Hugo Award Nominees
For all the sci-fi/fantasy fiction fans, the Hugo Nominees were recently announced. If you are not a fan, but are interested to know more about the awards, here is a summary: The Hugo Awards are awarded annually to works in the science fiction or fantasy genres first published anywhere in the world during the previous calendar year.
The actual awards are given out at the annual World Science Fiction Convention or Worldcon, held this year in Chicago. This will mark the convention's 70th anniversary, and since it is in Chicago it has been dubbed Chicon 7. A few of the award categories include: Best Novel, Best Novella, Best Novelette, Best Short Story, Best Graphic Story, Best Professional Artist, Best Fanzine, & the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer. The following are the nominees for best novel:
Among Others by Jo Walton (One of School Library Journal’s Best Adult Books 4 Teens titles of 2011)
A Dance With Dragons by George R. R. Martin (Book 5 in the brilliant Game of Thrones series, Book 6, Winds of Winter, no official release date yet!)
Deadline by Mira Grant (like zombie apocalyptic books, try this Newsflesh trilogy; this is the 2nd book)
Embassytown by China Miéville (genetically engineered linguists! only Mieville!)
Leviathan Wakes by James S. A. Corey (space opera at its best!)