Doctor Who, Fan Fiction, And A YouTube Documentary Headline This Year’s Hugo Awards Finalists

Doctor Who, Fan Fiction, And A YouTube Documentary Headline This Year’s Hugo Awards Finalists

The nominees for the Hugo Awards are here, honouring the best in 2018’s comics, movies, TV shows, and other works. We’ve got some staples in genre fiction, like Black Panther and Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, along with a few surprises—including the first time in Hugo history that a YouTube series has been nominated for an award.

The World Science Fiction Society announced the full list of Hugo finalists on Tuesday. Voting is underway, and the winners will be announced at this year’s awards in Dublin, Ireland on August 18. Iconic TV episodes like The Good Place’s “Jeremy Bearimy” and The Expanse’s “Abaddon’s Gate” are on the list — along with two selections from Jodie Whittaker’s debut season in Doctor Who, “Rosa” and “Demons of the Punjab”. Plus, io9 co-founders Annalee Newitz and Charlie Jane Anders were nominated for their podcast, Our Opinions Are Correct.

There are also two interesting additions to this year’s nominees for Related Works. First, there’s Archive of Our Own, a massive collection of transformative fanworks, like fan fiction and fan art — I guess that means all the fan fic on that site is now technically Hugo-nominated, so congrats, folks! And video essayist Lindsay Ellis (full disclosure, she’s a personal friend) has been nominated for her YouTube documentary series about The Hobbit, along with co-writer and editor Angelina Meehan.

It’s the first time a Hugo nomination has gone to a YouTube video or series since the category was expanded beyond books in 2010. Given the rise of online video essays over the past few years, this indicates a growing understanding and appreciation for the medium.

Here’s the full list of nominees:

Best Novel

  • The Calculating Stars, by Mary Robinette Kowal (Tor)

  • Record of a Spaceborn Few, by Becky Chambers (Hodder & Stoughton / Harper Voyager)

  • Revenant Gun, by Yoon Ha Lee (Solaris)

  • Space Opera, by Catherynne M. Valente (Saga)

  • Spinning Silver, by Naomi Novik (Del Rey / Macmillan)

  • Trail of Lightning, by Rebecca Roanhorse (Saga)

Best Novella

  • Artificial Condition, by Martha Wells ( Publishing)

  • Beneath the Sugar Sky, by Seanan McGuire ( Publishing)

  • Binti: The Night Masquerade, by Nnedi Okorafor ( Publishing)

  • The Black God’s Drums, by P. Djèlí Clark ( Publishing)

  • Gods, Monsters, and the Lucky Peach, by Kelly Robson ( Publishing)

  • The Tea Master and the Detective, by Aliette de Bodard (Subterranean Press / JABberwocky Literary Agency)

Best Novelette

  • “If at First You Don’t Succeed, Try, Try Again,” by Zen Cho (B&N Sci-Fi and Fantasy Blog, November 29, 2018)

  • “The Last Banquet of Temporal Confections,” by Tina Connolly (, July 11, 2018)

  • “Nine Last Days on Planet Earth,” by Daryl Gregory (, September 19, 2018)

  • The Only Harmless Great Thing, by Brooke Bolander ( Publishing)

  • “The Thing About Ghost Stories,” by Naomi Kritzer (Uncanny, November-December 2018)

  • “When We Were Starless,” by Simone Heller (Clarkesworld, October 2018)

Best Short Story

  • “The Court Magician,” by Sarah Pinsker (Lightspeed, January 2018)

  • “The Rose MacGregor Drinking and Admiration Society,” by T. Kingfisher (Uncanny, November-December 2018)

  • “The Secret Lives of the Nine Negro Teeth of George Washington,” by P. Djèlí Clark (Fireside Magazine, February 2018)

  • “STET,” by Sarah Gailey (Fireside Magazine, October 2018)

  • “The Tale of the Three Beautiful Raptor Sisters, and the Prince Who Was Made of Meat,” by Brooke Bolander (Uncanny, July-August 2018)

  • “A Witch’s Guide to Escape: A Practical Compendium of Portal Fantasies,” by Alix E. Harrow (Apex, February 2018)

Best Series

  • The Centenal Cycle, by Malka Older ( Publishing)

  • The Laundry Files, by Charles Stross (most recently Publishing and Tor/Orbit)

