Since I wasn’t attending WorldCon, I kind of forgot that it was this past weekend. Even though I saw Martha Wells fretting about it on Twitter or Facebook or somewhere, so I meant to keep track. I totally expected her novella to win, but I must admit I did not read any of the other novellas. But still, I totally expected Murderbot to take the Hugo voters by storm.
I’m delighted to see I was right!
All Systems Red by Martha Wells
And Then There Were (N-One) by Sarah Pinsker
Binti: Home by Nnedi Okorafor
The Black Tides of Heaven by JY Yang
Down Among the Sticks and Bones by Seanan McGuire
River of Teeth by Sarah Gailey
Congratulations to Martha Wells! I believe that is her first Hugo, though Death of the Necromancer was a nominee, I think.
The Stone Sky by N.K. Jemisin
The Collapsing Empire by John Scalzi
New York 2140 by Kim Stanley Robinson
Provenance by Ann Leckie
Raven Stratagem by Yoon Ha Lee
Six Wakes by Mur Lafferty
Well, you know I did not exactly get into this particular Jemisin trilogy. Still, I didn’t really pay much attention to the novels because I haven’t read any of them. I haven’t even read Provenance, which I totally intended to, and will, eventually. First year I have ever been much more interested in a shorter-form category than in the novel category. I doubt that happens again.
Here’s the other category I was interested in:
World of the Five Gods, by Lois McMaster Bujold
The Books of the Raksura, by Martha Wells
The Divine Cities, by Robert Jackson Bennett
InCryptid, by Seanan McGuire
The Memoirs of Lady Trent, by Marie Brennan
The Stormlight Archive, by Brandon Sanderson
Some very, very strong contenders among these nominees. I would not have known how to vote. I swear, I would have pinned three of them (Bujold, Wells, Brennan) up on a tree and thrown darts at them. Blindfolded.
Personally I think Martha Wells should write a nice Raksura novella and see if she can get into the Best Series category again. Also, that would give us another Raksura novella, and that would be a fine thing right there.
Whether or not she does that, however, once again, big congrats for Murderbot!