2015 Hugo Awards Voting Guide


“I’m voting in the 2015 Hugo Awards!”

The 2015 Hugo Awards

2015 Winners Announced August 22nd: Learn about the 2015 finalists for the most prestigious science fiction and fantasy award

Register to Vote in 2016

Who Votes in the Hugos?

Voters can either purchase a $40 supporting membership to:

  • Nominate and Vote on the Hugo Awards & Campbell Award
  • Receive a Hugo Voter’s packet, a collection of nominated works
  • Submit Hugo Award nominations for the following year
  • Participate (with a voting fee) in Site Selection for a future Worldcon

Or purchase a full membership to attend Worldcon and the Hugo Awards Ceremony, held in 2016 at MidAmericon II in Kansas City, MO.

In 2014, the Hugo Voter’s packet contained all 15 novels in the popular Wheel of Time seriesa Best Novel finalist.

What about “No Award?”

“You should vote for No Award as your first choice if you believe that none of the nominees are worthy of the Award”
—The official Hugo Awards site

Hugo Award Facts

  • First awarded in 1953
  • The most prestigious and longest running science fiction and fantasy award
  • Named for Hugo Gernsback, founder of the first science fiction magazine, Amazing Stories

 


Best Novel

Awarded for a science fiction or fantasy story of between seventeen thousand five hundred (17,500) and forty thousand (40,000) words.

There were 1827 nominating ballots.


“I’m voting for Ancillary Sword”

Ancillary Justice

Ann Leckie (Orbit US/Orbit UK)


“To Fleet Captain Breq! Who doesn’t know where her ass is!”


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The Dark Between the Stars

Kevin J. Anderson (Tor Books)


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56 Amazon Reviews (Early April):

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“After scanning the star, the boy choose coordinates that qualified as little other than ‘the middle of nowhere.’”

  • Science fiction, published June 2014
  • First in a trilogy: Saga of Seven Suns
  • Written by author of over 50 best-selling novels
  • On the Sad Puppies 3 and Rabid Puppies slates




“I’m voting for The Dark Between The Stars”


What is “Sad Puppies” and “Rabid Puppies”?

Sad Puppies is a controversial Hugo Awards voting slate comprised of works and people the Sad Puppies group feel are underrepresented in SF/F literary discourse. Started by Larry Corriea, it was taken over by Brad Torgersen for its third year. Torgersen, who curated this year’s list, indicates the slate is a recommendation and asks followers to vote for it if they agree.

Rabid Puppies is a similar slate curated by Vox Day. Although the groups share similar ideological reasons for including works or people on their slate, Day believes his slate, which differs, does more to counter the “corruption and ideological rot” found in SF/F. Day encourages his supporters to vote “precisely” as he suggests.

The Sad Puppies slate captured 50 nominations in 16 categories.
The Rabid Puppies slate captured 56 nominations in 15 categories.






“I’m voting for The Goblin Emperor”

The Goblin Emperor

Katherine Addison (Tor Books)


“We can write back, at just as great a length as he, and give him no information at all.”


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196 Amazon Reviews (Early April):

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Skin Game

Jim Butcher (Orbit UK/Roc Books)


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“Two million bucks would buy you a lot of ramen.”

  • Urban fantasy, published May 2014
  • Fifteenth novel in the Dresden Files
  • New York Times bestseller, debuted at #1
  • On the Sad Puppies 3 and Rabid Puppies slates




“I’m voting for Skin Game”




“I’m voting for The Three-Body Problem”

WINNER: The Three-Body Problem

Cixin Liu, Ken Liu translator (Tor Books)


“All the evidence points to a single conclusion: Physics has never existed, and never will exist. I know what I’m doing is irresponsible, but I have no choice.”

  • Science fiction, first published in English November 2014
  • Popular Chinese science fiction novel first published in 2008
  • Translated from Chinese by Hugo-winning author Ken Liu
  • Won the Chinese Science Fiction Galaxy Award
  • Nominated for the 2014 Nebula Award for Best Novel by Science Fiction Writers of America


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269 Amazon Reviews (Mid April):

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Lines of Departure

Marko Kloos (47North)


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“’Welcome to the end of the species’, I say, ‘At least we have ringside seats.’”

  • Military science fiction, published January 2014
  • The Second book in the Frontlines series
  • Sequel to Amazon bestseller Terms of Enlistment
  • On the Sad Puppies 3 and Rabid Puppies slates

Withdrawn: On April 15, Marko Kloos withdrew his nomination, stating “I cannot in good conscience accept an award nomination that I feel I may not have earned solely with the quality of the nominated work.” (Marko Kloos, “A Statement on My Hugo Nomination“)



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