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The 2017 Hugo Awards Are Happening Right Here, Right Now

UPDATE: We have the winners!

Despite technical difficulties on the official stream, we found one that's working. Let's watch people win science fiction and fantasy's biggest honor at Worldcon 75.

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Help Name the New Young Adult Category at the Hugo Awards!

Despite struggling to be taken seriously by some, Young Adult fiction has been outgrowing its own age-based moniker for a while. Now, it's on the cusp of getting its very own category at Worldcon, to be given out along with the Hugo Awards, but there's one thing standing in the way: The award needs a name. That's where you come in, faithful reader.

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This Year’s Hugo Awards Honor Diverse Authors, Shrug Off Sad Internet Campaign

N.K. Jemisin took the award for "Best Novel" for The Fifth Season.

The 2016 Hugo Awards were announced last night at MidAmeriCon II in Kansas City, MO, and after an attempt by an online group to once again derail the list of winners it was made even more satisfying when all four Hugo fiction categories were awarded to women, with two of them being women of color.

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How Creating Inclusive Sci-Fi/Fantasy Sparked a Culture War

Hi, I'm Lynne M. Thomas. I’m the co-editor-in-chief and co-publisher of Uncanny Magazine, along with my husband, Michael Damian Thomas. And according to Wired, I’m partially responsible for sparking a culture war.

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Things We Saw Today: Joe and Anthony Russo Answer All* Your Civil War Questions

Things We Saw Today: Joe and Anthony Russo Answer All* Your Civil War Questions

In an interview prior to the release of Captain America: Civil War, directors Joe and Anthony Russo explained why they made some of the decisions they did.

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Things We Saw Today: Bill Murray’s Baloo Naps (a Lot) in New The Jungle Book Clip

Bill Murray's Baloo is a bear who announces he takes lots of naps in this new The Jungle Book  clip. Same.

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Two Hugo-Nominated Authors Withdraw Their Works From The Awards This Year

This is what THIS puppy thinks of the Sad Puppies

We've been writing a lot about the Hugo/Sad Puppy Controversy this year - particularly the thorough responses by George R.R. Martin about what the Hugos have seemingly become. Well, now other authors are expressing their dissatisfaction with what the Hugos have become by withdrawing entirely from the proceedings.

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George R.R. Martin Talks Gamergate, Online Hate and Representation of Straight White Men

"There was never any need for Sad Puppies to "take back" the Hugos. The feminists, minorities, literary cliques, and Social Justice Warriors never took them in the first place."

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George R.R. Martin Continues to Address ‘Puppy-gate’ Controversy, Says the Hugo Awards May Be Broken

After publishing an initial blog post yesterday afternoon addressing the controversy surrounding this year's Hugo Awards ballot, A Song of Ice and Fire author George R.R. Martin went on last night to engage with sci-fi and fantasy fans on both sides of the debate and to share several pieces of writing about the fiasco that he's calling 'puppy-gate.'

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[UPDATED] George R.R. Martin and Others Speak Out Over Hugo Awards Controversy

This afternoon George R.R. Martin took to his Livejournal to address a growing controversy that, although seemingly niche even relative to the already niche world of geekdom, is indicative of a problem in Internet culture overall. And yes, 'gate' is unfortunately an applicable term here.

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Behold! The 2014 Hugo Award Nominees!

May the Odds Be Ever in Your Favor

Game of Thrones, Doctor Who, Orphan Black, Gravity, Frozen, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, Pacific Rim, Iron Man 3, Saga, and more high-quality SF/F than you can shake a stick at. That certainly covers a whole bunch of our post tags. The Hugo Awards honor both pros and fans alike, and as usual, the 2014 nominees provide a superb checklist of things to read, watch, and enjoy. The winners will be announced on Sunday, August 17 at Loncon 3 (aka the 72nd World Science Fiction Convention). The full list of nominees is available below. And should you need to gush about your favorites, mention absent works you feel are deserving (*cough* Janelle Monae's The Electric Lady for Best Related Work *cough*), or...ah...have a measured discussion about nominees you may object to, the comments are here for your disposal.