  • Machineries of Empire, by Yoon Ha Lee (Solaris)

  • October Daye Series, by Seanan McGuire (most recently DAW)

  • The Universe of Xuya, by Aliette de Bodard (most recently Subterranean Press)

  • Wayfarers, by Becky Chambers (Hodder & Stoughton / Harper Voyager)

Best Related Work

  • Archive of Our Own, a project of the Organisation for Transformative Works

  • Astounding: John W. Campbell, Isaac Asimov, Robert A. Heinlein, L. Ron Hubbard, and the Golden Age of Science Fiction, by Alec Nevala-Lee (Dey Street Books)

  • The Hobbit Duology (documentary in three parts), written and edited by Lindsay Ellis and Angelina Meehan (YouTube)

  • An Informal History of the Hugos: A Personal Look Back at the Hugo Awards, 1953-2000, by Jo Walton (Tor)

  • The Mexicanx Initiative Experience at Worldcon 76 (Julia Rios, Libia Brenda, Pablo Defendini, John Picacio)

  • Ursula K. Le Guin: Conversations on Writing, by Ursula K. Le Guin with David Naimon (Tin House Books)

Best Graphic Story

  • Abbott, written by Saladin Ahmed, art by Sami Kivelä, colours by Jason Wordie, letters by Jim Campbell (BOOM! Studios)

  • Black Panther: Long Live the King, written by Nnedi Okorafor and Aaron Covington, art by André Lima Araújo, Mario Del Pennino and Tana Ford (Marvel)

  • Monstress, Volume 3: Haven, written by Marjorie Liu, art by Sana Takeda (Image Comics)

  • On a Sunbeam, by Tillie Walden (First Second)

  • Paper Girls, Volume 4, written by Brian K. Vaughan, art by Cliff Chiang, colours by Matt Wilson, letters by Jared K. Fletcher (Image Comics)

  • Saga, Volume 9, written by Brian K. Vaughan, art by Fiona Staples (Image Comics)

Best Dramatic Presentation, Long Form

  • Annihilation, directed and written for the screen by Alex Garland, based on the novel by Jeff VanderMeer (Paramount Pictures / Skydance)

  • Avengers: Infinity War, screenplay by Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, directed by Anthony Russo and Joe Russo (Marvel Studios)

  • Black Panther, written by Ryan Coogler and Joe Robert Cole, directed by Ryan Coogler (Marvel Studios)

  • A Quiet Place, screenplay by Scott Beck, John Krasinski and Bryan Woods, directed by John Krasinski (Platinum Dunes / Sunday Night)

  • Sorry to Bother You, written and directed by Boots Riley (Annapurna Pictures)

  • Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, screenplay by Phil Lord and Rodney Rothman, directed by Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey and Rodney Rothman (Sony)

Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form

  • The Expanse: “Abaddon’s Gate,” written by Daniel Abraham, Ty Franck and Naren Shankar, directed by Simon Cellan Jones (Penguin in a Parka / Alcon Entertainment)

  • Doctor Who: “Demons of the Punjab,” written by Vinay Patel, directed by Jamie Childs (BBC)

  • Dirty Computer, written by Janelle Monáe, directed by Andrew Donoho and Chuck Lightning (Wondaland Arts Society / Bad Boy Records / Atlantic Records)

  • The Good Place: “Janet(s),” written by Josh Siegal & Dylan Morgan, directed by Morgan Sackett (NBC)

  • The Good Place: “Jeremy Bearimy,” written by Megan Amram, directed by Trent O’Donnell (NBC)

  • Doctor Who: “Rosa,” written by Malorie Blackman and Chris Chibnall, directed by Mark Tonderai (BBC) 

Best Professional Editor, Short Form

  • Neil Clarke

  • Gardner Dozois

  • Lee Harris

  • Julia Rios

  • Lynne M. Thomas and Michael Damian Thomas

  • E. Catherine Tobler

Best Professional Editor, Long Form

  • Sheila E. Gilbert

  • Anne Lesley Groell

  • Beth Meacham

  • Diana Pho

  • Gillian Redfearn

  • Navah Wolfe

Best Professional Artist

  • Galen Dara

  • Jaime Jones

  • Victo Ngai

  • John Picacio

  • Yuko Shimizu

  • Charles Vess 

Best Semiprozine

  • Beneath Ceaseless Skies, editor-in-chief and publisher Scott H. Andrews

  • Fireside Magazine, edited by Julia Rios, managing editor Elsa Sjunneson-Henry, social coordinator Meg Frank, special features editor Tanya DePass, founding editor Brian White, publisher and art director Pablo Defendini

