2020 Hugo Award Winners: Novels, Novellas, Novelettes, Short Stories

The 2020 Hugo Award Winners have been announced at ConZealand

None of my favorites have won, which proves once again that I have a different taste and opinion than average Hugo voters.

I extract only a few categories which are interesting for me. Here are all the winners and finalists from short to long story (links in the title lead to freely available online publications):

Best Short Story

Though I didn’t find a 5 star story in this category, my favorite is “Do Not Look Back, My Lion” by Alix E. Harrow shortly followed by “Blood is Another Word for Hunger” by Rivers Solomon.

Best Novelette

My favorite is Chiang’s story “Omphalos” which is just a notch better than the cute cat story “For he can creep”. Most of the other stories were nice reads, but I don’t consider them as award worthy.

  • Winner: ★★★☆☆ • Emergency Skin 2019 Transhuman SF novelette by N.K. Jemisin • review
  • ★★★★☆ • Omphalos • 2019 Speculative fiction novelette by Ted Chiang • review
  • ★★★★☆ • For He Can Creep • 2019 Fairy tale by Siobhan Carroll also Nebula finalist review
  • ★★★+☆☆ • Away With the Wolves • 2019 Fantasy novelette by Sarah Gailey • review
  • ★★★☆☆ • The Archronology of Love 2019 SF novelette by Caroline M. Yoachim also Nebula finalist review
  • ★★☆☆☆ • The Blur in the Corner of Your Eye 2019 Weird fiction novelette by Sarah Pinsker also Hugo finalist review

Best Novella

I was especially disappointed by the multi award winner “This Is How You Lose the Time War” which I had to DNF. My bets were on Ted Chiang’s “Anxiety Is the Dizziness of Freedom” from his great collection “Exhalation“.

  • Winner: ☆☆☆☆☆ (DNF at around 50%) • This Is How You Lose the Time War • 2019 Time travel novella by Amal El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone • also Nebula finalist  review
  • ★★★★★ • The Haunting of Tram Car 015 • 2019 Urban Fantasy novella by P. Djèlí Clark • also Hugo finalist review
  • ★★★★★ • Anxiety Is the Dizziness of Freedom • 2019 • Near Future SF novella by Ted Chiang • review, also Nebula
  • ★★★★★ • The Deep • 2019 • Fantasy novella by Rivers Solomon • also Nebula finalist review
  • ★★+☆☆☆ • To Be Taught, If Fortunate 2019 • SF novella by Becky Chambers • also Locus finalist  review
  • In an Absent Dream, by Seanan McGuire (Tor.com Publishing)

Best Novel

  • WinnerA Memory Called Empire, by Arkady Martine (Tor; Tor UK), also Nebula
  • The City in the Middle of the Night, by Charlie Jane Anders (Tor; Titan)
  • Gideon the Ninth, by Tamsyn Muir (Tor.com Publishing), also Nebula
  • The Light Brigade, by Kameron Hurley (Saga; Angry Robot UK)
  • Middlegame, by Seanan McGuire (Tor.com Publishing)
  • The Ten Thousand Doors of January, by Alix E. Harrow (Redhook; Orbit UK), also Nebula
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11 Responses to 2020 Hugo Award Winners: Novels, Novellas, Novelettes, Short Stories

  1. Jina Bazzar says:

    I see some names and titles I recognize in there, but none from the short and novelette categories.

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  2. Ola G says:

    I’ve read the Ten Excerpts… and I was honestly baffled by the fuss around it. It’s a very mediocre story, the only original thing was the narrative form. For He Can Creep is nice, well-written, but a bit of an easy way out with the cats – not much to think about afterwards 😉 I’ll be definitely reading Chiang’s story.

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  3. cathepsut says:

    The only category where I read all nominees was the short story category and my favourite won—Kuang.

    Whatever else I read was just one here or there, but never the whole category…

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