid enough for them.

  3. Fuck off, Obvious. You're banned and spammed.

    1. If you are getting trolls and spammers, you are moving up in the world.

    2. You said it. Commenters with differing opinions are welcome to come here and argue in good faith. Known trolls intent on derailing the discussion will be banned and spammed with extreme prejudice.

  4. Brian

    Another authour acidly noted that Tor dominates the Hugos. Perhaps it shold be renamed the Torus for the infinite twists and turns in the scifi genre :)