Thoughtful Thursday: The 2020 Hugo Awards

Winners of the 2020 Hugo Awards will be announced at the 78th World Science Fiction Convention (WorldCon) which will be in New Zealand (CoNZealand) this year, though events are virtual due to COVID. The final award ceremony takes place on Saturday August 1 and George R.R. Martin will be the toastmaster. The Hugo Award finalists, listed below, are chosen by a poll of readers.

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Which, if any, of these finalists have you read? Who do you think will win the Hugo Award in these categories? Are there any titles you think should have been on this list but aren’t? Answer below for a chance to win a book from our stacks.

BEST SHORT STORY

BEST NOVELETTE

BEST NOVELLA

BEST NOVEL

LODESTAR AWARD FOR BEST YOUNG ADULT NOVEL

BEST SERIES

THE ASTOUNDING AWARD FOR BEST NEW WRITER
(formerly the John W. Campbell Award)


THE 1945 RETROSPECTIVE HUGO AWARDS
Each year since 1996, Retro Hugos have been awarded for years before 1953 when the first Hugo Awards were given. This year we celebrate the best science fiction of 1944 (which would have been eligible for a Hugo in 1945).

BEST SHORT STORY

BEST NOVELETTE

BEST NOVELLA

BEST NOVEL


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13 comments

  1. I have read all of them for the modern Hugos for the first time.

    I believe either Anders or Martine will win for best novel, Chiang or Yoachim for novelette, Chiang or Gladstone for best novella, and The Expanse for best series.

    My votes were: Anders, Yoachim, Chiang, and, for best series, Planetfall, which I have been obsessed about for a while now.

  2. John Smith /

    I think the “Winternight Trilogy” by Katherine Arden would be a good choice for Best Series!

  3. Elliott Blackwell /

    I loved both the Winternight trilogy and The Ten Thousand Doors of January

  4. Mike Giordano /

    So many amazing books on this list! My vote has to go to Middlegame, though. It was a new take on an interesting theme.

  5. James M /

    I’ll admit I haven’t read all of them.
    Yet.
    However, based on friends and acquaintances reactions, here are some guesses. I’m not saying they SHOULD OR SHOULDN’T win. ALL the entires are worthy of winning.
    Novel: Gideon the Ninth
    Novella: This is How You Lose the Time War
    Novelette: Omphalos
    Short Story: A Catalog of Storms
    Series: The Expanse
    Lodestar: Dragon Pearl

    Retrospective Short Story: Desertion
    Retrospective Novelette: Arena
    Retrospective Novella: The Changeling
    Retrospective Novel: The Golden Fleece

    We’ll find out in a week how good all our predictions are.

  6. Noneofyourbusiness /

    So many amazing titles! I have “Gideon the Ninth” and “The Ten Thousand Doors of January”.

  7. Emily /

    I love each & every one of the novels and novellas this year.

    Picking a winner seems next to impossible, but my personal favourite was Middlegame. But I wouldn’t be surprised, and would still be absolutely delighted, if A Memory Called Empire or Gideon took the title.

  8. The Distinguished Professor /

    Heard a lot of praise for Middlegame.

  9. I couldn’t believe how close and good some of the categories were! There are years when I haven’t found a single book as good as Middlegame, Gideon the Ninth, or 10,000 Doors of January, though I found Middlegame edged into first by depth of world. There were several categories where I was marking 5th place and had to shake my head that there could be 4 better works in the category. It was a great year.

  10. Lady Morar /

    Speaking of series, slowly building our Luna, InCryptid and Winternight libraries.

  11. SandyG /

    The only one I’be read is Middlegame

  12. Sethia /

    So many good choices this year! I am really enjoyed The Expanse series and  The Ten Thousand Doors of January.

  13. Arthur Maia, if you live in the USA, you win a book of your choice from our stacks.
    Please contact me (Marion) with your choice and a US address. Happy reading!

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