Last year's Hugo Award nominations set off an explosion of controversy in the science fiction and fantasy world. One group's attempt to dominate the 2015 nominations was a success, leading some finalists to withdraw their names from consideration. Turmoil roiled the community in the months between the announcement of the finalists and the final vote in the summer. In the end, most categories received an overwhelming number of "no award" votes by members in protest of the finalist slate--plus members declared a renewed commitment to voting for their desired candidates for the 2016 nominations.
Now the 2016 award nominations are in. Last year, 2,122 ballots were received for the Hugo nominations. This year 4,032 ballots were received for Hugo nominations, breaking all previous records.
A selection of the categories is below, as well as the finalists for the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer. Congratulations to all the finalists.
- Ancillary Mercy by Ann Leckie
- The Cinder Spires: The Aeronaut’s Windlass by Jim Butcher
- The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin
- Seveneves: A Novel by Neal Stephenson
- Uprooted by Naomi Novik
- Binti by Nnedi Okorafor
- The Builders by Daniel Polansky
- Penric’s Demon by Lois McMaster Bujold
- Perfect State by Brandon Sanderson
- Slow Bullets by Alastair Reynolds
BEST GRAPHIC STORY
- The Divine written by Boaz Lavie, art by Asaf Hanuka and Tomer Hanuka
- Erin Dies Alone written by Grey Carter, art by Cory Rydell
- Full Frontal Nerdity by Aaron Williams
- Invisible Republic Vol 1 written by Corinna Bechko and Gabriel Hardman, art by Gabriel Hardman
- The Sandman: Overture written by Neil Gaiman, art by J.H. Williams III
JOHN W. CAMPBELL AWARD FOR BEST NEW WRITER
- Pierce Brown *
- Sebastien de Castell *
- Brian Niemeier
- Andy Weir *
- Alyssa Wong *
- Finalists in their 2nd year of eligibility.
The full list of finalist categories can be found here.
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