The Hugo Awards are the most prestigious science-fiction prize. Named in honour of Hugo Gernsback (the founder of the SF magazine Amazing Stories), they were first awarded at the 11th World Science Fiction convention in 1953. Different from other famous awards, they are not decided by a committee, but by public votes.
The night of the Hugo Awards was Sunday, August 17, with some surprises in the winners list. You can them all together with the ballot’s details on the Hugo Awards page. The winner for the Best Novel was Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie (who also got 2014 Nebula award). Among winners for other categories, there were Charles Stross (Best Novella), Mary Robinette Kowal (Best Novelette) and John Chu (Best Short Story). Kameron Hurley was the only one taking two prizes home (Best Fan Writer and Best Related Work).
“An editor is only as good as his or her authors.” – Ginjer Buchanan, 2014 Hugo Award for Best Editor, Long Form.
This year’s venue was in London, from August 14th to 18th, with the 72th WorldCon, aka LonCon3. The event witnessed a record attendance of more than 10,000 people and made the Guardian’s front page. Among the writers attending it, names like George R. R. Martin (Game of Thrones), Pat Rothfuss, Stephen Baxter, Kim Stanley Robinson, Peter Hamilton and many others.