The 2011 Hugo Awards ceremony was held last night in Reno, Nevada, and while the results were often predictable, some wonderful and creative work was recognized.
BEST NOVEL Blackout/All Clear by Connie Willis (Spectra)
BEST NOVELLA "The Lifecycle of Software Objects" by Ted Chiang (Subterranean)
BEST NOVELETTE "The Emperor of Mars" by Allen M. Steele (Asimov’s 6/10)
BEST SHORT STORY "For Want of a Nail" by Mary Robinette Kowal (Asimov’s 12/10)
BEST DRAMATIC PRESENTATION – LONG FORM Inception written and directed by Christopher Nolan
I would single out "The Lifecycle of Software Objects" as the highlight of the fiction winners for me. It was an exceptional story from the novella category, which was loaded with first-rate work this year. For those who doubt that the outcome was fairly predictable, please see the blog post here from three weeks ago: Handicapping the 2011 Hugo Awards. I'll try not to pat myself on the back too much.
The Masters of Ceremony, Jay Lake and Ken Scholes, were amusing throughout, although their comic timing was diminished by their constant glancing at the podium to read their next line. The emotional highlight of the evening was Christopher J Garcia receiving the Hugo Award for Best Fanzine, during which he collapsed and sat on stage, cradling the trophy like a baby. The smoothest and most effortlessly hilarious awards presenter was long-time writer and frequent Hugo Awards host Robert Silverberg, who provoked swells of laughter by stalling for time and teasing Connie Willis, whose category was yet to come.
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