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The Hugo Nominees You Can Read on the Internet, Right Now, For Free

Vital Information for Your Everyday Life

It's a fact: every time the Hugos or the Eisners or the Harvey awards get announced, you sweep your eyes down a list of books, stories, comics, and movies that you totally meant to read this year, everybody said they were so good, but you never really get around to it. Or, you say to yourself, awesome, I have a new reading list! And then you never actually follow through. Worry not. Here are all of the nominees for the 2013 Hugo Awards for excellence in science fiction and fantasy, with, wherever possible, links to excerpts and in some cases the full work available online, right now, for free. Get your read on!

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Digital Rights Management Robots Killed the Hugo Awards Stream

Winning in one of the categories at the Hugo Awards is basically the science fiction equivalent of winning an Oscar. Yet, in a scenario that wouldn't have been out of place in one of the stories awarded, the Ustream broadcast from Worldcon this past Sunday, September 2nd, was cut off in the middle of Neil Gaiman's acceptance due to copyright infringement. The feed had been automatically dropped by digital rights management software and couldn't be brought back up.

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Things We Saw Today: A Steampunk Portal Gun

Things We Saw Today

Duncan Shirah made a Steampunk Portal gun. Now I want a Steampunk Companion Cube. Make it happen, people. (via Nerd Approved

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“Neil Gaiman Is Writing Another Doctor Who Episode,” Says Neil Gaiman.

Good News Everyone!

Fandoms collided when it was first announced long-time Sandman author Neil Gaiman would be writing an episode of the long-time science fiction series, Doctor Who. "The Doctor's Wife" was quite unlike anything we'd seen before - he gave the TARDIS a physical form my way of Idris, actress Suranne Jones. The Season 6 episode was wildly popular and with that in mind, you'd think Gaiman would take his bows and exit stage left. But we all knew that wouldn't happen, right? Gaiman let it slip in his acceptance speech at the Hugo Awards, that he's working on another Doctor Who episode. So, what's it gonna be this time? Is the sonic screwdriver going to turn into a talking cat? *crosses fingers* 

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Here Are the 2012 Hugo Nominees!

and let it be known

The nominees for the Hugo Awards, the most prestigious award in science fiction, have been announced, and you can even read some of them right now, for free! After the jump, we'll provide the full list of nominees with links to the readily available works. The winners will be announced at Chicago's Chicon 7 (aka Worldcon), which is taking place August 30 to September 3. The Hugo ceremony will be hosted by Toastmaster John Scalzi. Come inside, let's celebrate science fiction!

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Connie Willis Wins Eleventh Hugo, Absolutely No One is Surprised

Inside of a dog it's too dark to read

The votes are in, and WorldCon attendees in Reno learned Saturday night that this year's Hugo for Best Novel goes to Connie Willis, perennial favorite ever since her first win for Best Short Story over 30 years ago. The author of the Oxford Universe, made famous in the time-traveling steampunk fantasies The Doomsday Book and To Say Nothing of the Dog, Willis picked this one up for her 2010 omnibus release of the latest two novels in the series, Blackout and All Clear. Like To Say Nothing of the Dog, Blackout/All Clear return the reader to World War II and Willis' relish for combining meticulous historical realism with brilliant technological innovation and moments of pure fantasy.

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Monday Distraction: The 2011 Hugo Award Winners You Can Read Right Now, For Free

and let it be known

The Hugo Awards, given every year for outstanding achievement in the genres of science fiction and fantasy, were announced yesterday, and while you can check out our post of the nominees (specially highlighting the ones that are available online for free, here's a follow up highlighting the winners that you can read online for free. Yes, Inception won Best Long Form Dramatic Presentation. But the Doctor Who fandom didn't make out too badly, and it's nice to see Shaun Tan's work lauded in this arena as well. Without further ado, and because your reading list wasn't already long enough...

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The Hugo Award Nominees You Can Read Right Now — For Free

Vital Information for Your Everyday Life

The 2011 Hugo Awards recognizing excellence in the genres of science fiction and fantasy were announced yesterday, just to remind you how little reading you actually got done last year, and how few of the movies you intended to see actually got seen. But fear not! No less than eleven of the nominated Short Stories, Novellas, Novelettes, and one movie are available for free online. We've posted the full list of nominees below for your edification, but you'll find all of the sample-able nominees comfortably at the top. Enjoy!

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