  • FIYAH Magazine of Black Speculative Fiction, executive editors Troy L. Wiggins and DaVaun Sanders, editors L.D. Lewis, Brandon O’Brien, Kaleb Russell, Danny Lore, and Brent Lambert

  • Shimmer, publisher Beth Wodzinski, senior editor E. Catherine Tobler

  • Strange Horizons, edited by Jane Crowley, Kate Dollarhyde, Vanessa Rose Phin, Vajra Chandrasekera, Romie Stott, Maureen Kincaid Speller, and the Strange Horizons Staff

  • Uncanny Magazine, publishers/editors-in-chief Lynne M. Thomas and Michael Damian Thomas, managing editor Michi Trota, podcast producers Erika Ensign and Steven Schapansky, Disabled People Destroy Science Fiction Special Issue editors-in-chief Elsa Sjunneson-Henry and Dominik Parisien

Best Fanzine

  • Galactic Journey, founder Gideon Marcus, editor Janice Marcus

  • Journey Planet, edited by Team Journey Planet

  • Lady Business, editors Ira, Jodie, KJ, Renay & Susan

  • Nerds of a feather, flock together, editors Joe Sherry, Vance Kotrla and The G

  • Quick Sip Reviews, editor Charles Payseur

  • Rocket Stack Rank, editors Greg Hullender and Eric Wong 

Best Fancast

  • Be the Serpent, presented by Alexandra Rowland, Freya Marske and Jennifer Mace

  • The Coode Street Podcast, presented by Jonathan Strahan and Gary K. Wolfe

  • Fangirl Happy Hour, hosted by Ana Grilo and Renay Williams

  • Galactic Suburbia, hosted by Alisa Krasnostein, Alexandra Pierce, and Tansy Rayner Roberts, produced by Andrew Finch

  • Our Opinions Are Correct, hosted by Annalee Newitz and Charlie Jane Anders

  • The Skiffy and Fanty Show, produced by Jen Zink and Shaun Duke, hosted by the Skiffy and Fanty Crew

Best Fan Writer

  • Foz Meadows

  • James Davis Nicoll

  • Charles Payseur

  • Elsa Sjunneson-Henry

  • Alasdair Stuart

  • Bogi Takács 

Best Fan Artist

  • Sara Felix

  • Grace P. Fong

  • Meg Frank

  • Ariela Housman

  • Likhain (Mia Sereno)

  • Spring Schoenhuth

Best Art Book

  • The Books of Earthsea: The Complete Illustrated Edition, illustrated by Charles Vess, written by Ursula K. Le Guin (Saga Press/Gollancz)

  • Daydreamer’s Journey: The Art of Julie Dillon, by Julie Dillon (self-published)

  • Dungeons & Dragons Art & Arcana: A Visual History, by Michael Witwer, Kyle Newman, Jon Peterson, Sam Witwer (Ten Speed Press)

  • Spectrum 25: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art, ed. John Fleskes (Flesk Publications)

  • Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse: The Art of the Movie, by Ramin Zahed (Titan Books)

  • Tolkien: Maker of Middle-earth, ed. Catherine McIlwaine (Bodleian Library)

John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer

  • Katherine Arden (2nd year of eligibility)

  • S.A. Chakraborty (2nd year of eligibility)

  • R.F. Kuang (1st year of eligibility)

  • Jeannette Ng (2nd year of eligibility)

  • Vina Jie-Min Prasad (2nd year of eligibility)

  • Rivers Solomon (2nd year of eligibility) 

Lodestar Award for Best Young Adult Book

  • The Belles, by Dhonielle Clayton (Freeform / Gollancz)

  • Children of Blood and Bone, by Tomi Adeyemi (Henry Holt / Macmillan Children’s Books)

  • The Cruel Prince, by Holly Black (Little, Brown / Hot Key Books)

  • Dread Nation, by Justina Ireland (Balzer + Bray)

  • The Invasion, by Peadar O’Guilin (David Fickling Books / Scholastic)

  • Tess of the Road, by Rachel Hartman (Random House / Penguin Teen)

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