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Old 08-10-2009, 07:13 PM   #1
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2009 Hugo Award Winners

And the trophies for the 2009 Hugo Awards go to:
  • Best Novel: The Graveyard Book, Neil Gaiman
  • Best Novella: “The Erdmann Nexus”, Nancy Kress
  • Best Novelette: “Shoggoths in Bloom”, Elizabeth Bear
  • Best Short Story: “Exhalation”, Ted Chiang (Eclipse Two)
  • Best Related Book: Your Hate Mail Will Be Graded: A Decade of Whatever, 1998-2008, John Scalzi
  • Best Graphic Story: Girl Genius, Volume 8: Agatha Heterodyne and the Chapel of Bones, Written by Kaja & Phil Foglio, art by Phil Foglio, colors by Cheyenne Wright
  • Best Dramatic Presentation, Long Form: WALL-E Andrew Stanton & Pete Docter, story; Andrew Stanton & Jim Reardon, screenplay; Andrew Stanton, director
  • Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form: Doctor Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog, Joss Whedon, & Zack Whedon, & Jed Whedon, & Maurissa Tancharoen, writers; Joss Whedon, director
  • Best Editor Short Form: Ellen Datlow
  • Best Editor Long Form: David G. Hartwell
  • Best Professional Artist: Donato Giancola
  • Best Semiprozine: Weird Tales, edited by Ann VanderMeer & Stephen H. Segal
  • Best Fan Writer: Cheryl Morgan
  • Best Fanzine: Electric Velocipede edited by John Klima
  • Best Fan Artist: Frank Wu

Congratulations to the winners!

A full voting breakdown is available here (PDF) and full nominations details are available here (PDF).

Related: Your Poll vote for Hugo Award for Best Novel
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Old 08-10-2009, 09:06 PM   #2
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Best Short Story: “Exhalation”, Ted Chiang (Eclipse Two)

Certainly one of the best SF short stories I've ever read.

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Best Short Story: “Exhalation”, Ted Chiang (Eclipse Two)

Certainly one of the best SF short stories I've ever read.

And it's available for download here, so we can all share NormHart's enthusiasm.
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Old 08-10-2009, 10:44 PM   #4
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Congrats to the winners!

The only one I called correctly was Shoggoths in Bloom.
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Old 08-11-2009, 04:48 AM   #5
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Best Short Story: “Exhalation”, Ted Chiang (Eclipse Two)

Certainly one of the best SF short stories I've ever read.

I preferred his "The Merchant and the Alchemist's Gate" but for me probably one of the best short story writers around.
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Old 08-11-2009, 11:38 AM   #6
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And it's available for download here, so we can all share NormHart's enthusiasm.
Thanks for the link - just snagged it!
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Old 08-11-2009, 02:59 PM   #7
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I don't think "The Merchant and the Alchemist’s Gate" is available to read for free online but you can get a free audio version at StarshipSofa for anyone who wants some more of his work.

http://www.starshipsofa.com/20080323...15-ted-chiang/
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Old 08-11-2009, 06:08 PM   #8
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Old 08-12-2009, 05:05 AM   #9
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Best Short Story: “Exhalation”, Ted Chiang (Eclipse Two)

Certainly one of the best SF short stories I've ever read.

I loved this story.
Audio version at EscapePod too - here is the link
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Old 08-12-2009, 10:29 PM   #10
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I highly recommend both The Graveyard Book and Girl Genius. The latter is available online here: http://girlgeniusonline.com -- updated Monday, Wednesday, and Friday each week-- and ebook versions of past issues ARE available for very reasonable prices-- see that URL for links to their shop. The ebooks are PDF, because of the graphical nature of the work, but to my mind this is a good reason to use that format. The only DRM used is watermarking.
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Old 08-13-2009, 06:25 AM   #12
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I loved The Graveyard Book! Sadly, it was too short. I wish it had a second volume.
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I loved The Graveyard Book! Sadly, it was too short. I wish it had a second volume.
I can agree with that - although if I recall correctly it started off as a short story (basically one of the chapters with the witch) and he eventually made it into the full blown story.

I'd love it if this was made into a movie like Coraline...
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Gaiman would have to come up with a different plot for a sequel to The Graveyard Book (though in The Jungle Books, Mowgli does come back to live in the jungle for a while, and then he and his friends get rather involved with the local human population briefly).

I'd like to read more about these characters too, but sometimes an idea is only big enough for one book. And Gaiman isn't especially well-known for sequels.
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Neil Gaiman can do no wrong at the moment, huh!
He's also in the running for the World Fantasy awards too.

http://www.worldfantasy2009.org/?page_id=10
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